Durham University

Durham University

Research Methods (Anthropology)

This course provides training in research methods with a focus on methods used by researchers in anthropology. 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.

Entry requirements

A minimum 2:1 Honours degree from a UK institution (or the overseas equivalent) in a relevant subject.

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. Modules to the value of 60 credits, must come from only 1 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 Fee Course duration
MA Full-time £ 6,600 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MA Full-time £ 14,900 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Durham University Durham DH1 3LG North East

Key information

Department of Anthropology
Telephone number: 
0191 334 1612