Anthropology at Aberdeen has excelled in its distinctive focus of Anthropology of the North (from Scotland, Finland, Canada, and Siberia) complemented by specialists on Papua New Guinea, South America, Central Asia, Tibet and the Himalayas.

Postgraduates are fully integrated into academic life in Aberdeen. All graduate students are provided with personal computers, office space and access to an excellent central computing service. Postgraduate students also have access to the University's well stocked library, as well as rare manuscript and printed materials in Special Collections and the University’s extensive anthropological and ethnographic museum collections

Training workshops are held at regular intervals throughout each academic year for postgraduate students and staff. Week-long pre- and post-fieldwork events are organised jointly with other Anthropology departments in Scotland under the ESRC Scottish Training in Anthropological Research programme (STAR). Further joint postgraduate events are held with the Department of Social Anthropology at the University of St Andrews.

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Degree Qualification
MPhil or PhD

Entry Requirements

Applicants to the MPhil or PhD must provide a detailed research proposal and two academic references from their most recent academic institution. Applicants are strongly advised to contact potential supervisors before making an application. Please see PhD Supervision which details our research interests and our leaflet: Guidelines for writing a Research Proposal.


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

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Source: National Student Survey 2016

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