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Social and Cultural Anthropology MSc

This MSc provides 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. Flexible in its structure, the programme enhances students’ employability by focusing also on the interface between anthropological research and professional practices.

Key Information

Modes and duration

  • Full-time: 1 year
  • Part-time: 2 years

Tuition Fees (2015/16)

UK/EU:
£8,755 (FT) £4,375 (PT)
Overseas:
£17,250 (FT) £8,755 (PT)

Application deadlines

All applicants:
31 July 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.

The English language level for this programme is: Advanced

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.

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Degree Information

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.

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

  • Anthropology of Art and Design
  • Alternative and Ritual Economies
  • Mass Consumption and Design
  • Anthropology and Psychiatry
  • Anthropology of Nationalism, Race and Ethnicity
  • Medical Anthropology
  • Communication and Culture
  • 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 information on modules and degree structure available on the department web site Social and Cultural Anthropology MSc

Funding

There are a number of departmental scholarships and awards available each academic year. Please refer to the departmental funding page for further information.

Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme (CSSS)

Value:
Full fees, flights, stipend, and other allowances
Duration:
1 year
Eligibility:
Prospective Overseas Master's students on one of the 10 eligible programmes, who are nationals of (or permanently domiciled in) a Commonwealth developing country, and not currently living or studying in a developed country. The students must hold a first degree at either first- or upper second-class level and be sufficiently fluent in English to pursue the programme. Applicants must not have previously studied for one year or more in a developed country, nor have been employed by a government department (at national level) or a parastatal organisation (employees of universities are normally acceptable). Students must be be willing to confirm that they will return to their home country as soon as their period of study is complete.

Dame Mary Douglas Awards

Value:
Partial fee waivers of between £1,070–£4,400
Duration:
1 year
Eligibility:
Eligibilty: Prospective Anthropology students on one of the eligible programmes are considered.

More scholarships are listed on the scholarships website

Careers

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

Employability

In addition to the analytical, interpretative and writing skills honed by its core academic training, the course includes a unique orientation towards the interface between anthropological research and professional practice, allowing students to focus on the anthropology of professions including medicine, development, education, the law, the creative industries. Our close cooperation with UCL’s bespoke careers services, provides opportunities for internships and placements during the course or following its completion. Recent students on the course have pursued careers in fields including government, business, development, social research and consultancy, and the media, as well as in academia as professional anthropologists.

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

Degree reviews

Staff review

"The Department of Anthropology at UCL is a world-class and a friendly place as well. (The two don't always go together!) Secondly, I have always liked the academic and social atmosphere of UCL; modern, liberal, respectful of difference but devoted to both scholarship and social impact."

Dr Allen Abramson

Subject: MSc in Social and Cultural Anthropology MPhil/PhD in 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?

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.

Application deadlines

All applicants
2015-07-31

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 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.

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