Key Programme Information
Programme length *
Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics
* 1 year full-time or up to 3 years part-time
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This MA has been designed to provide students with a general knowledge of the principles and methods of Anthropology.
What is Anthropology?
Anthropology is the study of human similarity and human difference, it looks at the building blocks of human society and culture, studying the value and meaning of human life from the grassroots up on a local and global platform.
A unique feature of Anthropology at Queens University is the study of Ethnomusicology, which is the anthropology of music.
Students will benefit from the work carried out in the Institute of Cognition and Culture (ICC) which is one of the world's first centres for research in cognition and culture. This is a burgeoning interdisciplinary field in which scholars seek to explain patterns of cultural stability and variation utilizing theories and methods of the cognitive and evolutionary sciences
Did you know?
Anthropology scored 95% for teaching
With 92% for overall satisfaction!
Resulting in it being 4th in the Russell Group
There are five MA strands as listed below and each consists of six taught modules and a dissertation (which is double-weighted):
- MA Anthropology (Anthropology of Conflict)
- MA Anthropology (Anthropology of Ireland)
- MA Anthropology (Cognition and Culture)
- MA Anthropology (Ethnomusicology)
- MA Anthropology (Social Anthropology)
Depending on the specialism chosen, students take a combination of compulsory and optional modules.
You will also participate in the weekly Anthropology Postgraduate Seminar were Diploma/MA/PhD students present their on-going research and in addition attend the weekly Anthropology Research Seminar where established academics discuss their work. Students also have the option to audit an undergraduate module and participate in various music ensembles.
Assessment & Feedback
Assessed essays and dissertation.
Learning and Teaching
Teaching times will be a combinatioin of both morning and afternoon with the opportunity for occasional weekend training sessions.
Normally a 2.1 Honours degree in a relevant subject, including Anthropology, Sociology and Cultural Studies or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University . Other subjects, such as Music, Geography, Psychology, Irish Studies, History and Languages can also be considered, depending on the nature of the completed undergraduate programme. The School also offers a one-year conversion programme (Graduate Diploma in Anthropology) for those with insufficient anthropological background. After successful completion of the Graduate Diploma, graduates can start the MA Anthropology programme.
Applicants who hold a 2.2 Honours degree in one of the disciplines specified above or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Applicants may be required to submit a piece of written work in support of their application.
International Qualifications For information on international qualification equivalents please select Your Country from the list on our International Students website.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
International students wishing to apply to Queen's University Belfast (and for whom English is not their first language), must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their course of study or research. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes. Evidence of an IELTS* score of 6.5, with not less than 5.5 in any component, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University is required. *Taken within the last 2 years.
For more information on English Language requirements for EEA and non-EEA nationals see: qub.ac.uk/EnglishLanguageReqs
If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this programme, our partner INTO Queen's University Belfastoffers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability to entry to this programme. Please click the links below for more information:
- English for University Study - an intensive English language and study skills course for successful university study at degree level
- Pre-sessional English - a short intensive academic English course for students starting a degree programme at Queen's University Belfast and who need to improve their English
How To Apply
Applicants for Postgraduate programmes are strongly advised to carefully read the important information and follow the steps set out here before submitting their application via the Postgraduate Direct Applications Portal.
If you have queries on course content please contact the school representative below.
Dr Maruska Svasek
School of History and Anthropology
Tel: 9097 3879
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Graduates have pursued careers in a wide range of fields, such as research (academic and non-academic), teaching, music therapy, consultancy, development and charity work, museum and heritage posts, journalism and radio broadcasting. Among those who have pursued academic careers, not all have done so within anthropology - several have taken posts in related disciplines. Others have found positions within governmental and non-governmental organisations abroad.
Queen's postgraduates reap exceptional benefits. Unique initiatives, such as Degree Plus and Researcher Plus bolster our commitment to employability, while innovative leadership and executive programmes alongside sterling integration with business experts helps our students gain key leadership positions both nationally and internationally.
Fees & Funding
There is a range of funding and scholarship options available to those considering study at Queen's.
For tuition fee information see www.qub.ac.uk/Study/PostgraduateStudy/TuitionFees/
From the academic year 2017/18, the Department for the Economy will provide a tuition fee loan of up to £5,500 per NI / EU student for postgraduate study. Tuition fee loan information.
A postgraduate loans system in the UK offers government-backed student loans of up to £10,280 for taught and research Masters courses in all subject areas. Criteria, eligibility, repayment and application information are available on the UK government website.