Anthropology/Social Anthropology MRes (MRes)

Brunel University London the United Kingdom

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The award

How long you will study
1 Years

Domestic course fees
GBP 4030

How you will study

Course starts
September, October

International course fees
GBP 10070

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About Anthropology/Social Anthropology MRes at Brunel University London

This MRes is a taught postgraduate degree that provides high quality training in anthropology and anthropological research. The degree is of particular relevance for those who wish to use such training as a foundation for PhD study or who are keen to enhance their careers through the acquisition of advanced knowledge and research skills. Accordingly, the MRes can be completed as a qualification in itself, or as the first stage in a four-year PhD programme. For students with no previous anthropological training, it can also act as a conversion course to anthropology.Entry RequirementsNormally a good Honours degree from a UK institution; an equivalent overseas qualification; or an equivalent professional qualification (eg from a health, teaching or child welfare background or similar). Candidates not fully meeting these criteria may nevertheless be considered. Students whose first language is not English must have IELTS of at least 6.5 or equivalent. Course AimsAn MRes is now the ESRC’s preferred route for proceeding to doctoral study. The MRes in Social Anthropology meets the ESRC requirements and is recognised for training for advanced research in anthropology. The MRes/MPhil/PhD programme marries the best aspects of the traditional apprenticeship system of anthropology - students work with a leading anthropologist in their geographical area of interest and undertake a formal training programme concerned with developing broader anthropological skills in the context of social science as a whole. Our students have been or are being funded by the British Council, the Economic and Social Research Council, the Commonwealth Scholarship Scheme, the World Health Organization, national and local governments as well as NGOs. A unique feature of the MRes programme is that students can design, in collaboration with academic staff, Guided Study Modules to focus on their particular areas of research interestCourse ContentThe MRes is a one-year, full-time degree. It includes three core modules which provide students with training in ethnographic research methods and graduate research skills. Students can then choose 60 credits from an extensive range of elective modules covering core areas of research in contemporary anthropology, in many of which has an international reputation. The final element of teh degree involves the supervised completion of a dissertation (approximately 15,000 words).Typical ModulesCoreGraduate Research Skills and Professional DevelopmentMain topics of study: reviewing research aims and objectives; choosing research methods; study design, sampling, and analytical issues in the use of such methods; appropriate resources for such studies; using information technologies; managing a research project, presenting research information.Ethnographic Research MethodsMain topics of study: the centrality of fieldwork to anthropological research; theoretical and practical issues of participant observation, open-ended unstructured interviews and semi-structured interviews; the advantages and disadvantages of using questionnaires during fieldwork; different styles of ethnographic writing; gaining access in ethnographic research; ethical clearance and ethical dilemmas arising in the course of fieldwork; constructing a research proposal.Dissertation in Social Anthropology ResearchThe specific topics and/or research problems discussed in the dissertation are a function of the student's particular research interest in the domain of social anthropology, and the data generated by the student's own field work. Recent examples of dissertations by students taking this course includes: The Role of School in the (Re)production of the Danish Welfare SystemElectivesThe Anthropology of Education and LearningMain topics of study: history of anthropology of education and learning; evaluating the anthropological contribution to research in education; education, learning and the politics of culture and society; education, learning and international development; education and schooling in social context; education, authority and the transmission of knowledge; education and apprenticeship; education, learning and literacy; education and categories of social distinction - age, kinship, nationalism and religion; education and categories of social distinction - race, class, gender and ethnicity; education, knowledge and social memory; education, the state and nationalismThemes in Psychological and Psychiatric AnthropologyMain topics of study: the development of psychological and psychiatric anthropology; theories of emotion (approaches to, and critiques of, the 'social construction of emotion'); selfhood and subjectivity in cross-cultural perspective; psychoanalytic approaches; folk psychologies; culture and personality; mental health and ethnic minorities; cultural perspectives on madness; narrative and illness; the construction of diagnostic categories.Anthropology and Global HealthChanging conceptions of public health; Constructing public health problems: the case of female circumcision; the social construction of epidemics; constructions of health and sickness in war zones; the changing relationship between anthropology and epidemiology; targeting people, targeting places: the limits of HIV prevention strategies; neglected tropical diseases and the case for targeted disease control programmes; public health and healing in the aftermath of war; evaluating public health policy; human rights and public health; ethical aspects of public health policy and practice.Medical Anthropology in Clinical and Community SettingsTheoretical framings: Nature-nurture/culture-biology debates and the concept of local biologies; clinically and critically applied medical anthropology; risk perception and discourse on risk; narrative, suffering and subjectivity; biomedicine, population sciences and medicalisation; political economy of health anddevelopment; governance and politics of international aid; rights-based approach to health and bioethics; Thematic examples: ‘Adolescence’ and the life-cycle; cross-cultural psychiatry and community-based mental health; alternative therapies and medical pluralism; doctor-patient interactions; evidence-based medicine and policy-making; childbirth and maternal health; sexuality and reproductive health; genetics and biotechnology; medicines and pharmaceutical industry.Anthropology of Biomedicine and PsychiatryHistory of science & biomedicine; diagnostic technologies and classification; biotechnology and the modern self; ethics of bio-experimentation; epistemologies of statistics, epidemiology & the population sciences; medicalisation of the life cycle, case studies in menopause and adolescence; politics of aid, development and post-colonial science; the rise of evidence-based medicine; biomedical psychiatry and bio-colonialism; culture & critical neuroscience; challenges in the ethnography of science; implications of anthropology of science for clinical practice and population healthAnthropology of Childhood and YouthMain topics of study: the concept of the child in society; children's participation in society; children's ways of coping with violence; child play; child labour; the history of youth as a political category; young people's resistance to marginalisation; the radicalisation of young people.Kinship and New Directions in AnthropologyMain topics of study: descent and alliance, the household, the incest taboo, new reproductive technologies, kinship and the state, gay kinship, the abortion debate, conceptions of social reproduction, kinship and migration, the social and cultural construction of paternity.Anthropology of the BodyMain Topics of Study: The social body; embodiment, ‘habitus’ and phenomenological approaches to the body; cross-cultural perceptions of the body; the body in parts; sex and gender; childhood and the body; bodily norms, beauty and ideas of the perfect body; biomedicine and the body; death and the dying body.Anthropology of the PersonMain topics of study: theories of the person; the notion of 'normality'; the emergence of memero-politics; classifications, kinds, and kind-making; 'looping effects'; cultural bound syndrome and 'ecological niche'. Anthropology of Disability and DifferenceMain Topics of Study: A critical overview of the medical and social models of disability that have framed discourse on disability; ethnographic and phenomenological alternatives to such approaches; conducting fieldwork with cognitively and physically impaired people; disability across the life course, with a focus on childhood disability; identity and disability; social policy, development, the state and disability; ethical dilemmas and the new genetics. Guided Study Module/s (with express agreement of Course Convenor only) Further details (School of Social Sciences web pages)Teaching and LearningYou will be taught via a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops, tutorials and film.AssessmentAssessment is by essays, practical assignments (eg, analysis of a short field exercise) and a dissertation of approximately 15,000 words. This dissertation is based on fieldwork undertaken by the candidate. There are no examinations.CareersThe MRes is specifically designed for students wishing to proceed to doctoral study in anthropology. However, the broad range of research strategies taught also makes it an excellent basis for professional development and research in other areas of social science.

Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardMResHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study1 year
    Course startsSeptember, OctoberDomestic course feesGBP 4030International course feesGBP 10070
  • The awardMResHow you will studyPart-timeHow long you will study3 years
    Course startsSeptember, OctoberDomestic course feesGBP 2015International course feesGBP 5035

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