Research Proposal

This information is for the 2021/22 session.

Teacher responsible

Members of staff of the Anthropology Department


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

Course content

All students must prepare a formal Research Proposal of 8,000-10,000 words (excluding references) for submission to the Department on or before the deadline in June. The proposal is written under the guidance of their supervisors (as set out in AN442), and will normally draw on material studied as part of AN471 Qualitative and Quantitative Methods for Anthropologists and AN472 Evidence and Arguments in Anthropology and Other Social Sciences.  It will be expected to demonstrate knowledge of the regional ethnography, and theoretical and methodological literatures, relevant to the proposed research.


Research proposal (100%).

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Important information in response to COVID-19

Please note that during 2021/22 academic year some variation to teaching and learning activities may be required to respond to changes in public health advice and/or to account for the differing needs of students in attendance on campus and those who might be studying online. For example, this may involve changes to the mode of teaching delivery and/or the format or weighting of assessments. Changes will only be made if required and students will be notified about any changes to teaching or assessment plans at the earliest opportunity.

Key facts

Department: Anthropology

Total students 2020/21: 7

Average class size 2020/21: Unavailable

Controlled access 2020/21: No

Value: One Unit

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