single degree

Master of Anthropology (Advanced)

A single two year graduate award offered by the ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences

  • Length 2 year full-time
  • Minimum 96 Units
  • Academic plan VANTH
  • CRICOS code 082266F
  • Length 2 year full-time
  • Minimum 96 Units
  • Academic plan VANTH
  • CRICOS code 082266F

Program Requirements

The Master of Anthropology (Advanced) requires completion of 96 units, which must include:

48 units from the completion of the following compulsory courses:

ANTH8034 Advanced Issues in Anthropology

ANTH8035 Topics in the History of Anthropology

THES8103 Thesis

48 units from the completion of courses on the following list:

ANTH6004 Religion, Ritual and Cosmology

ANTH6005 Indigenous Australian Societies and Culture

ANTH6009 Culture and Development

ANTH6010 Anthropology of Art

ANTH6017 Indigenous Australians and Australian Society Today

ANTH6025 Gender and Cross-Cultural Perspective

ANTH6026 Medicine, Healing and the Body

ANTH6056 Belonging, Identity and Nationalism

ANTH6057 Culture and Person

ANTH6064 Anthropology of Environmental Disasters

ANTH6514 Anthropology of Media

ANTH6515 Crossing Borders: Diasporas and Transnationalism

ANTH6516 Violence and Terror

ANTH6518 Food for Thought: Anthropological theories of food and eating

ANTH6519 Social Animals: anthropological perspectives on animal-human relationships

ANTH8001 Graduate Reading Course (Anthropology)

ANTH8007 Key Concepts in Anthropology of Development

ANTH8008 Social Impact Studies in Project Cycle

ANTH8009 Development in Practice

ANTH8014 Mining, Community and Society

ANTH8019 Social Analysis & Community Politics

ANTH8029 Introduction to Australian Indigenous Policy

ANTH8030 Critically Assessing Contemporary Development Practice

ANTH8032 Law, Order and Conflict in the Pacific

ANTH8034 Advanced Issues in Anthropology

ANTH8035 Topics in the History of Anthropology

ANTH8038 Critical Issues in Gender and Development

ANTH8041 Photography in Social Context

ANTH8042 Migration, Refugees and Development

ANTH8055 Key issues in native title anthropology

ANTH8056 Introduction to Humanitarian Action

CHMD8006 Global Health and Development

Unless otherwise stated, a course used to satisfy the requirements of one list may not be double counted towards satisfying the requirements of another list.

Admission Requirements

By transfer from the Master of Anthropology, with a weighted average mark of at least 70% in the first 72 units of course work attempted as well as the approval of an identified supervisor for the research project/thesis.

If the total number of units attempted exceeds 72 in the same teaching period in which the 72nd unit is attempted, exactly 72 units will be used in the calculation of the weighted average mark with units from the course with the highest mark applied first followed by further units from courses in descending order of marks.

Students will be awarded up to 72 units of course credit for completed courses listed in this Masters (Advanced) degree.

All applicants must meet the University’s English Language Admission Requirements for Students

Cognate disciplines

Anthropology, Cultural Heritage Studies, Development Studies, History, Human Ecology, Human Geography, Indigenous Studies, International Relations, Linguistics, Literary Studies, Philosophy, Political Science, Sociology

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ANU offers a wide range of scholarships to students to assist with the cost of their studies.

Eligibility to apply for ANU scholarships varies depending on the specifics of the scholarship and can be categorised by the type of student you are.  Specific scholarship application process information is included in the relevant scholarship listing.

For further information see the Scholarships website.

Pursue your passion for cross-cultural understanding around the world with a Master of Anthropology.

And there’s no better place for it than ANU. We are one of the world’s leading centres for anthropological teaching and research, with more than 35 anthropologists working in the University.

Your master’s degree will draw on their world-renowned expertise in the anthropology of Australia, the Pacific and Asia, covering diverse topics in the areas of cultural, social medical, development and many other fields of anthropology.

Career Options

Graduates from ANU have been rated as Australia's most employable graduates and among the most sought after by employers worldwide.

The latest Global Employability University Ranking, published by the Times Higher Education, rated ANU as Australia's top university for getting a job for the fourth year in a row.

Employment Opportunities

A Master of Anthropology will advance your career working in cultural institutions, the public service, non-government organisations, academia, or any professional area requiring an understanding of anthropology.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the skills and knowledge to:

  1. Use anthropological theory in relation to diverse social and cultural phenomena
  2. Locate anthropological theories within the history of anthropological thought
  3. recognise and analyse cultural difference,
  4. Identify and analyse diversity among people and societies in terms of every day experience
  5. Select from a range of anthropological methods those most suitable to a particular research problem
  6. Complete a major piece of research in the field of Anthropology.
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