Study Anthropology in United Kingdom

Study Anthropology in United Kingdom

Studying Anthropology

Anthropology derives from social sciences and it studies all social aspects of the human being, as a species, especially from a biological, linguistic and cultural point of view. Research and education are two of the most popular fields that anthropologists prefer after graduation.

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Studying in United Kingdom

The UK has one of the most cosmopolitan societies within Europe and you will study with people from all over the world. The variety of universities and degrees is broad and degrees will be accepted worldwide.

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106 Anthropology Master's degrees in United Kingdom

M.A. Design and Culture

This Design and Culture programme at Loughborough University London will provide you with concepts and skills for undertaking ethnographic research for completion of design projects. These skills can be applied and developed in both the interdisciplinary and international design projects that provide the core of the programme.

Institute for Design Innovation
M.A. Social Anthropology

The Department of Anthropology and Sociology teaches the discipline of Social Anthropology with special reference to the societies and cultures of Asia and Africa, both past and present. Students come to the Social Anthropology course at SOAS University of London from all over the world, following BA study, work and travel experience or after long careers in other fields.

Faculty of Arts and Humanities
M.Sc. Violence, Conflict and Development

The Violence, Conflict and Development programme from SOAS University of London attracts applicants with a variety of academic and working backgrounds. We welcome those who have worked in the field of development and/or conflict, but we also welcome applications from students without relevant work experience who can demonstrate a strong interest in the major themes of the programme.

Faculty of Law and Social Sciences
M.A. Museums, Heritage and Material Culture Studies

This interdisciplinary Museums, Heritage and Material Culture Studies programme from SOAS University of London brings together anthropological, art historical and archaeological perspectives to explore the interconnecting fields of museums, heritage and material culture studies. The MA disprivileges Western museum and heritage discourses and practices, and explores tangible and intangible cultural heritage as spheres of global interaction.

M.A. Social Anthropology with Geography

The University has four faculties and each course leading to a degree is administered by one of these faculties. You will belong to the same faculty throughout your time with us and most of the subjects you study will be offered by schools or departments within this faculty. Admission to the MA (Hons) Social Anthropology with Geography programme of study is through the Faculty of Arts.

School of Geography & Geosciences
M.Sc. Forensic Archaeology and Anthropology (PgDip/ MSc By Research)

This MSc in Forensic Archaeology and Anthropology (PgDip/ MSc By Research) course from Cranfield University is designed to give a broad introduction to the subject, rapidly advancing into the understanding of cutting-edge research and the latest methodologies. The course is highly practical and hands-on, aiming to produce forensic experts capable of giving expert witness testimonies in a courtroom situation and elsewhere.

Defence and Security
M.A. Classical Studies and Social Anthropology

The University has four faculties and each course leading to a degree is administered by one of these faculties. You will belong to the same faculty throughout your time with us and most of the subjects you study will be offered by schools or departments within this faculty. Admission to the MA (Hons) Classical Studies and Social Anthropology programme of study is through the Faculty of Arts.

School of Classics
M.A. Poverty and Development

The experience of the financial crisis has sharpened our sense that we live in a time of increasing insecurity and instability. But life has been insecure and unstable for the world’s poorest people for many years. This course aims to provide you with a solid grounding in the concepts and theories and analytical and practical skills needed to engage critically in current debates on poverty and development issues from an interdisciplinary perspective.

M.A. Geography with Social Anthropology

The University has four faculties and each course leading to a degree is administered by one of these faculties. You will belong to the same faculty throughout your time with us and most of the subjects you study will be offered by schools or departments within this faculty. Admission to the MA (Hons) Geography with Social Anthropology programme of study is through the Faculty of Arts.

School of Geography & Geosciences
M.Sc. Medical Anthropology

The one-year M.Sc. degree in Medical Anthropology combines social and bio-anthropological approaches to the study of health and healing in diverse societies and cultures throughout the world.

Social Sciences
M.Sc. Medical Anthropology

Our degree offers a unique opportunity to learn about anthropological approaches to the study of health drawing on both sociocultural and evolutionary perspectives. The course provides a strong grounding in ethnographic approaches to the study of health, the political ecology of health and the application of anthropology to contemporary public health concerns, as well as a diverse range of options in areas such as theories of the body and evolutionary medicine. We aim to provide strong training in both theory and methods.

Department of Anthropology
M.A. Anthropology of Media

The MA in Anthropology of Media at SOAS takes up the challenge of understanding how and why media matter. The programme uniquely combines anthropology, media and cultural studies with specific regional expertise in Asia, Africa and the Middle East. It provides students with critical skills, research methods, a wide-ranging understanding of media and the opportunity to pursue original research projects.

Faculty of Arts and Humanities
M.Sc. Evolutionary Anthropology

This course is designed to provide expertise in the study of evolutionary and adaptive processes in primates, both human and non-human, in relation to both extinct and living species. There is a particular focus on primate behaviour, evolutionary psychology, cultural evolution and palaeoenvironments, drawing on the world-class expertise of members of our large Evolutionary Anthropology Research Group.

Department of Anthropology
M.A. Social Anthropology

The Social Anthropology programme from the University of Kent is designed as an advanced course in social anthropology and is for students who have already studied anthropology either as a degree course or as part of a degree course at undergraduate level.

School of Anthropology and Conservation
M.A. Social Anthropology & Social Policy

Social anthropology is the comparative study of human behaviour and ideas in their social contexts. Societies around the world vary enormously in their social, cultural, religious, and political forms, and their individual members also display a corresponding diversity of ideas and behaviour.

College of Humanities & Social Science
M.A. Research Methods (Anthropology)

This Economic and Social Research Council approved MA provides training in research methods with a focus on methods used by researchers in anthropology. At the end of this course you will have the skills to go on to do research in Anthropology or a related discipline. Most students expect to move on to a PhD. The course includes training in qualitative and quantitative methods needed by researchers in social sciences, and draws on expertise within the Department of Anthropology to provide specialised training in sociocultural anthropology, medical anthropology, the anthropology of development or cultural evolution. It is affiliated to the North East Doctoral Training Centre (clickable link), which offers funding to British and European Union students interested in taking the course preparatory to moving on to a PhD at Durham.

Department of Anthropology
M.A. Social Anthropology and Conflict

The Social Anthropology and Conflict programme from the University of Kent is grounded in the study of social anthropology, but offers students an in-depth exploration of conflict and violence between and within human communities. Studies include aspects of organised crime, land ownership conflict, war, post-conflict reconstruction and community divisions. It is particularly appropriate for students who want to make the world a better place by understanding and addressing the roots of human suffering.

School of Anthropology and Conservation
M.A. Applied Anthropology & Community and Youth Work (with professional validation) MA

How can the theoretical concepts and the research methods of anthropology enrich your understanding of the contexts of community and youth work and enhance your effectiveness as a community and youth worker? Do you need professional validation to further your career in community and youth work? What relevance does global inequality have to community and youth work in the 21st century? What is the relevance of class, gender, race and ethnicity to community and youth work? What is the meaning of community?

Department of Social, Therapeutic & Community Studies
M.A. Latin and Social Anthropology

The University has four faculties and each course leading to a degree is administered by one of these faculties. You will belong to the same faculty throughout your time with us and most of the subjects you study will be offered by schools or departments within this faculty. Admission to the MA (Hons) Latin and Social Anthropology programme of study is through the Faculty of Arts.

School of Classics
M.A. Sociology & Social Anthropology

Relationships, institutions, cultures and systems, and of how these in turn influence both individual lives and public issues. It examines all aspects of society from intimate and personal life through to the economy, the state, science, technology and the environment. It ranges from historical and comparative studies of the evolution of entire civilizations to investigating the social basis of individual behaviour and belief. It investigates the elaborate basis of human cooperation as well as the many sources of conflict that arise within it.

College of Humanities & Social Science
M.A. Visual Anthropology

The MA in Visual Anthropology is designed for those with a background in anthropology who want to continue their studies through a unique combination of theory and visual practice.

Department of Anthropology
M.A. Anthropology

This MA is for you if you want to deepen your knowledge of anthropology but it also offers professional training if you’re new to the field.

M.A. Childhood and Youth Studies (2016 Entry)

Childhood and youth studies is located within the School of Education and Social Work at Sussex and draws on teaching and research expertise from both the Departments of Education and the Department of Social Work and Social Care within the School. Social work at Sussex is ranked 1st in the UK in The Guardian University Guide 2015 and The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2014, and in the top 10 in the UK in The Complete University Guide 2015.

Master Social Anthropology

Social anthropology is the comparative study of human behaviour and ideas in their social contexts. Societies around the world vary enormously in their social, cultural, religious, and political forms, and their individual members also display a corresponding diversity of ideas and behaviour.

College of Humanities & Social Science
M.A. Anthropological Research

This programme is designed to prepare students to carry out doctoral level research. To this end, it provides training in a wide range of research methods and show students how to develop a substantive research topic in a theoretically and methodologically informed way.

School of Social Sciences
MRes Wellbeing

Social work at Sussex is placed in the top 5 in the UK in Guardian University Guide 2016 for the third year in a row.

School of Education and Social Work
MRes Social Anthropology

The MRes in Social Anthropology provides training in research methods combined with work on a specific anthropological research project. It is a one-year programme of rigorous training in research issues and methods featuring guidance in and production of a substantial research project proposal, plus 15,000-word independently researched dissertation (thesis).

M.A. Economics and Social Anthropology

The University has four faculties and each course leading to a degree is administered by one of these faculties. You will belong to the same faculty throughout your time with us and most of the subjects you study will be offered by schools or departments within this faculty. Admission to the MA (Hons) Economics and Social Anthropology programme of study is through the Faculty of Arts.

School of Economics and Finance
M.Phil. Anthropology

Our anthropology degrees give you the opportunity to delve into universal issues covering questions of power, ethnicity, and gender identity and to discover areas such as the anthropology of art, social anthropology and biological anthropology, providing you with the ideal training ground for a career in anthropology.

Department of Anthropology
M.A. Peace and Conflict Studies

This interdisciplinary MA explores the processes through which actors have attempted to define and build peace in areas affected by war and violence, particularly since the end of the Cold War. Drawing on expertise from the fields of history, politics, anthropology and the arts, this newly revamped course will offer students the opportunity to engage with conflict management, conflict resolution, conflict transformation, peacebuilding and statebuilding theories and practices.

MRes Social Anthropology

The Social Anthropology MRes is a taught postgraduate degree that provides high quality training in anthropology and anthropological research.

College of Business, Arts and Social Sciences
M.A. Visual Anthropology

Our masters, MPhil and PhD programmes combine anthropology with training in film-making and editing, visual methods, photography sensory ethnography and sound. Students are provided with professional equipment and supported by an internationally renowned staff comprising the largest visual anthropology faculty in Europe.

School of Social Sciences
M.A. Social Anthropology with South Asian Studies

Social anthropology is the comparative study of human behaviour and ideas in their social contexts. Societies around the world vary enormously in their social, cultural, religious, and political forms, and their individual members also display a corresponding diversity of ideas and behaviour.

College of Humanities & Social Science
M.A. Development & Rights

The MA in Development & Rights offers students the opportunity to critically explore development and rights through the lens of anthropology. It provides students with the intellectual resources to rethink concepts, policies and practices.

Department of Anthropology
M.A. Human Rights

This MA draws on Sussex’s academic expertise in law, international relations, anthropology, education, social care and social work, human geography and migration studies, combining internationally recognised research with an interdisciplinary approach that enables fresh thinking and contributes practical insights of great value to policy-makers.

M.Phil. Applied Biological Anthropology

The MPhil in Applied Biological Anthropology is a full-time interdisciplinary course, taken over a period of ten months, with core teaching in human nutritional ecology, growth and development, epidemiology and disease, reproductive ecology, conservation and molecular genetics. There are strong biostatistical and laboratory elements to the course as well as a focus on field studies.

M.A. Anthropology (MA, MSc)

Anthropology prides itself on its inclusive and interdisciplinary focus. It takes a holistic approach to human society, combining biological and social perspectives.

School of Anthropology and Conservation
M.A. Environmental Anthropology (MA, MSc)

Environmental Anthropology is an interdisciplinary study into how societies are influenced by the environment and how they manage natural resources and hazards. You can study the Environmental Anthropology (MA, MSc) at the University of Kent.

School of Anthropology and Conservation
M.A. Linguistics & Social Anthropology

The University of Edinburgh has a long history of the subject of Linguistics and is the only university in Scotland to offer an MA Linguistics. The teaching staff has an excellent reputation for research in this area. Linguistics is concerned with learning more about how language is acquired, produced, and understood; how language functions in interaction between individuals and in society; what its abstract structure is and how it is represented in the brain; and how language changes over time. Students of this programme gain the ability to identify and clearly describe the systematicity underlying complex surface-level systems.

College of Humanities & Social Science
M.Sc. Archaeology

Archaeology BSc, University College London (UCL). This programme provides a training in archaeology focusing on the analysis of ancient materials and past environments, essential theoretical concepts and field techniques. Archaeological science addresses important questions about past societies, and there are opportunities to participate in current research using our extensive laboratories and wide-ranging reference collections.

Social & Historical Sciences
Postgrad.Dip. Anthropology

Oxford Brookes University is one of very few UK universities where social and biological anthropology are taught alongside each other. This Anthropology course emphasises the holistic and comparative breadth of anthropology - studying humans from a variety of social, cultural, biological and evolutionary perspectives.

Department of Social Sciences
M.Sc. Social Anthropology

The programme is an excellent and intensive introduction to the discipline of social anthropology. This programme is intended for graduates with a good first degree in any discipline, including those who may have studied anthropology within the context of a more general degree.

Department of Anthropology
M.Sc. Medical Anthropology

Medical anthropology studies health, illness and healing from a cross-cultural perspective. With a focus on the understanding of health, illness and medicine in a globalised world, this programme allows you to engage with contemporary debates about old ills and emerging diseases, and explore both traditional forms of healing and modern medical technologies.

School of Social and Political Science
M.A. Socio-Cultural Anthropology

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.

Department of Anthropology
M.Sc. Palaeoanthropology

MA Palaeoanthropology, University of Sheffield We're reinventing archaeology. New perspectives, new methods, new ways to help communities understand and celebrate their heritage. Thinking about the future is part of the discipline. A masters with us is perfect preparation for a PhD and a research career.

Department of Arts & Humanities
M.Sc. Anthropology and Development

The programme will help you to develop a good understanding of classical social theory and modern anthropological theory, with reference to a range of theoretical issues, including those of development and social change, and in relation to appropriate ethnography. You will gain a thorough understanding of the history of development policy and practice and their theoretical underpinnings, and of the ways in which these are illuminated by anthropology.

Department of Anthropology
M.A. Social Anthropology with Visual Ethnography

The MA in Social Anthropology with Visual Ethnography from the University of Kent offers a unique opportunity to explore traditional and experimental means of using visual and audio-visual media to research, represent and produce anthropological knowledge.

School of Anthropology and Conservation
M.Sc. Biological Anthropology

Biological Anthropology is the study of evolution and variation in human populations and of the interactions between human biology and environment. This combines our international reputation for anthropology, archaeology and biology, specifically including studies in primatology, evolutionary anthropology, human osteology, zooarchaeology, but also (paeleo-) ecology and behaviour.

Faculty of Science & Technology
M.Phil. Human Evolutionary Studies

The MPhil in Human Evolutionary Studies is a full-time interdisciplinary course, taken over a period of ten months, and involving teaching in evolutionary anthropology, human and hominin morphology, primate behaviour and evolution, archaeology and genetics. The lecturers are primarily involved in research and teaching within the Division of Biological Anthropology, in the Department of Archaeology and Anthropology.

M.A. Arabic & Social Anthropology

Arabic is the main language of over 250 million people inhabiting a huge swathe of land extending from the Atlantic to the Persian Gulf. It is the fifth most widely spoken language in the world and is one of the six official languages of the United Nations. Given the central importance of the Arab world in globlal commerce and industry, and its importance as the immediate neighbour of Europe on the southern and eastern sides of the Mediterranean, Arabic & Business Studies makes an excellent degree combination.

College of Humanities & Social Science
M.Sc. Psychological and Psychiatric Anthropology

Anyone interested in psychological processes, feeling and expression, memory and trauma, culture and personality, will have asked themselves questions of this kind. However, they are less likely to have asked themselves how (or if) we can recognise and analyse different emotions in other cultural settings.

College of Business, Arts and Social Sciences
M.A. Collaborative Practice

The course explores the potential of collaborative practice. You will experiment with approaches to collaboration, challenging traditional disciplinary boundaries, subjectivities, roles and hierarchies. You will develop a personal line of enquiry that will be negotiated and applied through a collaborative project. Collaborations may involve communities, collectives, pedagogies, interactive arts, networks, environments, health, ethics, participation, public arts, cultural activism, anthropology, sustainability, spatial or sited work, politically or socially engaged practices and more.

M.A. Migration Studies

If you are involved in, or contemplating working with migrants, refugees and asylum seekers, this MA will broaden your understanding of relevant theories, concepts and policies.

M.A. Geography & Social Anthropology

Geography is the study of the way the world works. It is a uniquely diverse and integrative discipline that spans the natural and social sciences. As a natural science, Geography focuses on the environment, mainly through landscapes and their evolution through space and time. As a social science, Geography is concerned with the relationships between people and their social, cultural, political and economic worlds. In both cases, the relationships between human and physical environments are central.

College of Science & Engineering
M.Sc. Forensic Anthropology

This course provides postgraduate education in the discipline of Forensic Anthropology. This course provides intensive training in human osteology and the techniques used by Forensic Anthropologists to build osteological profiles of unknown skeletonised human remains.

M.A. Scottish Ethnology & Archaeology

Ethnology is the discipline that studies the traditional and popular cultures of a community, region or nation. While related in some respects to both anthropology and cultural history, ethnology is now well established in its own right as an important contributor to the humanities and social sciences throughout Europe and beyond. Through close study of such cultural forms as folklore, music, song, oral narrative, custom and belief, this programme examines the development of cultural systems through time. The University of Edinburgh is the only institution in Scotland to offer an undergraduate degree in this discipline. The Scottish Ethnology programme aims to develop the analytic, critical, communication and creative skills of students by engaging with a broad range of cultural forms and ethnographic materials relating primarily, although by no means exclusively, to Scotland.

College of Humanities & Social Science
M.A. Persian & Social Anthropology

Persian is the main language of over 120 million people and is among the world’s most widely spoken languages. Apart from opening the door to a fascinating and varied region, knowledge of Persian and the Middle East provides access to the rich intellectual heritage of Islam. To study Persian is to enter into a rich and diverse culture.

College of Humanities & Social Science
M.A. Economics with Social Anthropology

The University has four faculties and each course leading to a degree is administered by one of these faculties. You will belong to the same faculty throughout your time with us and most of the subjects you study will be offered by schools or departments within this faculty. Admission to the MA (Hons) Economics with Social Anthropology programme of study is through the Faculty of Arts.

School of Economics and Finance
M.A. Scottish Ethnology

Ethnology is the discipline that studies the traditional and popular cultures of a community, region or nation. While related in some respects to both anthropology and cultural history, ethnology is now well established in its own right as an important contributor to the humanities and social sciences throughout Europe and beyond. Through close study of such cultural forms as folklore, music, song, oral narrative, custom and belief, this programme examines the development of cultural systems through time. The University of Edinburgh is the only institution in Scotland to offer an undergraduate degree in this discipline. The Scottish Ethnology programme aims to develop the analytic, critical, communication and creative skills of students by engaging with a broad range of cultural forms and ethnographic materials relating primarily, although by no means exclusively, to Scotland.

College of Humanities & Social Science
M.Phil. Biological Anthropological Science

This is a Master's degree by research, in which the sole requirement is a dissertation. It is suitable for those who have a strong background in this field, or who have research experience. It is expected that the topic of research will fall within one of the areas supported by the Division.

M.Sc. Forensic Anthropology

This Masters course at Liverpool John Moores University provides the skills and knowledge to forge a career in forensic anthropology. You will also have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in the field and carry out novel research.

M.A. Social Anthropology

The MA in Social Anthropology also trains students in a broad range of transferable skills that are useful in many walks of life, including social research methods and the ethics associated with these, effective essay-writing, oral presentational skills in seminars and other contexts, basic computing skills, using the internet as a research tool and conducting bibliographic research.

School of Social Sciences
M.A. Art History and Social Anthropology

The University has four faculties and each course leading to a degree is administered by one of these faculties. You will belong to the same faculty throughout your time with us and most of the subjects you study will be offered by schools or departments within this faculty. Admission to the MA (Hons) Art History and Social Anthropology programme of study is through the Faculty of Arts.

School of Art History
M.Sc. Forensic Anthropology

This programme is aimed at students who wish to specialise in the field of forensics, offering tuition in both the practical and the theoretical aspects of human bone analysis within a forensic setting.

College of Humanities & Social Science
M.A. Dance Anthropology

Attain the knowledge and tools to open a window into dance in any period and in any part of the world. Explore the place of dance in society from the perspectives of those involved as dancers, dance makers, teachers and/or audience members. By studying these perspectives, you will learn how different people around the world understand dance and how dance influences their value-systems.

M.Sc. Cognitive and Evolutionary Anthropology

The University of Oxford's Institute for Cognitive and Evolutionary Anthropology offers a one-year MSc in Cognitive and Evolutionary Anthropology. The degree programme explores human thought, behaviour and culture from the perspectives of the evolutionary and cognitive sciences.