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MA in Anthropology and Psychology (Full Time)

University of Aberdeen

Masters Degree , Anthropology

Course Description

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 insight into differing human behaviours, beliefs and attitudes all over the world, exploring connections between aspects of life such as family, economics, politics and religion.

Psychology will deepen your understanding of the processes involved in thinking and behaviour, taught by internationally leading teachers and researchers who are experts in developmental, social and industrial psychology, neuroscience, memory, language and cognition.

You will learn in a supportive and stimulating teaching environment that gives you a hands-on approach to gaining the skills and grounding to succeed in any career involving ‘people’.

Aberdeen is the oldest school of psychology in the UK and our facilities are state-of-the-art, including specialised laboratories for brain imaging analysis, eye movement recording, movement analysis and visual neuroscience.

You will have many employment opportunities, including those that relate directly to psychology, such as clinical and occupational psychology, the human mind and behaviour such as teaching, marketing and advertising, or the application of your wide skills in a business role.

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 insight into differing human behaviours, beliefs and attitudes all over the world, exploring connections between aspects of life such as family, economics, politics and...

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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

Introductory Psychology I: Concepts and Theory (PS1009) - 15 Credit Points

Introductory Psychology I: Methods and Applications (PS1011) - 15 Credit Points

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

Introductory Psychology II: Concepts and Theory (PS1509) - 15 Credit Points

Introductory Psychology II: Methods and Applications (PS1511) - 15 Credit Points

Optional Courses

Select a further 30 credit points from courses of choice.

  • Year 2

Compulsory Courses

Key Debates in Anthropology (AT2010) - 30 Credit Points

Advanced Psychology A: Concepts and Theory (PS2017) - 15 Credit Points

Advanced Psychology A: Methods and Applications (PS2018) - 15 Credit Points

Reimagining Colonialism (AT2515) - 30 Credit Points

Advanced Psychology B: Concepts and Theory (PS2517) - 15 Credit Points

Advanced Psychology B: Methods and Applications (PS2518) - 15 Credit Points

  • Year 3

Compulsory Courses

Anthropological Theory (AT3027) - 30 Credit Points

Psychological Assessment (PS3011) - 15 Credit Points

Methodology A (PS3015) - 15 Credit Points

Developmental Psychology (PS3518) - 15 Credit Points

Social Psychology (PS3520) - 15 Credit Points

Optional Courses

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

  • Year 4

Compulsory Courses

Advances in Biological Psychology (PS4033) - 15 Credit Points

Perceptual Processes (PS4037) - 15 Credit Points

Psychology Joint Honours Thesis (PS4038) - 15 Credit Points

Memory and Language Processes (PS4532) - 15 Credit Points

Optional Courses

Select a further 60 credit points from Level 4 Anthropology courses.

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 Introductory Psychology I: Concepts and Theory (PS1009) - 15 Credit Points Introductory...

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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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