Anthropology Postgraduate

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​BA Hons (Anthropology)

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Admission requirements: A Degree with a major in Anthropology and a final course mark of at least 65% in the particular discipline.

Duration of programme: 1 year

Contact details:

Name: Dr Andile Mayekiso/ Tel: 011 559 4297 / Email:

Brief description of programme: Students must complete five courses in the Anthropology Studies Honours programme. One of these courses is an independent research paper carried out under the supervision of an academic in the Department. The compulsory methodology course, of which a component is an introduction to statistics, is offered in the first semester. With this course as a base, students may choose to specialise in Social and/or Cultural Anthropology, or Paleoanthropology. If students choose the former, they may choose from courses such as ‘Youth, Identity and Language’, ‘Anthropology of the Body’, and ‘Nature and Society’. Electives can be chosen from a wide variety of social science courses. If Paleoanthropology is chosen, a structured programme of Paleoanthropology, Anatomy, and Archaeology is on offer. A course in field research methods in Archaeology and Paleoanthropology is also compulsory in this stream. In both streams, the research paper is based on independent fieldwork. Topics are formulated during the methodology courses.

MA (Anthropology) Research Master’s

Admission requirements: An Honours Degree in Anthropology and a final course mark of at least 65% in the particular discipline.

Duration of programme: 2 years

Contact details:

Name: Dr Claudia Gastrow / Tel: 011 559 3931 /  Email:

Brief description of programme: The dissertation is prepared for examining under the guidance of a supervisor with expertise in your choice of topic.

DLitt et Phil (Anthropology)

Admission requirements: A Master’s Degree in Anthropology and a final course mark of at least 65% in the particular discipline.

Duration of programme: 3 years

Contact details:

Name: : Prof Fontein & Prof Stadler / Tel: 011 559 2865 & 4721 / Email: &

Brief description of programme: The Doctoral study programme comprises a thesis written under supervision that makes an original contribution to the field of Anthropology on a topic selected in consultation with the Department of Anthropology and Development Studies. A Doctoral defence (of the proposal and the thesis) is required in accordance with the regulations of the Faculty of Humanities. An article ready for publication on the thesis content is also required.

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