Taught course

Social Anthropology

University of Kent · School of Anthropology and Conservation

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Entry requirements

A good honours degree (2.1 or above) in anthropology or associated fields. In certain circumstances, we will consider students who have not followed a conventional education path. These cases are assessed individually by the Director of Graduate Studies and the programme convenor.

All applicants are considered on an individual basis and additional qualifications, professional qualifications and relevant experience may also be taken into account when considering applications.

Months of entry


Course content

In our fast-changing world, humanity and society are facing momentous challenges. Anthropology, as the study of the human condition, focuses on the diversity of the relations between humans and the world. It is in a unique position to help us respond to these changes and challenges. Social Anthropology provides critically useful skills to navigate through the complexities and uncertainties of an increasingly interconnected yet fragmented world.

This advanced programme in social and cultural anthropology provides training in contemporary anthropological theory and methodology focusing on the understanding of the human condition and the challenges it faces today. It is designed to receive students with previous undergraduate training in the humanities or social sciences (such as history, sociology, geography), as well as students from biology, who wish to deepen their knowledge of human sociality. It provides in-depth generalist training in contemporary social anthropology in preparation either for a research degree or for entering professional fields where anthropological knowledge and methods constitute valuable assets.

Anthropology at Kent is shaping the discipline and making a contribution to our contemporary world.

Why Study With Us?

  • One-year intensive Master's programme with research training committed to practice-led theory taught by researchers who shape the discipline with their research and publications,
  • Hands-on training in qualitative methods of social research (including visual and digital methods) preparing you for future independent research,
  • A personal approach to study in small groups with plenty of time for discussion and engagement with a diversified group of teachers,
  • A wide choice of optional modules allowing for further specialisation in a broad range of areas of regional and thematic expertise, and a diversity of methodological approaches,
  • Active regional specialisations among staff include: Europe and the Middle East; Latin America and Amazonia; South and Southeast Asia and the Chinese speaking world,
  • Opportunity to develop skills in visual anthropology through intensive training in the anthropological use of photography, film, video, and digitally assisted drawing,
  • Opportunity to join engaging and interactive field trips,
  • Participation in the activities of our Centre for Ethnographic Research: its seminars, courses, practical training workshops, and annual events.

Information for international students

Please see our International website for entry requirements by country and other relevant information. Due to visa restrictions, international fee-paying students cannot study part-time unless undertaking a distance or blended-learning programme with no on-campus provision.

English language entry requirements

The University requires all non-native speakers of English to reach a minimum standard of proficiency in written and spoken English before beginning a postgraduate degree. Certain subjects require a higher level.

For detailed information see our English language requirements web pages.

Need help with English?

Please note that if you are required to meet an English language condition, we offer a number of pre-sessional courses in English for Academic Purposes through Kent International Pathways.

Fees and funding

Please visit our funding web pages for the most current opportunities and application details.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

School of Anthropology and Conservation
+44 (0)1227 827013