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MSc Social Anthropology

About the MSc programmes

The programme is an excellent and intensive introduction to the discipline of social anthropology.

This programme is intended for graduates with an upper second class honours degree in any discipline, including those who may have studied anthropology within the context of a more general degree.

The programme offers the following benefits:

  • Teaching is directly informed and enhanced by the very strong tradition of fieldwork-based research within the LSE Department of Anthropology.
  • We offer a full academic tutorial system, which means that students on this MSc benefit from direct and sustained contact with members of staff.

Programme details

Students take a compulsory core course, a choice of options to the value of two full units, and complete an essay (dissertation) to be submitted in late August.

Scheduled teaching normally includes three hours of lectures and three hours of seminars per week (depending on options selected), supplemented by regular academic tutorials.

Compulsory courses

Students will be expected to choose courses to the value of two full units from a range of options.

You can find the most up-to-date list of optional courses for MSc Social Anthropology in the Programme Regulations section of the current School Calendar.

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Graduate destinations

The programme is an ideal preparation for research work in anthropology and related fields.


Application code: L6U5 (check availability)

Start date: 22 September 2016

Duration: 12 months full-time, 24 months part-time

Intake/applications in 2014: 31/167

Minimum entry requirement: 2:1 in any discipline (see entry requirements)

English requirement: Standard (see English requirements)

GRE/GMAT requirement: None

Fee level: UK/EU £12,504; overseas £19,344

Financial support: Graduate Support Scheme (see Fees and financial support)

Application deadline: None - rolling admissions. Apply early, however, as places will fill up quickly