Graduate studies

Penalakut Tribes Elder Auggie Sylvester sharing in the field with Uvic Anthropology students.
Penalakut Tribes Elder Auggie Sylvester sharing in the field with Uvic Anthropology students. Photo: Brian Thom

Graduate studies in anthropology

Our graduate programs with exceptional fieldwork and lab-based opportunities.

Master innovative techniques such as graphic ethnography, zooarchaeological analysis, soundscapes, 3D imaging and community-based research.

We integrate the full-breadth of anthropology with our themes-based graduate program.

Find a supervisor

Contact faculty whose research interests you and ask about doing your degree with them. Our faculty are working around the world — check out our fieldwork map to see what they are up to.

How to apply

Annual application deadline is January 15.  See How to apply for more information.

Our integrative research areas

Evolution and Ecology

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This research theme connects the traditional subfields of archaeology and biological anthropology to address questions of how humans and non-human primates relate to their environments over both short and long-term time scales.

Learn more: Evolution and ecology

Space, Place, Knowledge and Power

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This research theme works across anthropological and archaeological approaches to see the significance of social spaces, meaningful places and the situated nature of knowledge, through ideas of belonging, cultural landscapes, displacement, borders, land tenure, and built environments—in shaping human life.

Learn more: Space, place, knowledge and power

Inequality, Culture, and Health

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This research theme recognizes the significance of understanding the role of social inequality and cultural interpretations in shaping human experience and addressing pressing global issues.

Learn more: Inequality, culture & health

Visual Anthropology and Materiality


This research theme connects the work of visual and cultural anthropologists with archaeologists who are investigating human visual communication and the cultural effects of the production, circulation and consumption of images and objects.

Learn more: Visual Anthropology and materiality