Anthropology, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
  • English (schedule IELTS)


Anthropology deals with contemporary, real-life issues such as:

  • social and economic transformation
  • the politics of race
  • religion
  • rights and citizenship.

It provides fundamental insights into the human condition, applicable in everyday life and in a growing number of professional contexts from hospitals to international organisations, educational institutions and large companies.

Key facts

  • Largest UK department focusing solely on social anthropology, ranked 7th for research quality and 4th for research impact in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF).
  • Ranked 6th in the UK (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2016).
  • Located within the School of Global Studies, with a strong tradition of socially and politically engaged anthropology focusing on real-world issues.


Our graduates pursue a wide range of careers. Some become professional anthropologists in the public or private sector. Others go on to jobs where knowledge and understanding of the diversity of human cultures and social transformations is a significant advantage.

Recent graduates have found employment in:

  • policy think tanks
  • research firms
  • charities
  • museums
  • educational institutions
  • the media.

A number of graduates go on to pursue a PhD.

Programme Structure

Core modules

  • Anthropology and Ethnography
  • Research Methods and Professional Skills (Anth)
  • Understanding Processes of Social Change


  • Activism for Development and Social Justice
  • Anthropology of Reconciliation and Reconstruction
  • Anthropology of Childhood
  • Critical Debates in Environment and Development
  • Medical Anthropology: Cultural Understandings of Health and Healing
  • Dissertation (Anthropology)
  • Dissertation with Placement (Global Studies)
  • Fair Trade, Ethical Business & New Moral Economies
  • Knowledge, Power and Resistance
  • Livelihoods, Inequalities and Rural Change
  • Migration, Inequality and Social Change
  • Poverty, Vulnerability and the Global Economy
  • Refugees, Displacement and Humanitarian Responses
  • Childhood and Youth in Global Perspective; Rights, Protection and Justice
  • Sexuality and Development: Intimacies, Health and Rights in Global Perspective
  • Transnationalism, Diaspora and Migrants' Lives
  • Worlds and Selves: Queer and Anthropological Orientation

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 12 months
    • Average part-time duration 24 months
    • Intensity Flexible
  • Credits
    180 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

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English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


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  • Minimum required score (Grade B2):


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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Upper Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

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An upper second-class (2.1) undergraduate honours degree or above in anthropology or another humanities or social sciences discipline. Other subject areas may be considered on a case by case basis.

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Tuition Fee

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    15100 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 15100 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    7700 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7700 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
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  • 815 - 1390 GBP/month
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