University of Aberdeen

University of Aberdeen

Social Anthropology

The programme introduces students to current directions of research in social anthropology and fosters awareness and critical reflection on the epistemological, conceptual and ethical issues entailed in the conduct of research in this field. It aims to guide students in how to access, and use, key sources of research material (archival, visual, musical and museological), and to provide training in ethnographic fieldwork and related research methods (interviewing, audio-recording, filming and surveying).

Entry requirements

Students are required to have a very good 1st degree in social anthropology or a closely related discipline. 2 academic references and English proficiency are required.

Course modules

The programme comprises the following 3 elements, each worth 60 credits: 3 modules that provide training in developing your own research in social anthropology, together with a further level 5 module chosen from a range within and beyond the discipline; 2 modules on philosophy and methods of research in social anthropology; dissertation of 12,000 words on an agreed topic.

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.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MRes Full-time £ 4,000 per Academic year (home fees) 12 months
MRes Full-time £ 13,000 per Academic year (overseas fees) 12 months
MRes Part-time - 24 months

Campus details

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

Key information

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