Psychological and Psychiatric Anthropology MSc
Key Course Facts
If studies of the mind and mental health interest you, this socially and culturally focused course may provide a rich alternative to more scientific studies in psychology and psychiatry.
Study this course and you will investigate psychological and psychiatric issues from an anthropological perspective, addressing issues at the forefront of debates in social policy, morality, personal identity, and mental health.
By considering cases from around the world you’ll explore how person, consciousness, and experience are shaped through cultural practices and political realities.
Examining world ethnography (including the UK), you’ll learn about selfhood, emotion, personality, and understandings of ‘madness’ and mental illness in cultural context.
Brunel students come from varied professional and academic backgrounds, many taking time out for professional development. If you haven’t studied anthropology before, you’ll be offered introductory modules in anthropological theory to help prepare you for the rest of the course.
Anthropology at Brunel is well-known for its focus on ethnographic fieldwork and you will be expected to get out of the library and undertake your own, original research – whether in the UK or overseas – and to present your findings in a dissertation.
Your fieldwork can be taken anywhere in the world, locally, previous students have explored psychic training, Pentecostal churches, and mental health charities, and internationally, students have explored subjects like funerals in Iran, Amazon neoshamanism, and autism programmes in Belgium.
A 30 month part-time option of the course is also available. If you wish to be considered for the part-time 30 month version, please make your application for the 24 month part-time route and then contact the Admissions team to request the change to the 30 month duration.
Entry Requirements / Admissions
Requirements for international students / English requirements
IELTS academic test score (similar tests may be accepted as well)
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A UK 1st or 2nd Class Honours degree or an equivalent internationally recognised qualification. Applicants with other degrees that have relevant experience will be considered on an individual basis. Applicants will be interviewed either in person or by telephone. English language requirements: IELTS: 6.5 (min 6 in all areas); Pearson: 58 (51 in all sub-scores); BrunELT: 65 per cent (min 60 per cent in all areas).
Visa Requirements for International StudentsVisa requirement
All international students (including citizens from EU countries) intending to study this or any other academic programme for more than 6 months in the UK require a Student Visa.
International students younger than 18 years require a special Child Student Visa. Exceptions from this general rule may apply to holders of other UK work visas, British National Overseas visa, family member visa and recognised refugees or asylum seekers.Permission to work while studying
Brunel University London is listed by the UK government as an institution licensed to sponsor migrant students.
Student visa holders from licensed institutions are entitled to work during their full-time bachelor's, master's or Phd studies for
- 20h/week during the term
- Full-time outside term time (e.g. vacations, work placements, once course ended)
After completion of a bachelor's or master's programme of at least 12 months Student Visa holders of licensed institutions can convert their visa into a Graduate Visa which entitles graduates to work for 2 years in the UK.
Tuition Fees Psychological and Psychiatric Anthropology MSc
|Channel Islands||£4240||year 1|
|England UK||£4240||year 1|
|Northern Ireland||£4240||year 1|
Additional fee information
Average student cost of living in the UK
|Water, gas electricity, internet (at home)||£50|
|Takeaways / food deliveries||£30|
|Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food)||£24|
|Holidays and weekend trips||£78|
|Transport within city||£17|
|Self-care / sports||£20|
|Stationary / books||£13|
|Mobile phone / internet||£13|
|Cable TV / streaming||£7|
|Average student cost of living||£1092|
London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.
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About Brunel University
Established in 1957, Brunel University is located in the large town of Uxbridge, in suburban London. Thanks to its location, Brunel University has numerous public transport connections to London, which students make use of for expanding their options when it comes to work experience placements. The admission rate is lower than in many universities, so applicants should prepare their personal statements and interviews well when applying to enrol here.
Where is this programme taught
|Program||University||Student satisfaction||Unemployed||Dropout||Tuition (UK)||Tuition (International)||UCAS Tariff||City|
|Psychology and Anthropology BSc (Hons)||Durham University||86%||0%||4%||£9250||£28500||170||Durham||On campus Full-time|
|Law and Social Anthropology LLB (Hons)||The University of Edinburgh||67%||0%||5%||£9250||£23100||187||Edinburgh||On campus Full-time|
|Anthropology and Law BA (Hons)||The London School of Economics and Political Science||87%||0%||5%||£9250||£22430||157||London||On campus Full-time|
|Anthropology of Childhood, Youth and Education MSc||Brunel University||69%||10%||15%||£8485||£16335||151||Uxbridge||On campus Full-time|
|Social Anthropology and Politics MA (Hons)||The University of Edinburgh||64%||0%||0%||£9250||£23100||163||Edinburgh||On campus Full-time|
|Anthropology and Development Management MSc||The London School of Economics and Political Science||-||-||-||-||-||-||London||On campus Part-time|
|Psychological and Psychiatric Anthropology MSc||Brunel University||-||-||-||£8485||£16335||-||Uxbridge||On campus Full-time|
|Anthropology and Psychology MA (Hons)||University of Aberdeen||87%||5%||6%||-||-||176||Aberdeen||On campus Full-time|
|Law and Social Anthropology LLB (Hons)||University of Kent||83%||5%||8%||-||-||136||Canterbury||On campus Full-time|
|Social Anthropology and Law BA (Hons)||SOAS, University of London||69%||10%||15%||£9250||-||151||London||On campus Full-time|
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|Management Psychology MSc/PGDip PgDip||The University of Nottingham||-||-||-||-||-||-||Nottingham||On campus Full-time|
|Business Psychology MSc||Loughborough University of Technology||-||-||-||£11900||£26500||-||Loughborough||On campus Full-time|
|Business Psychology MSc||The University of Manchester||-||-||-||£13500||£24500||-||Manchester||On campus Full-time|
|Business Psychology MSc||University of Hertfordshire||-||-||-||-||-||-||Hatfield||On campus Part-time|
|Work Psychology and Business MSc||Aston University||-||-||-||£11500||£21250||-||Birmingham||On campus Full-time|
|Business Psychology MSc||Aston University||-||-||-||£11500||£21250||-||Birmingham||On campus Full-time|
|Behavioural Science for Management MSc||University of Stirling||-||-||-||-||-||-||Stirling||On campus Full-time|
|Business Psychology MSc||University of Leeds||-||-||-||-||-||-||Leeds||On campus Full-time|
|MSc Psychology for Leadership MSc||Plymouth Marjon University||-||-||-||£6500||-||-||Plymouth||On campus Part-time|