The general objective of the MA Social Anthropology is to enable you to develop an anthropologically-informed understanding of the lives of people in both Western and non-Western societies. Through confronting you with the diversity of human social and cultural experience, it encourages you to develop a critical approach to taken-for-granted assumptions and understandings. It also provides certain transferable academic skills, such as conducting bibliographic research, basic computing skills, using the internet as a research tool, making seminar presentations, and effective essay-writing etc.
This programme has been designed with several different constituencies of student in mind. The standard track is intended to bring students to an advanced level of knowledge in the discipline sufficient to proceed to a research-based degree course. This track provides a basic grounding in social anthropology and allows students to tackle certain specialist fields within the discipline. It is therefore particularly suited to those who have a first degree in another field. The research methods track is for those who, having some previous academic experience of social anthropology or a closely related field, specifically intend to pursue doctoral research in social anthropology.
This programme is also available with a pathway in Science, Technology and Medicine.
Students on the standard track are required to take eight 15-credit course units, including four core units. Typical compulsory course units include: Advanced Anthropology I and II; Ethnography Reading Seminar; and Images, Texts, Fieldwork. Typical optional course units include: Gender and Post-socialism; Anthropology, Globalization and Development; Black Identity and Culture in Latin America; Out of China; Bodies and Embodiment; Anthropology of Organisations; Visual Culture and Media I and II; and Screening Culture: Issues in Anthropology and Film.
Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).
Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.
All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.