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Masters in Anthropology

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More information about the Anthropology discipline

The field of anthropology is also known as the scientific are of humanity studies and explores similarities and divergence between human beings and animals. Moreover, anthropology deals with the origins, biologic features, social and physical factors, as well as cultural characteristics of human beings.

Anthropology has four sub-disciplines: archaeology, biological anthropology, linguistic anthropology and cultural anthropology. Despite many similarities between each sub-discipline, the different analysis, techniques and models are used. Cognitive science, ethnic studies and global studies were derived from anthropology as additional disciplines. Anthropology tends to be highly empirical and basically focuses on holistic phenomena. The field also pays a huge attention to cultural aspects and ethnographic research. Graduates can work as university teachers, community development workers, journalists, social workers, human resources managers, race relations workers, international organization administrators, charity officers, museum education officers and etc.

Suggested Study Programmes

  • Master in Medical Anthropology and Global Health

    This master's degree is the continuation of the URV-specific degree in Anthropology of Medicine (1994-2000), and the Master's Degree in Medical Anthropology and Global Health (2005-2014). Its aim is to provide students with a solid foundation in the theories, techniques and methodologies of medical anthropology. On graduating they should be able to translate social problems into anthropological research questions and transform the research into practical policies, thus contributing to social innovation and new health care models. It is taught over two years in both Romance languages and English. It is unique in southern Europe and acts as a link between Europe, Latin America and African countries.

  • Master in Archaeological Computing (GIS and Survey)

    The MSc in Archaeological Computing (GIS and survey) provides an opportunity to study the use and implications of digital spatial and survey technologies, from GIS to Archaeological research and practice.

  • Master in Rome and the Mediterranean

    Roman Archaeology has undergone a transformation in the last 20 years, taking theoretical concepts and methodological techniques from other archaeological periods and applying them to Roman material. Southampton has been at the forefront of this, and you will be encouraged to draw on the expertise of the discipline as whole, and its links with other parts of the University. The breadth of options available provides you with a unrivalled opportunity to build a degree which develops your own interests.

  • Master in Techno-Anthropology

    The masters programme in Techno-Anthropology combines competence in carrying out anthropological studies of techno-science cultures with technological insight. You deal with collaboration between technical experts in different settings and other stakeholder groups, e.g. consultancy firms, R&D departments at multinational companies, advisory bodies, international organisations, public institutions, think tanks, NGOs, or universities.