Taught course

Socio-Cultural Anthropology

Durham University · Department of Anthropology

Entry requirements

A minimum 2:1 Honours degree from a UK institution (or the overseas equivalent) in a relevant subject. Please email us on anth.postgrad-studies@durham.ac.uk for advice on relevant topics. References play an important part in the admissions process. English Language requirements Please check requirements for your subject and level of study.

Socio-cultural Anthropology; Medical Anthropology

Months of entry


Course content

This course is designed for students with an undergraduate degree in a subject other than anthropology who would like to prepare for research in socio-cultural anthropology or for a career requiring expertise in anthropology.

High profile social anthropologist researchers at Durham, with experience of conducting fieldwork all around the world, introduce students to both classical and contemporary writing and research in the discipline. There is equal emphasis on theoretical and methodological questions, and plenty of opportunity to apply this new knowledge to issues of pressing social concern.

The full-time course consists of two terms of teaching, during which students are introduced to the range of research questions and methods, and a dissertation, involving the design, development and implementation of an independent research project. Students work closely with academic staff, and have the opportunity to become involved in active research projects.

Compulsory modules
  • Dissertation
  • Key Issues in Sociocultural Theory
  • Fieldwork and Interpretation
  • Interrogating Ethnography.

Previous optional modules have included:

  • Academic and Professional Skills in Anthropology
  • Anthropology and Development
  • Art in Ecological Perspective
  • Body, Politics and Experience
  • Computational Methods for Social Sciences…
  • Cultural Evolution…
  • Religion, Contention and Public Controversy
  • Society, Energy, Environment and Resilience
  • Statistical Analysis in Anthropology
  • Thinking Anthropologically
  • Advanced Anthropology of Mental Health and Illness
  • Advanced Perspectives on Science, Culture and Ethics
  • Foreign language option.

Information for international students

English Language requirements Please check requirements for your subject and level of study.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Scholarships and funding


Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Department of Anthropology
(0)191 334 1612