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MSc Social Anthropology

About the MSc programme

The MSc Social Anthropology is an excellent and intensive introduction to the discipline of social anthropology. The programme is intended to give students a thorough grounding in anthropology, both in terms of its ethnographic diversity and its theoretical development. Teaching is directly informed and enhanced by the strong tradition of fieldwork-based research within the Department.

Compulsory components include a course in Anthropology which examines the relationship between theory and ethnography in modern social and cultural anthropology, and a 10,000 word dissertation on an approved topic of your choice.

This programme is suitable for graduates with a degree in any discipline, and prior knowledge of anthropology is not essential. It is suitable either as an introduction to the subject for those intending to proceed with other careers, or is an ideal preparation for further research work in the anthropology and related disciplines.

Programme details

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: 21 September 2017

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

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

English requirement: Standard (see English requirements)

GRE/GMAT requirement: None

Fee level: UK/EU £13,008 (provisional EU); overseas £20,112

Financial support: Graduate Support Scheme (see Financial support)

Application deadline: None - rolling admissions

Intake/applications in 2016: 42/133