Taught course

Social Anthropology

Brunel University, London · Social Sciences, Media and Communications

Entry requirements

A UK first or second class (2.2) Honours degree or an equivalent internationally recognised qualification.

Applicants with other degrees that have relevant experience will be considered on an individual basis.

Applicants will be interviewed either in person or by telephone.

Months of entry


Course content

This MRes is a taught postgraduate degree that provides high quality training in anthropology and anthropological research. The degree is of particular relevance for those who wish to use such training as a foundation for PhD study or who are keen to enhance their careers through the acquisition of advanced knowledge and research skills. Accordingly, the MRes can be completed as a qualification in itself, or as the first stage in a four-year PhD programme.

For students with no previous anthropological training, it can also act as a conversion course to anthropology.

A unique feature of this programme is that students can design, in collaboration with academic staff, Guided Study Modules to focus on their particular areas of research interest

The programme marries the best aspects of the traditional apprenticeship system of anthropology - students work with a leading anthropologist in their geographical area of interest and undertake a formal training programme concerned with developing broader anthropological skills in the context of social science as a whole.

Typical modules (subject to change) may include: Core: Ethnographic Research Methods + 90 credits from a wide range of elective modules e.g .

  • Themes in Psychiatric Anthropology (15 credits)
  • The Anthropology of Childhood (15 credits)
  • The Anthropology of Youth (15 credits)
  • The Anthropology of the Body (15 credits)
  • Ethnicity, Culture and Identity (15 credits)
  • Medical Anthropology in Clinical and Community Settings (30 credits)
  • Themes in Psychological Anthropology (15 credits)
  • Anthropology of the Person (15 credits)
  • Kinship, Sex and Gender (15 credits)
  • Anthropology of Global Health (15 credits)
  • Applied Medical Anthropology in the arena of Global Health (15 credits)
  • Anthropology of Education (15 credits)
  • Anthropology of Learning (15 credits)

The final element of the degree involves the supervised completion of a dissertation (approximately 15,000 words).

Information for international students

International students are welcomed. We require IELTS 6.5 (min 6.0 in all sections) or equivalent. Please visit our dedicated webpages: http://www.brunel.ac.uk/international

Fees and funding

UK students
£7,500 full-time; £3,750 part-time
International students
£14,400 full-time; £7,200 part-time

Read about funding opportunities available to postgraduate students

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
30 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment66
Dissertation34 (15000 words)

Course contact details

Brunel Course Enquiries
+44 (0)1895 265599