single degree

Master of Anthropology

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

  • Length 2 year full-time
  • Minimum 96 Units
  • Length 2 year full-time
  • Minimum 96 Units

Program Requirements

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

24 units from the completion of the following compulsory courses:

ANTH8034 Advanced Issues in Anthropology

ANTH8035 Topics in the History of Anthropology


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

ANTH6004 Religion, Ritual and Cosmology

ANTH6005 Traditional Australian Indigenous Cultures, Societies and Environment

ANTH6009 Culture and Development

ANTH6010 Anthropology of Art

ANTH6017 Culture, Social Justice and Aboriginal Society Today

ANTH6025 Gender and Cross-Cultural Perspective

ANTH6026 Medicine, Healing and the Body

ANTH6057 Culture and Person

ANTH6064 Anthropology of Environmental Disasters

ANTH6065 Indonesia Field School : Contemporary Change in Indonesia

ANTH6066 Indonesia Field School Extension

ANTH6514 Anthropology of Media

ANTH6515 Crossing Borders: Migration, Identity and Livelihood

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 Assessment: Theory and Methods (Advanced)

ANTH8009 Development in Practice

ANTH8014 Mining, Community and Society

ANTH8019 Social Analysis & Community Politics

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

ANTH8049 Issues in the Design and Evaluation of Development Projects and Programs

ANTH8055 Key issues in native title anthropology

ANTH8056 Introduction to Humanitarian Action

ANTH8058 Inequality and Development

ANTH6135 Vietnam Field School

CHMD8006 Global Health and Development

CHMD8009 Anthropological Approaches to Health Interventions

CHMD8010 Anthropological Concepts for Health Research: From Risk to Suffering

CHMD8014 Perspectives on Culture, Health and Medicine

CHMD8020 The Future of Food and Human Health

INDG8004 Australian Indigenous Policy


A maximum of 12 units from completion of courses on the following list:

ASIA8051 Language and Power in Asia: Speech, Script and Society

ASIA6516 Indonesia:Politics, Society and Development

ASIA8012 Foundations of Chinese Society: Friends, Family, Connections

ASIA8013 The Cultural Politics of India

ASIA8038 Writing Ethnography in Asia and the Pacific

BIAN6119 Nutrition, Disease and the Environment

BIAN6120 Culture, Biology & Population Dynamics

BIAN6124 Evolution and Human Behaviour

HUMN8010 Material Culture Studies

LING6311 Language and Social Interaction

PASI6005 Pacific Islands Field School


24 units from completion of elective course offered by ANU


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.


Study Options

Year 1 48 units ANTH8035 History of Anthropological Theory Extended 12 units - Course from 48 units list Course from 48 units list
ANTH8034 Advanced Issues in Anthropology 12 units - Course from 48 units list Course from 48 units list
Year 2 48 units Course from 48 units list Course from 48 units list Course from 48 units list Course from 48 units list
Course from 24 units elective courses offered by ANU list Course from 24 units elective courses offered by ANU list Course from 24 units elective courses offered by ANU list Course from 24 units elective courses offered by ANU list

Admission Requirements

A Bachelor degree or international equivalent with a minimum GPA of 5.0/7.0.

Cognate Disciplines

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

English language Requirements

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

Assessment of qualifications

Unless otherwise indicated, ANU will accept all Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) qualifications or international equivalents that meet or exceed the published admission requirements of our programs, provided all other admission requirements are also met.

 Where an applicant has more than one completed tertiary qualification, ANU will base assessment on the qualification that best meets the admission requirements for the program. Find out more about the Australian Qualifications Framework:

ANU uses a 7-point Grade Point Average (GPA) scale. All qualifications submitted for admission at ANU will be converted to this common scale, which will determine if an applicant meets our published admission requirements. Find out more about how a 7-point GPA is calculated for Australian universities:

Unless otherwise indicated, where an applicant has more than one completed tertiary qualification, ANU will calculate the GPA for each qualification separately. ANU will base assessment on the best GPA of all completed tertiary qualifications of the same level or higher.

Application for course credits

Applicants with a Bachelor Degree or Graduate Certificate in a cognate discipline may be eligible for up to 24 units (one semester) of credit. Applicants with a Graduate Diploma or Bachelor degree with Honours in a cognate discipline may be eligible for up to 48 units (one year) of credit. 

Some CSP places are available for domestic students on a competitive basis. Please refer to the Graduate commonwealth support places website for further information.

Annual indicative fee for domestic students

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Annual indicative fee for international students

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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; and
  5. Select from a range of anthropological methods those most suitable to a particular research problem.

Further Information

  • Interested in writing a thesis? Check out the advanced version of this degree.
  • Please be aware that any courses taken as part of the 24 units from completion of elective courses offered by ANU list will not count towards the advanced degree should you decide to transfer. This is because the advanced degree has no free electives, as they are in practice replaced by a 24 unit thesis.
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