Master of Arts in Anthropology

Overview

Anthropology is the study of humankind in a broad and comparative pespective. It provides a unified conception of human nature and human experience. One of the stengths of anthroplogy as a disclipline is its "holistic" or integrative approach; it links the life sciences  and the humanities and has strong links with disciplines ranging from biology and psychology to linguistics, political science, and the fine  arts. Anthropology is appropriate for people  with a wide interests including human cultures and civilizations both present and past, human variation, and human and animal behaviour.

The Master of arts (MA in Anthropology is designed to cater for graduates of anthropology  and any other discipline interested  in the applications of anthropology  in their work It is aimed at intrested in furthering  theit academic and professional expertise in the field  of anthropology and other related disciplines.

The specific objectives of the programme are to:

a) Provide students with sound theoretical and pratical knowledge in anthropology.

b) Equip students with effective research tools relevant to anthropology

c) Enable students to specialize in one of the sub-fields of anthropology.

d) Provide a forum for exchange of current thinking in anthropological knowledge and research.

Entry Requirements

The common  regulations governing the masters Degree in all Faculties, Institutes and Schools of the University of Nairobi shall apply.

The following applicants shall be eligible for admission:

a) A holder of a first degree with at least Second Class Honours (Upper Division) from the University of Nairobi or any other institution recognised by the Senate.

b) A holder of a first degree with Second Class Honours (Lower Division) from the University of Nairobi or any other institution recognised by the Senate and at least three years  relevant work experience or a postgraduate diploma.

c) A holder of a first degree of Pass level with at least three years experience and a potgraduate diploma from the University of Nairobi or any other institution recognised by the senate.

1. The Masters degree programme in anthropology shall comprise either/or:

                   a. Coursework, examination and thesis.

                   b. Coursework, examination and project.

      2.All candidates shall be required to choose a thematic area of specialization and this will be reflected in the certificate, e.g., MA Anthropology (Medical Anthropology)

3. The thesis shall be equivalent to eight (8) course units while the project shall be equivalent to four (4) course units.

4 A candidate for the MA in Anthropology by coursework, examination and thesis shall be required to successfully take eight (8) taught course units comprising four (4) core course units and four (4) elective units in the thematic area of specialization. The candidate shall also be required to conduct research and write a thesis in the area of specialization.

 

5. A candidate for the MA in Anthropology by coursework, examination and project shall be required to successfully take twelve (12) taught course units, comprising four (4) core course units and eight (8) elective units in the thematic area of specialization. In addition, candidates shall be required to take a project in the area of specialization.

6.  The course duration shall be a minimum of four (4) semesters and a maximum of twelve (12) semesters from the date of registration; and the maximum period may be extended only with the prior approval of the Senate.

The common regulations governing postgraduate diplomas in all Faculties/institutes/Schools shall apply:

a) A holder of a first degree with at least Second Class Honours(Lower division0 from the University of nairobi or any other institution recognised b the Senate.

b) A holder of a first degree of Pass level from the University of Nairobi or any othe institution recognised by the Senate with three years working experience in Museum or heritage institution.