BRUNEL UNIVERSITY LONDON

Psychological and Psychiatric Anthropology

MSc  |  Placement Year:   Yes
  • Do our categories of behaviour – normal and abnormal – translate across cultures?
  • Why do ethnic minorities have different experiences of mental health?
  • Is there a ‘human nature’ underneath all the cultural differences?

Anyone interested in psychological processes, feeling and expression, memory and trauma, culture and personality, will have asked themselves questions of this kind. However, they are less likely to have asked themselves how (or if) we can recognise and analyse different emotions in other cultural settings.

In this new MSc degree, the first of its kind anywhere in Europe, we tackle these and other issues from an anthropological perspective, looking at the social and cultural dimensions of human experience.

By engaging with debates on these important topics and through the examination of world ethnography (including the UK), participants will learn about selfhood, emotion, madness and identity in cultural context.

Anthropology at Brunel is well-known for its focus on ethnographic fieldwork: as well as undertaking rigorous intellectual training, all our students are expected to get out of the library and undertake their own, original research – whether in the UK or overseas – and to present their findings in a dissertation. Students take this opportunity to travel to a wide variety of locations across the world – see “Special Features” for more details.

Programme description
  • Do our categories of behaviour – normal and abnormal – translate across cultures?
  • Why do ethnic minorities have different experiences of mental health?
  • Is there a ‘human nature’ underneath all the cultural differences?

Anyone interested in psychological processes, feeling and expression, memory and trauma, culture and personality, will have asked themselves questions of this kind. However, they are less likely to have asked themselves how (or if) we can recognise and analyse different emotions in other cultural settings.

In this new MSc degree, the first of its kind anywhere in Europe, we tackle these and other issues from an anthropological perspective, looking at the social and cultural dimensions of human experience.

By engaging with debates on these important topics and through the examination of world ethnography (including the UK), participants will learn about selfhood, emotion, madness and identity in cultural context.

Anthropology at Brunel is well-known for its focus on ethnographic fieldwork: as well as undertaking rigorous intellectual training, all our students are expected to get out of the library and undertake their own, original research – whether in the UK or overseas – and to present their findings in a dissertation. Students take this opportunity to travel to a wide variety of locations across the world – see “Special Features” for more details.

Key Modules

Candidates will acquire analytical and research skills that can be applied in a vast range of careers (overlapping with those catered for by sociology and anthropology).

For those taking time out from an established career, the degree will enhance professional development in fields such as psychology, psychiatry, nursing, social work, education, social policy, charities and development.

There is also the opportunity for graduates to do further research for a PhD in psychiatric-focused anthropology.

Module & Subject

The MSc consists of both compulsory and optional modules, a typical selection can be found below. Modules can vary from year to year, but these offer a good idea of what we teach.

Full-time

Compulsory

  • Compulsory Reading Module: Political and Economic Issues in Anthropology
  • Compulsory Reading Module: Contemporary Anthropological Theory
  • Dissertation in Psychological and Psychiatric Anthropology
  • Ethnographic Research Methods 1
  • Ethnographic Research Methods 2
  • Themes in Psychiatric Anthropology
  • Themes in Psychological Anthropology

Optional

  • Anthropology of the Body
  • Anthropology of the Person
  • Kinship, Sex and Gender
  • The Anthropology of Childhood
  • The Anthropology of Youth
  • The Anthropology of Global Health
  • Applied Medical Anthropology in the arena of Global Health
  • Anthropology of Education
  • Anthropology of Learning
  • Ethnicity, Identity and Culture
  • Medical Anthropology in Clinical and Community Settings

Part-time

Year 1

  • Compulsory Reading Module: Political and Economic Issues in Anthropology
  • Compulsory Reading Module: Contemporary Anthropological Theory
  • Themes in Psychiatric Anthropology
  • Themes in Psychological Anthropology

Year 2

  • Dissertation in Psychological and Psychiatric Anthropology
  • Ethnographic Research Methods 1
  • Ethnographic Research Methods 2
  • and optional modules
Entry Requirements
  • A minimum score of 55% - 65% or 2.75/4 - 3.25/4. Offers within the grade range are determined by the higher education institution attended.
  • IELTS: 6.5 (min 6 in all areas)
  • Pearson: 58 (51 in all subscores)
  • BrunELT: 65% (min 60% in all areas)
Foundation Campus
No Foundation
Course Option
Course Duration: 1 year
Course Fee:  14800.00
Course Level:  POSTGRADUATE
Application Deadline 
International Student:   (15,July)
Location
Country:  UNITED KINGDOM
Campus Location:  Brunel University London, Kingston Lane Uxbridge, Middlesex UB8 3PH
Intake Deadline
SEPTEMBER