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Bachelor of Arts (BA) majoring in Anthropology

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Level of Study

Bachelor's Degree


3 years

Next start date

Expected Jul 2024


University of Canterbury


The Bachelor of Arts is a highly flexible degree that allows a wide range of choices from major and minor subjects or specialisation pathways, as well as courses from other degrees.

Anthropology is a broad and exciting area of study for anyone of any age and background. If you are interested in the history of our existence, languages and cultures, identity, religion, and more, then Anthropology is for you.

At UC, you will learn about our collective history, and explore future issues like the evolving role of technology in our lives, power structures and systemic issues, and where our global culture might be heading.

What will my study involve:

Study topics that challenge your current way of thinking, and get you thinking deeply about the topic.

Get involved on campus through clubs and advocacy.

Combine your interests with other studies by adding Anthropology to many UC bachelor’s degrees.

Career Opportunities:You can tailor your studies in Anthropology to suit your job or career interests. The skills you learn through your studies — rational thinking, critical analysis, ethnography, cross-cultural communication, writing, and research — are transferable and can be used in other fields. Career pathways could include: government and policy international relations and foreign affairs media and public relations social research.

Entry criteria

Applicants must have completed New Zealand University Entrance through NCEA; or Cambridge International Examinations (CIE); or International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB) or any other equivalent overseas qualification.

Applicants must also satisfy our English language entry requirements:

  • IELTS (Academic): Academic with an average score of 6.0, with a minimum of 5.5 in reading, writing, listening, and speaking.
  • TOEFL (IBT): Total minimum score of 80, with at least 19 in reading, writing and listening. Please note UC only accepts TOEFL iBT scores from a single test date, not My Best scores.
  • PTE (Pearson Test of English - Academic): PTE with an overall score of 50 and no PTE communicative skills score below 42.
  • CAE or CPE: Minimum score of 169 with at least 162 in reading, writing, listening, and speaking.
  • CCEL EAP: Level 2 with a minimum C+ grade.
  • Language Cert: B2 Communicator (LRWS) overall with High Pass.

Applications after the deadline date (8 December) will be considered if places are available.

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