Postgraduate study in Anthropology

Postgraduate study opportunities in Anthropology

We offer 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.
 

Current research in Anthropology

Anthropology 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
  • Papua 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.
 

Postgraduate careers

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.

Meet some of our students and graduates.

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Anthropology

The BA(Hons) is a stand alone degree at postgraduate level. It may be taken after a completed BA and is awarded as a separate qualification. The BA(Hons) may be used as the entry qualification for the one year MA.

Admission requirements

A BA (or equivalent) with a major in Anthropology or Anthropological Science. You must have an average grade of B or higher in 45 points above Stage II in the major.

Programme overview

Bachelor of Arts (Honours)

Required course of study

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

Master of Arts (MA) in Anthropology

Programme overview

Master of Arts

There are two separate MA options, depending on your entrance pathway.

120-point (one-year) MA

The 120-point MA requires one year of full-time study, with admission from a BA(Hons) or PGDipArts. It is available as either a research or taught masters.

Admission requirements

A BA(Hons) or PGDipArts in Anthropology with an average grade of B or higher. The research masters has higher requirements.

Required course of study

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

240-point (two-year) MA

The 240-point MA requires two consecutive years of full-time study, with admission from a BA or approved equivalent qualification. It is available as either a research or taught masters.

Admission requirements

A BA with a major in Anthropology, a BSc with a major in Anthropological Science, or an approved equivalent qualification.

To progress to the second year of the MA

In the first 120 points of MA enrolment, you must achieve:

  • An average grade of B, or
  • For a research masters, any grade specified for enrolment in a thesis or research portfolio.

If you do not achieve the required grade, enrolment for the MA cannot continue.

Required course of study

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

Apply and enrol

To apply and enrol for postgraduate study, visit our page on how to apply.

Contact a Graduate Adviser

For more information on postgradute study in Anthropology contact an Adviser.