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Masters degrees in Physical & Biological Anthropology explore past and present human evolution, in biological and behavioural contexts. They analyse the human condition in relation to physiology, environment, variability, survival, and reproduction, and how these factors adapt over time.
Entry requirements normally include an undergraduate degree in a relevant subject such as Archaeology or Human Biology.
These programmes offer various specialisations, including anthropological linguistics, primate behaviour and ecology, human morphology, human nutritional ecology, growth and development, and more. You can develop your skills in imaging, DNA sequencing, reconstruction and data modelling, lab testing, and biological analyses.
Careers for Anthropological science postgraduates are also extremely diverse. They may range from assisting in research projects such as archaeological excavations or conservation programmes, to positions in government or private agencies, health or charitable organisations. You may even manage business in the heritage sector and tourism industries.
A Masters in this area is also excellent preparation for PhD study. You may wish to conduct further research into current global issues such as climate change and consumerism, or delve into palaeontological projects.
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On our Graduate Diploma in Anthropology, you will explore the holistic and comparative breadth of anthropology. And study humans from a variety of social, cultural, biological and evolutionary perspectives. Read more
Anthropology combines the study of the cultural grounding of social life with the material evidence of the human past. In Social Anthropology we study the relationships between and within groups of people who are ‘not like us’ – from whichever group of people it is that ‘we’ as researchers might belong. Read more
Indigenous Development/He Kura Matanui focuses on the contemporary cultural, social, intellectual and economic development of Indigenous peoples in an international context. Read more
The interdisciplinary MA program of the Department of Comparative Language Science aims to understand language as a central cognitive faculty of humans, especially in comparison to other species. Read more
Taught by internationally recognised experts active at the science/policy interface, this interdisciplinary programme examines both scientific and policy-oriented aspects of conservation. Read more
The MSc Forensic Genetics and Human Identification is a comprehensive course on Human Identification and Mass Fatality Incident Analysis incorporating the full methodological repertoire of Forensic Genetics and DNA analysis, Physical Anthropology, Crime Scene Investigation and Human Identification based on biometric assessment of a variety of physical characteristics. Read more