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The MSc Social Anthropology is an excellent and intensive introduction to the discipline of social anthropology. The programme gives you a thorough grounding in anthropology, both in terms of its ethnographic diversity and its theoretical development.

Teaching is directly informed and enhanced by the strong tradition of fieldwork-based research within the Department. Compulsory components include a course which examines the relationship between theory and ethnography in modern social and cultural anthropology, and a 10,000-word dissertation on an approved topic of your choice.

This programme is suitable for graduates with a degree in any discipline, and prior knowledge of anthropology, while beneficial, is not essential. It is suitable either as an introduction to the subject for those intending to proceed with other careers, or is an ideal preparation for further research work in anthropology and related disciplines.

The MSc Social Anthropology is an excellent and intensive introduction to the discipline of social anthropology. The programme gives you a thorough grounding in anthropology, both in terms of its ethnographic diversity and its theoretical development. Teaching is directly informed and enhanced by the strong tradition of fieldwork-based research within the Department. Compulsory...

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Course Content

This is a 12-month programme consisting of one compulsory course, optional courses to the value of two units, and an essay (dissertation). Attendance at seminars and at non-assessed tutorials is compulsory.

Anthropology: Theory and Ethnography
Examines the relationship between theory and ethnography in modern social and cultural anthropology. It covers the development of modern anthropological theory and the relationship between theoretical analysis and ethnographic data.

Dissertation
An independent research project on an approved topic of your choice, of 10,000 words.

Optional Courses
Students will be expected to choose courses to the value of two full units from a range of options.

You can find the most up-to-date list of optional courses in the Programme Regulations section of the current School Calendar. 

You must note however that while care has been taken to ensure that this information is up to date and correct, a change of circumstances since publication may cause the School to change, suspend or withdraw a course or programme of study, or change the fees that apply to it. The School will always notify the affected parties as early as practicably possible and propose any viable and relevant alternative options. Note that that the School will neither be liable for information that after publication becomes inaccurate or irrelevant, nor for changing, suspending or withdrawing a course or programme of study due to events outside of its control, which includes but is not limited to a lack of demand for a course or programme of study, industrial action, fire, flood or other environmental or physical damage to premises. 

You must also note that places are limited on some courses and/or subject to specific entry requirements. The School cannot therefore guarantee you a place. Please note that changes to programmes and courses can sometimes occur after you have accepted your offer of a place. These changes are normally made in light of developments in the discipline or path-breaking research, or on the basis of student feedback. Changes can take the form of altered course content, teaching formats or assessment modes.

This is a 12-month programme consisting of one compulsory course, optional courses to the value of two units, and an essay (dissertation). Attendance at seminars and at non-assessed tutorials is compulsory. Anthropology: Theory and Ethnography Examines the relationship between theory and ethnography in modern social and cultural anthropology. It covers the...

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Entry Requirements

An upper second class honours (2:1) degree or equivalent in any discipline including anthropology within the context of a more general degree is required. 

Competition for places at the School is high. This means that even if you meet the minimum entry requirement, this does not guarantee you an offer of admission.

English language requirements

You can meet our language requirements in the following ways:

  • You are a national of Canada or one of the UKVI list of majority English-speaking countries below (whose first language is English) or

  • You have successfully completed an undergraduate degree (of at least three years duration), a postgraduate taught degree (of at least one year) or a PhD in one of those countries listed below or

  • You have passed a recognised English language test at an appropriate level.

Please note that 2+2 undergraduate degrees where less than three years has been spent in a majority English-speaking country and degrees taken at overseas campuses of English speaking institutions in non majority English speaking countries (eg Chinese campuses of UK institutions) are insufficient to meet our requirements and you will be required to supply a test score. The same is true for students of the University of London International Programme (UoLIP) whose study has not been undertaken in a majority English-speaking country.

An upper second class honours (2:1) degree or equivalent in any discipline including anthropology within the context of a more general degree is required.  Competition for places at the School is high. This means that even if you meet the minimum entry requirement, this does not guarantee you an offer of admission. English language requirements You can meet...

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Assessment Methods

All taught courses are required to include formative coursework which is unassessed. It is designed to help prepare you for summative assessment which counts towards the course mark and to the degree award. LSE uses a range of formative assessment, such as essays, problem sets, case studies, reports, quizzes, mock exams and many others. After examinations in June you are required to write an essay (dissertation) of not more than 10,000 words on an approved topic of your own choice, which is submitted in late August. An indication of the formative coursework and summative assessment for each course can be found in the relevant course guide. 

All taught courses are required to include formative coursework which is unassessed. It is designed to help prepare you for summative assessment which counts towards the course mark and to the degree award. LSE uses a range of formative assessment, such as essays, problem sets, case studies, reports, quizzes, mock exams and many others. After examinations in June you are required to write an...

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Additional Information

UK/EU students: £14,088
Overseas students: £21,744

Fee status

The amount of tuition fees you will need to pay, and any financial support you are eligible for, will depend on whether you are classified as a home (UK/EU) or overseas student, otherwise known as your fee status. LSE assesses your fee status based on guidelines provided by the Department of Education.

UK/EU students: £14,088 Overseas students: £21,744 Fee status The amount of tuition fees you will need to pay, and any financial support you are eligible for, will depend on whether you are classified as a home (UK/EU) or overseas student, otherwise known as your fee status. LSE assesses your fee status based on guidelines...

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