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

Program Requirements

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

A maximum of 24 units of language courses at 1000, 2000 and 3000 level

A minimum of 72 units from the completion of 6000, 7000 and 8000 level courses

A minimum of 96 units must come from completion of, credit for, or exemptions for courses on the following lists:

Introductory component

Compulsory research courses 

Thematic courses


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 (6 units)

ANTH6003 Global Citizen: Culture, Development and Inequality (6 units)

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

ANTH6009 Culture and Development (6 units)

ANTH6017 Culture, Social Justice and Aboriginal Society Today (6 units)

ANTH6025 Gender in Cross-Cultural Perspective (6 units)

ANTH6026 Medicine, Healing and the Body (6 units)

ANTH6134 States and Citizens: Anthropological Perspectives (6 units)

ANTH6515 Crossing Borders: Migration, Identity and Livelihood (6 units)

ANTH6516 Violence and Terror (6 units)

ANTH6518 Food for Thought: Anthropological Theories of Food and Eating (6 units)

24 units from completion of the following compulsory research courses:

ANTH8035 History of Anthropological Theory Extended (12 units)

ANTH8059 Doing Ethnography: Research Practicum in Applied Anthropology (6 units)

ANTH8070 Research Design and Field Methods in Anthropology (6 units)

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) (6 units)

ASIA8038 Writing Ethnography in Asia and the Pacific (6 units)

ASIA8047 Rituals of Life and Death in Asia and the Pacific (6 units)

ASIA8051 Language in Asia and the Pacific (6 units)

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

ENVS6014 Qualitative Research Methods for Sustainability (6 units)

HUMN8034 Collaborative Curating and Storytelling (6 units)

LING6311 Language and Social Interaction (6 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)

ANIP6505 Australian National Internships Program B (12 units)

ANIP6507 Australian National Internships Program D (24 units)

ANTH6065 Indonesia Field School: Contemporary Change in Indonesia (6 units)

ANTH6066 Indonesia Field School Extension (6 units)

HUMN8037 Culture and Heritage in China Field School (6 units)

MUSC8004 Internship 1 (6 units)

MUSC8005 Internship 2 (6 units)

PASI6005 Pacific Islands Field School (6 units)

Food Culture, Sustainability, and Society

ANTH6064 Anthropology of Environmental Disasters (6 units)

ANTH6518 Food for Thought: Anthropological Theories of Food and Eating (6 units)

ANTH8058 Inequality and 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)


BIAN6124 Evolution and Human Behaviour (6 units)

CHMD8021 Indigenous Medicines, Health and Healing (6 units)

CHMD8022 Anthropology of Biomedical Technologies in Practice

GEND6501 Posthuman Bodies (6 units)

SOCR8006 Online Research Methods (6 units)

SOCY6064 Surveillance and Society (6 units)

SOCY6170 Media, Technology and Society (6 units)

Workplace and the social person

BUSI7280 Managing in a Global Context (6 units)

MGMT7107 Tools and Techniques for Business Project Management (6 units)

Migration and Travel

ANTH8042 Migration, Refugees and Development (6 units)

ASIA6018 Maps and Mapping in Asia and The Pacific (6 units)

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

HUMN8019 World Heritage (6 units)

HUMN8027 Critical Issues in Heritage and Museum Studies (6 units)

HUMN8033 Tourism, Heritage and Globalisation (6 units)

HUMN8035 Critical Issues in Intangible Heritage (6 units)

MUSI6007 Music and Globalisation (6 units)

PASI8008 Gender and Sexuality in the Pacific (6 units)

A maximum of 24 units from the completion of 1000, 2000 or 3000 level language courses with the following alpha codes:




















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. 

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.

NOTE: This program has the last admit term of Semester 1 2022 and will be replaced by the new 48 unit program. Details of the new program can be found at :

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 until 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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