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Degree structure

Degree details

By the end of this program it is anticipated you should be able to:

  1. demonstrate a specialised body of knowledge in Ancient History that includes the understanding of recent developments in one or more of the following disciplines: Ancient Greece, Rome, Ancient Egypt, Ancient Israel, Early Christianity, Coptic Studies, Ancient Languages.
  2. understand, respect and display professional (academic), ethical and sustainability principles and values
  3. conceptualize, apply, analyze, synthesize, and/or evaluate theoretical, methodological, historical and linguistic information about ancient Egypt and/or the Near East and/or Greece and/or Rome and/or Late Antiquity and scholarship on these cultures gathered from, or generated by, observation, experience, reflection, reasoning, or communication.
  4. integrate knowledge, imagination (looking at ideas and concepts from meaningful original perspectives), and evaluation (employing critical thinking) as a foundation for creative learning behaviour.
  5. utilize clear, coherent, evidence-based communication in the exposition of knowledge and ideas about Ancient History studies
  6. apply knowledge of research principles and methods relevant to Ancient World studies in at least one of the fields of archaeology; art and architecture; epigraphy; historiography, language and literature; material culture; numismatics;
  7. Utilize effectively appropriate research methods and tools, balancing creativity and initiative with knowledge of the subject and scholarship
  8. demonstrate professionalism in the application of knowledge and skills.

The Graduate Certificate Of Ancient History will provide further career development for established professionals; in particular, teachers of Ancient History at high school level who wish to expand their knowledge base.

The degree will prepare students for subsequent entrance into a Graduate Diploma of Arts with a Specialisation in Ancient History or MA in Ancient History, Egyptology, or Coptic Studies at Macquarie University. These future awards will in turn provide an ideal qualification for relevant professions such as research assistant/associate, gallery, archival or museum curator, writer/editor, librarian/information specialist, tertiary or secondary teacher, travel and tour guide operator or for administrative careers in the public or private sector.

Higher education

Applicants must hold an Australian level 7 Bachelor's degree from a recognised tertiary institution or recognised equivalent.

English Proficiency Requirements

International students require IELTS of 6.5 overall with minimum 6.0 in each band, or equivalent.

Macquarie University recognises formal, informal and non-formal learning to support an individual's lifelong learning goals. An application for RPL will need the following support:

Evidence for formal learning

1. Official Academic transcript including all grades, on an institution letterhead. If your supporting documents are in a language other than English, this must be accompanied by a certified English translation.

2. Subject/Subject outlines 

You need to supply a copy of the subject outline to support your request for exemption of subjects at Macquarie University.

Evidence for informal and non-formal learning

Suitable portfolio items e.g. Certificates from accredited degrees, results from other non-credited degrees, certificates and statements from employer degrees or professional bodies, employment history and position descriptions, employers verifying your knowledge, skill and experience, details of community activities involving significant responsibilities, on-the-job assessment record, performance management reports etc.

To apply please refer to section F on the degree application form or contact us at https://students.mq.edu.au/admin/other-resources/student-admin-services for more information.

To request for a prerequisite waiver, please refer to Macquarie's website at https://ask.mq.edu.au/account/pub/display/non_award

Please note: All Macquarie subjects are now available in Semesters. Please refer to the Key Dates page for further information.

The Graduate Certificate in Ancient History from Macquarie University offers a comprehensive introduction to the history of the ancient Mediterranean region. You will learn about the art, architecture, religion and literature of the ancient civilization and develop an understanding of the cultural history through both visual and literary evidence. If you are an education professional seeking to advance your credentials or a student interested in historical study, this postgraduate degree is an ideal degree to undertake. Foundational subjects are offered for students who enter the program without a relevant major in their degree. Students may advance from the Graduate Certificate into the Graduate Diploma or Master of Arts degrees offered at Macquarie University.

In 2016 the Macquarie subject codes have changed. All subjects previously studied under the old subject code will be recognized as equivalent.

Recommended Study Pattern

Specific minimum requirements:

Required four out of:

AHIX801 Ancient Egyptian Religion (1)

AHIX820The Athenian Empire 510-404 BC (1)

AHIX821 Egypt: Alexander to Augustus (1)

AHIX823 History Writing in Antiquity: Herodotus and Thucydides (1)

AHIX855 The Art and Archaeology of Late Antique Egypt (1)


Award Requirements

To qualify for the award of Graduate Certificate of Ancient History students must complete four units.

A student who is taking an unduly long time to complete a program of study may be excluded from further enrolment. An unduly long period of time is considered to be effective enrolment longer than 4 years for Graduate Certificates.

Students who did not commence their program in the current year are required to follow the program structure provided to them at the time of admission.

On completion of admission you are bound by the University Terms and Conditions and must comply with present and future By-laws, Rules, Codes, and Policies, Procedures and Schedulesof Macquarie University.

Applications are due the Friday two weeks prior to the close of enrolment date for the study term you are applying for.


Students who have an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion under Macquarie University's Academic Progression Policy will not be permitted to register in Macquarie University degrees offered through OUA. Students with an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion who have enrolled in units through OUA will be withdrawn.

Students who did not commence their program in the current year are required to follow the program structure provided to them at the time of admission.

In 2016 the Macquarie unit codes have changed. All units previously studied under the old unit code will be recognized as equivalent.

Please contact Macquarie University for further assistance at https://students.mq.edu.au/admin/other-resources/student-admin-services.