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Social Anthropology with Visual Ethnography

University of Kent

12 months
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This Social Anthropology with Visual Ethnography programme from University of Kent provides training in contemporary anthropological theory and methodology focusing on the understanding of the human condition and the challenges it faces today. 


This Social Anthropology with Visual Ethnography programme from University of Kent is designed to receive students with previous undergraduate training in the humanities or social sciences (such as history, sociology, geography), as well as students from biology, who wish to deepen their knowledge of human sociality. 

It provides in-depth generalist training in contemporary social anthropology in preparation either for a research degree or for entering professional fields where anthropological knowledge and methods constitute valuable assets.

Why Study With Us?

  • One-year intensive Master's programme with research training committed to practice-led theory taught by researchers who shape the discipline with their research and publications,
  • Hands-on training in qualitative methods of social research (including visual and digital methods) preparing you for future independent research,
  • A personal approach to study in small groups with plenty of time for discussion and engagement with a diversified group of teachers,
  • A wide choice of optional modules allowing for further specialisation in a broad range of areas of regional and thematic expertise, and a diversity of methodological approaches,
  • Active regional specialisations among staff include: Europe and the Middle East; Latin America and Amazonia; South and Southeast Asia and the Chinese speaking world,
  • Opportunity to develop skills in visual anthropology through intensive training in the anthropological use of photography, film, video, and digitally assisted drawing,
  • Opportunity to join engaging and interactive field trips,
  • Participation in the activities of our Centre for Ethnographic Research: its seminars, courses, practical training workshops, and annual events.


The School has a very good record for postgraduate employment and academic continuation, 100% of our postgraduate students, who graduated in 2014, found a professional job within six months or continued on to a PhD, ranking Anthropology at Kent 1st in the sector. Studying anthropology, you develop an understanding of the complexity of all actions, beliefs and discourse by acquiring strong methodological and analytical skills. Anthropologists are increasingly being hired by companies and organisations that recognise the value of employing people who understand the complexities of societies and organisations.

As a School recognised for its excellence in research we are one of the partners in the South East Doctoral Training Centre, which is recognised by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). This relationship ensures that successful completion of our courses is sufficient preparation for research in the various fields of social anthropology. Many of our students go on to do PhD research. Others use their Master’s qualification in employment ranging from research in government departments to teaching to consultancy work overseas.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • This programmes offers a high level of flexibility with four compulsory modules, a research project dissertation and four optional modules from those listed below, or from the range of School modules.
  • Please note that modules are subject to change. Please contact the School for more detailed information on availability.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines

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There is no fixed application deadline for applications from home/EU students, though we strongly recommend you apply as soon as possible.


180 alternative credits


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Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A good honours degree (2.1 or above) in anthropology or associated fields. In certain circumstances, we will consider students who have not followed a conventional education path. These cases are assessed individually by the Director of Graduate Studies and the programme convenor.
  • All applicants are considered on an individual basis and additional qualifications, professional qualifications and relevant experience may also be taken into account when considering applications. 

Tuition Fee

Living costs for Canterbury

660 - 1140 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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