The Graduate Programme in Social Anthropology, Ethnology and Cultural History was launched in autumn 2000. It provides an innovative and lively forum for staff and postgraduates that is unique to the University of Aberdeen.
With its distinctive northern focus, the Department of Anthropology received a 'flagged' 5* rating in the 2001 Research Assessment Exercise. We received further praise in the latest 2007 exercise with a full 30% of our research judged to be 'world-leading'. We offer postgraduate supervision in most major areas of social anthropology, and many at the cutting edge of the discipline.
A feature of our postgraduate courses is the links with Ethnology and Cultural History. The Elphinstone Institute has a considerable public profile in the study of ethnology and folklore, and is the only research centre specialising in the vigorous vernacular culture of the North and North-East of Scotland. Cultural History at Aberdeen is a thriving research area. Our distinctive Graduate Programme, which capitalises on the synergy between these three disciplines, offers an excellent research environment in which to study for the Master of Research (M.Res.) and the PhD.
We also have a range of taught Masters (M.Sc.) programmes (one year full-time taught courses), in People and Environment, Anthropology of Religion (not running 2013-14)and Militt in Museum Studies, . Details of all our taught and research postgraduate programmes are on the Postgraduate Degrees page.
This part of the website has information for current and prospective students on all aspects of postgraduate life in the Department. If you are thinking of coming to study with us and are looking for some advice, please contact our Postgraduate Officer, Dr Maggie Bolton .