Degree Options


We offer four Masters of Research (MRes) degrees, which all include:

SA5011 – The Anthropology of Connections (Semester 1) 30 credits, offers an introduction to social anthropological theory by exploring the relationship between the knowledge of singularity and the generality of the human condition.

SA5010 – Research Methods in Social Anthropology (Semester 2) 30 credits, offers an introduction to the research methods used in social anthropology, with particular attention to their potential insights and shortcomings.

The ESRC-accredited MRes in Social Anthropology further includes a dissertation (60 credits), supervised by a member of staff, and four modules on quantitative and qualitative methods, philosophy and methodology of the social sciences (15 credits each). It provides students with an advanced understanding of human life in different social and cultural settings and equips them with a substantive range of methodological tools to apply when grappling with contemporary debates.

Our two regional MRes pathways (the MRes in Social Anthropology and Amerindian Studies and the MRes in Social Anthropology with Pacific Studies) further include a dissertation (60 credits), supervised by a member of staff, a year-long regional module (30 credits) as well as optional advanced Social Anthropology modules. These degrees are geared towards students seeking anthropological specialisation in these regions.

The Department also offers an MRes in Anthropology, Art and Perception. This MRes further includes a dissertation or a dissertation with a Practical Element (60 credits), supervised by a member of staff, and two modules on anthropology, art and perception (30 credits each). It provides students with practical and analytical training in postgraduate research into creativity, the anthropology of art, and visual expression. It takes perception as a starting point and draws on themes extending across the subject boundaries between art and anthropology.

Each degree runs for one year (fulltime).

Master of Studies by Research

For those with sufficient undergraduate experience in social anthropology (usually equivalent to a first class BA Hons degree in social anthropology), it is possible to apply to enter the Master of Studies (Mst) by Research. This research degree has no credited taught modules but instead runs solely through individual supervision with a listed member of staff. The Master of Studies is assessed through a 30,000 word dissertation on a topic of the student’s choice, which is assessed by a team composed of an internal and external examiner.

Those interested in this research degree choice, should please contact the Department before applying in order to discuss the proposal topic and possible supervisor.

This degree runs for one year (fulltime).

The Postgraduate Community

Our Masters students are given ample opportunity to present and exchange ideas in a host of formal and informal settings.  Weekly departmental seminars along with reading and writing groups allow our postgraduate students to discuss and analyse theoretical, methodological and ethical issues pertaining to social anthropology. Additionally, MRes, Mst and PhD students take part in the Scottish Training in Anthropological Research (STAR Programme), which brings people together from Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow and St Andrews.