Master of Curatorial and Museum Studies

Take the cultural lead

The way our cultural institutions collect and exhibit art, artefacts, technologies and other material culture helps to shape the way society sees itself. Learning how to work with such collections underpins a wide variety of careers in the global cultural and heritage sectors.

Our Master of Curatorial and Museum Studies is the only specialist degree in South Australia designed to provide you with this unique capability.

What will you do?

Delivered in cooperation with the South Australian Museum and many other cultural organisations, the degree will enable you to.

· build skills in collection and exhibition development, and museum and gallery management
· explore issues of cultural ownership and conservation, and Australian Indigenous and global heritage
· enjoy extraordinary access to Adelaide’s world-class cultural institutions, through regular site visits, guest lectures and internships
· utilise emerging technologies, including virtual reality, to develop next-generation skills in digital literacy and creative innovation
· explore related subjects, such as social media and education.

You’ll also have the remarkable opportunity to closely observe a significant new cultural institution being established in Adelaide—the Aboriginal Art and Cultures Centre, set to open in 2025—and explore the translation of historic collections into this new context.

Where could it take you?

You might lead program development for arts festivals. You could develop innovative concepts for interactive educational exhibitions. Or travel the world collecting unique pieces for a national body. Perhaps you’ll help production companies ensure period-drama authenticity.

Entry Requirements

Please note: For programs including placements and/or study-related activities in settings where COVID-19 vaccination is mandatory, it is an inherent requirement that all students be fully vaccinated prior to undertaking the placement and/or study-related activity.
From 30 June 2023, in accordance with Australian government requirements, the University will be returning to face-to-face teaching for all students where it is safe and practical to do so. For students with circumstances where it would not be practical or safe to travel to Australia, exemptions may apply. Students are encouraged to regularly check Study in 2023 and International Student Covid-19 FAQ for information and updates.

Choose your applicant type to view the relevant admissions information for this program.
I am a:

Domestic applicants

SATAC Code 3CM249
Deferment Yes - 2 year
Intake February and July
Selection Criteria
Graduate entry

Higher Education Study Bachelor degree or equivalent, OR completed Graduate Diploma in Curatorial and Museum Studies, OR completed Graduate Certificate in Curatorial and Museum Studies.
How to Apply
SATAC Code: 3CM249

Fees and Scholarships

Choose your applicant type to view the relevant fees and scholarships information for this program.
I am a:

Domestic applicants

Indicative annual tuition fees
Australian Full-fee place: $30,000

Where the standard duration of the program is less than one year the full cost of the program is displayed.


These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.

Find a Scholarship.


Potential careers

Anthropologist, Archaeologist, Marketing Officer, Archivist, Art Gallery Education Officer, Art Historian, Arts Educator, Asset Manager, Museum Education Officer, Museum Technician, Presenter, Curator, Digital Content Creator, Education Coordinator, Education Officer, Education Officer / Educator, Electronic Publisher, Social Media Manager, Social Media Strategist, Feature Writer, Historian, Web Content Manager, ...

Degree Structure

Academic Program Rules

The Calendar is a comprehensive handbook of the University's academic program rules.


The University has numerous support networks to assist students with adjusting to their new lifestyle, and the difficulties this may bring.

The University of Adelaide is committed to regular reviews of the courses and programs it offers to students. The University of Adelaide therefore reserves the right to discontinue or vary programs and courses without notice. Please read the important information contained in the disclaimer.

Last updated: Wednesday, 28 Sep 2022