MA Anthropological Research / Course details
Year of entry: 2018
- Would you like to acquire research skills in both anthropology and ethnography?
- Are you considering moving on to doctoral and research degree programmes?
- Do you want a course that is part of the North West Doctoral Training College (NWDTC)?
This programme is designed to prepare students to carry out doctoral level research in Social Anthropology. It provides training in a wide range of research methods and teaches students how to develop a substantive research project in a theoretically and methodologically informed way. Although primarily intended as preliminary to doctoral research, the MA Anthropological Research programme is also available as a stand-alone taught MA degree for people who wish to improve their social research skills and gain an in-depth understanding of ethnographic methods and approaches.
Students on the MA Anthropological Research work closely with an expert supervisor in Social Anthropology, with further guidance from a second supervisor. All students attend the following core course units: Issues in Ethnographic Research I and II, Postgraduate Research Seminar, Independent Theoretical and Ethnographic Analysis I, and Introduction to Quantitative Methods. In consultation with their supervisor they also select three short, 5 credit modules in qualitative or quantitative research methods. Computer training is also available. Students then select two specialist course units, of which one must be within Social Anthropology (options vary from year to year) and one may be elsewhere in the University.
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Programme Director: Dr Soumhya Venkatesan
Tel: 0161 275 3917
Teaching and learning
IMPORTANT NOTE ON PART-TIME STUDY
Part-time students complete the full-time programme over two years. There are NO evening or weekend course units available on the part-time programme.
You must first check the schedule of the compulsory modules and then select your optional modules to suit your requirements.
Updated timetable information will be available from mid-August and you will have the opportunity to discuss your module choices during induction week with your Course Director
Coursework and assessment
Under the guidance of their supervisors, students are required to complete eight course units and a 12,000-15,000 word dissertation which is, in effect, a doctoral fieldwork research proposal. This is prepared over the summer period and presented in September. Most course units, including the postgraduate research seminar, are assessed by essays of up to 4,000 words. Some units also involve assessment of presentations and practical work.
Course unit list
The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.
|Independent Theoretical & Ethnographic Analysis I||SOAN60771||15||Mandatory|
|Independent Theoretical Ethnographic Analysis II||SOAN60792||15||Mandatory|
|Issues in Ethnographic Research I||SOAN70641||15||Mandatory|
|Issues in Ethnographic Research II||SOAN70652||15||Mandatory|
|PG Research Seminar||SOAN70940||15||Mandatory|
|Introduction to Quantitative Methods||SOST70511||15||Mandatory|
|Biography & Life History in the Social Sciences||POLI60331||5||Optional|
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Social Anthropology, and the School of Social Sciences of which it is part, are based in a modern building which allows 24/7 access.
There is shared workspace available for research students within Social Anthropology including networked computers and printing facilities. There are also many work areas elsewhere in the building and in the University.