Deakin-BTU dual award program: Information

Deakin-BTU dual award program: Information

Up to five places are available for Deakin students to participate in this program. The next Deakin intake will start in Trimester 1 2022 (starting in March). Expressions of Interest  are now open!


Once you have been selected for the program, you will be enrolled in Deakin’s  Master of Cultural Heritage and Museum Studies (Professional). This is a straightforward online process – see ‘How to Apply’. 

[Note: While this course specifies 16 credit points, Deakin course fees will apply to 12 credit points only. There are no course fees for the component you will undertake in Germany, and you will receive two Masters qualifications!]

Your BTU enrolment will occur when you go to Germany. Each university recognises 4 credit points (CP) of prescribed study at the partner university, and requires an additional 12CP enrolled in the ‘home’ university.



The 4CP thesis (approx. 20,000 words) is undertaken as part of your enrolment, and Deakin students also take a Research Design unit.  The thesis satisfies the thesis requirement for a PhD pathway in Australia.


How does it work?

To apply for the dual award program, you need to:

  • Have a bachelor degree in a cognate discipline: history, anthropology, geography, archaeology, art history, sociology, cultural studies, architecture, planning, or degrees with majors in Indigenous, Australian, European, Asian Studies. Other disciplines may be considered.
  • Be available to study full-time, on-campus in Melbourne and Cottbus for at least the first year. The second year is effectively part-time for Deakin students (see Program Structure).



The dual award program is fee-paying course at Deakin University. The BTU exchange component (equivalent to 4 CP) is fee-neutral (no fees).

Information about the costs of the Deakin Master of Cultural Heritage and Museum Studies Units can be found on the website for the program, or at:

Beside the tuition fee, students must pay a Student Services and Amenities fee when studying at Deakin and BTU. The BTU Student Services Fee includes free public transport in the state of Brandenburg, which includes Berlin as well as Cottbus.

The Deakin course is eligible for FEE-HELP, but not the BTU costs. FEE-HELP:

Deakin students are eligible for a Faculty travel grant and a bursary from the School of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Other costs for your study in Germany:

  • Return fares Australia-Germany.
  • Living costs in Germany vary depending on what you choose to do, but it is recommended that Australian students plan for at least $A8000 for the costs of living in Germany for 5 months.


Key dates for Deakin-based students (indicative)

2021-22 Action Progress
September-November  2021  Submit Expression of Interest for dual award  
 29 November 2021  

Last date for Expressions of Interest in dual award

December 2021 Notification of selection Acceptance into dual award program and enrolment in Master of Cultural Heritage & Museum Studies (Professional)  (A786I)
March 2022 Orientation Week at Deakin
Students arrive from BTU to join Deakin cohort
March 2022 DU Trimester 1 commences 1st study period dual award
July 2022 DU Trimester 2 commences 2nd   study period dual award
September 2022 Deakin and BTU students travel to Germany  
  Orientation at BTU (including optional German language courses)  
October 2022 BTU Winter semester commences 3rd study period of dual award
By 1 March Deakin students return to Melbourne  
March 2023 DU Trimester 1 commences 4th study period of dual award: thesis and/or remaining coursework
July 2023 DU Trimester 2 commences 5th study period of dual award: thesis and/or remaining coursework
October 2023 DU Trimester 2 concludes Thesis submission (for thesis units taken in Trimesters 1 and 2)
November 2023 DU Trimester 3 commences 6th study period of dual award:
February 2024 DU Trimester 3 concludes Thesis submission (for thesis units taken in Trimesters 2 and 3)
April or October Graduation at Deakin  



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