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Fees and funding
Full details of funding opportunities can be found on the UCL Scholarships website
Research Assessment Rating
60% rated 4* (world-leading) or 3* (internationally excellent)
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The programme information on this page relates to 2013 entry. 2014 content to appear here shortly.
Material and Visual Culture MA
This MA provides a broad based training in social science approaches to the analysis of material and visual media; ranging from art, photography, film and media within visual anthropology; to consumption, museum anthropology and cultural heritage, landscape and genres (such as clothing and the built environment), within material culture.
What will I learn?
The programme covers a range of contexts such as production, exchange and consumption, and uses anthropological perspectives based on the comparative study of societies, historically and culturally. Skills training is given in Social Anthropological field research and analysis, and in specific methods for the study of material and visual forms.
Why should I study this degree at UCL?
UCL Anthropology is the world's leading centre for the study of Material and Visual Culture. We publish the Journal of Material Culture and several relevant book series, and have nine specialist staff in this field.
The department is one of the largest anthropology departments in the UK. Our excellent results in the 2001 and 2008 Research Assessment Exercises show that we are the top broad-based anthropology department in the UK.
Students are encouraged to take full advantage of the wider anthropological community in London and the department's strong links with European universities and international institutions.
See subject website for more information:
Availability: Full-time 1 year; Part-time 2 years
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of one core module (45 credits), three optional modules (45 credits) and a research dissertation (90 credits).
All MA students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a 15,000-word dissertation.
Teaching and Learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, group presentations and discussion, tutorials, independent directed reading, interactive teamwork, laboratory and practical work, video, film and web based courses. There will also be visits to museums, galleries and other relevant sites. Assessment is through coursework, unseen examination and the dissertation.
Further details available on subject website:
Entry and application
A minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.
For overseas equivalencies see the relevant country page.
How to apply
You may choose to apply online or download application materials; for details visit www.ucl.ac.uk/gradapps
The deadline for applications is 2 August 2013. Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.
Who can apply?
The programme is particularly suitable for students with a prior degree in anthropology, but it is will also appeal to students with degrees in neighbouring disciplines who wish to be trained in anthropological and related approaches to material and visual culture.
What are we looking for?
When we assess your application we would like to learn:
- why you want to study Material and Visual Culture at graduate level
- why you want to study Material and Visual Culture at UCL
- what particularly attracts you to this programme
- how your personal, academic and professional background meets the demands of a challenging academic environment
- where you would like to go professionally with your degree
The programme can lead to careers in a wide range of areas such as architecture, media, commerce and aspects of development work where an emphasis on the material and visual environment is central.
First destinations of recent graduates include:
- Central St Martins College of Art & Design: Library Assistant
- Sunrise Radio: Broadcast Journalist
- Islington Leith: Access Developer
- Cubitt Gallery: Education Co-ordinator
- UCL: PhD Material & Visual Culture
- UCL: Research Degree - Anthropology
- Macmillan: Account Executive
- National Children's Bureau Conferences Organiser
- Design Council: Design Skills Manager
- British Institute of Archaeology: Research Scholar
Find out more about London graduates' careers by visiting the Careers Group (University of London) website: