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Monash University Handbook 2011 Postgraduate - Area of Study

Managing facultyFaculty of Arts
Offered bySchool of Political and Social Inquiry


Anthropology is the discipline within the University that is concerned with the study of specific cultures and their social organisation. All anthropology staff have intensive research experience in other societies and their cultures and bring to the units offered, whether they are about 'others' or 'ourselves', a distinctly anthropological perspective, an understanding of, and respect for, cultural difference. The ethnographic expertise of the staff ranges through indigenous Australia, Southeast Asia and the Pacific to the study of minority communities and their cultures in Australia, incorporating a range of theoretical perspectives.

Research seminars are an important part of the graduate experience. Students are involved in seminars within the disciplines and the school to help them develop a range of research skills, receive feedback on their work, and share and learn with others in the intellectual community of the school. They are encouraged to organise and attend conferences, summer schools and enrichment programs, and to publish and present their work in a variety of forums.

Previous students of the school who have completed graduate degrees have won scholarships for study, travel and further research. Many have had the opportunity to conduct and speak about their research across Australia and around the world. All our postgraduate programs aim to provide students with a broad range of research skills and equip them for careers in social research, government, industry and the public service.


Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (Research)

Students complete 48 points including:

plus three additional units chosen from the following and selected in accordance with the student's research project:

  • APG4258 Theorising culture
  • APG4259 Into the field: The theory and practice of ethnography
  • APG4378 The Third World
  • APG4381 Asia and the West
  • APG4702 Culture and conflict in Indonesia
  • APG4704 Special subject
Course coordinator

Dr Matt Tomlinson

Master of Arts by Research and Coursework

The entry below only details the coursework component of this degree. For all requirements including the research/thesis component refer to the full course entry at

This course provides students who already have an honours degree in anthropology or other related disciplines with the opportunity to expand, update and deepen their knowledge and understanding. Students may choose such a program for various reasons, including the desire to pursue their own intellectual interests, gain more specialised and detailed understanding of a particular area, acquire technical and applied skills and knowledge, or prepare themselves for a PhD and a career in research and teaching.


Students complete 24 points at fifth year level from:

  • APG5259 Into the field: The theory and practice of ethnography
  • APG5379 Violences
  • APG5711 Special subject

Alternative units may be taken with the approval of the course coordinator.

Course coordinator

Dr Matt Tomlinson

Further courses

For a list of units studied or course outlines, refer to the relevant courses.

Relevant Courses

  • 3937 Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (Research)
  • 2846 Master of Arts by research and coursework
  • 2695 Master of Arts*
  • 0020 Doctor of Philosophy*

* By research.