Aberdeen’s anthropology department was established at the turn of the millennium, initially with a specific focus on the Anthropology of the North, an orientation unique among UK departments. Our research has since expanded to encompass other ethnographic regions, from South America to Europe to Central and South Asia. It addresses a broad range of contemporary social and cultural themes, including religion, the state, human-animal relations, museums and indigenous politics.
Postgraduate research applicants to the Department can choose between two programmes:
MRes in Social Anthropology
Provides cutting-edge courses in anthropological theory, advanced training in anthropological research methods and the opportunity to develop a research project under the guidance of a supervisor. The MRes project may lead to PhD research.
PhD in Social Anthropology
Suitably qualified applicants develop and work on their own research projects under the guidance of supervisors with related research interests. PhD applicants are strongly advised to contact potential supervisors before applying to this programme.
Doctoral studies in The School of Social Science can be undertaken on a full or part-time basis and we would be happy to discuss the feasibility of distance study which will depend on the nature of the research project. PhD study can be undertaken either on campus or at a distance.
We welcome cross-disciplinary PhDs with a variety of disciplines, such as Anthropology and Archaeology, Film Studies, History, Divinity, and others.
Image by Anthropology PhD student, Linye Han