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MA in Anthropology and History (Full Time)

University of Aberdeen

Masters Degree , Anthropology

Course Description

Anthropology and History at Aberdeen is a perfect subject match, combining a thorough grounding in what it means to ‘be human’ with a fascinating journey through human activity in the past. The University of Aberdeen is steeped in 500 years of national and international history and has a strong local heritage and tradition. Combined with strong northern identity, Aberdeen is the perfect place to give you a great breadth of skills likely to appeal to employers in all sectors.

Anthropology – for which we boast 100% student satisfaction – will give you a thorough grounding in humanity, the differences in human cultures and communities and how they have developed. You will gain insights into behaviours, beliefs and attitudes all over the world, and find connections between aspects of life such as family, economics, politics and religions.

Combining this insight with detailed study of human activity and events through the centuries will give you unique insight and skills to apply to the challenges and opportunities of the modern day.

In History, you will learn in buildings centuries old, yet with the most modern teaching and technology. You will be inspired by teachers who are leaders in their fields, with expertise as diverse as medieval Scandinavia, early-modern Poland and modern East Asia.

You will thrive among our historic treasures: manuscripts, books and museum exhibits collected by distinguished alumni, thinkers and explorers over 500 year, in collections accredited as nationally significant, and of international importance.

The skills you will gain from this subject combination will give you career options covering almost every field including business, politics, education, public sector, media, NGOs and arts and heritage.

Anthropology and History at Aberdeen is a perfect subject match, combining a thorough grounding in what it means to ‘be human’ with a fascinating journey through human activity in the past. The University of Aberdeen is steeped in 500 years of national and international history and has a strong local heritage and tradition. Combined with strong northern identity, Aberdeen is the...

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Course Content

  • Year 1

Compulsory Courses

Academic Writing for Social Sciences (AW1006)

Professional Skills Part 1 (PD1001)

Introduction to Anthropology: Peoples of the World (AT1003) - 15 Credit Points

Making History (HI1027) - 15 Credit Points

Introduction to Anthropology: Questions of Diversity (AT1502) - 15 Credit Points

Optional Courses

Select a further 30 credit points from Level 1 History or History of Art courses.

Plus, select a further 60 credit points from courses of choice.

  • Year 2

Compulsory Courses

Key Debates in Anthropology (AT2010) - 30 Credit Points

Reimagining Colonialism (AT2515) - 30 Credit Points

Optional Courses

Select a further 60 credit points from available Level 2 History courses.

  • Year 3

Compulsory Courses

Anthropological Theory (AT3027) - 30 Credit Points

Thinking History (HI356J) - 30 Credit Points

Optional Courses

Select a further 30 credit points from Level 3 Anthropology courses AND 30 credit points from Level 3 History courses.

  • Year 4

Optional Courses

Select one option below:

Option 1

  • Independent Study in Anthropology (AT4036) AND History in Practice II (HI4518)
  • Select a Special Subject course (listed below)

Option 2

  • Dissertation in History (HI4516)
  • Select a Special Subject course (listed below)

Plus, select further credits from level 4 courses in Anthropology and History to gain 60 credits in each discipline

Special Subject: Irish Troubles (HI4001) - 30 Credit Points

Special Subject: Hitler (HI4008) - 30 Credit Points

Special Subject: the Scottish Wars of Independence, 1286 - 1328 (HI4009) - 30 Credit Points

Special Subject: European Constitutional Monarchies in the Long 19th Century (HI4023) - 30 Credit Points

History of the Israeli Palestinian Conflict (HI4025) - 30 Credit Points

Year 1 Compulsory Courses Academic Writing for Social Sciences (AW1006) Professional Skills Part 1 (PD1001) Introduction to Anthropology: Peoples of the World (AT1003) - 15 Credit Points Making History (HI1027) - 15 Credit Points Introduction to Anthropology: Questions of...

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Entry Requirements

SQA Highers

Standard: AABB

Applicants who have achieved AABB (or better), are encouraged to apply and will be considered. Good performance in additional Highers/ Advanced Highers may be required.

Minimum: BBB

Applicants who have achieved BBB (or are on course to achieve this by the end of S5) are encouraged to apply and will be considered. Good performance in additional Highers/Advanced Highers will normally be required.

Adjusted: BB

Applicants who have achieved BB, and who meet one of the widening participation criteria are encouraged to apply and will be considered. Good performance in additional Highers/Advanced Highers will be required.

More information on our definition of Standard, Minimum and Adjusted entry qualifications.

A LEVELS

Standard: BBB

Minimum: BBC

Adjusted: CCC

More information on our definition of Standard, Minimum and Adjusted entry qualifications.

International Baccalaureate

32 points, including 5, 5, 5 at HL.

Irish Leaving Certificate

5H with 3 at H2 AND 2 at H3 OR AAABB, obtained in a single sitting. (B must be at B2 or above).

Entry from College

Advanced entry to this degree may be possible from some HNC/HND qualifications, please see www.abdn.ac.uk/study/articulation for more details.

English Language Requirements

To study for an Undergraduate degree at the University of Aberdeen it is essential that you can speak, understand, read, and write English fluently. The minimum requirements for this degree are as follows:

IELTS Academic:

OVERALL - 6.0 with: Listening - 5.5; Reading - 5.5; Speaking - 5.5; Writing - 6.0

TOEFL iBT:

OVERALL - 78 with: Listening - 17; Reading - 18; Speaking - 20; Writing - 21

PTE Academic:

OVERALL - 54 with: Listening - 51; Reading - 51; Speaking - 51; Writing - 54

Cambridge English Advanced & Proficiency:

OVERALL - 169 with: Listening - 162; Reading - 162; Speaking - 162; Writing - 169

SQA Highers Standard: AABB Applicants who have achieved AABB (or better), are encouraged to apply and will be considered. Good performance in additional Highers/ Advanced Highers may be required. Minimum: BBB Applicants who have achieved BBB (or are on course to achieve this by the end of S5) are...

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Assessment Methods

Students are assessed by any combination of three assessment methods:

  • Coursework such as essays and reports completed throughout the course.
  • Practical assessments of the skills and competencies they learn on the course.
  • Written examinations at the end of each course.

The exact mix of these methods differs between subject areas, years of study and individual courses.

Honours projects are typically assessed on the basis of a written dissertation.

Students are assessed by any combination of three assessment methods: Coursework such as essays and reports completed throughout the course. Practical assessments of the skills and competencies they learn on the course. Written examinations at the end of each course. The exact mix of these methods differs between subject areas, years of...

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