The Undergraduate degree programme provides school-leavers with a broad-based training that combines theoretical developments in social anthropology with a range of thematic options, in-depth regional ethnography, and opportunities for hands-on research linked to a dissertation.
In the first year (Part I), students study Social Anthropology as part of a mutli-disciplinary course in Human, Social, and Political Sciences in which they combine an introduction to social anthropology with a wide choice of courses in related disciplines including politics, sociology, archaeology, and psychology.
The second year course (Part IIA) comprises two papers on the foundations of social anthropology (one on kinship and economics, the other on politics and religion), one paper on theory, methods and enquiry, and a fourth paper chosen from a range of research-led optional papers.
The third year course in Social Anthropology (Part IIB) comprises two papers in advanced social anthropology, a paper about the anthropology of a regional area studied in depth, and a choice of either one optional paper or a dissertation.
There are also joint honours degrees, in Archaeology and Social Anthropology, Social Anthropology and Biological Anthropology, Sociology and Social Anthropology, and Social Anthropology and Politics, which combine social anthropology courses with those from other disciplines in a variety of ways. It is usually possible to do a dissertation in the third year of these degrees.
The MPhil in Social Anthropology provides an intensive but thorough grounding in both theory and ethnography either as a route to the PhD or for those who wish to use a knowledge of social anthropology in relation to other work. It consists of two examined papers covering the core subjects of kinship, economics, politics and religion, an assessed research essay and a thesis.
Students who already have a substantial background in social anthropology (normally a good UK honours or Masters degree in the subject) are admitted directly to the postgraduate research programme that leads to the PhD. They may take the MRes in Social Anthropology first, or be registered directly on the PhD programme.