Anthropology prides itself on its inclusive and interdisciplinary focus. It takes a holistic approach to human society, combining biological and social perspectives.
Kent has pioneered the social anthropological study of Europe, Latin America, Melanesia, and Central and Southeast Asia, the use of computers in anthropological research, and environmental anthropology in its widest sense (including ethnobiology and ethnobotany). It maintains an active research culture, with staff working in many different parts of the world.
Our regional expertise covers Western and Southeast Europe, Europe, the Middle East, Central South East and Southern, Central and South America, Amazonia, Papua New Guinea, East Timor and Polynesia. Specialisation in biological anthropology includes forensics and paleopathology, osteology, evolutionary psychology and the evolutionary ecology and behaviour of great apes.
The following Master’s programmes are recognised by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) as having research training status, so successful completion of these courses is sufficient preparation for research in the various fields of social anthropology. Many of our students go on to do PhD research. Others use their Master’s qualification in employment ranging from research in government departments to teaching to consultancy work overseas.
Please note that modules are subject to change. Please contact the School for more detailed information on availability.
This programme explores both traditional and experimental means of using visual images to produce and represent anthropological knowledge, furthering the Kent tradition of pioneering the uses of multimedia in anthropology. It enables you to develop both critical and practical skills of visual analysis. The programme introduces you to still photography and digital film-making techniques. You have access to the photographic darkroom, as well as extensive postgraduate computing equipment in the School, including professional photographic and video-editing software.