The Master of Anthropology is designed for students who have a background in another field, who have developed an interest in Anthropology, but who may have little formal background in the subject. The aim of the qualification is to provide quality and coherent graduate education in Anthropology.
The program is suitable for those who seek academic preparation for a career in a professional area requiring a solid understanding of Anthropology, whether in cultural institutions, the public service, the academy, or elsewhere. It is available to qualified applicants from both Australia and overseas.
The Master of Applied Anthropology and Participatory Development (MAAPD) is a graduate program that provides an understanding of the principal ways in which critical social inquiry and participatory processes can be applied to the management of international development activities. Particular emphasis is placed on the problems of combining social perspectives and participatory practices with other forms of technical expertise in development work. The program is designed for people working in government, and non-government development agencies. On completion of the program MAAPD graduates will be better able to manage development projects, including undertaking social assessment and advising on their cultural and social impacts. The program also offers specializations in Gender and Development, Indigenous Policy, and Conflict and Development.
The study of what it means to be human can be fully achieved only by exploring both the past and present of humanity, where aspects of our biology, culture, society, evolution, and behaviour are combined. As an archaeological and evolutionary science student at ANU, you'll receive in depth theoretical, field, and laboratory training covering the many ways in which humans have existed as part of past dynamic societies, and their variation in the modern world. ANU is one of the world's leading archaeological teaching and research universities, offering you opportunities to engage in fieldwork across Australia, the Asia Pacific region, and Europe. It is also the only university in Australia with both Biological Anthropology and Archaeology teaching and research programs. You'll benefit from our strong industry partnerships, our professional internship program, our hands-on master classes with visiting fellows, our variety of field schools, and world-class laboratory facilities.
The Master of Archaeological and Evolutionary Science offers access to our world-class teaching staff and laboratory facilities to equip you with the practical, analytical, and interpretive skills necessary for further research, professional archaeological consulting, and for diverse professional fields.
You can tailor the program to your own training objectives, through hands-on experience with a wide-range of supervising specialists, materials and laboratory resources.
The Master of Culture, Health and Medicine (CHAM) is a graduate program that provides a nuanced understanding of the nature of health, sickness, and healing in a local and global context. Particular emphasis will be placed on the problems of combining socio-cultural perspectives and medical practices with other forms of technical expertise in health related research and practice. The program is designed for health professionals, people working in government, and non-government development agencies and recent graduate students. On completion of the program CHAM graduates will be better able to contribute to research and practice in diverse health related areas. The program also offers specializations in Global Health and Development, Health Policy and Ethics, Health and Gender, Health and Environment and Health and Indigenous Australia.
The Master of Museum and Heritage Studies draws on our strong connections with Canberra's leading cultural and collecting institutions to prepare you for an innovative career in this field. Our local and national links mean you'll regularly hear from senior institutional staff in classes, and can learn on the ground through our internship program. Our academics are international leaders in research in the field, and the masters offers a range of specialisations in either museum or heritage studies. Within the museum specialisation you'll learn traditional curatorship and collections management, in addition to new areas such as such as social inclusion, citizenship and community engagement, social activism and museums, Indigenous curation and collection, and innovative visitor studies. The cultural and environmental heritage specialisation offers you the opportunity to analytically address and assess national and international policy and practices in the context of a critical framework that explores the political and social phenomenon and impacts of heritage and its management and conservation.
The Master of Museum and Heritage Studies at ANU provides the unique opportunity to articulate with the Indiana University to complete a double degree with the Master of Arts – Arts Administration.
These degrees draw on strong connections with cultural and collecting institutions in Australia and the United States. The double degree aims to prepare you for an innovative career in both Museum Curatorial practice (ANU) and Arts Administration (IU). At the ANU, students will learn traditional curatorship and collections management, while also being introduced to new areas impacting on national and international cultural policy such as social inclusion, citizenship and community engagement, social activism and museums, Indigenous curation and collection, and innovative visitor and audience studies. At IU, students will gain the knowledge and practical skills needed to become an effective arts advocate and leader of change; students will be introduced to a range of core skills in the areas of business, marketing, policy and management, as well as a thorough understanding of the arts sector.
Read more about the Master of Arts Administration (IU)/Master of Museum and Heritage Studies (ANU).
Visual Cultural Research
Visual Culture Research draws on the perspectives of anthropology, art theory and film studies with practical courses utilising visual media and relevant software. The program aims to foster in students a well-developed understanding of diverse visual cultural environments and a set of skills for working with visual materials. Graduates will achieve a high level of visual literacy - an ability to analytically grasp visual materials from a range of disciplinary perspectives, and an understanding of the key conceptual debates in visual studies. Flexibility in program design allows students to put together a suite of courses that are tailored to their interests. Courses in ethnographic film making and digital media methods are highlights of the program, as are internships that enable students to gain valuable on the job experience of working with world class visual culture collections. Graduates are well placed to pursue careers in cultural institutions, in diverse government and non-government contexts, or to pursue further research.
The school offers graduate research programs at Master of Philosophy (MPhil) and doctorate (PhD) levels. These research-only degrees enable students to undertake an in-depth research project at post-graduate level under the close supervision of academic staff. The MPhil and PhD take two and four years respectively.