Skip to content | Change text size
Handbooks Courses Units
Monash University

Master of Public History

Course code: 3077 ~ Course abbreviation: MPubHist ~ Total credit points required: 72 ~ 1.5 years full-time, 3 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. The public history program draws on teaching strengths across the faculty, and students have a number of opportunities to build professional networks through assessment tasks.

Course objectives

Students successfully completing this course will have: 1. a sound knowledge of diverse aspects of the academic discipline; 2. an understanding of the world view of the field of study; 3. a critical appreciation of 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. advanced analytical skills; 7. a grasp of research methodology and ethics, and an ability to undertake a small, independent research project in one of the disciplines represented in the program.

Minimum pass grade

To graduate with the Masters, students must gain a credit (60 C) or above in core units and a minimum credit average overall.

Course structure

Students complete 72 points consisting of 48 points at level 4 chosen from the list below and 24 points of core level 5 units. Note that not all units are available each year.

Course requirements

Compulsory level 4 units

Students must choose at least two from these compulsory units in consultation with the course coordinator:*

    * Units are taught face-to-face at Caulfield or online, except for HYM4560 which is only taught online.

Level 4 electives (taught at Clayton)

Students must choose two elective units in consultation with the course coordinator:

  • 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

Compulsory level 5 units

  • HYM5170 Public history placement
  • HYM5100 Public history research project

Exit points

Students who have completed:

  • 24 points of the Master of Public History may apply to exit with a Graduate Certificate in Public History
  • 48 points of the Master of Public History may apply to exit with a Graduate Diploma in Public History.

Course coordinator

Dr Seamus O'Hanlon