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Anthropology

GradDip

Key facts


Start dates

January 2020 / September 2020

Location

Headington

Course length

Full time: 9 months

Part time: 18 months

Department

Department of Social Sciences

Overview


On our Graduate Diploma in Anthropology, you will explore the holistic and comparative breadth of anthropology. And study humans from a variety of social, cultural, biological and evolutionary perspectives.

Our course allows you to gain a qualification in anthropology at advanced undergraduate level as:

  • a graduate from another discipline
  • or if you have equivalent qualifications or work experience.

We are one of the few universities in the UK to teach social and biological anthropology side by side.

You will be part of a dynamic community of research scholars undertaking internationally recognised and world-leading research. And benefit from excellent learning resources, both at Oxford Brookes and at Oxford’s museums and libraries including:

  • the Bodleian Library
  • the Radcliffe Science Library
  • the Pitt Rivers Museum
  • the Museum of Natural History.

You also have the option to go on a field trip to Apenhuel Primate Park in the Netherlands.

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How to apply


Entry requirements

Specific entry requirements

An undergraduate degree or equivalent qualification is required. However, all applications are considered on their merits and we will consider applicants who do not meet the required level, if they can demonstrate through qualifications or experience, they have the knowledge, capabilities and commitment necessary.

Please also see the University's general entry requirements.

English language requirements

Please see the University's standard English language requirements.

International qualifications and equivalences

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English requirements for visas

If you need a student visa to enter the UK you will need to meet the UK Visas and Immigration minimum language requirements as well as the University's requirements. Find out more about English language requirements.

Pathways courses for international and EU students

We offer a range of courses to help you meet the entry requirements for your postgraduate course and also familiarise you with university life in the UK.

Take a Pre-Master's course to develop your subject knowledge, study skills and academic language level in preparation for your master's course.

If you need to improve your English language, we offer pre-sessional English language courses to help you meet the English language requirements of your chosen master’s course.

Terms and Conditions of Enrolment

When you accept our offer, you agree to the Terms and Conditions of Enrolment. You should therefore read those conditions before accepting the offer.

Application process

Applications for the Graduate Diploma in Anthropology should be made direct to the University.

Application checklist:

  • application form, fully completed and signed
  • a personal statement (section 10 of application form)
  • one recent academic reference
  • second reference (academic, employer or character reference)
  • copy of degree certificate(s) and/or course transcripts
  • English Language Certificate.

 

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Tuition fees


Please see the fees note
Home/EU full time
£5,440

Home/EU part time
£2,770

International full time
£13,730

Home/EU full time
£5,550

Home/EU part time
£2,775

International full time
£14,010

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

Tuition fees


2019/20
Home/EU full time
£5,440

Home/EU part time
£2,770

International full time
£13,730

2020/21
Home/EU full time
£5,550

Home/EU part time
£2,775

International full time
£14,010

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:
+44 (0)1865 483088

Fees quoted are for the first year only. If you are studying a course that lasts longer than one year your fees will increase each year.

Please be aware that some courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees. Specific additional costs for this course, if any, are detailed below.

Financial support and scholarships

For general sources of financial support, see our Fees and funding pages.

Additional costs

Please be aware that some courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees. Specific additional costs for this course, if any, are detailed below.

You will be offered the opportunity to join MSc students on their annual trip to Apenhuel Primate Park in the Netherlands. The 3-day trip costs between £105 and £115, depending on numbers. 

Learning and assessment


Throughout the course, you will receive intensive training in selected aspects of anthropology at advanced undergraduate level.

If you wish to continue with anthropology at masters or a higher level, such as PhD, this course can constitute a conversion course.

You will opt to follow pathways focusing on social or biological aspects of anthropology. And select a programme aimed at gaining broad training across both aspects of the subject.

Each pathway has two compulsory modules: one introductory and one more advanced theoretical module. You will put together a programme of six modules according to your aims and interests.

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Study modules

Taught modules

Compulsory modules

One of

  • The Study of Biological Anthropology - an introductory module that examines key issues in understanding humans and other primates within the context of biological evolution. It builds an awareness of evolutionary principles and considers the similarities and contrasts between humans and other primates, and their significance for human adaptive success.
  • The Study of Social Anthropology - an introduction to the history and practice of social anthropology as a basis for more advanced study in the field, providing an overview of the key theoretical approaches and concepts created by anthropologists over the last 30 years.

And one of

  • The Study of Social Anthropology Theory - the emergence of social and cultural anthropology as a separate discipline is examined by reference to key works by leading contributors to the development of anthropological theory.
  • The Study of Methods and Analysis in Biological Anthropology - introduces the methods and analysis used across several fields of biological anthropology. In addition to learning the main concepts of the scientific method and hypothesis testing, students will be introduced to the basic methods of several biological anthropological sub-disciplines including: morphometric analyses (including human diversity, forensics, and skeletal analyses), behavioural observation techniques, population genetics, and evolutionary systematics. Analytical techniques will be introduced in preparation for future research.

Optional modules

The Study of Anthropology of Art

A study of anthropological approaches to art, especially art produced by non-Western small-scale societies. The module investigates the possibility of cross-cultural aesthetics, the anthropology of museums, and the anthropological dimensions of contemporary art worlds across the globe.

The Study of Anthropology of Ritual

Ritual is often considered as exotic and as primarily related to religion. However, the anthropological approach requires that ritual be situated not only in religious but also in secular contexts, including for instance politics and power relations, the construction of social identities, and the reproduction and invention of 'tradition'.

The Study of European Societies

The module shows the relevance of an anthropological approach to the study of European societies. It starts with the investigation of classic anthropological concepts at predominantly village or urban neighbourhood level. It then broadens out into wider more contemporary issues such as identity, nationalism, racism, the uses of history and ceremony, tourism, and the EU.

The Study of Work and the Japanese

Looks at the significance of work and the company in the lives of people working in Japan or in Japanese companies located elsewhere. Students will learn about company organisation, industrial relations and the nature of employment in both large and medium-small sized enterprises.

The Study of Personhood, Gender and the Body in Contemporary Japan

This module introduces anthropological perspectives on personhood, gender and the body and examines these with reference to ethnographic material from Japan.

The Study of Humans and Other Primates

Explores the similarities and differences between humans and other primates using a broad comparative approach to examine structure, physiology, molecular biology and evolutionary history. The hallmarks of humanity emerge against a background of detailed knowledge of other species to help trace our history of inheritance and to explore the reasons for our unique specialisations.

The Study of Primate Societies

There are some 400 species of primates other than humans, and this module explores the diversity of their social behaviour as a background for a better understanding of our own. This module uses a broad comparative approach to identify patterns of communication and social interaction among primates in relation to ecology, energetics, phylogeny, demography and tradition.

The Study of Human Ecology

Introduces students to the study of human ecology, a core part of Biological Anthropology. Three main areas of human ecology are covered: resources, nutrition and disease.

The Study of Research Methods in Social Anthropology

A practical module involving reading about methods used in social anthropology, but also considerable independent study in investigating appropriate methods for your dissertation or other project.

The Study of Human Evolutionary Biology and Geography

Considers the relationship between the various biological stages in human evolution, changes in society and behaviour, as interpreted from the material record. Special emphasis will be given to developing an understanding of the role played by the palaeoenvironmental and palaeogeographical context of human evolution and behavioural change.

Anthropology in Action

Students will be strongly encouraged to extend their knowledge and understanding of anthropological concerns and debates to consider how and when anthropology can make a significant contribution to a variety of different areas. The module will demonstrate to students the wide range of possible future careers open to anthropology graduates.

Minorities and Marginality in Japa

Examines the historical and contemporary experiences and identities of various minority and marginal groups in Japan. It theorises the reproduction of marginality in society generally and compares ethnographically the experience of marginality in Japanese society with other societies.

Palaeopathology

This module is designed to provide the student with an understanding of the analysis of human bones from archaeological sites, exploring theoretical and practical issues through a combination of lecture and laboratory based sessions. Special emphasis will be placed on the study of palaeopathology and its use in studying populations within a comparative framework.

Dawn of Civilisation

For three million years early humans were nomadic hunter-gatherers whose prosperity was wholly dependant upon the ebb and flow of the climate. Then, around 10,000 years ago, there was a behavioural revolution that set into motion a series of exponential changes in human technology, subsistence, and organisation. This avalanche of development began in the region known as the Fertile Crescent, which includes the eastern Mediterranean, northern Arabia and Mesopotamia. This module spans human history from 10,000 BC until 1000 BC. We will review archaeological data, geography, the environmental record, and mythology from the world’s first civilizations to understand how, where, why, and when they arose.

Advanced Topics in Social Anthropology

Examines a range of recent critical debates and developments in anthropological theory.

People and Other Animals

Humans and other animals have a long history of interacting with each other. In this module we examine some of the complexities and contradictions evident in people-animal relationships through topics such as animals as food, companion animals and animals as ‘nature’.

Cognitive Evolution

Explores the evolution of human intelligence, charting and evaluating the evidence for the development of key cognitive traits such as language, culture, tool use and symbolism. Grounded in the study of the fossil and archaeological records, the module adopts a multidisciplinary approach drawing on evolutionary psychology, cognitive science, philosophy, linguistics and primatology.

Anthropology Independent Study

Offers students a flexible opportunity to explore an anthropological topic. Outputs can vary considerably and could include one or more of: an essay, annotated bibliography, ethnographic fieldwork journal, video/film or a long report.

Please note: As our courses are reviewed regularly as part of our quality assurance framework, the modules you can choose from may vary from that shown here. The structure of the course may also mean some modules are not available to you.

Learning and teaching

You will be provided with a broad range of learning experiences, including:

  • independent study
  • small group work
  • seminars
  • lectures.

You also have the option of a field trip with MSc students to Apenhuel Primate Park in the Netherlands.

Field trips

You have the opportunity to join MSc students on their annual trip to Apenhuel Primate Park in the Netherlands. This carries an additional cost. Please see the Additional costs section of this page for details.

Assessment

Assessment methods used on this course

You will be assessed through:

  • essays
  • book reviews
  • class presentations
  • fieldwork reports
  • exams.

Research


Research can be undertaken in the following areas:

  • anthropology of art
  • anthropology of food
  • anthropology of work, and play
  • anthropology of gender
  • social anthropology of Japan, South Asia and Europe
  • social anthropology of family, class and gender in Urban South Asia
  • basque studies
  • culture and landscapes
  • environmental archaeology and palaeo-anthropology
  • environmental anthropology
  • environmental reconstruction
  • human origins
  • human resource ecology
  • human–wildlife interaction and conservation
  • physical environmental processes and management
  • primate conservation
  • primatology
  • quaternary environmental change
  • urban and environmental studies.

Research centres:

  • Europe Japan research centre
  • Anthropology centre for conservation, environment and development.

Consultancy:

  • Oxford Brookes archaeology and heritage (OBAH).
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After you graduate


Career prospects

Many students choose the graduate diploma as a route to further study, continuing their education at master's and PhD level. However, anthropology graduates go on to a variety of careers including:

  • overseas development aid
  •  environmental maintenance
  •  education
  •  eco-tourism
  •  urban planning
  • civil service

Our Staff


Professor Anna Nekaris

Professor Anna Nekaris is a Professor in Anthropology and Primate Conservation studying the unique group of evolutionary distinct primates known as the Asian lorises. Her studies cover all eleven species, including six she named or elevated from subspecies. Anna is the Course Tutor for the highly acclaimed MSc Primate Conservation, Director of the Little Fireface Project and Convenor of the Nocturnal Primate Research Group.

Read more about Anna

Programme Changes: On rare occasions we may need to make changes to our course programmes after they have been published on the website.

For more information, please visit our Changes to programmes page.