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The aim of this programme is to provide students with a general knowledge of the principles and methods of Social Anthropology.

Why Queen's?
The School supplies additional training through postgraduate and School seminars and participation in music ensembles.

Entry requirements

Normally a 2.2 Honours degree or above in an appropriate subject (excluding Anthropology) or equivalent recognised qualification acceptable to the University.

International Qualifications
For information on international qualification equivalents please select Your Country from the list on our International Students website.

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:

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this programme, our partner INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability to entry to this programme.

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


1 year full-time or up to 3 years part-time.

Careers or further progression

Career Prospects
Graduates have gone on to pursue careers in a wide range of fields, such as research (both 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.

Further enquiries

Dr Maruska Svasek
School of History and Anthropology
Tel: 9097 3879

Subjects taught

Course Details
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.

Compulsory modules
•Economic Anthropology
•Politics, Law and Power
•Religion and Ritual
•Key Debates in Anthropology
•Project [30 CATS]

Optional modules
Optional modules can vary from year to year. For detailed programme information please see the School website.


Learning and Teaching
Morning and Afternoon.

Opportunity for occasional weekend training sessions.

Assessment method

Assessment & Feedback
Depending on modules, various methods of assessment are used; for more information, see the School website.

Application date

Postgraduate Taught

In general, there are no closing dates for the majority of courses (those with closing dates will be highlighted in the Course Finder). However we advise you to apply as early as possible, particularly for those courses where there is a high demand for places. Early application is also important for international applicants to allow sufficient time to obtain a student entry visa.

Postgraduate Research

There is no standard closing date. You should however check both the University’s website and refer to the relevant School/Institute webpage for information on deadline dates for postgraduate funding applications, as these will also determine when your application for admission should be submitted.

Enrolment and start dates

Year of entry: 2017

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