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Durham University

Department of Anthropology

Masters by Research

The MA in Sociocultural Anthropology by Research and the MSc in Biological Anthropology by Research are one year full-time courses of supervised research. You can also register to study for these qualifications part-time. In this case the length of your course will be at least twice the length for full-time study.

Research students work closely with a supervisory team to undertake a substantial piece of research which must be written up in the form of a thesis. In addition, research students are required to undertake research training, provided by both the university and the department. See the current research interests of potential supervisors or get more information on previous thesis topics supervised within the department.

To be admitted to do a research degree you must show that you have appropriate training to work independently (with academic guidance from your supervisor) at this level. This will normally involve both an undergraduate degree at upper second or first class level and a supportive references. The department will also need to be satisfied that your proposed research is viable and that we are able to provide appropriate supervision and resources.

Find out about our research masters application process

Durham subjects in QS World Subject Rankings Top 50

Durham subjects in QS World Subject Rankings Top 50

Anthropology QS Rankings 2017