Social Anthropology with Pacific Studies MRes
The MRes in Pacific Studies examines the history, languages, cultures and varieties of social organisation in societies of the Pacific (Melanesia, Polynesia, and Micronesia). The program is designed for students who have a special interest in conducting their fieldwork for an anthropology PhD in the region or because they wish to work there in some other capacity.
The MRes in Social Anthropology with Pacific Studies is a full-time taught postgraduate program run by the Department of Social Anthropology within the School of Philosophical, Anthropological and Film Studies.
You will study the history, languages, cultures and varieties of social organisation is societies of the Pacific, their significance for the contemporary lives of its many peoples, and the fundamental influence of this region on the discipline of social anthropology.
- A good 2.1 Honours undergraduate degree. No previous anthropological experience is required. If you studied your first degree outside the UK, see the international entry requirements.
- English language proficiency.
The qualifications listed are indicative minimum requirements for entry. Some academic Schools will ask applicants to achieve significantly higher marks than the minimum. Obtaining the listed entry requirements will not guarantee you a place, as the University considers all aspects of every application including, where applicable, the writing sample, personal statement, and supporting documents.
For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.
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- Anthropology of the Pacific 1
- The Anthropology of Connections
- Anthropology of the Pacific 2
- Research Methods in Social Anthropology
Scholarships & funding
Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.
Teaching methods include formal lectures combined with seminar style teaching and student-led group work. Lecture class sizes range from five to ten students, and tutorial sizes range from one to six students.
Many graduates continue their education by enrolling in PhD programs at St Andrews or elsewhere. The Department of Social Anthropology offers PhD supervision across a diverse range of theoretical interests and topics.
Social Anthropology graduates have characteristics many employers seek, and a Social Anthropology degree provides openings to a wide range of careers. Graduates have gained successful employment in areas such as:
- international policy and Pacific non-governmental organisations (NGOs)
- journalism (BBC and The Independent)
- NGO work
- wildlife conservation
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