Taught course

Social Anthropology and Amerindian Studies (MRes)

Institution
University of St Andrews · Centre for Amerindian Studies - CAS
Qualifications
MResPGDipPGCert

Entry requirements

A good 2.1 Honours undergraduate degree. We welcome applications from both students with an undergraduate degree in Social Anthropology and from those with no previous anthropological experience.

Months of entry

September

Course content

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.

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.

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.

Modules

The modules in this programme have varying methods of delivery and assessment. For more details of each module, including weekly contact hours, teaching methods and assessment, please see the latest module catalogue which is for the 2017–2018 academic year; some elements may be subject to change for 2018 entry.

Each module typically comprises:

  • Four contact hours per week (including lectures, seminars, tutorials and reading groups)
  • 100% coursework assessment consisting of two essays.

Non-ESRC funded students may substitute up to 30 credits from 3000 or 4000-level Social Anthropology modules, with the approval of the course coordinator.

Fees and funding

UK students
£8,500
International students
EU: £8,500  Overseas: £17,600

Qualification and course duration

MRes

full time
12 months

PGDip

full time
9 months

PGCert

full time
9 months

Course contact details

Name
Postgraduate Secretary
Email
socanthadmin@st-andrews.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0) 1334 46 2977