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Kent is an excellentenvironment in which toundertake postgraduatestudy within the field ofAnthropology, offeringprogrammes that exposestudents to uniqueexperiences andopportunities.
Anthropology prides itself on itsinclusive and interdisciplinary focus.It takes a holistic approach to humansociety, combining biological andsocial perspectives. We support anactive research culture, with staffworking in many different parts ofthe world, ensuring our teaching andsupervision is challenging, relevantand innovative
Field-leading researchRanked in the top ten for researchpower in the Research ExcellenceFramework (REF) 2014, the Schoolof Anthropology and Conservationis recognised for its high-qualityresearch providing a strongresearch culture for studentspursuing postgraduate degrees.The breadth of expertise withinthe School enables us to provideresearch supervision on a verywide range of topics across thefull spectrum of the disciplinesof social, biological, visual andenvironmental anthropology,ethnobotany, conservationbiology, biodiversity management,biodiversity law, sustainable tourismand sustainable resource use.Details about our research expertiseand research centres are availableon page 16.
First-class resourcesThe School houses research labsfor animal postcranial evolution,virtual palaeoanthropology,genetics, ecology, biologicalanthropology, human osteology,visual anthropology, anthropologicalcomputing and ethnobiology as wellas a field station on the Amazon.All of our laboratories are equippedwith excellent resources.
Animal postcranial evolutionlaboratoryResearch within this lab is led byDr Tracy Kivell and investigates theevolution and functional morphologyof the postcranial skeleton, with a focus on humans, non-humanprimates and their fossil ancestors.
Virtual palaeoanthropologylaboratoryResearch within this lab is led by DrMatthew Skinner and focuses on theuse of cutting-edge imaging
techniques (eg, microtomographyand surface scanning) andanalytical methods (eg, geometricmorphometrics) to access newinformation from the bones of ourfossil ancestors, modern humans,and non-human primates.
Visual anthropology suiteThe visual anthropology suite is stocked with digital editingprogrammes and other facilitiesfor digital video and photographicwork.
Biological anthropologylaboratoryThe biological anthropologylaboratory is equipped forosteoarchaeological forensic workand for collagen preparation forstable isotope analysis. It curatesthe Powell-Cotton Museumcollection of human remains,together with Anglo-Saxon skeletonsfrom Bishopstone, Sussex.
Every year we also offer GraduateTeaching Assistantships (GTAs)where research students receivefinancial support in return forteaching. Students engaged asGTAs hold a unique position in theUniversity; they are both registeredstudents in receipt of a scholarshipand employees of the University.GTAs enjoy the benefits of gainingteaching experience while receivingteaching training through theAssociate Fellowship Scheme (AFS).
For further details of scholarshipfunding available to postgraduatestudents, see www.kent.ac.uk/sac/scholarships
We also offer our postgraduatestudents the opportunity tobecome Student Ambassadorsand contribute to our OutreachProgramme in conjunction withthe Universitys PartnershipDevelopment Office and EnrolmentManagement Services. Our teamsof Student Ambassadors go intohigh schools in Canterbury andthe surrounding area to introducestudents to the topic ofanthropology, both biological andsocial, and to topics surroundingconservation and ecology.
PhD students have access to anannual support fund of 500 each topay for conference attendance andminor expenses related to researchactivities. Taught Masters studentsare invited to apply for a 400 (600for Ethnobotany) bursary to supportresearch relating to theirdissertation. Additionally all studentsare provided with up to 7,500 printer
credits (equivalent to 75 worth) for use with the School resources.These amounts listed are for full-timestudents, are subject to change andmay be withdrawn due to financialrestraints.
Ethnobiology laboratoryThe Ethnobiology laboratoryprovides equipment and specimensfor teaching research skills, andserves as a transit station forreceiving, examining and redirectingfield material. It also houses thePowell-Cotton Museum collectionof plant-based material culturefrom Southeast Asia, and a smallreference and teaching collectionof herbarium and spirit specimens(1,000 items) arising from recentresearch projects.
Information technologyand additional resourcesKent has outstanding anthropologyinformation technology facilities.Postgraduate students have accessto our School computer suite anddedicated shared office space withcomputers and specialised software.
Funding and teachingopportunitiesThe postgraduate programmesoffered by the School enjoyrecognition from the main fundingbodies, notably for PhD degrees.Eligible applicants can apply forEconomic and Social ResearchCouncil (ESRC) funding under theDoctoral Training Centre (DTC)partnership. The School has beenextremely successful in securingscholarships from other researchcouncils, particularly the NaturalEnvironment Research Council(NERC), EnvEast Doctoral TrainingPartnership (DTP) and otherUniversity-based schemes offeringstudentships.
Taught programmes 6
Environmental Anthropology(MA/MSc) 7
Ethnobotany (MSc) 8
Evolution and Human Behaviour (MSc) 9
Forensic Osteology and Field Recovery Methods (MSc) 10
Social Anthropology (MA) 11
Social Anthropology andComputing (MA) 12
Social Anthropology and Conflict (MA) 13
Social Anthropology andVisual Ethnography (MA) 14
Social Anthropology of Europe (MA) 15
World-leading research 16
Research programmes 18
Staff profile 20
Taught modules 21
Academic staff 24
Applying to Kent 26
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A SUCCESSFUL FUTURE
The School of Anthropology and Conservation has avery good record for postgraduate employment andacademic continuation: 100% of our postgraduatestudents, who graduated in 2014, found a professionaljob within six months or continued on to a PhD,ranking Anthropology at Kent 1st in the sector*.
Studying anthropology, you develop an understanding of the complexity ofall actions, beliefs and discourse by acquiring strong methodological andanalytical skills. Anthropologists are increasingly being hired by companiesand organisations that recognise the value of employing people whounderstand the complexity of societies and organisations.
Many of our alumni teach in academic positions in universities across theworld (from Harvard to Wellington, NZ), while others work in a wide rangeof organisations utilising the knowledge, skills and expertise that they havedeveloped throughout their studies. These positions and organisationsinclude: Corporate Anthropologist for Pfizer Pharmaceuticals; CampaignDeveloper for War Child; project directors for the Global Diversity Foundation;curators at Beirut Botanic Gardens and Harvard Economic Botany Museum;film production for First German Television; and project managers atPorchlight Homelessness Charity and at Dover Detainee Visitor Group.
Justyna MiszkiewiczGraduate in PhD AnthropologyHaving undertaken her BSc inBiological Anthropology at KentJustyna progressed onto her PhDin Anthropology focusing on bonehistology, using this technique toinfer the lifestyles of ancient humansand explore the link betweenphysical activity and bone growth.
An excellent student, Justynasecured a Graduate TeachingAssistant scholarship to supporther PhD studies, which enabledher to gain teaching experienceand training.
Following graduation, she worked atImperial College London as part ofa large research project exploringthe genetic basis to bone diseases.Since then she has started whatshe describes as her dream job:a lectureship at the AustralianNational University in Canberra.
When asked about how her studiesfacilitated her career path, Justynasaid, My studies gave me exactlythe right skills and experience Ineeded for my first research job.I essentially went from one bonelab to another, but with a differentresearch focus. My teachingexperience has enabled me togain a lectureship Im superexcited. All in all, I could not haveasked for a better PhD journey!
*source: DLHE 2014
Carin TunkerGraduate in MA SocialAnthropologyCarin completed a BA in SocialAnthropology at Kent and continuedon to the MA programme, whereshe researched matrifocality, musicand religion in Cuba, including aperiod of fieldwork in Havana. Carincurrently works as a manager forthe Canterbury Young PersonsAccommodation Services,Porchlight.
Being deeply concerned by theneed to have culturally and sociallysensitive policies on youthhomelessness, she proposed toconduct research on the latterand Porchlight awarded her withresearch funds to read a doctorateon youth homelessness in Kent, witha special focus on the experiencesof LGBTQ people. Carins researchhas been visible in media, bothlocally and nationally, and has beenrecognised by leading charities asan important contribution to practiceand research regarding homelessyouth.
The skills I gained during my BAand MA in Social Anthropologywere crucial, as they opened upa new way of looking at structuralinequality locally and allowed meto discern this otherwise hiddenproblem through participantobservation and being there.I find it very important to have theopportunity to apply my knowledgefirst-hand a