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Chris Russell

Email: christopher.russell@ucl.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)20 7679 8622

Fees and funding

UK/EU 2013/14:

£4,400 (FT)

Overseas 2013/14:

£15,750 (FT)

Students may be eligible to apply for ESRC awards.

Full details of funding opportunities can be found on the UCL Scholarships website

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Key facts

Research Assessment Rating

60% rated 4* (world-leading) or 3* (internationally excellent)
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Anthropology MRes

The Anthropology MRes offers students a thorough grounding in a wide range of biological or social science methodologies and methods, an advanced knowledge of contemporary theoretical and ethnographic questions in anthropology, and training in the skills necessary to utilise postgraduate experience in the professional world.

Entry and application

Entry requirements

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

Applications should be received by 30 June in any given year. Late applications will be considered, but 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?

This research-based Masters degree is suitable for those students entering postgraduate study with a strong background in the discipline, gained either through an undergraduate degree, or through a well regarded conversion Master's programme.

What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Anthropology at graduate level
  • why you want to study Anthropology 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
Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.

Degree summary

What will I learn?

Students develop an advanced knowledge and understanding of topics in one of the sub-disciplines of anthropology (biological, social or material culture). They are prepared for advanced level research through a general training in social science research methods and specialised research training in broad based anthropological research methods and techniques.

Why should I study this degree at UCL?

UCL Anthropology was the first in the UK to integrate biological and social anthropology with material culture into a broad-based conception of the discipline. It is one of the largest anthropology departments in the UK in terms of both staff and research student numbers, offering an exceptional breadth of expertise.

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:

Degree structure

Availability: Full-time 1 year

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of two core modules (45 credits), two optional modules (30 credits) and a research dissertation (105 credits).

Core Modules

  • Research Methods and Skills
  • Ethnographic Area: Bibliographical Survey and Literature Review


  • The following is a selection of possible option modules:
  • Anthropology of Art and Design
  • Anthropology and Photography
  • Social Construction of Landscape
  • Medical Anthropology
  • Anthropology and Psychiatry
  • Palaeoanthropology
  • Primate Socioecology
  • Population and Development
  • Human Behavioural Ecology
  • Anthropology of Nationalism, Race and Ethnicity
  • Documentary Film and the Anthropological Eye
  • Language, Gender and Culture


All MRes students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of approximately 15,000 words (inclusive of notes and appendices).

Teaching and Learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, small group presentations and discussion, tutorials, laboratory and practical work, independent directed reading, interactive teamwork, video, and film and web based courses. Assessment is through coursework, unseen and take-home examination, laboratory books, posters and the dissertation.

Further details available on subject website:


With the completion of the MRes, we expect students to be highly competent professionals, who will either continue to the MPhil/PhD level or who will be well equipped to apply their knowledge of social science methodologies and methods and their specific anthropological expertise in a range of settings.

First destinations of recent graduates include:

  • UCL: Anthropology/Breast Cancer PhD
  • Flamingo Research International: Associate Director
  • UCL: Research Degree Slovenic and East European Studies
  • University of Kent: Researcher
  • UCL: Social Anthropology PhD

Find out more about London graduates' careers by visiting the Careers Group (University of London) website:

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