Research course

Social Anthropology

Durham University · Department of Anthropology
MA by research

Entry requirements

Normally 2:1 degree in Anthropology or related discipline

Months of entry


Course content

Social anthropology is the study of social and cultural life in the various forms this takes in relation to the many contexts where this is found. As social anthropologists, we aim to answer questions of broad interest through the comparative study of particular people and places. We are especially interested in investigating people in contexts of everyday social life and in understanding these practices from the perspective of those involved. We use a range of ethnographic methods to do this, including participant observation, interviewing, and archival research.

A one year full-time course of supervised research, examined by thesis.

Information for international students

IELTS of 7 with no element below 6 or equivalent TOEFL IBT scores

Fees and funding

Anthropology students achieve regular success in obtaining Durham Doctoral Studentships. The Department has an annual allocation of ESRC funding through the North East Doctoral Training Centre and a good track record in obtaining Wellcome Studentships, Leverhulme awards, Wenner Gren dissertation grants, and Commonwealth Scholarships.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA by research
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Department of Anthropology
(0)191 334 1100