Bachelor of Arts in Archaeology, Cultural Heritage and Museum Studies (HACHMS)


Program Description


  • The department seeks to develop and maintain a global network of professional and collaborating organizations and centers.
  • It is also committed to the production of educational and training modules and to make such educational materials available in different formats, including multimedia, to the public, professionals and other tertiary institutions.
  • The department hopes to achieve this vision through the study of and research in African and global heritage and culture, African and world prehistories, historical archaeology, museums and cultural institutions.

Entry Requirements

  • A candidate must have obtained at least five `O’ Level passes including English Language and History. A pass in Mathematics at `O’ Level’ will be an added advantage.
  • A candidate must also have obtained a pass in History at `A’ level and at least ONE of the following subjects or their equivalent: Shona, Ndebele, Geography, or Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Computer Science

Career Prospects

The degree programme prepares students for career options in museums, cultural heritage, global heritage and non-governmental organizations, cultural development planning, and government departments.

General Provisions

1) The degree programme shall consist of 136 credits with at least 60 percent of these coming from the department under which the degree will be conferred.

2) The degree programme offers core and elective modules at each level.

  • At each level, with the exception of level 3, a student shall register for 6 core modules and 4 elective modules from other departments within the faculty and outside the faculty.
  • Normally, where a prerequisite module is involved, a candidate shall be required to pass it before taking higher modules.
  • Each module offered in the department shall carry a total of 4 credits. A dissertation shall be worth two modules and carry a total of 8 credits. Work Related Learning shall be examined in three modules with a total of 40 credits.
  • During Work Related Learning, the student shall continue to observe the regulations of Midlands State University and also abide by the rules of the place where one is placed.
  • Students may be required to attend oral examinations for certain modules offered in the degree programme.
  • Dissertations shall be assessed by examiners appointed to the Departmental Board of Examiners. The dissertation shall be between 9000 to 10000 words.


  • For each module, expect for Work Related Learning, the final mark shall be determined by a combination of continuous assessment and examination marks.
  • Continuous assessment shall normally constitute 25% of the final examination mark, while the formal examination constitutes 75%.
  • Archaeology fieldwork and laboratory practice, museum practice and cultural heritage management projects shall constitute 50% of the continuous assessment.
  • A student who fails the final assessment for Work Related Learning but has passed the continuous assessment component may be allowed to resubmit his or her work within two months and be re-assessed. The maximum mark allowable for such referred work is 50%. A student who fails to meet the required date for submission of the final report will normally be considered to have failed the final level.
  • In the case of the dissertation, the final mark shall be weighted as 50% for continuous assessment (presentation of the project) and 50% for the final project.
  • To be admitted to university examinations, a candidate must have completed approved modules of study, including all continuous assessment. Attendance of lectures, tutorials, laboratory practical sessions, approved fieldwork components of certain modules count towards the admission of a candidate to the university examinations.

Programme Structure

NB. In each semester, candidates must register for three core modules from their respective degree programme and elect any two modules from within the department or any approved equivalent from other departments in the faculty or outside the faculty.

(Code) (Module Description) (Credits)

Level 1 Semester 1

  • CHS 101 Introduction to Cultural Heritage Studies 4
  • ARC 112 African Prehistory 4
  • MUS 101 Introduction to Theoretical and Practical Museology 4
  • MUS 104 Collection Management 4
  • CS 101 Basic Communication Skills 4
  • HSC 115 Introduction to Information Technology 4

Level 1 Semester 2

  • MUS110 Introduction to Archiving 4
  • ARC 101 Introduction to Theoretical and Practical Archaeology 4
  • MUS 112 Management of Archives 4
  • CHS 104 Documentation of Cultural Property 4
  • ARC 113 Prehistory of Southern Africa 4
  • CS 102 Extended Communication 4

Level 2 Semester 1

  • CHS112 Conservation of Cultural Property 4
  • ARC 204 Prehistory of Zimbabwe 4
  • MUS 202 Conservation of Museum Collections 4
  • GS 201 Introduction to Gender Studies 4
  • SVG 109 Basic Principles and Applications of Surveying 4

Level 2 Semester 2

  • MUS203 Archival Administration 4
  • MUS204 Preservation and Conservation of Archives 4
  • MUS206 Museum Communication 4
  • ARC111 Research Methods in Archaeology 4

Level 3 Work Related Learning

  • ARC 301 Work Related Learning Report 15
  • ARC 302 Academic Supervisor’s Report 15
  • ARC 303 Employer’s Assessment Report 10

Level 4 Semester 1

  • ARC 404 Archaeological Laboratory Methods 4
  • CHS 411 Heritage Management and Sustainable Development 4
  • MUS 401 Management of Information Centres 4
  • MUS 402 Museum Visitor Studies 4
  • MUS 414 Curatorship 4

Level 4 Semester 2

  • ARC 403 Archaeology and Geographic Information Systems 4
  • CHS 401 Heritage Interpretation and Presentation 4
  • MUS 413 Visual and Fine Arts 4
  • ARC 420 Dissertation 8
Last updated Jul 2018

About the School

The idea of a University in the Midlands dates back to the foundation of the National University of Science and Technology when Gweru, which was identified as a possible site for a second university c ... Read More

The idea of a University in the Midlands dates back to the foundation of the National University of Science and Technology when Gweru, which was identified as a possible site for a second university campus in the country, lost its bid to Bulawayo. Read less