In recent years, anthropology departments across Britain have expanded the range of postgraduate degree courses offered in anthropology. Students are now able to choose degrees in Anthropology of Childhood, Digital Anthropology, Forensics, Environmental Anthropology and many other specialisations. 

When choosing a postgraduate degree it is important to research your options thoroughly and to think of the career sector in which you would most enjoy working. Although obtaining a postgraduate qualification can be an important step to enhancing career prospects, in most cases it will not automatically help you get a job. Work, further training and/or voluntary experience are important in helping you add to the skills and knowledge you have gained during your degree.

In general, students who wish to take a MA or MSc in Anthropology do not require a previous undergraduate degree in the subject. Students are advised however to check the admissions requirements of specific university programmes.

Types of Postgraduate degree courses:

  • Taught masters courses (MA, MSc) usually range from one to two years and require students to complete a dissertation or a research project.
  • Research degree courses (MPhil, PhD). In the UK, this usually involves a research component with fieldwork (generally two years for an MPhil and three years for a PhD). At the end of their fieldwork, students are asked to submit a written dissertation.

UK Universities offering Postgraduate Degree Courses in Anthropology/Archaeology or Forensic Science

For information on courses and concentrations available at each institution, follow the departmental links below.


University of Aberdeen

University of Birmingham


Birkbek University


Bournemouth University



University of Bristol



Brunel University


University of Cambridge


University of Central Lancashire



University of Dundee



Durham University


University of East Anglia


University of East London


University of Edinburgh


University of Exeter


Goldsmiths University of London


University of Hull


 University of Huddersfield


University of Kent



London School of Economics


The University of Manchester


Oxford University



Oxford Brookes University


Queen’s University Belfast


Roehampton University


School of Oriental and African Studies


University of Wales Trinity St David


University of St. Andrews



University of Sussex



University College London


Important questions to consider when choosing your degree:

  • Which specialist areas of anthropology am I most interested in?
  • Which career sector would I like to work in?
  • What is the geographical region I am most interested in?
  • Is there anyone in the university’s anthropology department who is interested in my research area?
  • Is there a work experience/fieldwork component to the degree?
  • How is the university’s teaching and research rated nationally/internationally?
  • Is the qualification transferable?
  • Does the university department provide links to career or research opportunities?


Tips on getting started with your search:

  • Take a look at our career paths to find out about jobs that may be available with your degree
  • Attend university open days and speak to departmental staff and admissions tutors to find out which programme best suits your needs
  • Read journal articles, internet resources, newspaper articles or listen to interviews with staff from the anthropology department you are interested in
  • Get in touch with former students and ask them questions
  • Attend open seminars that are held at the university

Funding possibilities:

Opportunities to locate sources of funding include, but are not confined to:

American Anthropological Association (AAA) webpage of Fellowships & Grants

Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)

Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)

Fulbright Commission

Funds for Women Graduates

Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE)

Higher Education Academy for Sociology, Anthropology and Politics (C-SAP)

Research Councils UK

Royal Anthropological Institute

Future Careers:

Take a look at the career paths section to find out more about the types of careers you can pursue with an anthropology degree.

General Information on Postgraduate Degrees: - National Postgraduate Committee – Prospects website on Postgraduate study - information on Postgraduate Masters Degrees in Britain - information and links on postgraduate study and careers
- information on postgraduate degree courses in the United States



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