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MPhil in Visual, Material and Museum Anthropology

MPhil in Visual, Material and Museum Anthropology

University of Oxford

Wellington Square, Oxford, GB, Oxford, United Kingdom
  • QS World University Rankings
    2
  • Degree MPhil
  • Study Level Masters
  • Duration 21 months
The MPhil acts as a terminal degree but will also prepare students for doctoral research by introducing a wide range of theories and perspectives on museum anthropology, visual anthropology, and material culture theory, as well as practical field- and museum-based research methodologies. The first year of the MPhil is structured around teaching for four papers. Papers one and two are assessed by a 5,000-word essay. Paper three is assessed by a portfolio of methods exercises and a research proposal. Paper four is examined by a conventional three-hour unseen examination paper in June. Students will spend the summer conducting preliminary research and then over the second year of the degree write a 30,000-word dissertation. Fieldwork is not expected as a basis for the MPhil thesis, but it can be conducted, and students will be encouraged to make use of the extensive visual and material cultural resources available in the department and the museum in selecting and researching dissertation and thesis topics. During the second year students will also write an additional examined essay and take another option paper, again selected from any of the options offered within the School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography.