Brunel University London

Brunel University London

Social Anthropology

This course provides training in anthropology and anthropological research. The degree is of particular relevance for those who wish to use such training as a foundation for PhD study or who are keen to enhance their careers through the acquisition of advanced knowledge and research skills. Accordingly, the MRes can be completed as a qualification in itself, or as the first stage in a four-year PhD programme.

Entry requirements

A good Honours degree from a UK institution; an equivalent overseas qualification; or an equivalent professional qualification (e.g. from a health, teaching or child welfare background or similar). Candidates not fully meeting these criteria may nevertheless be considered. English language requirements: IELTS: 6.5 (min 6 in all areas); TOEFL Paper test: 580 (TWE 4.5) PBT; TOEFL Internet test: 92 IBT (reading 20, listening 20, speaking 20, writing 20); Pearson: 58 (51 in all sub-scores); BrunELT: 65% (min 60% in all areas). Brunel also offers our own BrunELT English Test and accept a range of other language courses. We also have a range of pre-sessional English language courses, for students who do not meet these requirements, or who wish to improve their English.

Course modules

Modules include: Ethnographic research methods; guided study modules; themes in psychiatric anthropology; the anthropology of childhood; the anthropology of youth ; the anthropology of the body; ethnicity, culture and identity; medical anthropology in clinical and community settings; themes in psychological anthropology; anthropology of international development; anthropology of the person; kinship, sex and gender; anthropology of global health; applied medical anthropology in the arena of global health; anthropology of education; anthropology of learning; anthropological perspectives of humanitarian assistance; anthropological perspectives of war.

Assessment methods

Assessment is by essays, practical assignments (eg, analysis of a short field exercise) and a dissertation of approximately 15,000 words. This dissertation is based on fieldwork undertaken by the candidate. There are no examinations.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MRes Full-time - 1 years
MRes Part-time - 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Brunel University London Uxbridge UB8 3PH South East

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