University of St Andrews

University of St Andrews

Social Anthropology and Amerindian Studies

This course is 1 of 3 regional pathways offered in the department, which are geared toward students seeking ethnographic and historical specialisation in a particular region of the world. This course enables students to acquire an understanding of the highly complex social, political and cultural experiences of the historic populations of South America and equips students for a wide range of extension, development and support activities in relation to Amerindian and South American peasant and urban communities, with NGOs, and with the national societies in which students participate.

Entry requirements

A good Honours degree, usually a UK 2.1 or above or its equivalent, or GPA of 3.6 or better on a 4 point scale. Applicants whose 1st language is not English must provide evidence of competence in written and spoken English.

Course modules

Each module typically comprises: Four contact hours per week (including lectures, seminars, tutorials and reading groups), and 100% coursework assessment consisting of two essays.
For more details of each module, including weekly contact hours, teaching methods and assessment, please see the latest module catalogue which is for the 2016-2017 academic year; some elements may be subject to change for 2017 entry.

Students may substitute up to 30 credits from 3000 or 4000 level modules, with the approval of the course coordinator.

Compulsory modules: 1. The Anthropology of Connections: Interdisciplinarity as Methodology: through lectures and seminars, students are shown how anthropology can be extended and illuminated by working with methodologies and concepts drawn from history, social science, philosophy, language and the arts.
2. Research Methods in Social Anthropology: examines the methodology of anthropological research through close attention to the relationship between method and fieldwork experience.
Optional modules: Optional modules are subject to change each year, and attendance may be limited (see the University's position on curriculum development). Students also have the option of choosing other modules available within the Department.

1. Amerindian Language and Literature: introduces students to different forms of oral and written expression in Amerindian Societies, with Quechua and Spanish as the commonest languages taught.
2. Amerindian History and Ethnography: examines the South American continent in time and space, with emphasis on the evidential and methodological bases of specialised and comparative knowledge.
3. Special Subject (Amerindian Studies): available for students with a well thought out and specific research interest in a particular topic; chosen in discussion with the supervisor.
Dissertation: Student dissertations will be supervised by members of the teaching staff who will advise on the choice of subject and provide guidance throughout the research process. The completed dissertation of not more than 15,000 words must be submitted by a date specified in August.

Assessment methods

MRes: Written examination and dissertation of 15,000-words. MPhil: Written examination and thesis of 40,000-words.

Sponsorship information

Carnegie-Cameron bursaries; entrant accommodation bursary; Formula Santander postgraduate scholarship; recent graduate discount; Thomas and Margaret Roddan Trust bursary.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MPhil Part-time September 2017 GBP 2,061 per Year 1 (EU) 4 years
MPhil Part-time September 2017 GBP 2,061 per Year 1 (England) 4 years
MPhil Part-time September 2017 GBP 2,061 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 4 years
MPhil Part-time September 2017 GBP 2,061 per Year 1 (Scotland) 4 years
MPhil Part-time September 2017 GBP 2,061 per Year 1 (Wales) 4 years
MRes Full-time September 2017 GBP 6,800 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 years
MRes Full-time September 2017 GBP 6,800 per Year 1 (EU) 1 years
MRes Full-time September 2017 GBP 6,800 per Year 1 (England) 1 years
MRes Full-time September 2017 GBP 16,250 per Year 1 (International) 1 years
MRes Full-time September 2017 GBP 6,800 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 years
MRes Full-time September 2017 GBP 6,800 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 years
MRes Part-time September 2017 GBP 3,400 per Year 1 (EU) 2 years
MRes Part-time September 2017 GBP 3,400 per Year 1 (England) 2 years
MRes Part-time September 2017 GBP 3,400 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 2 years
MRes Part-time September 2017 GBP 3,400 per Year 1 (Scotland) 2 years
MRes Part-time September 2017 GBP 3,400 per Year 1 (Wales) 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of St Andrews St Andrews KY16 9AX Scotland

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Key information

Contact: 
Postgraduate Secretary
Telephone number: 
01334 462977