Taught course

Social Anthropology with Pacific Studies

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

Entry requirements

A UK Honours Degree (2.1) or better or equivalent. The first degree does not to be in the discipline of Social Anthropology.

Months of entry

September

Course content

The MRes in Pacific Studies examines the history, languages, cultures and varieties of social organisation of Melanesia and the Pacific. The programme is designed for students who have a special interest in conducting their fieldwork for an anthropology PhD in the region or because they wish to work there in some other capacity.

Course highlights

  • The modules provide an understanding of the highly complex social, political and cultural experiences of the historic populations of the Pacific.
  • Small class sizes ranging from two to ten students encourages student-led seminars and discussion as well as more contact with supervisors.
  • Students are equipped to work with non-government organisations and multinational corporations with interests in the region.

Teaching format

The MRes in Social Anthropology with Pacific 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 four compulsory 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

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, e.g. IELTS grade 7.0 or equivalent. Optional language training is available.

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

Course contact details

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