Taught course

Engaged Anthropology

University of Wales Trinity Saint David · School of Archaeology, History and Anthropology

Entry requirements

The normal minimum requirement for admission is a Bachelor’s degree, with good 2.1 honours, or equivalent. However as part of an inclusive approach to learning we encourage students from non traditional entry points or without recognised educational backgrounds but who have an equivalent and appropriate professional qualification or significant relevant professional experience to apply. In such cases the programme leader may ask for a telephone/ Skype conversation or request evidence in the form of a piece of work, report, analysis of some sort to satisfy themselves that each student is able to fulfil their potential on the course.

Months of entry


Course content

Our innovative MA in Engaged Anthropology is designed to develop your capacity to take anthropology out of the classroom and into real-life contexts and to equip you with relevant vocational skills, while also encouraging you to take a critical approach to anthropological engagement, intervention and involvement in current social concerns and debates.

T‌he programme is our main advanced Social Anthropology offering, and the title ‘Engaged Anthropology’ reflects our unique approach to the discipline.

At UWTSD we encourage students to be anthropologists, to apply your learning and to engage with pressing issues – such as climate change, food security, globalisation and the preservation of the past – which people across the world are facing today.

As such, theory and practice are woven together as you reflect upon political and economic relations and broader power dynamics, both historically and in the contemporary world, and consider how individual and collective actions can challenge, create and/or reinforce social inequalities and injustices.

The programme is designed to encourage you to develop ethically sophisticated and sustainable approaches to social action, while also considering what sustainability – in relation to economic systems, cultural practices, community, knowledge, relations with the environment and the discipline of anthropology – and ethical practice means in cross-cultural settings.

The programme is shaped by our students’ interests and currently offers three specialist pathways in Food Cultures and Practices; Heritage and Material Culture; and Human - Environment Relations.

Typical Modules include:

  • Engaging with Anthropological Theory
  • Anthropological Research Methods in Practice
  • Key Debates in Anthropological Theory
  • The Politics of Food
  • Food, Health and the Body
  • Anthropology and the Environment
  • Engaged Anthropology in Practice
  • The Heritage Industry in the Modern World
  • Environmental Philosophy
  • Heritage Representation and Interpretation
  • The Heritage Industry in the Modern World
  • Exhibiting the Past: Museums, Collections and Heritage

Qualification and course duration


distance learning
24-48 months
part time
36-48 months
full time
24 months


part time
36-48 months
full time
24 months
distance learning
24-48 months

Course contact details

Dr Emma-Jayne Abbots