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The MPhil in Social Anthropology, is an 11 month taught Masters degree. The principal fields of anthropological analysis are covered in two courses in General Anthropology; one optional course in specialised learning, and a non-assessed course in theory and methods:

  1. Production and Reproduction (Paper 1)

  2. Systems of Power and Knowledge (Paper 2)

  3. Optional Papers (Paper 3)
  4. Theory, Methods and Enquiry in Social Anthropology  (non-assessed Paper)

Divided into two strands (i) interdisciplinary perspectives and (ii) professional process, the optional papers reflect the current research interests of Social Anthropology staff, and they vary from year to year. Courses to be offered in 2016-17 are listed below and those offered in 2017-2018 will be shown on the MPhil page by late May 2017. Students are not expected to confine themselves exclusively to these courses, but are encouraged to attend any lectures they find interesting and/or relevant to their thesis.

Our intention in the course is to cover the main approaches, methods and findings of social anthropology. The field is large and you will find that the coursework is intensive. There are a number of components to it:
    •    introductory sessions;
    •    lectures;
    •    seminar classes;
    •    supervisions;
    •    fieldwork methods workshop; and
    •    assessment (in the form of a set essay, exams and thesis).

It is possible to substitute an optional essay in place of one of the examination papers, but here you must demonstrate that you have substantial previous training in the general field in which you wish to offer an essay rather than write the exam. In summary, you will either write two examination papers, a set essay and a thesis, or one examination paper, two essays and a thesis. The MPhil is a pass/ fail degree but for internal purposes the Division distinguishes between Pass and High Pass. Normally a High Pass is required in order to proceed to the PhD.


Papers offered for 2016/17

Paper 1 Scope of SA I: Production & Reproduction

Paper 2 Scope of SA II: Systems of Power & Knowledge

Paper 3 Optional Papers:

(Paper 3c)  Medical Anthropology

(SAN8) Anthropology and Development

(SAN10) The Anthropology of Post-Socialist Societies

(SAN11) Anthropology of Media and Visual Culture

SAN3: Anthropological Theory and Methods 

Please note: Applicants wishing to follow the options in Medical Anthropology would benefit from previous experience in the relevant area.