MA Anthropological Research / Course details
Year of entry: 2021
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The MA Anthropological Research course is designed to prepare you to carry out doctoral level research in social anthropology. It provides training in a wide range of research methods and teaches you how to develop a substantive research project in a theoretically and methodologically informed way.
Although, primarily intended as preliminary to doctoral research, the course is also available as a stand-alone taught master's degree to improve your social research skills and gain an in-depth understanding of ethnographic methods and approaches.
You will work closely with an expert supervisor in social anthropology, with further guidance from a second supervisor. All students attend the following core course units:
- Issues in Ethnographic Research I and II;
- Postgraduate Research Seminar;
- Independent Theoretical and Ethnographic Analysis I; and
- Introduction to Quantitative Methods.
In consultation with your supervisor, you will also select three short, 5 credit units in qualitative or quantitative research methods. Computer training is also available.
You may then select two specialist course units, of which one must be within social anthropology (options vary from year to year) and one may be elsewhere in the University.
Teaching and learning
You must first check the schedule of the compulsory course units and then select your optional units to suit your requirements.
Updated timetable information will be available from mid-August and you will have the opportunity to discuss your unit choices during induction week with your Course Director.
Coursework and assessment
Under the guidance of your supervisors, you are required to complete eight course units and a 12,000-15,000 word dissertation which is, in effect, a doctoral fieldwork research proposal.
This is prepared over the summer period and presented in September. Most course units, including the postgraduate research seminar, are assessed by essays of up to 4,000 words. Some units also involve assessment of presentations and practical work.
Course unit list
The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.
|Independent Theoretical & Ethnographic Analysis I||SOAN60771||15||Mandatory|
|Independent Theoretical Ethnographic Analysis II||SOAN60792||15||Mandatory|
|Issues in Ethnographic Research I||SOAN70641||15||Mandatory|
|PG Research Seminar||SOAN70940||15||Mandatory|
|Introduction to Quantitative Methods||SOST70511||15||Mandatory|
|Using Documents in Social Research||POLI60252||5||Optional|
|Anthropology of Development and Humanitarianism||SOAN60112||15||Optional|
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Social Anthropology, and the School of Social Sciences of which it is part, are based in a modern building with 24/7 access.
There is shared workspace available for research students within social anthropology, including networked computers and printing facilities. There are also work areas elsewhere in the building and in the University which are available.