Taught course

Anthropology, Art and Perception

University of St Andrews · School of Philosophical, Anthropological and Film Studies

Entry requirements

A good 2.1 Honours undergraduate degree. No previous anthropological experience is required. If you studied your first degree outside the UK, see the international entry requirements.

Months of entry


Course content

The MRes in Anthropology, Art and Perception provides training for postgraduate research into the anthropology of human creativity, art, material culture and visual expression. It takes perception as its starting point and draws on themes extending across the subject boundaries between art and anthropology.

The MRes in Anthropology, Art and Perception is led by the Department of Social Anthropology within the School of Philosophical, Anthropological and Film Studies.


  • Students will explore new ways of thinking anthropologically and gain access to cutting-edge research tools for future research, including practical learning labs with invited experts and a field visit.
  • The course benefits from small class sizes and an interdisciplinary approach.
  • The course includes a project-based module that allows you to experiment with audio-visual and other creative anthropological research methods.
  • Students have the option to write a library-based dissertation or a dissertation with a practical component.

The programme takes perception as its starting point and draws on themes extending across the subject boundaries between art and anthropology. These themes include:

  • the senses and perception in anthropology
  • the role of community and cooperation in both making and use of apprenticeship and practice-based research
  • observation and the use of attention in drawing, photography, sound and film
  • representation
  • a practical sensory project
  • heritage
  • design anthropology
  • commonalities between anthropological fieldwork and contemporary arts practice.

The MRes provides an excellent grounding in contemporary research themes and innovative research methods for students aiming to do a PhD in anthropology, visual culture, design anthropology, heritage studies, and related subjects. It also provides important training for students interested in a career in the heritage sector, development, the creative industries, workplace management and design.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

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Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MRes
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Postgraduate Secretary
+44 (0)1334 46 2977