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Postgraduate Taught Degree

Lauren Swiney and Sarah Allen, MAs 2010


The Cognition and Culture strand of the Anthropology MA enables students to acquire an advanced understanding of the theoretical and methodological traditions associated with the study of cognition and culture, either as a foundation for doctoral research at the ICC (or at any other related program) or as a means of furthering their personal and professional development. Students will learn to identify and analyse the evolutionary and cultural frameworks that underlie human thought and behaviour and take these into account in designing, pursuing and interpreting research.


The structure of the MA enables students to obtain training in anthropological and psychological research methods while gaining an understanding of  interdisciplinary issues raised by work in the cognitive and evolutionary sciences.

The MA is undertaken full time over 12 months, beginning by the end of September of each year (There is also the possibility of enrolling in the program as a part-time student, in which case the duration of the MA becomes 24 months). The programme involves six modules (courses): four taught modules (courses), which will be assessed by coursework, and a dissertation between 12,000-12,500 words (double module/course). The four modules are designed to enable students to undertake significant research and to produce a dissertation. Candidates who pass the four taught modules but do not submit a dissertation, or who submit an unsatisfactory dissertation, will be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma. In addition, students will participate in a faculty-wide (Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences) training programme focused on building practical skills and networks to help ensure both academic and professional success. Further, all students are invited to participate as research assistants for laboratory studies being led by ICC staff members or PhD students in order to acquire practical research training.

Modules (click here for full module/course descriptions

Semester 1

ANT7008  Advanced Anthropological Perspectives (incorporating Theory and Method in Cognition and Culture) 

ANT7009 Anthropology: Ethnography & Evolution 

AHS7001 Concepts, Issues, and Methods in the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences 


Semester 2

ANT7053 MA Specialization (Special Topics in Cognition & Culture)

ANT7052 Negotiated Topic (Independent study on a topic in Cognition & Culture in collaboration with staff of the ICC)

ANT7007 Advanced Anthropological Methods


Third term

ANT7025 Dissertation [60 CATS]


Degree Requirements

Candidates will normally be expected to hold an upper second class honours degree or GPA of 3.3 or above in an appropriate field (anthropology, psychology and cognate disciplines) from a recognised institution. Applications from suitably qualified overseas students are very welcomed.

For further information contact Dr Paulo Sousa (

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