Master of Archaeological and Evolutionary Science

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.

Cognate Disciplines

Anatomy, Ancient History, Anthropology, Archaeology, Botany, Earth Science, Environmental Science, Human Biology, Indigenous Studies, Marine Science, Medicine, Museum and Heritage Studies, Psychology, Zoology


  • Bioarchaeology and Forensic Anthropology
  • Environmental Archaeology and Climate Change
  • Human Evolution
  • Primate and Human Behaviour

Career opportunities

This is the right degree for you if you are interested in enhancing your professional skills or pursuing a PhD. This degree attracts professionals from all backgrounds that relate to the study of humanity, including: professional and academic archaeology cultural and environmental resource management, forensic science, materials science and ecotourism, human biology, psychology, and ecology. Our unique program can be tailored to suit your career path or research interests offering you a choice of archaeological and evolutionary science specialisations.

Admission requirements

  1. A Bachelor degree or international equivalent with a minimum GPA of 5/7
  2. All applicants must meet the University’s English Language Admission Requirements for Students.
  3. Applicants with a Bachelor Degree or Graduate Certificate in a cognate discipline may be eligible for 24 units (one semester) of credit.
  4. Applicants with a Graduate Diploma or Honours in a cognate discipline may be eligible for 48 units (one year) of credit.
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