Social Anthropology Honours Courses
The Honours programme covers the third and fourth year of the MA (Hons) in Social Anthropology. Students must take a total of ten courses in their two honours years. Five of these (four in third year and one in fourth year) are compulsory core courses, and five can be chosen from the list of optional courses available each year. In addition, all Junior Honours students must attend Imagining Anthropological Research in Semester 1, which prepares students for their individual dissertation projects, and all Senior Honours students attend the dissertation writing workshops in Semester 1. Core courses are assessed by course work, and by unseen examinations at the end of the semesters in which they are taken. Option courses are assessed by coursework, and by essays written and submitted in the semesters in which they are taken.
The Programme Handbooks have been prepared for students undertaking the MA Honours programme in Social Anthropology. They include information on the aims, structure and requirements of the degree, the general rules governing assessment and examinations and contact information for students seeking advice, support, or seeking information on postgraduate study and other careers.
2016/17 Honours Courses in Social Anthropology
Semester 1 (all courses are 20 credits)
Semester 2 - (all courses are 20 credits)
Handbooks will become available from January 2017
How is your final degree decided?
Honours degrees will be classified according to the mean mark, except where the mark falls on an 8 or a 9 (e.g. 58 or 59), which will be regarded as 'borderline'. In such borderline cases, if 50% or more of the marks are in the class above, the student's degree will fall into that higher class.
The mean mark will be based on final overall grades (i.e. derived from all assessed work in each course) for all University of Edinburgh courses taken across your 3rd and 4th year. Students who spend their junior Honours year abroad have their degree calculated solely on the basis of 4th year marks. The mean takes account of different course weightings, so the grade you receive for your dissertation will be counted twice, as this is a 40 credit course. The same will apply to any other 40 credit courses you take where one grade is given for the entire 40 credits.
The overall mean of all course grades is not rounded up or down. So, for example, if your final mean grade is 57.9 then you will be awarded a 2:2. If however your mean grade is "borderline" before rounding (e.g. 58.00%-59.99%) then the resolution described above is applied. Essentially, this means that if at least half of your course grades fall into the category above the borderline, then you will be awarded the higher class of degree. Again, 40 credit courses will be counted double. For example, if your mean mark is 59 but you have achieved a grade 60 or above in at least six 20 credit courses, you would be awarded a 2:1. Note that if the mean does not fall into the borderline category then the overall profile of your marks is not considered.
You should note that all marks gained throughout 4th year are subject to confirmation and amendment at the final board of examiners at which your final degree will be determined. The examination board may also take into consideration any adverse personal circumstances affecting your 4th year studies when determining your final degree.