The MRes in Anthropology, Art and Perception is led by the Department of Social Anthropology within the School of Philosophical, Anthropological and Film Studies.
- Students will explore new ways of thinking anthropologically and gain access to cutting-edge research tools for future research, including practical learning labs with invited experts and a field visit.
- The course benefits from small class sizes and an interdisciplinary approach.
- Students have the option to write a library-based dissertation or a dissertation with a practical component.
The programme takes perception as its starting point and draws on themes extending across the subject boundaries between art and anthropology. These themes include:
- the senses and perception in anthropology
- the role of community and cooperation in both making and use of apprenticeship and practice-based research
- observation and the use of attention in drawing, photography, sound and film
- the relationship between art and psychology
- a practical sensory project
- design anthropology
- commonalities between anthropological field work and contemporary arts practice.
The MRes provides an excellent grounding in contemporary research themes and innovative research methods for students aiming to do a PhD in anthropology, visual culture, design anthropology, heritage studies, and related subjects. It also provides important training for students interested in a career in the heritage sector, development, the creative industries, workplace management and design.
Over two semesters, students take four compulsory modules. Teaching methods include:
- formal lectures combined with seminar-style teaching
- one-off practical learning labs with invited experts
- a field trip.
Lecture groups are small. Modules are assessed through coursework which includes essays and independent research-led assignments.
Over the course of the year, with particular focus during the summer months, you will devise a research project culminating in either a 15,000-word dissertation or 10,000-word dissertation with a practical element. Every taught postgraduate student is assigned an individual supervisor from among the Social Anthropology staff who will work with them closely to develop a topic and direction for the dissertation.
The Department of Social Anthropology provides postgraduates with access to a museum collection of ethnographic material and a common room that includes a general anthropological library, providing a space that is shared by both staff and postgraduates. The departmental libraries, together with the main University library which holds a fine anthropology collection, include resources covering nearly all regions of the world.
Further particulars regarding curriculum development.