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Graduate Certificate of Ancient History


Faculty of Arts
Graduate Certificate of Ancient History (GradCertAncHist)
Admission Requirement:
Australian level 7 bachelor's qualification or recognised equivalent
English Language Proficiency:
IELTS of 6.5 overall, with minimum 6.0 in each band or equivalent
Study Mode:
Full-time, Part-time
Attendance Mode:
Volume of Learning:
Equivalent to 0.5 years
General requirements:
Minimum number of units at 800 level or above 4
Completion of other specific minimum requirements as set out below

In order to graduate students must ensure that they have satisfied all of the general requirements of the award.

Specific minimum requirements:

Units of study

800 level

four of
Ancient Egyptian Religion (1)
The Athenian Empire 510-404 BC (1)
Egypt: Alexander to Augustus (1)
History Writing in Antiquity: Herodotus and Thucydides (1)
The Art and Archaeology of Late Antique Egypt (1)



AQF Level Level 8 Graduate Certificate
Overview and Aims of the Program 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 course is an ideal course to undertake. Foundational units are offered for students who enter the program without a relevant major in their degree.
Graduate Capabilities

The Graduate Capabilities Framework articulates the fundamentals that underpin all of Macquarie’s academic programs. It expresses these as follows:

Cognitive capabilities
(K) discipline specific knowledge and skills
(T) critical, analytical and integrative thinking
(P) problem solving and research capability
(I) creative and innovative

Interpersonal or social capabilities
(C) effective communication
(E) engaged and ethical local and global citizens
(A) socially and environmentally active and responsible

Personal capabilities
(J) capable of professional and personal judgement and initiative
(L) commitment to continuous learning

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

• 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. [K]
• understand, respect and display professional (academic), ethical and sustainability principles and values [E]


• 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. [KT]
• integrate knowledge, imagination (looking at ideas and concepts from meaningful original perspectives), and evaluation (employing critical thinking) as a foundation for creative learning behaviour. [KT]
• utilize clear, coherent, evidence-based communication in the exposition of knowledge and ideas about Ancient History studies [KC]


• 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; [T]
• Utilize effectively appropriate research methods and tools, balancing creativity and initiative with knowledge of the subject and scholarship [P]
• demonstrate professionalism in the application of knowledge and skills [J E]
Learning and Teaching Methods We expect our students to engage with learning and achieve the learning outcomes through:
• production of assessment tasks designed to develop and integrate knowledge and skills
and support their application [acquisition]
• independent practice to reinforce knowledge and skills [practice]
• teacher-led discussion of key historical features and themes pertaining to the study of Ancient History [discussion]
• collaboration in group activities [collaboration]
• critical engagement with primary/secondary evidence and material culture (especially at advanced levels) [production]
• inquiry within the research component of assessment tasks [inquiry]

Across this program we employ online learning to support these processes. Production of assessments, collaborative work, and discussions of historical features and themes pertaining to the study of Ancient History are coordinated using iLearn sites.

We focus on ancient evidence as artefacts, incorporating extensive analysis of documentary materials (inscriptions, papyri, ostraca, etc.) as well as literary texts and material culture. This broad spectrum of information provide the basis for critical engagement and inquiry into the significance of historical features and themes for the study of relevant ancient cultures, pursued.
Assessment The assessment methods used to assess learning outcomes vary in some respects according to the special demands of individual units. The methods used across the program (not in every
unit) may be summarized as follows:

• Tutorial participation (incorporating directed discussion of questions set in an online forum) as well as individual and/or group presentations assess the integration of foundational knowledge and skills.
• Evidence-based analyses and essays test not only the integration of foundational knowledge and skills, but also foster the creative application of historical skills and analysis of ancient cultures.
Recognition of Prior Learning

Macquarie University may recognise prior formal, informal and non-formal learning for the purpose of granting credit towards, or admission into, a program. The recognition of these forms of learning is enabled by the University’s Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Policy (see and its associated Procedures and Guidelines. The RPL pages contain information on how to apply, links to registers, and the approval processes for recognising prior learning for entry or credit.

Information can be found at:

Support for Learning

Macquarie University aspires to be an inclusive and supportive community of learners where all students are given the opportunity to meet their academic and personal goals. The University offers a comprehensive range of free and accessible student support services which include academic advice, counselling and psychological services, advocacy services and welfare advice, careers and employment, disability services and academic skills workshops amongst others. There is also a bulk billing medical service located on campus.

Further information can be found at

Campus Wellbeing contact details:
Phone: +61 2 9850 7497

Program Standards and Quality

The program is subject to an ongoing comprehensive process of quality review in accordance with a pre-determined schedule that complies with the Higher Education Standards Framework. The review is overseen by Macquarie University's peak academic governance body, the Academic Senate and takes into account feedback received from students, staff and external stakeholders.

Graduate Destinations and Employability Graduates of this program receive a qualification that will enhance their employment opportunities in all areas of the public service and private enterprise. In the face of unprecedented change and uncertainty at both a local and global level, organisations are seeking graduates who can think critically and react positively to these changes. Graduates are in an ideal position to meet this challenge with their ability to think independently, reason logically, and communicate clearly.
Assessment Regulations

This program is subject to Macquarie University regulations, including but not limited to those specified in the Assessment Policy, Academic Honesty Policy, the Final Examination Policy and relevant University Rules. For all approved University policies, procedures, guidelines and schedules visit

Accreditation This is an Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) accredited qualification.

Inherent requirements are the essential components of a course or program necessary for a student to successfully achieve the core learning outcomes of a course or program. Students must meet the inherent requirements to complete their Macquarie University course or program.

Inherent requirements for Macquarie University programs fall under the following categories:

Physical: The physical inherent requirement is to have the physical capabilities to safely and effectively perform the activities necessary to undertake the learning activities and achieve the learning outcomes of an award.

Cognition: The inherent requirement for cognition is possessing the intellectual, conceptual, integrative and quantitative capabilities to undertake the learning activities and achieve the learning outcomes of an award.

Communication: The inherent requirement for communication is the capacity to communicate information, thoughts and ideas through a variety of mediums and with a range of audiences.

Behavioural: The behavioural inherent requirement is the capacity to sustain appropriate behaviour over the duration of units of study to engage in activities necessary to undertake the learning activities and achieve the learning outcomes of an award.

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2019 Unit Information

When offered:
S1 Day
Permission of Executive Dean of Faculty
HSC Chinese, CHN113, CHN148