Taught course

Social Anthropology

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

Entry requirements

A good UK honours degree (2.1 or better) or its equivalent

Months of entry

September

Course content

The MRes in Social Anthropology provides a firm foundation in the methods and methodologies of social anthropology and the human sciences, to serve as a basis for knowledgeable and skilled research in Social Anthropology.

Course highlights

  • The programme combines opportunities for theoretical development and specialist interests with training in research methodologies.
  • Small class sizes ranging from two to ten students encourages student-led seminars and discussion as well as more contact with supervisors.
  • The course introduces cross-disciplinary connections and differences.

Teaching format

The MRes in Social Anthropology 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 provides a general introduction to social anthropology at the postgraduate level. The MRes includes various social science components, research and methodology training, and core social anthropology teaching.

Over two semesters, students take two compulsory and two optional modules. Teaching methods include formal lectures combined with seminar style teaching and student-led group work. Lecture class sizes range from five to ten students and tutorial sizes range from two to six students. Modules are assessed through coursework which includes essays, independent research-led assignments and group assessed oral presentations.

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

IELTS 7.0 or equivalent. Other qualifications are accepted: http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/elt/entry/

Fees and funding

UK students
£7500
International students
£17090

http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/study/pg/fees-and-funding/

Qualification and course duration

MRes

full time
12 months
part time
24 months

MPhil

part time
48 months
full time
24 months

Assessment

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

Course contact details

Name
Postgraduate Secretary
Email
socanthadmin@st-and.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0) 1334 462977