Taught course

Social Anthropology with Pacific Studies (MLitt)

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

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 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.

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

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.

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:

  • 25 contact hours including lectures, seminars and practicals
  • 100% coursework assessment.

Students may substitute one optional module with an Honours-level undergraduate module, 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