MA Social Anthropology / Overview
Year of entry: 2017
- Degree awarded
- MA: full-time 12 months, part-time 24 months
- Entry requirements
UK 2:1 (or overseas equivalent, eg GPA 3.00+ in many North American systems) in an appropriate subject for direct MA entry
UK 2:2 (or overseas equivalent, eg GPA 2.00+ in many North American systems) in an appropriate subject for Postgraduate Diploma route entry.
- How to apply
- Apply online
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- Would you like personalised supervision from the very first week of study?
- Do you want a course that links with Visual Anthropology and uses our ethnographic film-making facilities?
- Are you interested in the series of pathways offering specialist knowledge of different areas?
The objective of this programme is to communicate an anthropologically-informed understanding of social life in both Western and non-Western societies. By confronting students with the remarkable diversity of human social and cultural experience, its aim is to encourage them to question taken-for-granted assumptions and to view the world from a new perspective.
Through a set of core modules, comprising about a third of coursework credits, students are provided with a comprehensive grounding in classical as well as contemporary debates in social anthropology and are introduced to the distinctive research methods and ethical positions associated with the discipline. Students then complete their coursework credits by choosing from a broad range of modules offered around the Faculty of Humanities.
Through these options, students apply the social anthropological theories and methods learnt on the core modules to particular substantive themes and topics. Diploma students complete their coursework in May and formally graduate in July. Over the summer vacation, MA students carry out research for a 15,000 word dissertation that is submitted in September. They then would normally expect to graduate formally in December.
Most of the coursework optional modules have been organized into pathways based on particular themes and topics. If they wish, students are able, on the basis of past experience and/or future goals, to select a pathway shortly after registration in consultation with the programme director. MA students' dissertation topics will normally also relate to this pathway. In total, there are currently 5 pathways.
However, please note that it is not compulsory to select a pathway and all students will be awarded the same degree, an MA in Social Anthropology
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- Read more about some of our current and past postgraduate students
- MASA Handbook 2014-2015 (PDF, 874KB)
The student handbook for this program
For entry in the academic year beginning September 2017, the tuition fees are as follows:
UK/EU students (per annum): £9,000
International students (per annum): £17,000
UK/EU students (per annum): £4,500
International students (per annum): £8,500
UK/EU students (per annum): £6,000
International students (per annum): £11,333
UK/EU students (per annum): £3,000
International students (per annum): £5,666
The fees quoted above will be fully inclusive for the course tuition, administration and computational costs during your studies.
All fees for entry will be subject to yearly review and incremental rises per annum are also likely over the duration of courses lasting more than a year for UK/EU students (fees are typically fixed for International students, for the course duration at the year of entry). For general fees information please visit: postgraduate fees . Always contact the department if you are unsure which fee applies to your qualification award and method of attendance.
Self-funded international applicants for this course will be required to pay a deposit of £1000 towards their tuition fees before a confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) is issued. This deposit will only be refunded if immigration permission is refused. We will notify you about how and when to make this payment.
Please see the School's funding page for further information.
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