University of Aberdeen
Social Anthropology, Ethnology & Cultural History
University of Aberdeen, Kings College
St Mary's Building
MRes Social Anthropology, Ethnology & Cultural History
The programme introduces students to current directions of research in social anthropology, ethnology and cultural history, and fosters awareness and critical reflection on the epistemological, conceptual and ethical problems entailed in the conduct of research in these fields. It aims to guide students in how to access, and use, key sources of research material (archival, visual, musical and museological), and to provide training in ethnographic fieldwork and related research methods (interviewing, audio-recording, filming and surveying). Students completing the programme should be adequately prepared either to undertake further research towards the PhD in any one of the constituent disciplines or in an area that overlaps two or more of them, or to enter employment as researchers in fields outside the academy, such as in libraries and museums, branches of the media, or organisations concerned with aspects of human welfare and development, where the knowledge and skills cultivated by the programme are in demand.