Taught course

Social Anthropology (MRes)

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

Entry requirements

A good 2.1 Honours undergraduate degree. We welcome applications from 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 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, which includes enhancing existing anthropological knowledge and developing knowledge in those coming to anthropology for the first time. The MRes includes various social science components, research and methodology training, and core social anthropology teaching.

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

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.

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.

Fees and funding

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

Qualification and course duration

MRes

full time
12 months

MPhil

full time
24 months

PGCert

full time
9 months

PGDip

full time
9 months

Course contact details

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