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MRes Anthropology

Course Description

This MRes is a taught postgraduate degree that provides high quality training in anthropology and anthropological research. The degree is of particular relevance for those who wish to use such training as a foundation for PhD study or who are keen to enhance their careers through the acquisition of advanced knowledge and research skills. Accordingly, the MRes can be completed as a qualification in itself, or as the first stage in a four-year PhD programme. For students with no previous anthropological training, it can also act as a conversion course to anthropology.

An MRes is now the ESRC’s preferred route for proceeding to doctoral study. The MRes in Social Anthropology meets the ESRC requirements and is recognised for training for advanced research in anthropology. The MRes/MPhil/PhD programme marries the best aspects of the traditional apprenticeship system of anthropology - students work with a leading anthropologist in their geographical area of interest and undertake a formal training programme concerned with developing broader anthropological skills in the context of social science as a whole. Our students have been or are being funded by the British Council, the Economic and Social Research Council, the Commonwealth Scholarship Scheme, the World Health Organization, national and local governments as well as NGOs.

A unique feature of the MRes programme is that students can design, in collaboration with academic staff, Guided Study Modules to focus on their particular areas of research interest

Course content: Modules are subject to variation and students are advised to check with the School on whether a particular module of interest will be running in their year of entry. At the time of printing modules were drawn fro the following areas:

Compulsory Modules: Graduate Research Skills & Professional Development; Ethnographic Research Methods Parts 1 and 2.
Optional Modules: Themes in Psychological and Psychiatric Anthropology ; Anthropology of Education & Learning; Anthropology of Childhood and Youth; Medical Anthropology in Clinical & Community Settings; Anthropology of Biomedicine and Psychiatry; Anthropology & Global Health; Kinship and New Directions in Anthropology; Anthropology of the Body ; Anthropology of the Person; Anthropology of Disability and Difference.
Plus two unassessed reading modules: History and Theory of Social Anthropology; Issues in Social Anthropology .

Assessment is by essay, practical assignment (eg analysis of a short field exercise), and a final 15,000 word dissertation.

The MRes is specifically designed for students wishing to proceed to doctoral study in anthropology. However, the broad range of research strategies taught also makes it an excellent basis for professional development and research in other areas of social science.

Visit the MRes Anthropology page on the Brunel University London website for more details!

Student Profiles

Postgraduate Academic Excellence Scholarships - No. of awards TBC

The scholarship is available for PGT courses at Brunel starting from September 2013 and focuses on two key audiences, namely high calibre prospective PG students and our alumni who wish to undertake further postgraduate study at Brunel. It is available to both Home/ EU and International students.In order to attract high calibre students and encourage them to undertake postgraduate study we intend to offer a discount of 15% off the fees for anyone who has obtained a first class undergraduate degree from a UK University, either in the UK or abroad.Whilst Brunel has always offered a reduction in PG fees for Brunel alumni we intend to further incentivise Brunel students to take up postgraduate education by increasing the discount to 15%.

Value of Scholarship(s)

15% of tuition fee


A first class undergraduate degree from a UK University, either in the UK or abroad.

Application Procedure


Further Information



The Brunel International Scholarship - 20+ Awards

The Brunel International Scholarship is an annual award scheme designed to promote talent and encourage excellence in scholars coming to Brunel from around the globe. Partial scholarships are available to both undergraduate and postgraduate students who have been offered a place on a full-time course at Brunel. Please refer to the International Scholarship web pages for more details.

Value of Scholarship(s)

15% of tuition fees


Academic excellence.

Application Procedure


Further Information


Entry Requirements

Normally a good Honours degree from a UK institution; equivalent overseas qualification; or equivalent professional qualification (eg from a health/teaching/child welfare background)

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