MArts (Hons) Anthropology

Anthropology Integrated Masters

96% of UWTSD’s Anthropology students agreed that staff value students’ views and opinions about the course – NSS 2017.

Anthropology is one of the most dynamic, life-changing and thought-provoking disciplines in the Humanities because it puts you face-to-face with some of the most fundamental philosophical and ethical issues concerning what it means to be human. 

The four-year degree means that you will graduate with a Masters’ level qualification, while having received four years of undergraduate funding. This Integrated Master degree focuses very much on independent research, offering expanded opportunities for students to pursue their own personal interests through an independent project in the second year of study, an extended independent project in the third year of study, and culminating in a Masters’ dissertation in the fourth and final year.

Key Facts

UCAS Code: 5YC6
Institution Code: T80
Course Length:
4 years, full time

Faculty of Humanities and Performing Arts
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What makes our Anthropology programmes unique is the way we teach anthropology. We encourage our students to practise, not just learn about, anthropology. Part of doing anthropology means getting out into the world to find out what people are up to. We believe that being in new situations and experiencing new cultural practices offers students a particular breadth and depth of understanding that being in lecture theatres cannot give. Because of this we urge our students to get as much hands-on experiential learning as possible during their time with us.

Students also have the opportunity to study abroad at one of a selection of institutions in an assortment of destinations, all of which offer degree programmes comparable to ours. We encourage and support students who choose to take this option because we not only believe it’s a stimulating addition to study, but also one that will enrich and enhance your learning experience. The study aboard option is only available in the second year of your degree and comes with no financial cost to you. It is possible to then use your experiences as data for your final year dissertation – an independent project that allows you the freedom to study any topic that interests you.

Students are also able to undertake Voluntary Work Abroad and be active participants in staff’s research projects, both in the UK and abroad. Indeed, we are one of the few places where undergraduate students are provided with in-the-field practical training. All anthropology students at University of Wales Trinity Saint David are offered, and assisted to take up, exciting opportunities to go abroad for field work. This emphasis on anthropology as practice and engagement means that University of Wales Trinity Saint David graduates not only go away with wonderful memories of doing their degree, but also acquire a valuable set of transferable skills that stand them in good stead in an increasingly competitive jobs market.

The Integrated Master degree offers a range of modules from which to choose. Modules cover practical training in anthropological research methodologies in addition to the theory which is integral to any academic qualification in Anthropology.  The Anthropology staff have wide-ranging research interests, reflected in the extensive array of thematic and geographical modules on offer.

Typical modules include:

  • People’s Worlds: Lives and Livelihoods
  • Interactions with the Environment: Making Things, Transforming Things
  • Body, Culture and Society
  • Materialities in Anthropology
  • Living Ancestors and Talking Trees: Indigenous Religions Today
  • Political Anthropology: approaches to power
  • Medical Anthropology
  • The Politics of Food
  • Anthropology and the Environment

Reasons to choose this course include:

  • Dynamic classes exploring real world issues
  • Transferable interpersonal skills
  • Opportunity to develop independent research projects
  • Opportunities to study abroad and to undertake volunteer work in Africa
  • Expert teaching from research-active lecturers and tutors

The Master of Anthropology involves a wide range of assessment methods, including essays, document analysis, book/ journal reviews, short reports and reflective journals, time tests, seen and unseen exams, field journals, posters, group and individual presentations, wikis, commentaries and film evaluations.

This variety of assessment helps develop skills in presenting material in clear, professional and a lucid manner, whether orally or in writing.

To challenge the students beyond undergraduate level, students will pursue their own personal interests through an independent project in the second year of study, an extended independent project in the third year of study, and culminate in a Masters’ dissertation in the fourth and final year.

Grades are important; however, our offers are not solely based on academic results. We are interested in creative people that demonstrate a strong commitment to their chosen subject area and therefore we welcome applications from individuals from a wide range of backgrounds. To assess student suitability for their chosen course we normally arrange interviews for all applicants at which your skills, achievements and life experience will be considered as well as your qualifications.

There is no one path for our Master of Anthropology graduates, who go on to careers in a variety of fields including:

  • Film and media
  • International development, aid and charity organisations
  • Cultural and social advocacy
  • Fundraising, management consultancy, research
  • Publishing
  • Race relations, community, social work, caring professions
  • Teaching
  • Health, food and lifestyle
  • Communication, business
  • Museums, heritage, tourism
  • Human, animal and land rights 

The programme of embedded employability offered by the School of Archaeology, History and Anthropology at University of Wales Trinity Saint David ensures that our graduates have the skills set and confidence to explore a wide variety of career paths.

Taking all that they have gained from studying with us and combining it with a dedicated Careers Service, graduates from University of Wales Trinity Saint David are equipped to follow their passions wherever they may lead.

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2017/18 are as follows:

UK/EU: £9,000

International: £14,900

Tuition fees for years of study after your first year are subject to an increase of 3% for International students and at the capped fee rate as set by the UK Government for UK/EU students.

You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our Student Finance pages.

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's Bursaries and Scholarships page

Our students enjoy the use of an excellent suite of subject-specific resources, both electronic and hard-copy at the Learning Resources Centre. All our modules are taught with the support of innovative e-learning techniques via our Virtual Learning Environment. The School of Archaeology, History and Anthropology makes great use of its VLE: we podcast and/or vidcast every lecture, post all PowerPoints and hand-outs and utilise the space for links, discussions and group work. Our VLE is a live forum through which students and staff can interact, through which students are able better to revise and explore difficult topics and through which students are better able to access the electronic resources available in the virtual world.

All our modules are taught by specialists and active researchers. The influence of our research on our teaching offers our students the opportunity to learn from the best in the subject and follow the latest scholarly trends and discoveries, whilst our independent study modules allow you to explore your passion in its entirety. There are also opportunities available for study abroad.