MA student John Murray with a microscope

MA student John Murray shows the results of a recent dig in Jordan that unearthed 250,000 year old stone tools.

PhD student Genevieve von Petzinger exploring a cave

PhD student Genevieve von Petzinger is a 2016 National Geographic Emerging Explorer for her work exploring the meaning behind the geometric symbols on cave walls.

Graduate student Bradley Clements with a notebook

Graduate student Bradley Clements works with Dr. Andrea Walsh to examine the significance of aboriginal children's art and its role in reconciliation and redress actions and movements.

Graduate studies in anthropology

UVic will give you an edge. It's a place where breakthroughs happen and changes emerge. Here, on the stunning west coast of Canada, we inspire new perspectives and form important connections with local communities.

Our dynamic MA and PhD graduate programs integrate anthropology's traditional subfields through four research themes:

  • Evolution and Ecology: How humans and non-human primates relate to their environments over both short and long-term time scales.
  • Inequality, Culture and HealthUnderstanding the role of social inequality and cultural interpretations in shaping human experience and addressing pressing global issues.
  • Visual Anthropology and MaterialityHuman visual communication and the cultural effects of the production, circulation and consumption of images and objects.
  • Space, Place, Knowledge, and Power: This research theme works across the subfields to understand the situated nature and ethics of knowledge production and circulation and the significance of ‘space’ including ‘place’, belonging, cultural landscapes, displacement, borders, land tenure, and build environments—in shaping human life. 

We have state-of-the-art labs and facilities and our faculty and graduate students are involved in research around the globe and across Canada. 

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

For more details about our graduate program see our Anthropology Graduate Handbook