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Research Methods (Anthropology)

This Economic and Social Research Council approved MA provides training in research methods with a focus on methods used by researchers in anthropology. At the end of this course you will have the skills to go on to do research in Anthropology or a related discipline. Most students expect to move on to a PhD. The course includes training in qualitative and quantitative methods needed by researchers in social sciences, and draws on expertise within the Department of Anthropology to provide specialised training in sociocultural anthropology, medical anthropology, the anthropology of development or cultural evolution. It is affiliated to the North East Doctoral Training Centre, which offers funding to British and European Union students interested in taking the course preparatory to moving on to a PhD at Durham.

Course modules

Compulsory modules: Dissertation, Perspectives on Social Research, Fieldwork and Interpretation, Either: Applied Statistics or, Statistical Exploration and Reasoning and, Quantitative Research Methods in Social Science. Previous pathway modules have included: Modules to the value of 60 credits, must come from only one pathway. Modules marked * are compulsory for that pathway. Sociocultural Pathway: Thinking Anthropologically*, Interrogating Ethnography*, Art in Ecological Perspective, Religion, Contention and Public Controversy, Anthropology and Development, Body, Politics and Experience, Development Anthropology Pathway: Society, Energy, Environment and Resilience*, Thinking Anthropologically*, Anthropology and Development*, Anthropology of Global Health, Body, Politics and Experience, Interrogating Ethnography, Medical Anthropology Pathway: Evolutionary Perspectives on Western Diseases, Public Health Anthropology, Thinking Anthropologically, Anthropology of Global Health, Body, Politics and Experience, Cultural Evolution Pathway: Evolutionary Theory*, Cultural Evolution*, Evolutionary Perspectives on Western Diseases, Key Issues in Sociocultural Theory, Primate Behaviour, Evolutionary Psychology, Palaeoanthropology and Palaeoecology.

Assessment methods

Assessment includes a research proposal, projects, essays, critical reviews, written examinations and the dissertation.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time October 2017 GBP 16,500 per Year 1 (International) 1 Years
MA Full-time October 2017 GBP 7,400 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 1 Years
MA Part-time October 2017 GBP 4,100 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 2 Years
MA Part-time October 2017 GBP 9,100 per Year 1 (International) 2 Years

Campus details

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Durham University DH1 3LG North East

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