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M.Sc. Anthropology is a postgraduate course in the study of human societies, cultures and their evolution. A candidate has to be a B.Sc/B.A. graduate in Anthropology/ Sociology/History/Zoology from a recognised university in order to be eligible for this course. 

M.Sc.Anthropology is a 2 year program which specializes in four branches: Cultural/ Social Anthropology, Biological Anthropology, Archaeological Anthropology and Linguistic Anthropology.The mode of admission is mostly through an Entrance Examination.

The average tuition fee for the entire course ranges between 25,000 INR to 1.5 Lakhs INR.

M.Sc.Anthropology graduates can obtain jobs in Museums, Academic and research institutes, government social organizations, cultural agencies etc. as Anthropologist, Assistant professor, Researcher etc.  A fresh graduate of this course can expect an average annual salary of 1.5 Lakh INR to 3 Lakhs INR.

What is M.Sc. Anthropology about?

Anthropology is the study of human society, cultures and their evolution.In other words, it is the complete science of mankind. It studies Human beings through the disciplines of biology, society and culture and hence the course syllabus is based on topics like Biology, Geology, etc.

Top Colleges for Master of Science [M.Sc] (Anthropology)

  • Master of Science [M.Sc] (Anthropology) in Uttar Pradesh
  • M.Sc in Delhi-NCR
  • M.Sc in Maharashtra
  • M.Sc in Chennai
  • M.Sc in Uttar Pradesh
  • M.Sc in Telangana


M.Sc. Anthropology is completed over a duration of 2 years.Since the course follows a semester system over annual mode the course is divided into four semesters.

Academic Options after M.Sc. in Anthropology

After this Masters course, students can opt for M.Phil and Ph.D in Anthropology from colleges like North Eastern Hill University, Meghalaya, Amity Institute of Anthropology, Andhra University etc.

Where to study?

M.Sc.Anthropology is a course found in limited Science colleges in India which have expert faculty and great infrastructure. The top colleges for are as follows:

Name of College


Savitribai Phule Pune University


Andhra University


University of Delhi

New Delhi

Amity Institute of Anthropology


National Post-Graduate College


University of Calcutta


Sikkim University


Eligibility Of the Master of Science [M.Sc] (Anthropology)

The candidate must have passed B.Sc. (Hons) Anthropology with 50% marks in aggregate from a recognised university.

Those who have passed B.Sc./B.A in Anthropology with 60% marks in aggregate from a recognised university are also eligible for M.Sc. Anthropology.

Also, candidate with B.Sc. (H)/ B.Sc. (General)/ B.A. (H)/ B.A. (Pass) with Anthropology as one of the main subjects with 60% marks in aggregate from a recognised university can seek admission in this course.

Another eligibility criteria is for M.Sc. Anthropology is B.Sc. (H) in Botany/ Zoology/ Geology or B.A. (H) in Sociology/ Psychology/ History or B.Sc. (General) with both botany and zoology with 60% marks in aggregate from a recognised university.

How to Get Admission in Master of Science [M.Sc] (Anthropology)

The admission to the program is based on performance in the Entrance Examination and the academic record of the student in graduation.

Some of the Entrance Exams for in Anthropology is as follows:

MUET: Manipur University conducts an entrance exam in the month of July. The application forms are available online and offline from the month of Many and June.

DUET: Delhi University Entrance exam for Chemistry is conducted in the month of June. The application forms are available in the month of April.

Some of the topics that are screened in these entrance tests include Social Anthropology, Biological Anthropology, Human Genetics, Biological Diversity in Human Populations etc.

Selection Process

The selection to the M.Sc. in Anthropology program is based on Entrance Exam and/or the academic record of the student in graduation.

If the entrance is through both Entrance exam and academic record then the weightage is 50%-50%.

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