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Master of Applied Anthropology and Participatory Development

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

MAAPD has a number of themes to guide your course choices according to your passions such as conflict, development, gender, health, and humanitarian, as well as specialisations in indigenous policy and environment.

Taught by anthropologists and other social scientists who are engaged in innovative development research and practice, the program is infused with the expertise that gives The Australian National University a world-class reputation in anthropological studies.

This degree can be taken in person or online, and has a combination of required and elective courses which are designed to support its learning objectives. The range of elective courses enable students to focus on issues of interest to them, including international field schools internship and research options. In addition to the themes, MAAPD has two specialisations: Indigenous Policy and Society and Environment, where you can look at these issues in much more depth.


Study Online

The Master of Applied Anthropology and Participatory Development - Online lets you study this highly-regarded qualification from wherever you are.

*QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021

^Times Higher Education - Global University Employability Ranking 2020

Career options

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

Hear from our students

I was looking for a Masters program which combines theory and practice in development. I found that MAAPD is a whole package program. It has a strong theory background such as gender development as well as solid technical skill practice, including participatory method and gender analysis.

Gena Lysistrata, Master of Applied Anthropology and Participatory Development (Advanced)

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