Master of Biological Anthropology


These include: primate evolution, ecology, behaviour and conservation, human evolution, animal domestication, palaeopathology, and bioarchaeology. Study is also available in: ancient health and medicine; forensic anthropology and archaeology; human population genetic variation and anthropological genetics; human population adaptation, health, nutrition, and ecology; and anthropological demography.

Typical courses

  • Analysis of Mammalian Remains
  • Analytical Methods for Anthropology and Archaeology
  • Ancient Health and Disease
  • Ancient Medicine
  • Anthropology of Emotion
  • Archaeology of Death and Mortuary Practices
  • Culture, Biology and Population Dynamics
  • Forensic Anthropology and Archaeology
  • Genes, Memes and Cultural Difference
  • Human Evolution
  • Human Skeletal Analysis
  • Human Society as Animal Society: Sex, Conflict,
  • Co-operation and Human Uniqueness
  • Medical Anthropology
  • Nutrition, Disease and the Human Environment
  • Primate Ecology and Behaviour
  • Primate Evolutionary Biology
  • Race and Human Genetic Variation
  • Research Design and Analysis in Biological Anthropology
  • Scientific Dating and Isotope analysis for Archaeology
  • and Palaeoanthropology

Our rankings

At the ANU you can learn from experts in your field. In the 2010 QS World University Rankings ANU was ranked number one in Australia and 13 in the world for social sciences, and number one in Australia and 17 in the world for arts and humanities.

Applicants should have a four year Bachelors degree either as Honours or a combined degree in a cognate area from an Australian tertiary institution or its international equivalent. Equivalence may be met by the completion of the Graduate Certificate in Biological Anthropology.