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Mr James Emmanuel

Email: james.emmanuel@ucl.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)20 7679 1040

Fees and funding

UK/EU 2013/14:

£8,250 (FT)

Overseas 2013/14:

£16,250 (FT)

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

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Anthropology

Key facts

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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. 

Social and Cultural Anthropology MSc

This MSc is designed to provide a thorough grounding in anthropological theory and analysis, an understanding of ethnographic approaches to the study of social worlds, and a strong foundation in research practices. Students are able to tailor the programme to suit their own interests through the flexible programme of study.

Degree summary

What will I learn?

The programme aims to develop knowledge and understanding of major theoretical, ethnographic and methodological debates in Social Anthropology. Students develop an understanding of human cultural worlds through in-depth historical study, gain knowledge of specific societies and specialist approaches, and enhance their independent research skills through practical training in research methods.

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; Part-time 2 years

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of two core modules (45 credits), three optional modules (45 credits) and a research dissertation (90 credits).

Core Modules

  • Critical Issues in Social Anthropology
  • Research Methods

Options

  • The following is a selection of possible option modules:
  • Anthropology of Art and Design
  • Anthropology of Kinship
  • Anthropology of Media and Consumption
  • Anthropology and Psychiatry
  • Anthropology of Nationalism, Race and Ethnicity
  • Medical Anthropology
  • Political and Economic Anthropology
  • Documentary Film and the Anthropological Eye
  • Social Construction of Landscape
  • Religious Symbolism and the Politics of Belief
  • Gender, Language and Culture
  • Risk, Power and Uncertainty

Dissertation/report

All MSc students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of approximately 15,000 words.

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, and video, film and web based courses. It includes a research seminar series with invited speakers. Assessment is through unseen examination, essays, and the research dissertation.

Further details available on subject website:

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

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 suitable for graduates in anthropology and other social sciences, and suitably qualified applicants from other disciplines, who wish to develop the ability to analyse a broad range of contemporary issues in order to pursue a career in research, teaching, development, public service, journalism and many other fields.

What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Social and Cultural Anthropology at graduate level
  • why you want to study Social and Cultural 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.

Career

First destinations of recent graduates include:

  • UK Borders Agency: Immigration Case Officer
  • Euromonitor: Analyst Researcher
  • Home Office: Research Officer
  • Institute of Ismaili Studies: Research Intern
  • Legal Services Commission: Policy Officer
  • Association of Commonwealth Universities: Alumni Development Officer
  • St George's Hospital: Graduate Entry Dietician
  • Capital Studios: Technical Assistant
  • University of Amsterdam: Heritage Studies
  • Whitney Group: Researcher
  • Department for International Development: Deputy Management Group Officer

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


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