Anthropology and Heritage

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 2024

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

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1 in Australia & 9 for Anthropology in World* and
1 in Australia & 10 for Development Studies in World*

#1 in Australia for graduate employability^

Degree programs

Bachelor of Arts

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3 in Australia
38 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 Cross-Cultural Analysis

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1 in Australia 
9 for Anthropology in World*

0.5 Year FT or 1 Year PT
Semester 1 intake

#1 in Australia for graduate employability^

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 Years PT
Semester 1 & 2 intake

#1 in Australia for graduate employability^

UAC Code: 830584
CRICOS Code: 082261M
Graduate Certificate of the Repatriation of Ancestral Remains and Cultural Objects

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0.5 Year
Semester 1 intake

#1 in Australia for graduate employability^

Master of Anthropology and Planetary Futures

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1 in Australia
9 for Anthropology in World*

1 year full-time
Semester 1 & 2 intake

#1 in Australia for graduate employability^

CRICOS Code: 114811F
Master of Archaeological and Evolutionary Science

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1 in Australia
8 for Archaeology in World*

2 years full-time
Semester 1 & 2 intake

#1 in Australia for graduate employability^

UAC Code: 830009
CRICOS Code: 096399M
Master of Heritage Tourism Management

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1.5 years full-time
Semester 1 & 2 intake

#1 in Australia for graduate employability^

CRICOS Code: 114601E
Master of Museum and Heritage Studies

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1.5 years full-time
Semester 1 & 2 intake

#1 in Australia for graduate employability^

UAC Code: 830072
CRICOS Code: 108331F
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^

Hear from our students

That was the best part of MAAPD – the fact that I could complete it from anywhere in the world.
Holly , Master of Applied Anthropology and Participatory Development

My brilliant career

<p>"I always liked the sense of community within the school [of History]; tutorial rooms filled with puffer jacketed undergrads in old Coombs, a small pile of us reading in the quads when the sun was out and the magpies were friendly, corridors of decorated staff doors as you hunted for a printer, or the shared looks of confusion as a microfiche was explained.”&nbsp;</p>
Madalyn Grant , Bachelor of Arts (Honours) / Bachelor of Archaeological Practice

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Anthropology (major/minor)
Anthropology discipline flyer
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Bachelor of Arts
 Bachelor of Arts flyer
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Biological Anthropology (major/minor)
Biological Anthropology flyer
(PDF, 3 MB )
Graduate Certificate of Cross-Cultural Analysis
Graduate Certificate of Cross-Cultural Analysis flyer
(PDF, 812.92 KB )
Graduate Certificate of Museum and Heritage Studies
Graduate Certificate of Museum and Heritage Studies flyer
(PDF, 3.27 MB )
Graduate Certificate of Studies
Graduate Certificate of Studies flyer
(PDF, 5.06 MB )
Graduate Certificate of the Repatriation of Ancestral Remains and Cultural Objects
Graduate Certificate of the Repatriation of Ancestral Remains and Cultural Objects
(PDF, 123.95 KB )
Master of Anthropology and Planetary Futures
Master of Anthropology and Planetary Futures flyer
(PDF, 3.61 MB )
Master of Heritage Tourism Management
Master of Heritage Tourism Management flyer
(PDF, 4.08 MB )
Master of Museum and Heritage Studies
Master of Museum and Heritage Studies flyer
(PDF, 3.26 MB )

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