Anthropology is the study of humankind - our biology, culture and diversity, both past and present. Anthropology at the University of Auckland offers New Zealand's leading programme in Anthropology. You have diverse opportunities for postgraduate study in the four major sub-fields of anthropology:

  • Archaeology
  • Biological Anthropology
  • Ethnomusicology
  • Social Anthropology

You are also encouraged to work across these sub-fields to gain both qualitative and quantitative research skills.

Areas of study

Anthropology at the University of Auckland is particularly renowned for innovative research in the Pacific. As well as Australia and New Zealand, we have projects in:

  • Easter Island
  • Fiji
  • Hawai'i
  • Marquesas
  • Solomon Islands
  • Papau New Guinea

Research topics range from prehistory to material culture, art to religion, fashion, gender, intellectual property, music, health, ecology, osteology and genetics.

Our research also extends worldwide, including work in Brazil, Europe, India, Taiwan, China and the Middle East. Topics include: political anthropology, primate and human ecology, human growth, traditional and popular music, and archaeological projects.

You can study Anthropology in the following programmes:

What you will learn

Postgraduate study in Anthropology fosters greater cultural awareness and sensitivity, attributes valuable in many professions. Our recent graduates have careers not only in academic settings, but also in applied areas where critical thinking and analytical skills are essential.

Career opportunities

Anthropology can lead to careers in: aid and development agencies; teaching; consultancy in archaeological, health, social or environmental research; tourism; iwi authorities; museums; local or central government.

More information

Find out more about studying Anthropology.