MPhil/PhD (with Qualifying Examination) in Anthropology

The QE/MPhil/PhD programme is designed for, and only open to, students who have secured full sponsorship for a research programme in Social Anthropology but do not fulfil entry requirements for the LSE's MPhil/PhD. The first year provides training and Qualifying Examinations equivalent to MSc Social Anthropology.

YEAR ONE
Year 1 will be assessed under the LSE's Regulations for Taught Masters Degrees and Scheme For The Award Of A Taught Masters Degree. Students will automatically progress to the MPhil/PhD provided they obtain a Merit or higher in Year 1.

Students must take courses to the value of three full units and a dissertation as shown.

Paper

Course number and title

1

AN404 

Anthropology: Theory and Ethnography

2

One or two of the following to the value of one full unit:

 

AN402

The Anthropology of Religion

AN405

The Anthropology of Kinship, Sex and Gender

AN451

Anthropology of Politics (H)

AN456

Anthropology of Economy (1): Production and Exchange (H)

AN457

Anthropology of Economy (2): Development, Transformation and Globalisation (H)

3

One or two of the following to the value of one full unit:
A paper from 2 above not already taken

 

AN419

The Anthropology of Christianity (H) 

AN420

The Anthropology of South-East Asia (H) 

AN421

The Anthropology of Industrialisation and Industrial Life (H) (n/a 15/16)

AN424

The Anthropology of Melanesia (H) 

AN436

The Anthropology of Development (H) 

AN437

Anthropology of Learning and Cognition (n/a 15/16)

AN439

Anthropology and Human Rights (H) (n/a 15/16)

AN444

Investigating the Philippines- New Approaches and Ethnographic Contexts (H) (n/a 15/16)

 

AN447

China in Comparative Perspective

AN458

Children and Youth in Contemporary Ethnography (H) (n/a 15/16)

AN459

Anthropology and Media (H) 

AN462

The Anthropology of Post-Soviet Eurasia (H) (withdrawn 15/16)

AN463

The Anthropology of Borders and Boundaries (H) (withdrawn 15/16)

AN467

The Anthropology of South Asia (H) (n/a 15/16)

AN468

The Anthropology of Schooling (H) (withdrawn 15/16)

AN469

The Anthropology of Amazonia  (H) (n/a 15/16)

4

AN499

Dissertation

Successful completion of Year 1 will result in students obtaining the MSc in Social Anthropology. Students obtaining a Merit or higher under the LSE's MSc regulations will be eligible to progress to the MPhil.

YEAR ONE Non examinable components
All QE students will be entitled and encouraged to attend the Departmental Seminar on Anthropological Research (AN500) in order to develop their familiarity with current research in the discipline.

YEAR TWO
Subject to obtaining a Merit or higher in Year 1, students progress to the MPhil which focuses on research preparation and methodological training.

YEARS THREE to FIVE
After fieldwork (which normally lasts approximately fifteen to eighteen months) students begin writing their PhD dissertations under the close supervision of members of staff. During this period of their studies, they attend weekly thesis-writing seminars (AN503), as well as the departmental Seminars on Anthropological Theory (AN500), and fortnightly seminars on recent developments in anthropology (AN507).
Years two to five of the MPhil/PhD (with Qualifying Examination) in Anthropology are the same as years one to four of the MPhil/PhD in Anthropology and full details can therefore be found here: http://www.lse.ac.uk/resources/calendar/programmeRegulations/mPhilPhD/anthropology.htm