University Of Aberdeen Anthropology
Anthropology is the comparative study of human societies in all their diversity. It seeks to understand cultural life in a wide range of social activities. Anthropologists carry out their research through long-term, in-depth fieldwork in their places of regional expertise.
At Aberdeen, our staff specialise in regions as diverse as Canada, the Central Asian Republics, Iceland and Scandinavia, North Africa, Siberia, Scotland and the UK, South America, and Tibet and the Himalayas. Along with our undergraduate degrees, we have a large contingent of postgraduate and postdoctoral researchers. A particular strength of Anthropology at Aberdeen is the study of the circumpolar North, and we also have research themes on Environment and Perception, Creativity and Knowledge, and Religion, Belief and Practice.
We currently have two European Research Council Advanced Grants: Arctic Domus and Knowing From the Inside. The Narrative Objects project is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.
The Head of Anthropology is Dr Johan Rasanayagam. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any enquiries about studying or working with us.
Anthropology is the study of human societies and cultural differences, at all places and in all times. Its approach is comparative, holistic and gives a view of social life ‘from the inside’.
Politics and International Relations
Politics and International Relations at Aberdeen is unique in Scotland in bringing together these two cognate, but distinct, subjects as equal components. Teaching and research are both enhanced by this framework and there is a great benefit in being able to study the two side-by-side.
Sociology is concerned with how people create and sustain society, and how society shapes people. Students learn to adopt the ‘sociological imagination’, which illuminates the interplay of individual biographies with historical and social circumstances. Sociology at Aberdeen is recognised for its excellence in both research and teaching.
We offer a wide range of new and well-established postgraduate programmes in the areas of:
Anthropology || Politics and International Relations || Sociology
MLitt Museum Studies
The MLitt in Museum Studies makes extensive use of the University’s internationally important collections and museums to explore museum history, collections, practices and social roles. The programme gives practical experience of working in a museum, working closely with professional and academic staff.
MSc in People and Environment
The MSc People and Environment is a one year full-time or two year part-time programme in environmental anthropology. The programme draws on cutting edge research by anthropologists at Aberdeen to provide students with an ecological and philosophical education.
MRes in Social Anthropology
The MRes in Social Anthropology is a one year postgraduate course providing training in anthropological research. It draws on the wide range of expertise within the Department and also provides access to the library, archival and museum collections of the University of Aberdeen.
Politics & International Relations
MSc International Political Economy
What determines who gets what, why and how in the global economy? How do states, markets, classes and individuals shape the global distribution of wealth and poverty? Can capitalism in the 21st century be re-regulated to promote global re-distributive, ecological and social justice? This course offers an exploration of these questions and a rigorous, inter-disciplinary study of the interactions of global politics and economics.
MSc Energy Politics & Law
The degree in Energy Politics and Law will give an in-depth understanding of energy politics and law issues and an introduction to energy economics. Opportunities exist for working on dissertation projects in collaboration with companies and agencies in the energy industry.
MSc in International Relations
The MScIR/Postgraduate Diploma in International Relations (IR) provides a sustained engagement with key issues in contemporary International Relations including development & political economy, critical & human security, globalisation, gender, identity, human rights, and governance.
MSc in International Relations & International Law
The joint programme in International Relations and Law at Aberdeen is an innovative course – one of only three across the UK. It offers students seeking careers in governmental institutions, international organisations and international non-governmental organisations the opportunity to advance their understanding of law and politics in the international arena.
MSc in International Security
A research degree providing an opportunity to study, in depth, a selected theoretical or operational issue which is challenging the international security regime of the modern world.
MSc in Latin American Studies
The MSc In Latin American Studies is the only taught Masters in Latin American Studies in Scotland and one of few in the UK to cover both Latin American politics and Latin American culture. The interdisciplinary nature of this programme allows traditional and contemporary methodological approaches to be used.
MSc in Strategic Studies
A long established programme that delivers a thorough understanding of two core themes. First, it investigates the theory and practice of the uses of power, force and related instruments to achieve national and international security objectives. Second, we examine the characteristics, strains and complex nature of security challenges and responses at regional and global levels.
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