Master of Applied Anthropology and Participatory Development

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

Further studies

Master of Applied Anthropology and Participatory Development (Advanced)

In this advanced option you complete a thesis instead of a semester of electives, which allows you to have a stronger research focus to your master's qualification.

Career 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.

Professional outcomes

The program attracts students from international and government agencies, non-government organisations and consultants. Some of them are already working in development, while others are looking to move into development work. Students in the program come from varied backgrounds in terms of their nationalities, training and work experience. This diversity is fostered through options for delivery to offcampus students, as well as research and internship possibilities. MAAPD graduates go on to work in a range of development organisations and programs, and continue to value the networks formed during their studies.
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