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
  • Mode of delivery
    • In Person
  • Field of Education
    • Anthropology
  • Academic contact
  • Length 2 year full-time
  • Minimum 96 Units
  • Mode of delivery
    • In Person
  • Field of Education
    • Anthropology
  • Academic contact

Program Requirements

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

96 units must come from completion of 6000-level, 7000-level and 8000-level courses

A minimum of 72 units must come from completion of, credit for, or exemptions for courses on the following lists:

Introductory component

Compulsory research courses 

Thematic courses

THES8103 Thesis

24 units from completion of the following introductory component:

A minimum 6 units from completion of courses from the following list:

ANTH6002 Culture and Human Diversity: Introducing Anthropology

ANTH6003 Global Citizen: Culture, Development and Inequality

A maximum 18 units from completion of courses from the following list:

ANTH6004 Spirit Rising: Religious Resurgence in its Local Context

ANTH6009 Culture and Development 

ANTH6017 Culture, Social Justice and Aboriginal Society Today 

ANTH6025 Gender in Cross-Cultural Perspective

ANTH6026 Medicine, Healing and the Body 

ANTH6057 Culture and Person

ANTH6134 States and Citizens: Anthropological Perspectives 

ANTH6138 Doing Medical Anthropology

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 

ESEN6101 Extended University English

24 units from completion of the following compulsory research courses:

ANTH8035 History of Anthropological Theory Extended 

ANTH8059 Doing Ethnography: Research Practicum in Applied Anthropology 

ANTH8070 Research Design and Field Methods in Anthropology

A maximum of 24 units from completion of courses from any of the following thematic lists:

Ethnography and Research Methods

ANTH8001 Graduate Reading Course (Anthropology)

ASIA8038 Writing Ethnography in Asia and the Pacific

ASIA8047 The Death of God in the Asia-Pacific

ASIA8051 Language and Power in Asia and the Pacific

CHMD8014 Perspectives on Culture, Health and Medicine

ENVS6014 Qualitative Research Methods for Sustainability

HUMN8001 Interdisciplinary Humanities Research: Methods, Theories and Skills

HUMN8034 Collaborative Storytelling and Cultural Production

LING6311 Language and Social Interaction

SOCR8006 Online Research Methods

SOCR8008 Qualitative Social Research

Field Schools and Internships:

ANIP6503 Australian National Internships Program Internship A (Graduate)

ANIP6505 Australian National Internships Program B

ANIP6507 Australian National Internships Program D

ANTH6065 Indonesia Field School: Contemporary Change in Indonesia

ANTH6066 Indonesia Field School Extension

ANTH6135 Vietnam Field School

ANTH6137 Vietnam Field School

HUMN8037 Culture and Heritage in China Field School

MUSC8004 Internship 1

MUSC8005 Internship 2

PASI6005 Pacific Islands Field School

Food Culture, Sustainability, and Society

ANTH6064 Anthropology of Environmental Disasters

ANTH6518 Food for Thought: Anthropological theories of food and eating

ANTH8058 Inequality and Development

ASIA8021 Activism and Social Change in Asia and the Pacific

ASIA8050 Social Conflict and Environmental Challenges in Asia and the Pacific

BIAN6119 Nutrition, Disease and the Environment

BIAN6120 Culture, Biology & Population Dynamics

CHMD8013 Life, Waste and Sustainability

CHMD8020 The Future of Food and Human Health

EMDV8082 Food Wars: Food Security and Agricultural Policy

ENVS6101 Environment and Society: Geography of Sustainability

ENVS8003 Climate Change Vulnerability and Adaptation

SOCY6065 Excessive Appetites: Sociocultural Perspectives on Addiction and Drug Use


ANTH6136 Piracy: Property Wars from the High Seas to Anonymous 

BIAN6124 Evolution and Human Behaviour

CHMD8021 Indigenous Medicines, Health and Healing

CHMD8022 Biotechnologies in Biomedicine

GEND6501 Posthuman bodies

SOCR8006 Online Research Methods

SOCY6064 Surveillance and Society

SOCY6170 Sociology of Emergent Media

Workplace and the social person

BUSI7280 Managing in a Global Context

MGMT7107 Managing Across Cultures

Migration and Travel

ANTH8042 Migration, Refugees and Development

ASIA8040 Engaging Asia: Australia and the Asian Century

ASIA8046 Maps and Mapping for the Social Sciences and Humanities

BIAN6120 Culture, Biology & Population Dynamics

CHMD8016 International Migration of Health Workers: Sociological and Ethical Aspects

HUMN8027 Critical Issues in Heritage and Museum Studies

HUMN8019 World Heritage: conserving cultural heritage values

HUMN8033 Tourism, Heritage and Globalization

HUMN8035 Critical Issues in Intangible Heritage 

MUSI6007 Music and Globalisation

PASI8008 Gender and Sexuality in the Pacific

A maximum of 24 units from completion of courses from any of the following language specialisations and courses:

Arabic Language and Culture specialisation

Australian Indigenous Languages and Society specialisation

Chinese Language and culture specialisation

French Language and Culture specialisation

German Language and Culture specialisation

Hindi Language and Culture specialisation

Indonesian Language and Culture specialisation

Italian Language and Culture specialisation

Japanese Language and Culture specialisation

Korean Language and Culture specialisation

Persian Language and Culture specialisation

Portuguese Language and Culture specialisation

Russian Language and Culture specialisation

Sanskrit Language and Culture specialisation

Spanish Language and Culture specialisation

Thai Language and Culture specialisation

Vietnamese Language and Culture specialisation

INDG6003 Gamilaraay- introduction to an Australia Indigenous Language

INDG6004 Continuing Gamilaraay

BURM6002 Burmese 1

BURM6003 Burmese 2

TETM6002 Tetum 1

TETM6003 Tetum 2

TETM6104 Tetum 3

TETM6105 Tetum 4

TIBN6002 Tibetan 1

TIBN6003 Tibetan 2

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
Year 2 -

Admission Requirements

Admission requirements

At a minimum, all applicants must meet program-specific academic/non-academic requirements, and English language requirements. Admission to most ANU programs is on a competitive basis. Therefore, meeting all admission requirements does not automatically guarantee entry. 

Applicants must present 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


In line with the university's admissions policy and strategic plan, an assessment for admission may include competitively ranking applicants on the basis of specific academic achievement, English language proficiency and diversity factors. 


Academic achievement & English language proficiency

The minimum academic requirement for full entry and enrolment is a Bachelor degree or international equivalent with a minimum GPA of 5.0/7.0. 


However, applicants will first be ranked on a GPA ('GPA1') that is calculated using all but the last semester (or equivalent) of the Bachelor degree used for admission purposes. 

If required, ranking may further be confirmed on the basis of: 

• a GPA ('GPA2') calculated on the penultimate and antepenultimate semesters (or equivalent) of the Bachelor degree used for admission purposes; and/or

• demonstrating higher-level English language proficiency. 

Prior to enrolment in this ANU program, all students who gain entry will have their Bachelor degree reassessed, to confirm minimum requirements were met.

Further information: English Language Requirements for Admission

Diversity factors

As Australia’s national university, ANU is global representative of Australian research and education. ANU endeavours to recruit and maintain a diverse and deliberate student cohort representative not only of Australia, but the world. In order to achieve these outcomes, competitive ranking of applicants may be adjusted to ensure access to ANU is a reality for brilliant students from countries across the globe.


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. 


Cognate Disciplines

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

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

For further information on International Tuition Fees see:


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.

Anthropology is the study of contemporary human cultural lives. This degree centres on anthropology’s ethnographic approach, which is employed to understand how people live their lives, on their own terms. Such an approach enables anthropologists to examine key global challenges and events, like climate change and xenophobia, as well as how government policies, technologies, and products and services are incorporated into people’s lives. Designed for those whose work or interest is in understanding people in specific contexts, this program equips students with the necessary ethnographic skills and opportunities to undertake analysis of human lives, and to make cross-cultural comparisons.  

Why study anthropology at the ANU?
The Master of Anthropology at the ANU is a highly sought-after program that places very strong emphasis on anthropological theory and methods with the intention of turning out graduates ready to work in applied research contexts in the public and corporate sectors. The program provides students with central skills in anthropological and ethnographic theory and methods, which includes training in research and analysis, a broad suite of optional language training, field-schools, internship placements as well as a thesis option. We offer graduates comprehensive training in ethnographic methods and anthropological theory, followed by thematised progression in accordance with the student's interests and future intentions for work or study.

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.

Learning Outcomes

  1. understand when and how to apply ethnographic research techniques;
  2. select from a range of anthropological methods those most suitable to a particular research or policy problem;
  3. demonstrate knowledge of the history of anthropological theory and the different ethnographic methods associated with different periods;
  4. articulate and demonstrate the value of conducting ethnographic work in a given context;
  5. design ethnographically based programs of investigation ready for application in a given field or work or study.
  6. apply anthropological knowledge to cross-cultural work environments and problem solving. 

Inherent Requirements

Infromation on Inherent Requirements is currently not available for this program

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