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ANU is a leading international centre for teaching and research in Anthropology and Heritage Studies, with specialists whose interests touch each corner of the globe. The field encompasses Anthropology (including biological anthropology; culture, health and medicine; development studies; forensic anthropology; human evolutionary biology; and visual anthropology) and Museum and Heritage Studies (including cultural and environmental heritage; museums and collections; and museum education and heritage interpretation).

Anthropology is the study of cultural differences and similarities in a globalised world, utilising a distinctive methodology—long-term ethnographic fieldwork. As a field of study, Anthropology is uniquely placed to interpret the widest range of contemporary social phenomena—from migration to religious fundamentalism, online communities and new social movements, and many changing forms of social relationships. Biological Anthropology is the branch of anthropology that focuses on the evolutionary and biological aspects of humankind. Heritage Studies examines our expression of the past through material culture, museums, cultural events and performance and the processes of remembering, forgetting and commemoration. Development Studies focuses on the challenge of inequality and the industry of promoting economic growth and human development in the Global South.

Check the Centre for Heritage and Museum Studies website for more information on the faculty, research, projects, latest news, upcoming events and more.

Check the School of Archaeology & Anthropology website for more information on the faculty, research, projects, latest news, upcoming events and more.

*QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021

^Times Higher Education - Global University Employability Ranking 2020

Degree programs

Bachelor of Arts

Key facts

2 in Australia
21 for Arts and Humanities in World*

3 year full-time
Semester 1 & 2 intake

#1 in Australia for graduate employability^

UAC Code: 131003
CRICOS Code: 074016B

Graduate Certificate of Applied Anthropology and Participatory Development

Key facts

1 in Australia
5 for Anthropology & 15 for Development Studies in World*

0.5 Year FT or 1 Year PT
Semester 1 & 2 intake

#1 in Australia for graduate employability^

UAC Code: 830002

Graduate Certificate of Museum and Heritage Studies

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1 Year PT
Semester 1 & 2 intake

#1 in Australia for graduate employability^

UAC Code: 830071

Graduate Certificate of Studies

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0.5 Year FT or 3 Year PT
Semester 1 & 2 intake

#1 in Australia for graduate employability^

UAC Code: 830584
CRICOS Code: 082261M

Master of Anthropology

Key facts

1 in Australia
5 for Anthropology in World*

2 years
Semester 1 & 2 intake

#1 in Australia for graduate employability^

UAC Code: 830003
CRICOS Code: 082265G

Master of Applied Anthropology and Participatory Development

Key facts

1 in Australia
5 for Anthropology & 15 for Development Studies in World*

1-2 years
Semester 1 & 2 intake

#1 in Australia for graduate employability^

UAC Code: 830084
CRICOS Code: 082267E

Master of Arts - Arts Administration/Master of Museum and Heritage Studies, joint with Indiana University

Key facts

2 years
Semester 1 & 2 intake

#1 in Australia for graduate employability^

UAC Code: 830094
CRICOS Code: 093290D

Master of Museum and Heritage Studies

Key facts

1-2 years
Semester 1 & 2 intake

#1 in Australia for graduate employability^

UAC Code: 830091
CRICOS Code: 085331M

PhD & MPhil

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2-4 Year FT or 4-8 Year PT
Semester 1 & 2 intake

#1 in Australia for graduate employability^

My brilliant career

At ANU I was lucky enough to be taught by some of the best academics in the country and there was a lot of flexibility within my degree to do more research based projects which enabled me to focus on what I wanted to learn.

Charlee-Sue Frail, Bachelor of Arts

Hear from our students

I try to live by a quote “faber est suae quisque fortunae” which means that every person is the architect of their own future.

Karlya Parnell, Master of Applied Anthropology and Participatory Development (MAAPD)

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