Socio-Cultural Anthropology MA
About The Course
High profile members of our Social Anthropology Research Group, with experience of conducting fieldwork all around the world, introduce students to both classical and contemporary writing and research in the discipline. There is equal emphasis on theoretical and methodological questions, and plenty of opportunity to apply this new knowledge to issues of pressing social concern.
Who Should Apply?
This course is for students with an undergraduate degree in a subject other than anthropology who would like to prepare for research in socio-cultural anthropology or for a career requiring expertise in anthropology.
Programme Aims and Transferrable Skills
The programme aims to prepare students for research in socio-cultural anthropology or a career requiring expertise in anthropology.
This course equips students with in-depth training in social-cultural anthropology and the skills associated with it such as ethnography, the use of qualitative and quantitative data in social science, and the possibility of undertaking foreign language training.
Graduates of this programme have gone into fields such as analytics within the aerospace industry, recruitment for a national charity, and further research both within Durham University and other institutions.
L6K107 Socio-Cultural Anthropology MA Postgraduate Taught 2020
This course is designed for students with an undergraduate degree in a subject other than anthropology who would like to prepare for research in socio-cultural anthropology or for a career requiring expertise in anthropology.
High profile social anthropologist researchers at Durham, with experience of conducting fieldwork all around the world, introduce you to both classical and contemporary writing and research in the discipline. There is equal emphasis on theoretical and methodological questions, and plenty of opportunities to apply this new knowledge to issues of pressing social concern.
The full-time course consists of two terms of teaching, during which you are introduced to the range of research questions and methods used in social or cultural anthropology, and a dissertation, involving the design, development, and implementation of an independent research project. You will work closely with academic staff from our highly respected Social Anthropology Research Group receiving enhanced levels of support as part of the ‘conversion’ to anthropology, including fortnightly small group meetings with the course tutor, and have the opportunity to become involved in active research projects.
Please see here for further information on modules.
Learning and Teaching
Course Learning and Teaching
The course is delivered through a mixture of interactive lectures, seminars, and workshops, in addition to one-to-one dissertation supervision. Typically, lectures deliver key information on progressively more advanced themes and topics. Seminars provide an opportunity to reflect in more depth upon material delivered in lectures and gathered from independent study outside the course's formal contact hours. They give you an opportunity to engage with academic issues at the cutting-edge of research in Anthropology, in a learning environment focused on discussion and debate of current issues.
Full-time students have on average 6-8 hours of formal teaching and learning contact per week, you are also expected to attend weekly departmental and Social Anthropology Research Group research seminars, often given by prominent visiting speakers. Outside timetabled contact hours, you are also expected to devote significant amounts of time to reading, discussing and preparing for classes, assignments and project work.
Throughout the course, you will meet fortnightly with your degree tutor, who provides academic support and guidance. Furthermore, all members of the teaching staff have weekly office hours when they are available to meet you on a ‘drop-in’ basis. You will work closely with leading academics to develop an original piece of research for your dissertation, guidance on your dissertation is also provided by the dissertation leader. Before the academic year starts, we provide information on preparing for the course. On arrival, we have induction sessions, including a field trip, and social events, headed by the Director of Postgraduate Studies and the degree tutor for the MA in Sociocultural Anthropology. You will also attend an “Introduction to Research Groups in Anthropology”, including the Social Anthropology Research Group.
Subject requirements, level and grade
A minimum 2:1 Honours degree from a UK institution (or the overseas equivalent) in a relevant subject.
References play an important part in the admissions process.
English Language requirements
Please check requirements for your subject and level of study.
How to apply
Fees and Funding
Fees and Funding
Full Time Fees
|EU Student||£10,000.00 per year|
|Home Student||£10,000.00 per year|
|Island Student||£10,000.00 per year|
|International non-EU Student||£21,000.00 per year|
Part Time Fees
|EU Student||£5,500.00 per year|
|Home Student||£5,500.00 per year|
|Island Student||£5,500.00 per year|
|International non-EU Student||£11,600.00 per year|
The tuition fees shown are for one complete academic year of study, are set according to the academic year of entry, and remain the same throughout the duration of the programme for that cohort (unless otherwise stated).
Please also check costs for colleges and accommodation.
Scholarships and funding
Dr Yulia Egorova is the Degree Tutor for the MA Socio Cultural Anthropology programme and MA Research Methods programme
''I am very excited to be the degree tutor for both MA programmes this year and look forward to helping you with your individual projects and the overall course. My own research interests are in the areas of anthropology of religion, anthropology of science, as well as the broader study of inter-faith and inter-comminity relations. If you are considering applying to our taught MA programmes please contact me on email@example.com and I will be happy to answer your questions!''
"This course gave me confidence and knowledge of different cultures. Learning about social systems & structures enabled me to consider consider problems faced by immigrants and Indigenous peoples around the world. My research also allowed me to fulfil a lifelong dream to work with the First People's of Australia - the Aboriginal community in the Northern Territory."
Socio-Cultural Anthropology MA 2012-2013
My Anthropology course equipped me extremely well to work for a global humanitarian charity that works to help people affected by conflict and disaster. To this day I rely on the analytic discipline of anthropology to help better understand the many crises in the world. I previously worked for a human rights organisation and found anthropology again helped me better understand exploitative and abusive practices that exist across the world. I personally found my MA incredibly interesting and useful and encouraged me to go and spend two years living abroad in Japan.
Socio-Cultural Anthropology MA 1999-2000
The MA in Socio-Cultural Anthropology was challenging in the best way possible. The staff in the department are incredibly supportive, and provide tailored direction and advice in a wide range of research fields.
Studying Anthropology at Durham is a unique opportunity to work with cutting-edge researchers, in a friendly and enjoyable environment.
The students and staff in the Anthropology department made this MA an enriching and rewarding experience.
Socio-Cultural Anthropology MA 2012-2013