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.
Ethnomusicology (study of world music) can be studies as part of Anthropology. Queen’s has a dedicated Performance Room with musical instruments from around the world.
In the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020 Anthropology was ranked: Teaching Quality - 3rd in the UK for Anthropology Student Experience - 10th in the UK for Anthropology Research Ranking - 3rd in the UK for Anthropology
- Queen’s is ranked 22nd in the world for international outlook (Times Higher Education, World University Rankings 2020). Anthropology is ranked 3rd in the UK (Guardian University Guide 2018) and 1st in relation to research intensity (Research Excellence Framework 2014). With 92% for overall satisfaction! Resulting in it being 4th in the Russell Group. These results demonstrate the exceptional quality of the work done by anthropology staff and related researchers in our School, many of whom enjoy international reputations.
- This MA enables students to both deepen their general anthropological knowledge, specialise through one of our MA strands, and develop their own research project.
- 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 is ranked in the top 140 in the world for graduate prospects (QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2020)
World Class Facilities
- 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.
- Queen’s was ranked 3rd out of 199 universities worldwide and 2nd out of 44 UK universities for our Graduate School
Internationally Renowned Experts
- Queen’s is ranked in the top 75 universities in Europe for Teaching Excellent (Times Higher Education, 2019)
- A unique feature of Anthropology at Queens University is the study of Ethnomusicology, which is the anthropology of music.
- 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.
You’ll gain a general knowledge of the study of human similarity and human difference, looking 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.
You’ll also explore ethnomusicology – the anthropology of music – an opportunity unique to you as a Queen’s student, and benefit from the work carried out in our Institute of Cognition and Culture.
Core Modules (Autumn) ANT7008 – Anthropological Perspective
ANT7009 - Anthropology: Ethnography and Evolutions
HAP7001 - Approaches to Research Design
Core Modules (Spring) ANT7007 Advanced Anthropological Methods
At least one from:
ANT7013 The Anthropology of Music
ANT7023 Anthropology of Conflict: Ireland and Beyond
ANT7003 Anthropology of Business
Students will also be able to choose from a list of modules across the School and Faculty to support their specialisation.
Students are required to take FOUR CORE modules (THREE in semester 1 and ONE in semester 2 PLUS the MA Dissertation). Students are required to take TWO Optional Modules, of which at least ONE should be from the Anthropology options.
Core Modules (Summer) ANT7014 - Dissertation Course Details Students are required to take FOUR CORE modules (THREE in semester 1 and ONE in semester 2 PLUS the MA Dissertation). Students are required to take TWO Optional Modules, of which at least ONE should be from the Anthropology options.
Students also participate in the weekly Anthropology Postgraduate Seminar were 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.
Elective Modules Students may take either:
• ANT7052 Negotiated Topic (Spring Semester) OR
• another MA optional course offered by the AHSS Faculty
People teaching you
Teaching times will be a combination of both morning and afternoon with the opportunity for occasional weekend training sessions.
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.
Learning and Teaching
Assessments associated with the course are outlined below:
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 may also be considered, depending on the nature of the completed undergraduate programme.
Applicants who hold a 2.2 Honours degree in one of the disciplines specified above or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University, who can demonstrate relevant professional experience 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.
For information on international qualification equivalents, please check the specific information for your country.
English Language Requirements
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).
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.
For more information on English Language requirements for EEA and non-EEA nationals see: www.qub.ac.uk/EnglishLanguageReqs.
If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this degree programme, INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for admission to this degree.
- Academic English: 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.
INTO - English Language Course(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)
Fees and Funding
Northern Ireland (NI) 1 £6,450 Republic of Ireland (ROI) 2 £6,450 England, Scotland or Wales (GB) 1 £7,250 EU Other 3 £17,700 International £17,700
1 EU citizens in the EU Settlement Scheme, with settled or pre-settled status, are expected to be charged the NI or GB tuition fee based on where they are ordinarily resident, however this is provisional and subject to the publication of the Northern Ireland Assembly Student Fees Regulations. Students who are ROI nationals resident in GB are expected to be charged the GB fee, however this is provisional and subject to the publication of the Northern Ireland Assembly student fees Regulations.
2 It is expected that EU students who are ROI nationals resident in ROI will be eligible for NI tuition fees, in line with the Common Travel Agreement arrangements. The tuition fee set out above is provisional and subject to the publication of the Northern Ireland Assembly student fees Regulations.
3 EU Other students (excludes Republic of Ireland nationals living in GB, NI or ROI) are charged tuition fees in line with international fees.
For further information please refer to www.qub.ac.uk/brexit-advice/information-for-students.
All tuition fees quoted are for the academic year 2021-22, and relate to a single year of study unless stated otherwise. Tuition fees will be subject to an annual inflationary increase, unless explicitly stated otherwise.
Additional course costs
Depending on the programme of study, there may be extra costs which are not covered by tuition fees, which students will need to consider when planning their studies.
Students can borrow books and access online learning resources from any Queen's library. If students wish to purchase recommended texts, rather than borrow them from the University Library, prices per text can range from £30 to £100. Students should also budget between £30 to £75 per year for photocopying, memory sticks and printing charges.
Students undertaking a period of work placement or study abroad, as either a compulsory or optional part of their programme, should be aware that they will have to fund additional travel and living costs.
If a programme includes a major project or dissertation, there may be costs associated with transport, accommodation and/or materials. The amount will depend on the project chosen. There may also be additional costs for printing and binding.
Students may wish to consider purchasing an electronic device; costs will vary depending on the specification of the model chosen.
There are also additional charges for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines.
There are no specific additional course costs associated with this programme.
How do I fund my study?
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 £10,609 for taught and research Masters courses in all subject areas. Criteria, eligibility, repayment and application information are available on the UK government website.
Information on scholarships for international students, is available at http://www.qub.ac.uk/International/International-students/International-scholarships/.
How to Apply
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Fees and Funding