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Monash University Handbook 2011 Postgraduate - Area of Study

Managing facultyFaculty of Arts
Offered bySchool of Humanities, Communications and Social Sciences
School of Philosophical, Historical and International Studies
Campus(es)Caulfield, Clayton, Gippsland


Public history offers vocational programs for historians and related professionals. They deal with working in public history, heritage conservation and management, museums and community or local history. 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 programs have 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 will have a number of opportunities to build professional networks through assessment tasks, including a period of supervises work experience. Specific research strengths in this area include historic conservation, the heritage movement's indigenous and colonial histories, especially of landscape and environment; and oral history, life stories and memory.


For a list of units studied or course outlines, refer to the relevant courses.

Relevant Courses

  • 3076 Graduate Diploma in Public History
  • 2695 Master of Arts*
  • 3077 Master of Public History
  • 0020 Doctor of Philosophy*

* By research.