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Mongolia (credit: David Sneath)

This 11 month course provides intensive research training in Social Anthropology, social science research methods more generally, and the opportunity to complete a research thesis under academic guidance. You can use the time on this course to work out plans for doctoral research. It is ordinarily expected that MRes students will progress directly to registration for the PhD course and fieldwork, subject to excellent results in their MRes. However, the MRes can also serve as a free-standing project if you wish to pursue advanced study and to acquire additional research skills without proceeding to the PhD programme.

The course is a period of rigorous training in research issues and methods that leads to the production of an independently-researched 15,000 word dissertation and a substantial research project proposal. 

The taught part of the programme is the same as the 9-month pre-fieldwork part of the PhD, so you will take the same courses in ethnographic methods and social theory, and have the same close interaction with your supervisor. The main difference between the two routes to a PhD lies in how they are assessed. You may also take optional methodology courses offered by the SSRMP.

For information on postgraduate supervision and facilities see the Supervision and Facilities page.

Further information about applying to the University, including instructions on how to submit your supporting documents, is available from the Postgraduate Admissions website. All prospective applicants should read the information on the Postgraduate Admissions website carefully prior to applying. To apply, visit the MRes pages in the Postgraduate Admissions Course Directory.

Applications for each academic year open from mid-September and close on 30 April each year. Applications for funding close early December each year.




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