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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 2022

^Times Higher Education - Global University Employability Ranking 2021

Degree programs

Bachelor of Arts

Key facts

3 in Australia
25 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 & 6 for Anthropology in World* and
2 in Australia & 14 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

Key facts

1 Year PT
Semester 1 & 2 intake

#1 in Australia for graduate employability^

UAC Code: 830071

Graduate Certificate of Studies

Key facts

0.5 Year FT or 3 Years 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
6 for Anthropology in World*

1 year full-time
Semester 1 & 2 intake

#1 in Australia for graduate employability^

UAC Code: 830006
CRICOS Code: 108302M

Master of Applied Anthropology and Development

Key facts

1 in Australia & 6 for Anthropology in World* and
2 in Australia & 14 for Development Studies in World*

1 year full-time
Semester 1 & 2 intake

#1 in Australia for graduate employability^

UAC Code: 830073
CRICOS Code: 108304J

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

Key facts

2 years full-time
Semester 1 & 2 intake

#1 in Australia for graduate employability^

UAC Code: 830094
CRICOS Code: 093290D

Master of Museum and Heritage Studies

Key facts

1.5 years full-time
Semester 1 & 2 intake

#1 in Australia for graduate employability^

UAC Code: 830072
CRICOS Code: 108331F

PhD & MPhil

Key facts

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

#1 in Australia for graduate employability^

My brilliant career

ANU made me feel happy, at peace, and I enjoyed every day of my life there.

Jiani Li , Master of Museum and Heritage Studies

Hear from our students

My first year anthropology course gave me a new way of looking at the world that makes the commonplace both extraordinary and interesting.

Luke, Bachelor of Arts (Honours)

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