Course Overview

T'he programme is divided into a 60 credit taught part and a Dissertation of 120 credits amounting to up to 30,000 words in total. In the taught element we offer advanced Social Anthropology, and the title 'Engaged Anthropology' reflects our unique approach to the discipline.

At UWTSD we encourage students to be anthropologists, apply their learning and engage with pressing issues - such as climate change, food security, globalisation and the preservation of the past - which people across the world are facing today.

As such, theory and practice are woven together as students reflect upon political and economic relations and broader power dynamics, both historically and in the contemporary world, and consider how individual and collective actions can challenge, create and/or reinforce social inequalities and injustices.

The programme is designed to encourage students to develop ethically sophisticated and sustainable approaches to social action, while also considering what sustainability - in relation to economic systems, cultural practices, community, knowledge, relations with the environment and the discipline of anthropology - and ethical practice means in cross-cultural settings.

The programme is shaped by students' interests and currently offers three specialist pathways in Food Cultures and Practices; Heritage and Material Culture; and Human - Environment Relations.

Key Features

The programme upon an established pool of expertise in Anthropology and Anthropologically related concerns, and covers a range of projects undertaken over a number of years:

Staff are research active and regularly attend academic conferences.

Study cutting edge areas of academic interest, notable the anthropology of food and health

The staff expertise represents a considerable bank of knowledge and skills that will underpin this programme and will ensure student experience a high quality educational experience.


Students will choose three modules. Below is an illustrative list of modules available:

  • Engaging with Anthropological Theory
  • Anthropological Research Methods in Practice
  • Key Debates in Anthropological Theory
  • The Politics of Food
  • Food, Health and the Body
  • Anthropology and the Environment
  • Engaged Anthropology in Practice
  • The Heritage Industry in the Modern World
  • Environmental Philosophy
  • Heritage Representation and Interpretation
  • The Heritage Industry in the Modern World
  • Exhibiting the Past Museums, Collections and Heritage


A range of assessment methods are used from essays and short written evaluation, to the creation of publicity flyers, feasibility reports, oral presentations and reflective pieces. The Dissertation is between 25,000 and 30,000 words.

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Entry Requirements For This Course

Entry Criteria

The normal minimum requirement for admission is a Bachelor's degree, with good II.1 honours, or equivalent. However as part of an inclusive approach to learning we encourage students from non traditional entry points or without recognised educational backgrounds but who have an equivalent and appropriate professional qualification or significant relevant professional experience to apply. In such cases the programme leader may ask for a telephone/ skype conversation or request evidence in the form of a piece of work, report, analysis of some sort to satisfy themselves that each student is able to fulfil their potential on the course.

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