Undergraduate

Welcome Sessions

Wednesday, 22 September 2021

Welcome sessions will be held via Collaborate on MyAberdeen on the respective course page.

  • Sociology (via SO1007 MyAberdeen course page) at 10:00am
  • Anthropology (via AT1003 MyAberdeen course page) at 11:00am
  • Politics & International Relations (via PI1018 MyAberdeen course page) at 12:00pm

At these welcome sessions you will find out more about the discipline you will be studying, meet some of your teachers, and have the opportunity to ask questions about your course and degree programme.

Key Contacts in School

Anthropology:
Dr Jo Vergunst, Head of Department;

PIR:
Professor Michael Smith, Head of Department;

Sociology:
Dr Gearoid Millar, Head of Department

Reading Lists

Reading lists for individual courses will be available on the course pages on MyAberdeen at the start of term. In the meantime, you can brush up your study skills and learn more about the University at our award-winning Toolkit website

Assessment

The School of Social Science will use alternative ways to assess your learning throughout the term (the School will have no formal exams on campus in December 2021). These may include essays, online exercises, and timed assessments online. This will vary from course to course, and there will be specific details in every course guide at the start of term.

Practicals, fieldwork and placements

If your course includes lab work (for instance computer labs) or other kinds of practical sessions, we will aim to provide these, subject to safety constraints or create online alternatives. If your course includes a placement, we will follow national guidance and health and safety requirements.

Postgraduate Taught

Key Contacts in School

All new students must report to the Programme Director of their particular programme of study by contacting them on their email address below and visiting their programme Organisation page in MyAberdeen.

 

MASTER OF RESEARCH IN SOCIAL SCIENCE
Dr Johan Rasanayagam johan.rasanayagam@abdn.ac.uk

Organisation:  MRes Social Science (2021-22)

 

MASTER OF RESEARCH IN SOCIAL ANTHROPOLOGY

Dr Tanya Argounova-Low t.argounova-low@abdn.ac.uk

Organisation:  MRes Social Anthropology (2021-22)

 

INTERNATIONAL FINANCE AND POLITICAL RELATIONS (MSc)

Dr John Bone j.bone@abdn.ac.uk

Organisation:  MSc International Finance & Political Relations (2021-22)

 

INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS (MSc)

INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS AND INTERNATIONAL LAW (MSc)

INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS & MANAGEMENT (MSc)

Dr Ritu Vij r.vij@abdn.ac.uk

Organisation:    
MSc International Relations (2021-22)
MSc International Relations & International Law (2021-22)
MSc IR & Management (2021-22)

 

INTERNATIONAL POLITICAL ECONOMY (MSc)

Dr Ritu Vij r.vij@abdn.ac.uk

Organisation:  MSc International Political Economy (2021-22)

 

POLICY EVALUATION (MSc)

Dr Gearoid Millar g.millar@abdn.ac.uk

Organisation: MSc Policy Evaluation (2021-22)

 

MUSEUM STUDIES (MLitt)

Prof Alison Brown alison.brown@abdn.ac.uk

Organisation: MLitt Museum Studies (2021-22)

 

SOCIOLOGY (MSc)

Dr Luisa Gandolfo k.luisa.gandolfo@abdn.ac.uk

Organisation:  MSc Sociology (2021-22)

 

STRATEGIC STUDIES (MSc)

STRATEGIC STUDIES & INTERNATIONAL LAW (MSc)

STRATEGIC STUDIES & MANAGEMENT (MSc)

STRATEGIC STUDIES & ENERGY SECURITY (MSc)

Dr James Johnson james.johnson@abdn.ac.uk

Organisation:    
MSc Strategic Studies (2021-22)
MSc Strategic Studies & International Law (2021-22)
MSc Strategic Studies & Management (2021-22)
MSc Strategic Studies & Energy Security (2021-22)

 

PEACE AND CONFLICT (MSc)

Dr Gearoid Millar g.millar@abdn.ac.uk

Organisation:  MSc Peace & Conflict Studies (2021-22)

 

ENERGY, POLITICS & LAW (MSc)

Dr David Toke d.toke@abdn.ac.uk

Organisation:  MSc Energy Politics & Law (2021-22)

 

SEX, GENDER, VIOLENCE (MSc)

Dr Luisa Gandolfo k.luisa.gandolfo@abdn.ac.uk

Organisation:  MSc Sex Gender Violence (2021-22)

 

POLITICAL ACTIVISM AND CAMPAIGNING (MSc)
Dr Lynn Bennie  l.bennie@abdn.ac.uk
Organisation:  MSc Political Activism & Campaigning (2021-22)

Reading Lists

Reading lists for individual courses will be available through MyAberdeen later in the summer. In the meantime, you can brush up your study skills and learn more about the University at our award-winning Toolkit website

For students coming to study the MLitt in Museum Studies a reading list is available from Professor Alison Brown (alison.brown@abdn.ac.uk)

Assessment

The School of Social Science will use alternative ways to assess your learning throughout the term

(the School will have no formal exams on campus in December 2021). These may include essays, online exercises, and timed assessments online. This will vary from course to course, and there will be specific details in every course guide at the start of term.

Courses in the first half session will not be assessed by formal exams on campus.

Practicals, fieldwork and placements

If your course includes lab work (for instance computer labs) or other kinds of practical sessions, we will aim to provide these, subject to safety constraints or create online alternatives. If your course includes a placement, we will follow national guidance and health and safety requirements.

For students coming to study the MLitt in Museum Studies we are planning to offer some visits to museums in Aberdeen, subject to local museum access.  We have also moved the Museum Idea course to the second half session (commencing January 2021), and we hope the fieldtrip associated with that course will go ahead as usual.

Alternative plans have been made for fieldtrips for the first half session by inviting curators to speak to the students via videolink. 

Postgraduate Research

As well as being a Postgraduate Research Student in the School of Social Science you are also part of a wider PGR community through the Postgraduate Research School.

Key School Contacts

Dr David Toke
Director of Postgraduate Research Studies

Mrs Kerry Boyne
Postgraduate Research Administrator

Orientation

Student Orientation - kick start your uni journey

We are looking forward to welcoming you to campus to start your research journey with us. As a Postgraduate Research student you will have the opportunity to attend a University wide induction in addition to your school induction.

The University of Aberdeen Orientation programme has been designed to take you through all of the essential information you will need for your student life. You can get started now by working through the interactive modules.

There are a series of modules that you can work through before you arrive. Once you have registered you can access the remaining modules and complete your mandatory training programme through your bespoke PGR training platform on our virtual learning environment.

There will be a school welcome event for Postgraduate Research students. This will provide an opportunity to meet Postgraduate coordinators and PhD supervisors. There will also be time to answer any questions you may have. Further details regarding the welcome event will follow in due course.

Audit Master‘s courses

As a PGR student you may have the opportunity to audit Master‘s courses to augment your research training. Please discuss this with your supervisor and check out the postgraduate taught pages above.

The PGR School also offers a comprehensive training programme to support your research journey.

Timelines and Milestones

The PGR School training and development programme offers academic, professional, and personal development through a number of training workshops, resources and opportunities, all intended to support the PGR community at the University of Aberdeen.

Find out more here.