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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 questions in anthropology, and training in statistical and professional skills, which prepare graduates for doctoral research or employment as social science researcher.

Key Information

Modes and duration

  • Full-time: 1 year

Tuition Fees (2015/16)

UK/EU:
£4,635 (FT)
Overseas:
£16,690 (FT)

Application deadlines

All applicants:
30 June 2015

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.

English Language Requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

The English language level for this programme is: Good

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

International students

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.

Select your country:

Degree Information

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.

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: Critical Literture Review

Options

  • 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

Dissertation/report

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 information on modules and degree structure available on the department web site Anthropology MRes

Funding

Students may be eligible to apply for ESRC awards.

Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed below. For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.

Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme (CSSS)

Value:
Full fees, flights, stipend, and other allowances (1 year)
Eligibility:
Overseas students
Criteria:
Based on both academic merit and financial needs

Dame Mary Douglas Awards

Value:
Partial fee waivers of between £1,070–£4,400(1 year)
Eligibility:
UK, EU, Overseas students
Criteria:
Based on academic merit

More scholarships are listed on the Scholarships and Funding website

Careers

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.

Top career destinations for this degree

  • PhD in Anthropology, UCL (2011)
  • Funded PhD , University of Chicago (2011)
  • PhD in Anthropology, UCL (2010)
  • Researcher, Santa Fe Institute (2010)
  • Index Officer, Royal Anthropological Institute (2010)

Employability

The MRes enhances the profile of students who already have a strong background in Anthropology by training them in professional skills, statistics and various other social science methods. Exposure to positivist social science methodologies makes graduate attractive candidates for positions in NGOs or work in applied social science. Emphasis on research design and data collection through dield research prepares graduates to be independent researchers. The general social science orientation of the degree qualifies students to apply for research positions on grants in various disciplines, and it opens the way to doctoral study in Anthropology and other social science subjects.

Why 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.

Student / staff ratios › 35 staff › 150 taught students › 150 research students

Department: Anthropology

Application and next steps

Applications

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.

Application deadlines

All applicants
2015-06-30

For more information see our Applications page.

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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.

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