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Social Anthropology (MRes)

Course Description


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. Our principal research themes include: the Anthropology of the North; People and the Environment; the Anthropology of Knowledge and Creativity; and anthropological approaches to religion, belief and practice. The programme also capitalises on strong links with the University's Marischal Museum, with its extensive ethnographic and archaeological collections.


Founded in 1495, the University of Aberdeen is one of the UK's most internationally distinguished universities. With an international multicultural community of over 14,000 students drawn from 120 different countries, the University prides itself on offering the very best learning and support facilities for students, from one of the largest and best equipped libraries in Scotland to support services that provide friendly and expert guidance on a range of areas - academic, personal, medical and financial.

The School of Social Sciences is situated on the University’s beautiful Kings College Campus, and includes the departments of Anthropology, Politics & International Relations and Sociology. In coming to Aberdeen, you’ll be joining a vibrant and active postgraduate community, taught and supervised by staff with international reputations for teaching and research.


- For further details on the MRes programme, visit: http://www.abdn.ac.uk/prospectus/pgrad.

- For further details on Anthropology at Aberdeen, visit: http://www.abdn.ac.uk/anthropology.

- For details on all Anthropology's Masters and PhD programmes at Aberdeen, visit:

- For details on Marischal Museum, visit: http://www.abdn.ac.uk/marischal_museum.


For further inquiries, contact:

- Dr Jo Vergunst (Director) - Tel: +44 (0) 1224 272738; Email:

- Alyson Millar (Postgraduate Secretary) - Tel: +44 (0) 1224 272762; Email:

Visit the Social Anthropology (MRes) page on the Aberdeen University website for more details!

Student Profiles

Entry Requirements

Students are required to have upper second class honours degree in Social Anthropology, Cultural History, Ethnology or a closely related discipline. The University's English language requirements apply.

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