Advanced Professional Development in Anthropology

This information is for the 2019/20 session.

Teacher responsible

Prof David Graeber OLD 6.10, Dr Mathijs Pelkmans OLD 5.08, Prof Karin Barber OLD 6.07 and Prof Charles Stafford OLD6.02


This course is compulsory on the MRes/PhD in Anthropology. This course is not available as an outside option.

Course content

This seminar course has two main aims. First, it examines key theoretical concepts and approaches in Anthropology at an advanced level that may be relevant to post-fieldwork doctoral candidates. It may focus on widely ranging thematic areas, e.g. recent developments in cognitive anthropology and/or in material culture studies and/or in anthropological studies of ontology. The aim is to enhance the ability of students to engage with such debates at an advanced level. Second, the course aims to enhance the professional development of doctoral students by providing them with advice and support in relation to their career progression.


14 hours of seminars in the MT. 14 hours of seminars in the LT. 12 hours of seminars in the ST.


This course is not assessed.

Key facts

Department: Anthropology

Total students 2018/19: 10

Average class size 2018/19: 11

Value: One Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

  • Self-management
  • Team working
  • Problem solving
  • Communication
  • Specialist skills