Taught course

Anthropological Research

The University of Manchester · Social Anthropology

Entry requirements

Minimum UK 2:1 (or overseas equivalent) in social anthropology or in a degree where social anthropology formed a major component.

Months of entry


Course content

The MA Anthropological Research course is designed to prepare students to carry out doctoral level research in social anthropology. It provides training in a wide range of research methods and teaches students how to develop a substantive research project in a theoretically and methodologically informed way. Although, primarily intended as preliminary to doctoral research, the course is also available as a stand-alone taught master's degree for people who wish to improve their social research skills and gain an in-depth understanding of ethnographic methods and approaches.

You will work closely with an expert supervisor in social anthropology, with further guidance from a second supervisor. All students attend the following core course units:

  • Issues in ethnographic research I and II;
  • Postgraduate research seminar;
  • Independent theoretical and ethnographic analysis I; and
  • Introduction to quantitative methods.

In consultation with your supervisor, you will also select three short, 5 credit modules in qualitative or quantitative research methods. Computer training is also available.

You may then select two specialist course units, of which one must be within social anthropology (options vary from year to year) and one may be elsewhere in the University.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

School of Social Sciences
+44 (0)161 275 4471