Studying human societies and cultural differences, at all times and in all places.

The Department of Anthropology is based within the School of Social Science. Our Department covers all major fields of social anthropology covering a range of research themes including; Environment, Creativity and Perception, Religion, Belief and the State, Museums and Histories of Science, and the Anthropology of Art and Craft. We have a distinctive focus of Anthropology of the North (from Scotland, Finland, Canada, and Siberia).

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Key Programme Information

At a Glance

Degree Qualification
MPhil or PhD

Research Interests

Environment, Creativity and Perception

The environment, and human relations with it.

Anthropology of art and craft

Anthropological studies of art and craft through traditional' anthropological settings of indigenous art, digital media and craft skills.

Expert: Dr Nancy Wachowich

Anthropology research centres

Anthropology research is also embedded within the Centre for Citizenship, Civil Society, and Rule of Law (CISRUL) studies life in the world of political concepts. The Centre draws on expertise from 7 disciplines to examine how political principles function within and beyond the contemporary West. Concepts such as ‘citizenship’, ‘civil society’ and the ‘rule of law’ are used as often by policy makers as by scholars. Core to CISRUL’s mission is informing academic and public debate on how these are used, and to what effect.

Entry Requirements

To apply for this programme must have at least a good Honours degree in a related subject or discipline. Applicants must provide a detailed research proposal and two academic references from their most recent academic institution.

Guidelines for writing a Research Proposal.

If English is not your first language you must also show evidence of attaining standards in English. View details of English language criteria.

International Applicants


The information below is provided as a guide only and does not guarantee entry to the University of Aberdeen.

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