What does it mean to be human? Anthropologists ask and hope to answer this question by studying humanity in the broadest sense. Analyse the lives of people in a range of societies and gain insights into the science behind human existence.

Honours in anthropology: graduates are eligible for AAS membership
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Career opportunities

You can delve into work as an anthropologist once you graduate – studying people and cultural diversity. You'll explore major problems facing the human population such as warfare, overpopulation and poverty, as well as investigate complex issues in social and cultural life such as religion, family or political systems.

You can find work in many different settings, from large corporations through to fieldwork in communities and on archaeological sites. Other graduates of anthropology who'd like to find broader types of employment can do so in:

  • community relations
  • education
  • government departments
  • health
  • media corporations
  • research consultancies
  • welfare organisations.


Undergraduate (your first degree)

An undergraduate degree is generally completed between two to four years, depending on the pattern of study and any recognition of prior learning you may have. Associate degrees, bachelor and bachelor with honours are all undergraduate degrees.


Higher Degrees by Research (supervised research)

Research degrees are research based master’s or PhD programs that focus on a single area of expertise. They provide students the opportunity to carry out highly specialised research under expert supervision.

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From the standard of study materials to our teaching staff, who are leaders in their field, you'll be getting your studies off to a strong start at Deakin.

Our community

If you’re looking to extend your studies with an anthropology honours course at Deakin, you’ll be eligible for membership to the Australian Anthropological Society. This recognises your sound understanding of issues, theories and methods associated with anthropology as a social science discipline.

Studying anthropology at Deakin

Dr Roland Kapferer, lecturer of anthropology, discusses this study of human beings and what students will learn, from investigating the likes of kinship, family and gender to ritual, death and globalisation.

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