Monash University

Postgraduate - Area of study

Students who commenced study in 2014 should refer to this area of study entry for direction on the requirments; to check which units are currently available for enrolment, refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your area of study.

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Managing facultyFaculty of Arts
Offered bySchool of Philosophical, Historical and International Studies
Campus(es)Caulfield, Clayton


  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.


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 in this area of study refer to the requirements for courses listed under 'Relevant courses'.

Relevant courses

  • 2695 Master of Arts*
  • 0020 Doctor of Philosophy*

* By research.