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What will I learn?

The MRes in Pacific Studies examines the history, languages, cultures and varieties of social organisation of the Pacific (Melanesia, Polynesia, and Micronesia). The programme is designed for students who have a special interest in conducting their fieldwork for an anthropology PhD in the region or because they wish to work there in some other capacity.

Course information

The MRes in Social Anthropology with Pacific Studies is a full-time taught postgraduate programme run by the Department of Social Anthropology within the School of Philosophical, Anthropological and Film Studies.

You will pursue modules of study devoted to the history, languages, cultures and varieties of social organisation of the Pacific, their significance for the contemporary lives of its many peoples, and the fundamental influence of this region on the discipline of social anthropology.


  • The modules provide an understanding of the highly complex social, political and cultural experiences of the historic populations of the Pacific.
  • Small class sizes ranging from two to ten students encourages student-led seminars and discussion as well as more contact with supervisors.
  • Students are equipped to work with non-government organisations and multinational corporations with interests in the region.


Social Anthropology graduates have characteristics many employers seek, and a Social Anthropology degree provides openings to a wide range of careers. Graduates have gained successful employment in areas such as:

  • international policy and Pacific non-governmental organisations (NGOs)
  • journalism (BBC and The Independent)
  • marketing
  • NGO work
  • teaching
  • wildlife conservation.

The Careers Centre offers one-to-one advice to all students on a taught postgraduate course and offers a programme of events to assist students in building their employability skills.

Which department am I in?

Social Anthropology

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
£20,370.00 (21,03,168) per year
This is a fixed fee
Start date

6 September 2021


University of St Andrews

College Gate,

St Andrews,

KY16 9AJ, Scotland

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Postgraduate candidates will normally be expected to hold a BA or BS with a grade point average range of 3.0 to 3.6+/4.0 or equivalent GPA. Postgraduate entrance requirements may be higher depending on the School and the programme you wish to study.

For international students

Students need a good 2.1 Honours undergraduate degree. No previous anthropological experience is required. IELTS (Academic): 6.0 Minimum component scores (Listening, Reading, Writing, Speaking) and 6.5 minimum overall score; TOEFL IBT: 79 minimum overall score with Listening: 12; Reading: 13; Writing: 21; Speaking: 18.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.