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Archaeology and Social Anthropology MA (Hons)

University of Edinburgh

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UCAS CODE: VL46

Course options

  • Qualification

    Master of Arts (with Honours) - MA (Hons)

  • Location

    Central area campus

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    13-SEP-21

  • Duration

    4 Years

Course summary

Archaeology and Social Anthropology is the study of past and present human behaviour. This programme examines the diversity of human social and material culture both ancient and modern. Your undergraduate dissertation at the end of this programme can be in either subject. Social anthropology is the study of human conduct and thought. Societies around the world vary enormously socially, culturally and politically. The study of these variations, and the common humanity that underlies them, is at the heart of social anthropology. Archaeology is the study of the entirety of our human past from the origins of humans several million years ago up to recent times within living memory. Archaeologists study surviving material or physical remains to reconstruct the lives, societies and cultures of past peoples. In contrast, social anthropology is the study of human behaviour in living societies. Understanding a living society and its members involves participant observation, spending many months or even years living with, and sharing the experiences of, the people being studied. We emphasise the importance of training in practical archaeological skills. You can gain hands-on experience of artefact identification and analysis in practical sessions using artefacts from our own Vere Gordon Childe collection. Our students will also complete three weeks of archaeological fieldwork at the end of Year 1 and have the option to undertake further fieldwork. You will also take part in projects in heritage management and public engagement, and the lab-based analysis of archaeological remains, in later years of study. If you choose to write your dissertation in Social Anthropology, you will also have the opportunity to conduct your own research for this in the summer break between Year 3 and Year 4.

Application deadline

15 January

Tuition fees

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£ 22,000per year

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A level : ABB

Required subjects: A Levels: no specific A Level subjects required. GCSEs: English at C or 4.

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University information

University of Edinburgh

  • University League Table

    15th

  • Campus address

    University of Edinburgh, Student Recruitment and Admissions, 33 Buccleuch Place, Edinburgh, Edinburgh, City Of, EH8 9JS, Scotland

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    9th out of 34 2

    22nd out of 32 1

  • Entry standards

    / Max 212
    176 89%

    4th

  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    60 60%

    17th

    2
  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.13 83%

    9th

    20
  • Entry standards

    / Max 212
    184 92%

    3rd

  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    50 50%

    27th

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.90 78%

    24th

    5

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