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Monash University

Graduate Diploma in Public History

Course code: 3076 ~ Course abbreviation: GradDipPubHist ~ Total credit points required: 48 ~ 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time ~ Managing faculty: Arts

Study mode and course location

On-campus (Caulfield; Clayton)

Multimode (Clayton)

Course description

This course offers a vocational program for historians and related professionals. Graduates may go on to work in the fields of commissioned history, heritage conservation and management, oral history, community history, museums and related areas. The program has excellent links with the heritage industry and professional historians working in these fields.

Course objectives

Students completing this course will have: 1. an understanding of diverse aspects of the academic discipline; 2. an understanding of the world view of the field of study; 3. a familiarity with the secondary literature in the field of study; 4. a familiarity with many of the key texts and cultural products pertaining to the field of study; 5. advanced reading and communication skills, both written and verbal; 6. developed sound analytical skills; 7. developed the ability to use relevant technology such as databases, information management systems and search engines effectively.

Course structure

Course requirements

Students complete 48 points at level 4. Note that not all units are available each year.

Compulsory level 4 units

Students must choose at least two in consultation with the course coordinator:

Level 4 electives

  • HYM4115 Private and public voices in Renaissance correspondence
  • HYM4120 Reading and writing Australian history
  • HYM4180 Images of the natural world: Issues in environmental history
  • HYM4200 History and memory: Oral history, life stories and commemoration
  • HYM4280 Reading and writing biography and life stories
  • HYM4320 Citizens: histories of Australian citizenship
  • HYM4660 Recording oral history: Theory and practice
  • HYM4900 History, biography and autobiography
  • HYM4950 Hidden transcripts: Cultural approaches to the past
  • JWM4030 Jewish history and Jewish memory: Writing and reading the Jewish past
  • RLM4100 Religion and ceremony in Australian society
  • RLM4110 Ecology, gender and the sacred
  • RLM4140 Confronting death through ceremony and symbol: A cross-cultural analysis

Other units offered in the faculty, with the approval of the course coordinator

Exit points

Students who have completed 24 points toward the Graduate Diploma in Public History may be offered an exit award of a Graduate Certificate in Public History.


For further study options please contact the School of Historical Studies or visit

Course coordinator

Dr Seamus O'Hanlon