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MPhil in Social Anthropology

This 11-month course is intended for graduate students who are studying the subject for the first time, who have studied anthropology in the context of a more general degree, and for those with little knowledge of the tradition of British social anthropology.

The degree can be taken as a freestanding qualification or as a route to the PhD. It is a demanding course that enables you to reach a high level of specialist knowledge in social anthropology within a short time and, subject to performance, equips you to undertake a research degree.

Problems in anthropological theory, interpretation, comparison and analysis are addressed in relation to particular ethnographies and substantive debates in the anthropological literature. Through critical reflection on a range of anthropological theories, and through practice in the application of those theories to bodies of ethnographic data, students acquire a thorough and intensive grounding in a range of styles of social anthropological analysis.

In addition to the core papers, all students pursue an optional paper. For those wishing to specialise in a particular professional field, the Division also offers options in Social Anthropology and Museums; and Medical Anthropology. Other students will choose an optional paper from a list that changes yearly, and reflects current teaching and research interests of staff members.

Further details about the MPhil in Social Anthropology, including information about eligibility, funding, teaching and assessment can be found in the Graduate Admissions Course Directory.

Applications are made through the University’s Graduate Admissions Office (GAO). Further information about applying to the University, including instructions on how to submit your supporting documents, is available from the Graduate Admissions Office website. All prospective applicants should read the information on the Graduate Admissions Office website carefully prior to applying.