Course Structure

This is a twelve month programme, the first nine months of which consist of coursework and the final three of which are available for writing a dissertation. Students are required to take a minimum of six coursework modules.Modules 1 and 2 are compulsory and modules 3, 4, 5 and 7 are desirable depending on the background of individual candidates. Modules 1-8 are always available; module 9 is subject to availability in any given year. Students are also expected to come to the weekly Social Anthropology Research Seminar (Tuesday 4.30-6.00), and may also attend relevant undergraduate courses if they wish.

The special topic is an individual tutorial course which may be arranged in areas as diverse as southeast Asian ethnography, development, medical anthropology and material culture. Candidates may also select from the following modules available for the MSc in Conservation Biology.

Form of Assessment

Students are required to complete eight essays or essay-equivalent exercises, and to write a dissertation. Four essays must relate to modules 1 and 2 and four to any of the remaining modules taken, though these may also have an environmental or ethnobiological aspect. Essays should be about 4000 words in length, typed or word-processed, double-spaced, and in duplicate. The first essay must be submitted by Friday 11 November, the second and third essays by the last day of the Michaelmas Term (16 December), the fourth, fifth and sixth by the last day of the Lent Term (24 March), and the final two by Friday 5 May in the Trinity Term. Please submit both copies to Jan Horn, who will distribute them to the markers. A pass (50 percent average) in the coursework entitles a student to proceed to the dissertation, which should be between 8,000 and 10,000 words.

The course structure for the Postgraduate Diploma in Environmental Anthropology is identical to that for the MA, except that: (a) the course lasts nine months; (b) candidates are required to take modules 1, 2, 3 and 4, and two or more additional optional modules; and (c) there is no dissertation. Assessment is the same as for the MA, except that the pass mark is 40 percent and there is no dissertation. Candidates who achieve 50 percent or more may be allowed to qualify for an MA by writing a dissertation.

Library Resources

Most materials which you will require will be found in the library. Offprints and photocopies of key articles may be lodged in the Anthropology Offprint and Photocopy Collection located in the Anthropology Office, Eliot W4.13. Copies of the catalogue are available in W4.13, L49 (the CSAC lab) and L42 (the postgraduate study room). Not all items will be catalogued, so you should also consult members of staff or Jan Horn. Two periodicals which regularly carry articles reporting recent research relevant to the subjectmatter of P093 and P094 are Human Ecology and the Journal of Ethnobiology . Some journals and books not available at UKC will be found at Christchurch College (e.g. Journal of Biogeography ) and Wye College (e.g. Economic Botany ). Ellen has a complete set of the useful Paris-based Bibliographie Ethnobotanique et Ethnozoologique , and a set of Overseas Development Institute publications, which are strong on social forestry. The Annual Review of Anthropology is a useful source of survey articles on particular topics. The Library also has an inter-library loan service, but if you have any difficulty in getting hold of material please let us know.


The following are likely to be directly involved in teaching the core modules listed in this leaflet:

Visiting staff:

The following staff teach the DICE options listed, and are available for consultation:

Other teachers involved in the UKC Anthropology postgraduate programme include:

Glenn Bowman teaches media and image studies in the Faculty of Humanities (Middle East, southeastern Europe, nationalism and ethnicity).