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The MRes in Social Anthropology, Ethnology and Cultural History (SAnECH) is the principal gateway programme for carrying out doctoral-level anthropological research at the University of Aberdeen, as well as a stand-alone Masters programme in its own right. Read more
The MRes in Social Anthropology, Ethnology and Cultural History (SAnECH) is the principal gateway programme for carrying out doctoral-level anthropological research at the University of Aberdeen, as well as a stand-alone Masters programme in its own right. Combining taught skills courses with lively and innovative seminar forums for staff and students, this programme will allow you to develop both your research goals and the means to achieve them. The Anthropology group at Aberdeen provide world class research expertise that combines a genuinely global focus with an established track record of research on Scotland and the Circumpolar North.

COURSES
Semester 1
Research in Social Anthropology

Optional Courses
The Museum Idea
Supervised Reading
Research Skills in Anthropology
Understanding People and Environment
More Than Human
Anthropological Theory for MSc
Materials, Technology and Power in the Andean Region

Semester 2
Scottish Training and Anthropological Research
Research in Social Anthropology
Optional
Reading Environment Ethnography
Morality and Belief in Islam
Supervised Reading
Research Design and Practice in Anthropology
Culture and Society in Latin America
Roads: Mobility, Movement, Migration

Semester 3
Dissertation in Social Anthropology

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Human beings now live in what an increasing number of environmental scientists call the Anthropocene – a stage in the Earth’s geological and climate development that is dominated by the activities of humankind. Read more
Human beings now live in what an increasing number of environmental scientists call the Anthropocene – a stage in the Earth’s geological and climate development that is dominated by the activities of humankind. Whether in the realm of conservation, biodiversity, evolution or climatology, no effective study of environmental issues can proceed without an understanding of human behaviour on both the large and the small scale.

COURSES
Semester 1
Understanding People and Environment

Semester 2
Compulsory courses
Reading Environment Ethnography
Field Trips for People and Environment

Optional Courses
Roads, Mobility, Movement, Migration
Anthropological Theory for MSc
The Museum Idea
More Than Human
Supervised Reading
Curating and Exhibition
Work Placement for MSc in People and Environment
Research Design and Practice in Anthropology
Culture and Society in Latin America

Semester 3
Dissertation in People and Environment

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MLitt in Museum Studies is will use the University’s own internationally important collections and museums to explore these issues and to give practical experience of working in a museum, working closely with professional as well as academic staff. Read more
MLitt in Museum Studies is will use the University’s own internationally important collections and museums to explore these issues and to give practical experience of working in a museum, working closely with professional as well as academic staff.

COURSES
First Semester
Compulsory
The Museum Idea
Optional
Understanding People and Environment (extended)
Research Skills in Anthropology
Northern Worlds
Theory and Method in Research
Marketing Management
Introduction to Art History for Business
Art and Business
Connoisseurship: Art in Scotland

Second Semester
Compulsory
Curating an Exhibition
Optional
Managing People at Work
The Leadership Challenge
Approaching Archives
Northern Peoples and Cultures
Advanced Archaeological Approaches
Cultural Property Issues: Law, Art, and Museums
Working with Local Communities: Methods and Theory in Museum Practice
Curating and Exhibition
Developing A Theory of Practise: Learning and Museums
Art and Business

Third Semester
Museum Studies Dissertation
Museum Studies Project

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Globalisation is one of the biggest challenges of the modern age. If you want to understand the complexities of social changes being driven by globalisation and the other dimensions this programme gives you in depth knowledge to undertake scientific research. Read more
Globalisation is one of the biggest challenges of the modern age. If you want to understand the complexities of social changes being driven by globalisation and the other dimensions this programme gives you in depth knowledge to undertake scientific research.

COURSES
First Semester
Advanced Social Theory
Qualitative Sociology: Philosophy and Methods

Second Semester
Dimensions of Globalisation
Religious Belief and Practice in the Modern World
Quantitative Sociology: Philosophy and Methods
The Comparative Study of European Societies
Post-Conflict Justice and Peace building
Global Conflict and Peace Process

Third Semester
Dissertation in Globalisation

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The University of Aberdeen MSc in Religion and Society provides a unique opportunity for postgraduate study in the sociology of religion. Read more
The University of Aberdeen MSc in Religion and Society provides a unique opportunity for postgraduate study in the sociology of religion. Taught by well-known leaders in the field, the programme provides students with study in both the sociological study of religion and training in advanced sociological methods. This programme is ideally suited for anyone considering the pursuit of doctoral studies in sociology of religion, and also provides a broad-base of social-scientific skills that are both marketable and useful for those pursuing careers either in government or in the third-sector.

COURSES
Semester 1
Qualitative Sociology: Philosophy and Methods
Advanced Social Theory

Semester 2
Religious Belief and Practice in the Modern World
Optional Course
The Comparative Study of European Societies
Dimensions of Globalisation
Sex. Gender, Violence: Critical Approaches
Quantitative Sociology: Philosophy & Methods
Post-Conflict Justice and Peace building
Global Conflict and Peace Processes

Semester 3
Dissertation in Religion and Society

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This programme provides advanced training in social research. It equips students with the skills they need to undertake independent research, using a range of methodologies, and through the dissertation, students are able to develop practical, intellectual and critical skills in their specific areas of interest. Read more
This programme provides advanced training in social research. It equips students with the skills they need to undertake independent research, using a range of methodologies, and through the dissertation, students are able to develop practical, intellectual and critical skills in their specific areas of interest. For students who wish to undertake a PhD in Sociology, the programme is also designed to provide the support and training required to complete the first stages of doctoral research.

COURSES
Semester 1
Qualitative Sociology: Philosophy and Methods
Advanced Social Theory

Semester 2
Quantitative Sociology: Philosophy and Methods
Approaches to Quantitative Analysis in Social Research

Semester 3
Dissertation in Social Research

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Students are equipped with research skills to investigate the material culture and heritage of the far northern hemisphere, a region that includes Scotland, the North Atlantic, Scandinavia and Baltic Europe, northern Russia and the circumpolar region through Siberia, the North Pacific and high-latitude North America. Read more
Students are equipped with research skills to investigate the material culture and heritage of the far northern hemisphere, a region that includes Scotland, the North Atlantic, Scandinavia and Baltic Europe, northern Russia and the circumpolar region through Siberia, the North Pacific and high-latitude North America.

COURSES
Semester 1
Theory and Method Research
Optional
Northern Worlds
Viking Archeology
GIS Tools and Techniques
The Museum Idea

Semester 2
Northern Peoples and Cultures
GIS Tools and Techniques
Fundamentals of GIS and Spatial Analysis
Reading Environmental Ethnography
Developing a Theory of Practice: Learning and Museums

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This degree provides students with grounding in the key theoretical and methodological debates in contemporary sociology, allowing them the opportunity to take full advantage of the department’s internationally recognized research expertise. Read more
This degree provides students with grounding in the key theoretical and methodological debates in contemporary sociology, allowing them the opportunity to take full advantage of the department’s internationally recognized research expertise . It is designed for those with a background in Sociology who wish to further their studies at postgraduate level, but is also ideal as a conversion degree for those with little or no previous experience of Sociology who are considering undertaking a PhD. The degree combines development of key skills in critical thinking, theory and methods with maximum versatility in choice of elective courses and research area.

COURSES
Semester 1
Qualitative Sociology: Philosophy and Methods
Advanced Social Theory

Semester 2
Dimensions of Globalisation
Religious Belief and Practice in the Modern World

Semester 3
Dissertation

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In this programme the focus will be on ways we think about, understand and respond to violence. Read more
In this programme the focus will be on ways we think about, understand and respond to violence. How do we know what counts as violence or a violent act?Why does legislation against violence so often transpire as inadequate, perhaps especially in the case of gendered and sexual violence? As the links between sex, gender and violence appear intimate and often lethal, a central but not exclusive focus of the programme will be on theories and practices of sex/gender.

COURSES
Semester 1
Qualitative Sociology: Philosophy and Methods
Advanced Social Theory

Semester 2
Sex, Gender, Violence: Critical Approaches

Optional
Dimensions of Globalisation
The Comparative Study of European Societies
Religious Belief and Practice in the Modern World

Semester 3
Dissertation

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A truly interdisciplinary degree, the Latin American Studies Programme draws on expertise from both Hispanic Studies in the School of Modern Languages and the Department of Politics and International Relations. Read more
A truly interdisciplinary degree, the Latin American Studies Programme draws on expertise from both Hispanic Studies in the School of Modern Languages and the Department of Politics and International Relations. The degree consists of both core courses (including Culture and Society in Latin America; Themes in Latin American Studies; Strategic Studies in Latin America) and a variety of electives (including Spanish language), which will allow students to tailor their own degree to their specific interests.

COURSES
First Semester
Compulsory
Themes in Latin America

Optional
The Politics of Human Rights
Theories and Concepts in International Relations
Theories and Issues in Political Science and Ir
Materials, Technology and Power in the Aberdeen Region

Second Semester
Compulsory
Culture and Society in Latin America
Latin America: Security Conditions and Challenges

Optional
Global Security Issues
Terrorism and Counter Terrorism
Dimensions of Globalisation
Sex, Gender, Violence, Critical Approaches
Post-Conflict Justice and Peace building
On Documentary: History, Theory and Practice

Third Semester
Dissertation

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Global conflict allows you to engage with a range of conflicts and peace process in Northern Ireland, Lebanon and Cyprus. COURSES. Read more
Global conflict allows you to engage with a range of conflicts and peace process in Northern Ireland, Lebanon and Cyprus.

COURSES
First Semester
Qualitative Sociology: Philosophy and Methods
Advanced Social Theory

Second Semester
Global Conflict and Peace Processes
Optional
Religious Belief and Practice in the Modern World
Quantitative Sociology: Philosophy & Methods
The Comparative Study of European Societies
Dimensions of Globalisation
Post-Conflict Justice and Peace building
Sex, Gender, Violence: Critical Approaches

Third Semester
Dissertation in Global Conflict and Peace Processes

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