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Master of Anthropology

A single five year graduate award offered by the School of Archaeology and Anthropology

  • Length 5 year full-time
  • Minimum 48 Units
  • Length 5 year full-time
  • Minimum 48 Units

Program Requirements

The Master of Anthropology requires completion of 48 units, which must include:

24 units from the following compulsory research and capstone courses:

6 units from completion of the discipline research methods course

ANTH8019 Social Analysis and Community Politics (6 units)

6 units from completion of one of the following discipline theory courses:

ANTH8007 Key Concepts in Anthropology of Development (6 units)

CHMD8014 Perspectives on Culture, Health and Medicine (6 units)

ANTH8001 Graduate Reading Course (Anthropology) (6 units)

12 units from completion of the integrated capstone course

ANTH8059 Doing Ethnography: Research Practicum in Applied Anthropology (12 units) 

24 units from completion of anthropology disciplinary courses:

Ethnography and Research Methods

ASIA8038 Cultural Creativity and Research in Asia and the Pacific (6 units)

ASIA8051 Language and Power in Asia and the Pacific (6 units)

ENVS6014 Qualitative Research Methods for Sustainability (6 units)

HUMN8034 Collaborative Curating and Storytelling (6 units)

HUMN8038 Oral History and Heritage: Practice and Theory (6 units) 

LING6311 Language and Social Interaction (6 units)

PASI8315 Pacific Research Methodologies (3 units)

PASI8316 Inclusive Research Methodologies (3 units)

SOCR8006 Online Research Methods (6 units)

SOCR8008 Qualitative Data Collection (6 units)

Field Schools and Internships

ANIP6503 Australian National Internships Program A (6 units)

MUSC8004 Internship 1 (6 units)

MUSC8005 Internship 2 (6 units)

Food Culture, Sustainability, and Society

ANTH6064 Anthropology of Environmental Disasters

ANTH8047 Land Rights and Resource Development (6 units)

ASIA8021 Activism and Social Change in Asia and the Pacific (6 units)

ASIA8050 Social Conflict and Environmental Challenges in Asia and the Pacific (6 units)

EMDV8082 Food Wars: Food Security and Agricultural Policy (6 units)

ENVS6101 Environment and Society: Geography of Sustainability (6 units)

ENVS8003 Climate Change Vulnerability and Adaptation (6 units)

Critical Studies in Gender, Embodiment and Technology

ANTH8038 Gender & Development: Critical Issues in Policy & Practice (6 units) 

ASIA8023 Race, Culture, and the Asian Body in the Age of Biotech (6 units)

CHMD8021 Indigenous Medicines, Health and Healing (6 units)

GEND6034 Going Public: Sex, Sexuality and Feminism (6 units) 

GEND6501 Posthuman Bodies (6 units)

PASI8008 Gender and Sexuality in the Pacific (6 units)

PASI8305 Pacific Feminisms (3 units)

PASI8314 Gender and Leadership in the Pacific (3 units)

SCOM8014 Communicating Science with the Public (6 units) 

Empire, Migration and Travel

ANTH8056 Introduction to Humanitarian Action (6 units)

ASIA8040 Engaging Asia: Australia and the Asian Century (6 units)

HIST8015 Colonial Australia in an Imperial World (6 units) 

HIST8030 Decolonising history? Indigenous Perspectives, deep history, and postcolonial challenges (6 units) 

HUMN8019 UNESCO and World Heritage: Conserving Heritage Values (6 units)

HUMN8033 Tourism, Heritage and Globalisation (6 units)

MUSI6007 Music and Globalisation (6 units)

Maximum of 12 units of 1000, 2000 or 3000 level language courses with the following alpha prefix:


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. 

  • A cognate Bachelor degree or international equivalent with a minimum GPA of 5/7
  • A Bachelor degree or international equivalent AND a Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma in a cognate discipline with a minimum GPA of 4/7

Cognate Discipline

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.

Alternate Admin Requirements

A cognate Bachelor degree or international equivalent with a minimum GPA of 5/7

A Bachelor degree or international equivalent AND a Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma in a cognate discipline with a minimum GPA of 4/7

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

Domestic Tuition Fees (DTF)

For more information see:

Annual indicative fee for international students

For further information on International Tuition Fees see:

Fee Information

All students are required to pay the Services and amenities fee (SA Fee)

The annual indicative fee provides an estimate of the program tuition fees for international students and domestic students (where applicable). The annual indicative fee for a program is based on the standard full-time enrolment load of 48 units per year (unless the program duration is less than 48 units). Fees for courses vary by discipline meaning that the fees for a program can vary depending on the courses selected. Course fees are reviewed on an annual basis and typically will increase from year to year. The tuition fees payable are dependent on the year of commencement and the courses selected and are subject to increase during the period of study.

For further information on Fees and Payment please 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

ANU ranks among the world's very finest universities. Our nearly 100,000 alumni include political, business, government, and academic leaders around the world.

We have graduated remarkable people from every part of our continent, our region and all walks of life.

This program is available for applications to commence from First Semester, 2022

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; and
  6. apply anthropological knowledge to cross-cultural work environments and problem solving. 
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