The 2023-2024 AnthroGuide is the last print version. Edits for graduate programs are due July 31, 2023.

University of Victoria, Department of Anthropology
University of Victoria Department of Anthropology PO Box 1700 STN CSC Victoria BC PO Box 1700 STN CSC Canada
Phone+1 250.721.7047
Phone 2 +1 250.721.7046
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General Description / Special Programs

UVic Anthropology engages with the discipline's traditional breadth of perspectives and subjects with a commitment to forging meaningful connections between subfields of Biological, Cultural, and Archaeological Anthropology. We accomplish this through integrative themes that inform our teaching and research: Inequality, Culture, Health; Evolution and Ecology; Space, Place, Knowledge and Power; and Visual Anthropology and Materiality. Departmental faculty and students are engaged in community-based research projects locally, regionally and internationally. The department values a skills-based approach to training supported by field schools in archaeological field techniques and visual anthropology.

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Degrees Offered Anthropology PhD, MA, BA, BSc major/honours
Highest Degree Offered PhD
AA/AS Field Areas
Applied Anthropology
Biological Anthropology
Cultural Anthropology
Medical Anthropology
Museum/Curatorial Studies
BA/BS Field Areas
Biological Anthropology
Cultural Anthropology
BA/BS Requirements
See website:
MA/MS Field Areas
Biological Anthropology
Cultural Anthropology
Experience Offered
Field Work
MA/ MS Requirements 7.5 units of course work and a 7.5-unit thesis.
PhD Field Areas
Biological Anthropology
Cultural Anthropology
Phd Requirements 4 courses + Colloquium = 7 units. Proposal/Candidacy = 3 units. Dissertation = 20 units. Total = 30 units
Phd Specializations Innovative PhD program centered around themes that crosscut traditional subfield boundaries: 1) Inequality, Culture and Health; 2) Evolution and Ecology; 3) Space, Place, Knowledge and Power; and 4) Visual Anthropology & Materiality
Internship / Grants / Funding
Internships Available 1
Internship Required 0
Internship Info

UVic Social Sciences Co-op for BA and MA students; UGs can arrange internships for course credit

Support Opportunities

Recruitment Fellowships available on a competitive basis. Combination of Graduate Award and Teaching Assistantships also available to PhD students on a competitive basis; may be renewable based on satisfactory progress. Teaching assistantships may be available to MA students.

Program Details
Research Facilities

Archaeology laboratory; bioanthropology laboratory equipped with 3D desktop scanner and software; Faunal prep and analysis laboratory with comparative skeletal collection of more than 2500 fish, bird and mammal skeletons; Visual and Sound anthropology laboratory to support video, audio and other media research; Oral archives and transcription laboratory; Ethnographic mapping lab for GIS and qualitative data analysis; Sound lab


PlatForum: Graduate student peer-reviewed annual journal

Certs Offered 0
Online Courses
Online Courses: 1
Online Course Info:

Please check the calendar as the online offerings vary each term. 

Application Deadlines
The application deadline for admission to the graduate programs in September is the preceding January 15.
Club / Honor Society
Anthropology Club: 1
Anthropology Club Info: B.O.A.S. Anthropology Graduate Exchange - AGE: join our Facebook page.
Lambda Alpha Chapter: 0