Anthropology prides itself on its inclusive and interdisciplinary focus. It takes a holistic approach to human society, combining biological and social perspectives.
This programme 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. It provides in-depth generalist training in anthropology and is excellent preparation for those embarking on research degrees in anthropology or intending to enter professional fields in which anthropological training is advantageous.
Why Study With Us?
- One year Master's programme
- Committed to practice-led theory taught by active researchers.
- Hands-on methods training to prepare you for independent research.
- A wide choice of optional modules allows for further specialisation in areas of expertise.
- Regional specialisms include Amazon, Southeast and Southern Asia, Europe, Middle East, Central America, New Guinea and Polynesia.
- Opportunity to develop skills in visual anthropology through modules in the anthropological use of photography, film and video.
- Specialism in the application of computers and IT to anthropological research and practice.
- Small groups and excellent facilities
- Opportunity to join our annual field trip to the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Cambridge.
In the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, research by the School of Anthropology and Conservation was ranked 10th for research power and in the top 20 in the UK for research impact and research power.
An impressive 94% of our research was judged to be of international quality and the School's environment was judged to be conducive to supporting the development of world-leading research.
The School has a very good record for postgraduate employment and academic continuation, 100% of our postgraduate students, who graduated in 2014, found a professional job within six months or continued on to a PhD, ranking Anthropology at Kent 1st in the sector. Studying anthropology, you develop an understanding of the complexity of all actions, beliefs and discourse by acquiring strong methodological and analytical skills. Anthropologists are increasingly being hired by companies and organisations that recognise the value of employing people who understand the complexities of societies and organisations.
As a School recognised for its excellence in research we are one of the partners in the South East Doctoral Training Centre, which is recognised by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). This relationship ensures that successful completion of our courses is sufficient preparation for research in the various fields of social anthropology. Many of our students go on to do PhD research. Others use their Master's qualification in employment ranging from research in government departments to teaching to consultancy work overseas.
Many of our alumni teach in academic positions in universities across the world, whilst others work for a wide range of organisations. Examples of positions held by our alumni include:
- Corporate anthropologist
- Campaign developer for War Child
- Project director for the Global Diversity Foundation
- Curator at Beirut Botanic Gardens
- Film producer for First German Television
- Project manager for Porchlight Homelessness Charity
Hear more from MA Social Anthropology alumni Victor Fiorini who found employment as Detainee-Visitor Manager for Dover Detainee Visitor Group.
The skills I gained during the BA and MA in social anthropology were crucial, as they opened up a new way of looking at structural inequality locally and allowed me to discern this otherwise hidden problem through participant observation and 'being there'. I find it very important to have the opportunity to apply my knowledge first-hand and address issues of social injustice in the local community, where I can make a difference to people's lives.