The MPhil in Applied Biological Anthropology is a full-time interdisciplinary course, taken over a period of ten months, with core teaching in human nutritional ecology, growth and development, epidemiology and disease, reproductive ecology, conservation and molecular genetics. There are strong biostatistical and laboratory elements to the course as well as a focus on field studies. The lecturers are primarily involved in research and teaching within the Division of Biological Anthropology, in the Department of Archaeology and Anthropology. This taught MPhil recruits students who are prepared for graduate work and wish to receive interdisciplinary training, but who do not have sufficient background in Applied Biological Anthropology to be considered for the research MPhil or doctoral work. This is a demanding course that enables students to obtain specialist training and knowledge in an area of Applied Biological Anthropology over a relatively short time frame. Subject to performance in the examination, the course prepares students to undertake an advanced degree.
The MPhil in Multi-disciplinary Gender Studies provides rigorous advanced training in the multi-disciplinary study of gender. The course is designed for those students who wish to prepare for PhD or further research and also, for those who want to enhance their understanding of 'gender' by undertaking a one-year MPhil only. The primary objective of the course is to introduce students from a wide variety of academic, business and policy backgrounds to the traditions, methods and front-line research that shape an advanced gender analysis of human society. Over twenty different departments within the University of Cambridge come together on this course to address a range of topics such as Conflict; Globalization; Labour Market Inequality; Public Policy; Culture; Bio-medical advances, Experimental Psychology, Human Rights and Justice, Literature and the Arts, Culture and Antiquity. Graduates from this MPhil will emerge as highly desirable candidates for NGO, governmental, policy, business, and academic careers.
The MPhil in Social Anthropology is an 11 month taught Masters degree and can be taken as a freestanding qualification or as a route to the PhD. It is a demanding course that enables you to reach a high level of specialist knowledge in social anthropology within a short time and, subject to performance, equips you to undertake a research degree. Problems in anthropological theory, interpretation, comparison and analysis are addressed in relation to particular ethnographies and substantive debates in the anthropological literature. Through critical reflection on a range of anthropological theories, and through practice in the application of those theories to bodies of ethnographic data, students acquire a thorough and intensive grounding in a range of styles of social anthropological analysis.
Production and Reproduction (Paper 1)
Systems of Power and Knowledge (Paper 2)
Optional Papers (Paper 3)
Theory, Methods and Enquiry in Social Anthropology (non-assessed Paper)
Social Anthropology and Development (Paper 3a)
Science and Society (Paper 3b)
The Anthropology of Post-Socialist Societies (Paper 3c)
Social Anthropology and Museums (Paper 3e)
Medical Anthropology (Paper 3f)
The University of Oxford's Institute for Cognitive and Evolutionary Anthropology offers a one-year MSc in Cognitive and Evolutionary Anthropology. The degree programme explores human thought, behaviour and culture from the perspectives of the evolutionary and cognitive sciences.
This nine-month interdisciplinary master’s degree analyses migration from a global perspective and as an integral part of development and social change. Taught by world-class researchers, it will introduce you to key migration concepts, methods and theories across the social sciences, and prepare you for further research or for a career in policy and international development.
International Migration in the Social Sciences
Migration, Globalisation and Social Transformation
Methods in Social Research
Citizenship, belonging and the legal system
Ethnographies of transnationalism and diasporas
Labour immigration policy and the rights of migrant workers
Latin American and Caribbean migration and diasporas
Migration and development
Migration and displacement in Africa
Mobility, governance and the state
The MSc in Social Anthropology aims to provide a strong background in analytical and methodological issues in the subject, and practice in the critical evaluation of its sources, both in the library and in the context of fieldwork.
Culture and identity
Kinship, power and change
The MSc consists of a structured programme of lectures, classes, and tutorials from October to June, followed by individual study and the writing of a dissertation over the summer. In addition to the teaching provided specifically for the VMMA programme, you will also be able to attend lectures in social anthropology to link your work to broader trends in the discipline.
Fundamental concepts in visual, material, and museum anthropology
Contemporary themes in visual, material and museum anthropology
Research methods in visual, material anthropology and museum ethnography
The MSt in Women's Studies equips you with the critical and research tools needed for women’s studies in the humanities. It provides a systematic introduction to feminist theory, and enables you to gain the skills necessary to engage in original research into topics in the humanities relating to women and to gender, in a university with unrivalled facilities for both traditional and computer-age research. Teaching is delivered through close individual supervision, as well as a carefully designed programme of lectures and classes led by specialists from a wide variety of disciplines.
Theory and Approaches to Research
Women’s Intellectual History c.1850-1950
Feminism in and through Political Philosophy: Between Embodiment and Humanism
Women's Poetry (1700-1830)
Women and Film
Contemporary Women’s Writing in German
Postcolonial Perspectives: Race and Gender in Brazil, Mozambique and Portugal
Women and their Bodies
Women and Medieval Literature
Early Modern German Women Writers
Medieval German Women Writers in German and/or Latin
Sexing the Middle Ages
Women’s Fiction in English, 1789 to the Present
Women in Old Icelandic Literature
Women and Film
Feminism and/in Philosophy
Italian Women Writers 1945-Present Day
Women’s Life Writing and Social and Political Change in Britain and Ireland, 1780 to the present
Gender and Representation in Russian Culture from 1800
Greek Women Writers and Film-makers 1945-1995
Gender and Development