Admission requirements for 2020 are currently under review, please note the admission requirements listed on this page relate to 2019 admissions.

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Master of Applied Anthropology and Participatory Development (Advanced)

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

MAAPDADV
  • Length 2 year full-time
  • Minimum 96 Units
  • Field of Education
    • Studies in Human Society
  • Academic contact
  • Length 2 year full-time
  • Minimum 96 Units
  • Field of Education
    • Studies in Human Society
  • Academic contact

If you’re a development practitioner, or aspiring to be one, the Master of Applied Anthropology and Participatory Development (Advanced) will give you the practical and analytic skills you need to make a difference, and also the theory to assess your impact.

The degree is a highly-regarded qualification taught by leading academics with development work experience in the field

It has a number of themes to guide your course choices according to your passions: conflict, development, environment, gender, health, humanitarian, and indigenous.

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

The MAAPD will advance your career in development, policy, and program management in bilateral, mulitlateral and non-government organisations or as an independent consultant.

Learning Outcomes

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

1.    Gain an understanding of trends and changes in development theory and practice as they apply to local development processes;
2.    Apply critical social inquiry and participatory processes to the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of development activities;
3.    Undertake social assessments and integrate social perspectives and participatory practices with other forms of technical expertise in development work;
4.    Advise on the development policy processes of NGOs, the private sector, government, and multilateral agencies to ensure the inclusion of local and community perspectives; and
5.    Develop and implement a major research project.

Further Information

  • Students in a single VAAPD degree who accept 24 units credit for a cognate Bachelor’s degree towards VAAPD, will receive 24 units unspecified credit towards the completion of the first disciplinary courses list. (A further 24 units from courses on this list will still need to be completed).

Admission Requirements

A Bachelor degree or international equivalent in a cognate discipline with a minimum GPA of 6.0/7.0, and the approval of an identified supervisor for the research project/thesis.

Students must have the written agreement of an identified supervisor in order to enrol in THES8103 Thesis in a specified semester one calendar year in advance of the start date of that semester. Students who do not have the written agreement of an identified supervisor one calendar year in advance, or whose agreed supervisor either subsequently leaves the university or is on leave from the university, will be transferred to the Master of Applied Anthropology and Participatory Development.

Cognate Disciplines

Anthropology, Asia-Pacific Studies, Development Studies, Economics, Environmental Studies, Gender Studies, Geography, Heritage Studies, History, Human Rights, Indigenous Australian Studies, International Relations, Pacific Studies, Political Science, Public Policy, Social Research, Social Work, Sociology, Sustainable Development

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: www.aqf.edu.au

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: www.uac.edu.au/future-applicants/admission-criteria/tertiary-qualifications

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 credit

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. 

Annual indicative fee for domestic students
$30,000.00

For more information see: http://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/costs-fees

Annual indicative fee for international students
$42,480.00

Scholarships

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.

Program Requirements

Program Requirements

The Master of Applied Anthropology and Participatory Development (Advanced) requires the completion of 96 units, of which:

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

The 96 units must consist of:

24 units from completion of applied anthropology and participatory development disciplinary courses on any of the following lists:

 

Conflict

ANTH8106 Gender, Violence and Development

EMDV8009 Asia Pacific Environmental Conflicts: Causes and Solutions

EMDV8079 Water Conflicts

 

Development

ANTH6009 Culture and Development

ANTH8007 Key Concepts in Anthropology of Development

ANTH8009 Development in Practice

ANTH8038 Critical Issues in Gender and Development

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

ANTH8058 Inequality and Development

ANTH8107 The World Bank and the Organisation of Development

CHMD8006 Global Health and Development

SOCY6045 Third World Development

 

Environment

ANTH8047 Land Rights and Resource Development

ANTH8060 Exploring Gender, Resources and the Environment

EMDV8009 Asia Pacific Environmental Conflicts: Causes and Solutions

EMDV8079 Water Conflicts

EMDV8082 Food Wars: Food Security and Agricultural Policy

EMDV8101 State, Society and Natural Resources

EMDV8124 Disaster Risk Reduction and Management

 

Gender

ANTH6025 Gender and Cross-Cultural Perspective

ANTH8038 Critical Issues in Gender and Development

ANTH8060 Exploring Gender, Resources and the Environment

ANTH8106 Gender, Violence and Development

DEMO8048 Gender and Population

 

Health

CHMD8006 Global Health and Development

CHMD8008 Medicine and Society in History

CHMD8014 Perspectives on Culture, Health and Medicine

CHMD8021 Indigenous Medicines, Health and Healing

CHMD8022 Biotechnologies in Biomedicine

EMDV8001 Environmental Sustainability, Health and Development

POPH8108 Social Determinants of Health

POPH8318 Human Health, Environment and Climate Change

 

Humanitarian

ANTH8042 Migration, Refugees and Development

ANTH8056 Introduction to Humanitarian Action

EMDV8124 Disaster Risk Reduction and Management

HUMN8023 Human Rights and Humanitarian Law

 

Indigenous

HIST8016 Settler Societies and Indigenous Encounters

INDG8001 Australian Indigenous Development

INDG8003 Understanding Indigenous Wellbeing: Demographic and Socioeconomic Change

INDG8004 Australian Indigenous Policy

INDG8006 International Indigenous Studies Research Project

 

Fieldwork and Internship courses

ANIP6503 Australian National Internships Program Internship A (Graduate)

ANTH6065 Indonesia Field School: Contemporary Change in Indonesia

ANTH6066 Indonesia Field School Extension

ANTH6135 Vietnam Field School

ANTH8016 MAAPD Internship

EMDV8015 Wet Tropics Cairns Applied Research Workshop

PASI6005 Pacific Islands Field School

 

12 units from the following compulsory research methods courses

ANTH8019 Social Analysis & Community Politics

ANTH8028 Social Impact Assessment: Theory and Methods

 

12 units from the completion of research project courses from the following list:

ANTH8007 Key Concepts in Anthropology of Development

ANTH8009 Development in Practice

ANTH8030 Critically Assessing Contemporary Development Practice

ANTH8038 Critical Issues in Gender and Development

ANTH8039 Critical Issues in Gender and Development (Advanced)

ANTH8058 Inequality and Development

ANTH8107 The World Bank and the Organisation of Development

 

Either:

 

24 units from completion of one of the following specialisations:

Indigenous Policy and Development

Society and Environment

 

Or

 

A further 24 units from completion of any courses on the above applied anthropology and participatory development disciplinary courses list.

 

24 units from completion of thesis courses from the following list:

ANTH8050 MAAPD (Advanced) Thesis

THES8103 Thesis

 

Students whose supervisor is based in the College of Asia and the Pacific will enrol in ANTH8050. Students whose supervisor is based in the College of Arts and Social Sciences or any other ANU College will enrol in THES8103.

Students must have the written agreement of an identified supervisor in order to enrol in ANTH8050 MAAPD (Advanced) Thesis and THES8103 Thesis in a specified semester one calendar year in advance of the start date of that semester.

Students who do not have the written agreement of an identified supervisor one calendar year in advance, or whose agreed supervisor either subsequently leaves the university or is on leave from the university, will be transferred to the Master of Applied Anthropology and Participatory 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.

Specialisations

Study Options

Year 1 48 units 36 Unit list Course 6 units 36 Unit list Course 6 units 36 Unit list Course 6 units 36 Unit list Course 6 units
ANTH8028 Social Impact Assessment: Theory and Methods 6 units 36 Unit list Course 6 units Specialisation Course 6 units Specialisation Course 6 units
Year 2 48 units ANTH8019 Social Analysis & Community Politics 6 units 36 Unit list Course 6 units Specialisation Course 12 units -
- THES8103 Thesis 6 to 24 units OR ANTH8050; - -
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