Master of Archaeological and Evolutionary Science

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.

As a student you’ll benefit from strong industry partnerships, a professional internship program, a variety of field schools, hands-on master classes with visiting fellows, variety of field schools, and world-class laboratory facilities.

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.

Our scholarship programs are designed to support students from diverse backgrounds and abilities, and we automatically consider applicants for some of them upon application. Applications for Semester 2, 2024 are now open and domestic applications close on 8 July, 2024.

*QS World University Rankings by Subject 2024

^Times Higher Education - Global University Employability Ranking 2023-24

Key facts

1 in Australia
8 for Archaeology in World*

2 years full-time
Semester 1 & 2 intake
Advanced option available

#1 in Australia for graduate employability^

UAC Code: 830009
CRICOS Code: 096399M

Career options

Master of Archaeological and Evolutionary Science program is designed to facilitate students interested in either a professional or academic pathway. It can lead to a PhD, and/or careers in consulting, environmental resource management, conservation and wildlife management, museums and heritage management, forensic science and materials science.

Hear from our students

The ANU is one of the few places in Australia that does groundbreaking research in archaeology, but also has time for their students.
Aman Kang , Master of Archaeological and Evolutionary Science

My brilliant career

"Moving from Brazil to Canberra to study the Master of Archaeological and Evolutionary Science (Advanced) was one of the best decisions I've made."
Nathalia Dias , Master of Archaeological and Evolutionary Science (Advanced)

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Fees, scholarships & apply

Tuition fees

Visit the handbook to see indicative fees and Commonwealth supported places for this degree.


ANU offers many scholarships both to overcome disadvantage and to recognise academic merit.

How to apply

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