Anthropology, Art and Perception MRes

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  • Typology


  • Location

    St andrews (Scotland)

  • Duration

    1 Year


The programme takes perception as its starting point and draws on themes extending across the subject boundaries between art and anthropology. These themes include:

the senses and perception in anthropology
the role of community and cooperation in both making and use of apprenticeship and practice-based research
observation and the use of attention in drawing, photography, sound and film
the relationship between art and psychology
practical sensory project
design anthropology
commonalities between anthropological field work and contemporary arts practice.




St Andrews (Fife)
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University Of St Andrews, KY16 9AJ


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Students will explore new ways of thinking anthropologically and gain access to cutting-edge research tools for future research, including practical 'learning labs' with invited experts and a field visit. The course benefits from small class sizes and an interdisciplinary approach. Students have the option to write a library based dissertation or a dissertation with a practical component.

Social Anthropology graduates have characteristics many employers seek, and a Social Anthropology degree provides openings to a wide range of careers. Our graduates have gained successful employment in areas such as: teaching design wildlife conservation museums international policy and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) journalism (BBC and The Independent) marketing.

A good 2.1 Honours undergraduate degree. We welcome applications from students with an undergraduate degree in Social Anthropology and from those with no previous anthropological experience.

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What you'll learn on the course

  • Art
  • Anthropology
  • Art and Perception
  • Anthropology of Connections
  • Interdisciplinarity
  • Methodology
  • Ethnographic
  • Anthropological
  • Psychological
  • History
  • Social Science
  • Philosophy

Course programme


Each module typically comprises:

  • 22 contact hours for lectures and seminars, plus additional 'learning lab' time and field trip
  • 100% coursework assessment.

The modules in this programme have varying methods of delivery and assessment. For more details of each module, including weekly contact hours, teaching methods and assessment, please see the latest module catalogue which is for the 2018–2019 academic year; some elements may be subject to change for 2019 entry.

Semester 1

  • Anthropology, Art and Perception 1: centres on the role of perception in visual and material culture and covers haptic, visual, sonic and gustatory themes in anthropology, and addresses the role of aesthetics from ethnographic, anthropological and psychological perspectives.
  • The Anthropology of Connections: Interdisciplinarity as Methodology: examines the relevance of other disciplines for social anthropology by working with methodologies and concepts drawn from history, social science, philosophy, language and the arts.
Semester 2
  • Anthropology, Art and Perception 2: explores anthropology's potential for contributing to and critiquing image production in film, art and photography; develops new sensory approaches to observation and engagement; and asks what is entailed in perceiving the past.
  • Research Methods in Social Anthropology: examines the methodology of anthropological research through close attention to the relationship between method and fieldwork experience.

Students can choose to complete a 15,000-word research dissertation or a 10,000-word dissertation with a practical element. Student dissertations will be supervised by a member of teaching staff who will advise on the choice of subject and provide guidance throughout the research process. The completed dissertation must be submitted by a specified date in August.

If students choose not to complete the dissertation requirement for the MRes, there are exit awards available that allow suitably qualified candidates to receive a Postgraduate Certificate or Postgraduate Diploma. By choosing an exit award, you will finish your degree at the end of the second semester of study and receive a PGCert or PGDip instead of an MRes.

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Overseas Fee : £18,480
£ 9,000 VAT inc.