Qualitative and Quantitative Methods for Anthropologists

This information is for the 2015/16 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Mathijs Pelkmans OLD 5.08


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

Course content

The twofold aim of this course is to provide students with insights into the process by which anthropological knowledge is produced, and to train them in the collection and analysis of qualitative and quantitative data. In doing so it offers students a methodological framework for conceptualising and designing their own PhD research projects. The course discusses the nature of ethnographic data and evidence, its implications for research, and ways of incorporating empirical data in ethnographic texts. Special attention is paid to statistical analysis and sampling methods as a means to strengthen and enhance qualitative insights. 


40 hours of seminars in the MT.

Formative coursework

Students will be expected to produce 1 piece of coursework in the MT.


Essay (25%, 3000 words) and research project (75%) in the MT.

Key facts

Department: Anthropology

Total students 2014/15: Unavailable

Average class size 2014/15: Unavailable

Controlled access 2014/15: No

Value: One Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

  • Self-management
  • Team working
  • Problem solving
  • Application of information skills
  • Communication
  • Application of numeracy skills
  • Specialist skills