Taught course

Social Anthropology and Amerindian Studies

University of St Andrews · Centre for Amerindian Studies - CAS

Entry requirements

A 2.1 Honours degree or better from a UK university or equivalent (e.g. USA GPA of 3.6)

Months of entry


Course content

The MRes in Social Anthropology and Amerindian Studies is geared towards students seeking ethnographic and historical specialisation in the Americas. The programme aims to give students an awareness of research topics and trends in Amerindian Studies, and to prepare them for anthropological fieldwork.

Course highlights

  • Opportunities for learning a South American language, such as Quechua or Spanish.
  • Provides an understanding of the highly complex social, political and cultural experiences of the historic populations of South America.
  • Equips you for a wide range of extension, development and support activities in relation to Amerindian and South American peasant and urban communities.

Teaching format

The MRes in Social Anthropology and Amerindian Studies is a full-time taught postgraduate programme run by the Department of Social Anthropology within the School of Philosophical, Anthropological and Film Studies.

The programme aims to prepare you for a range of related activities in different parts of the world, to participate in national and regional debates, and to provide the delivery of academic and extension talks and courses in different countries of the Hispanic world.

Over two semesters, students take two compulsory and two optional modules. Teaching methods include lectures, seminars, tutorial supervisions and reading groups. Lecture class sizes range from five to ten students and tutorial sizes range from two to six students. Modules are assessed through coursework consisting of two essays per module.

Over the course of the year, with particular focus during the summer months, you will devise a research project culminating in a 15,000-word dissertation. Every taught postgraduate student is assigned an individual supervisor from among the Anthropology staff who works with them closely to develop a topic and direction for the end of degree dissertation.

The Department of Social Anthropology provides postgraduates access to a museum collection of ethnographic objects and a common room that includes a general anthropological class library, providing a space that is shared by both staff and postgraduates. The departmental libraries, along with the main library which holds a fine anthropology collection, include materials from all ethnographic regions of the world.

Information for international students

International students whose first language is not English must provide evidence of competence in written and spoken English as well as meeting the other entrance requirements, for example, IELTS 7.0 or equivalent. Optional language training is available.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students


Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations75
Dissertation25 (15000 words)

Course contact details

Postgraduate Secretary
+44 (0) 1334 462977