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Masters of Anthropology

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Masters of Anthropology

  • $ 44470
    1st year fees
  • 96
  • Campus
  • Masters
  • 2 years
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Masters of Anthropology is a 2 years Masters program taught at Australian National University, Australia. The program is offered in campus-based modes with full Time options. To successfully obtain Masters of Anthropology from Australian National University you are required to complete 96 credit hours. After completion of Masters of Anthropology you will be able to further continue for advance studies or start career as Analyst, Advertisement Agency, Marketing, Public Health, Cultural Management, Teaching, Social Work.

Admission Requirements

The minimum requirements for admission in Masters of Anthropology at Australian National University for all applicants (Domestic or International) are:

  • program specific academic requirment set by Australian National University.
  • English Language OR any other language requirments as set by Australian National University as pre-requiste for admission in Masters of Anthropology.

Note: Please check the university website in the link below.

Courses Units

You need to complete 96 credit hours to successfully obtain this degree. Please check detail of study units at

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 (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)

HUMN8001 Interdisciplinary Humanities Research: Methods, Theories and Skills (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)

BIAN6119 Nutrition, Disease and the Environment (6 units)

BIAN6120 Culture, Biology and Population Dynamics (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)

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

ASIA8046 Maps and Mapping for the Social Sciences and Humanities (6 units)

BIAN6120 Culture, Biology and Population Dynamics (6 units)

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

INDG6004 Continuing Gamilaraay (6 units)

BURM6002 Burmese 1 (6 units)

BURM6003 Burmese 2 (6 units)

TETM6002 Tetum 1 (6 units)

TETM6003 Tetum 2 (6 units)

TETM6104 Tetum 3 (6 units)

TETM6105 Tetum 4 (6 units)

TIBN6002 Tibetan 1 (6 units)

TIBN6003 Tibetan 2 (6 units)

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.

More Information

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 Opportunities

You can join one of the following careers:

  • Analyst
  • Advertisement Agency
  • Marketing
  • Public Health
  • Cultural Management
  • Teaching
  • Social Work
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