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BA Comparative Religion and Social Anthropology / Overview

Year of entry: 2016

Degree awarded
3 years
Typical A-level offer
Grades ABB-BBB. Two AS-levels are accepted in place of one A-level.
Typical International Baccalaureate offer

34-31 points overall (core points accepted), including 6, 6, 5 at Higher level.

Full entry requirements

Number of places/applicants
Approx 10 / 35
How to apply
Apply through UCAS
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UCAS course code
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Course description

This course gives you the opportunity to study both Comparative Religion and Social Anthropology - to discover fruitful areas where the two disciplines come together and explore interesting possibilities where their interaction is less direct.

Although these disciplines differ from one another in various ways, an interface between the two is commonly recognised. Scholars of religion increasingly use anthropological concepts and tools to formulate questions regarding religious phenomena, while religious ritual and magico-religious practice have long been standard topics in the research of anthropologists.

At Manchester, you may study ethnographic film and video, thanks to access to our Granada Centre for Visual Anthropology and optional course units offered by Art History and Visual Culture.

You will study in a recognised international centre of excellence, which holds a perfect score for the assessment of its teaching quality.

In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, 75% of our research activity was graded either 4* (`world leading') or 3* (`internationally excellent'). For our research environment 100% of our activities were graded at 4*/3*. The impact of our research was also judged to be strong with 100% of our activity in this category graded either 4* (`outstanding') or 3* (`very considerable') in `reach and significance'. This means that the social significance of our work is internationally excellent and our research activity is carried on in an internationally excellent environment. Nearly two-thirds of our graded research work was also ranked as internationally excellent.

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Tuition fees for home/EU students commencing their studies in September 2016 will be £9,000 per annum. Tuition fees for international students will be £15,500 per annum. For general information please see the undergraduate finance pages.

Contact details

Academic department
School of Arts, Languages and Cultures
Contact name
Katie Cowey
+44 (0)161 306 1252
+44 (0)161 275 3098
Academic department overview

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