Postgraduate study in Anthropology

What can you study in Anthropology?

You have diverse opportunities for postgraduate study in the four major sub-fields of anthropology:

  • Archaeology
  • Biological anthropology
  • Ethnomusicology
  • Social anthropology

You can study topics including:

  • Prehistory
  • Material culture
  • Landscape archaeology
  • Bioarchaeology
  • Osteology and genetics
  • Evolution and primatology
  • Human ecology
  • Human growth
  • Art and performance
  • Ethnicity
  • Religion
  • Gender
  • Economic, historical, medical and political anthropology
  • Traditional and popular musics

Entry requirements

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Anthropology

A BA or Bachelor of Global Studies (or equivalent) with a major in Anthropology or Anthropological Science. You must have a Grade Point Average of 5.0 or higher in 45 points above Stage II in the major.

The following subjects may also be considered for entry: Ancient History, Asian Studies, Biological Science, Dance, Gender Studies, History, Human Geography, Māori Studies, Media, Museums and Area Studies, Music, Pacific Studies, Performance Studies, Psychology, Sociology, Social Sciences, Social Work.

Master of Arts in Anthropology

120-point (one-year) MA

A BA(Hons) or PGDipArts in Anthropology with a Grade Point Average of 5.0 or higher. The research masters has higher requirements.

The following subjects may also be considered for entry: Ancient History, Asian Studies, Biological Science, Dance, Gender Studies, History, Human Geography, Māori Studies, Media, Museums and Area Studies, Music, Pacific Studies, Performance Studies, Psychology, Sociology, Social Sciences, Social Work.

240-point (two-year) MA

A BA with a major in Anthropology, a BSc with a major in Anthropological Science, or an approved equivalent qualification, with a Grade Point Average of 5.0 or higher in at least 45 points above Stage II in the major.

The following subjects may also be considered for entry: Ancient History, Asian Studies, Biological Science, Dance, Gender Studies, History, Human Geography, Māori Studies, Media, Museums and Area Studies, Music, Pacific Studies, Performance Studies, Psychology, Sociology, Social Sciences, Social Work.

Structuring your specialisation in Anthropology

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Anthropology

Consult the BA(Hons) schedule for how to structure your study and for the courses you may take.

2021 BA(Hons) schedule for Anthropology

Master of Arts in Anthropology

Consult the MA schedule for how to structure your study and for the courses you may take.

2021 MA schedule for Anthropology

Courses

Explore the courses you can take as part of a specialisation in Anthropology:

Postgraduate courses

Scholarships and awards

Help and advice

For help with planning your degree and enrolling in your courses, please contact the Arts Students' Centre.

If you would like to find out more about studying Anthropology, you can contact a Postgraduate Adviser.