University of Aberdeen

University of Aberdeen

Social Anthropology

This programme introduces students to current directions of research in social anthropology. It provides a training in the conceptual and practical issues entailed in the conduct of research. Students receive guidance in how to access and use sources of research material (ethnographic, archival, visual and museological) and are trained in the fieldwork and research methods of social anthropology. Students also work with their peers at the Universities of Edinburgh and St Andrews through through the Scottish Training in Anthropological Research (STAR) consortium.

Entry requirements

Students are required to have a very good 1st degree in social anthropology or a closely related discipline. Two academic references are required. Even if you have been educated in the medium of English you must meet our English Language requirements (certain countries may be exempted from this requirement). This programme requires that you meet the 'Postgraduate Standard' level of English proficiency. If you are in doubt about your proficiency in English, contact the British Council office or its equivalent in your country. If your first language is not English, it is important that your proficiency in English is good in order for you to study successfully at the University of Aberdeen. Without this ability you will find great difficulty in understanding lectures, producing written work and sitting examinations.

Course modules

The programme comprises the following 3 elements: modules that introduce key themes of social anthropology as practiced in the Department; modules that provide training in developing your own project in social anthropology. A Dissertation of around 12,000 words on an agreed topic. Students may also take option courses from a wide variety of choices to supplement their core programme.

Assessment methods

Assessment is based on extended essays for each individual course module, and the dissertation.

Sponsorship information

Funding available from European Social Research Council.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MRes Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,500 per Year 1 (England) 12 months
MRes Full-time September 2016 GBP 13,800 per Year 1 (International) 12 months
MRes Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,500 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 12 months
MRes Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,500 per Year 1 (Scotland) 12 months
MRes Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,500 per Year 1 (Wales) 12 months
MRes Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,500 per Year 1 (EU) 12 months
MRes Part-time September 2016 - 24 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
King's Campus Aberdeen AB24 3FX Scotland

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Key information

Contact: 
Postgraduate Secretary, School of Social Science
Telephone number: 
01224 272762