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MSc in Visual, Material and Museum Anthropology



What will I learn?

About the course

The MSc consists of a structured programme of lectures, classes, and tutorials from October to June, followed by individual study and the writing of a dissertation over the summer. In addition to the teaching provided specifically for the VMMA programme, you will also be able to attend lectures in social anthropology to link your work to broader trends in the discipline.


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.

You will submit a 10,000-word dissertation in August, which will be assessed. You will be required to write the dissertation unaided as a piece of independent research.

Graduate destinations

Many graduates enter teaching and research, though this often requires a doctorate. Others often go on to work in museums and galleries, design and market research companies, development agencies, NGOs etc.

Which department am I in?

University of Oxford

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
£35,180.00 (US$ 43,704) per year
This is a fixed fee
Start date

1 October 2023


University of Oxford

University Offices,

Wellington Square,



OX1 2JD, England

Entry requirements

For international students

As a minimum, applicants should hold or be predicted to achieve the equivalent of the following UK qualifications: a first-class or strong upper second-class undergraduate degree with honours in any discipline. Under the UK system, applicants should have a minimum of 65% in at least one prior degree. For applicants with a degree from the USA, the minimum GPA sought is 3.7 out of 4.0. Applicants need to have an IELTS score of 7.5 with a minimum of 7.0 per component; TOEFL iBT score of 110 with a minimum component score of 22 in listening, 24 in reading, 24 in writing and 25 in speaking.

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


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