University of Sydney Handbooks - 2016 Archive

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There are currently no coursework degrees offered in Anthropology, but potential applicants are referred to the Development Studies section of the postgraduate handbook. Anthropology is a key component of the Development Studies programs.


There are three research degrees offered in Anthropology and students need to have a substantial background in Anthropology to be eligible to enrol in these degrees.

The Master of Arts (Research) is designed to develop students’ disciplinary knowledge and research skills through a program of postgraduate coursework (two units of study) and a supervised research project, culminating in a thesis. This degree is suitable for students who have a major in Anthropology but who do not have an honours degree.

The Master of Philosophy is a research degree in which students undertake an extended piece of original research, usually involving anthropological fieldwork, which is the basis for an individually supervised thesis.

The Doctor of Philosophy has the most stringent requirements for entry. Students are required to undertake a major original research project based on anthropological fieldwork, and to write an individually supervised thesis of 80,000 – 100,000 words which makes an original and significant contribution to anthropological knowledge.

Dr Jadran Mimica
Phone: +61 2 9351 4112

See also: Development Studies
Admission requirements

Please refer to the degree resolutions in this handbook and to the Faculty Admissions Policy and Procedure for Doctor of Philosophy: pathways to admission for information on the specific admission requirements for different research award courses.