What will I study?
Why study ethnography online with Aberdeen?
How will I study?
The course totals approximately 150 hours of study and assessment time. That’s around 10-15 hours per week.
This is a rough guide, as you can largely set your own study hours each week to cover the materials. MyAberdeen is available 24/7, so you can log in and study when it suits you.
The course is structured into four units. Each unit contains learning resources that can be worked through at your own pace. This means that if you have a busy week or two during the 12-week course period, you can easily catch up.
There will be some activities that you have to attend at a fixed time, such as online meetings with your tutor. But otherwise, you can access and work through the course at your convenience.
Any scheduled activities you can’t attend for good reason will be recorded for you to view at a more convenient time, where possible.
This course is assessed entirely online.
You’ll be assessed online through four pieces of writing:
- Analysis of a published piece of ethnographic research, 500 words (15% of your mark)
- Discussion of ethics and politics in ethnographic research, 500 words (15%)
- Fieldnotes – an ethnographic description of a real-life setting, 500 words (15%)
- An essay on ethnographic methods, 1500 words (55%)
These pieces of written work will have set deadlines, one for each unit of the course.
Our first-class support structure will ensure that you aren’t alone in your studies. You’ll have contact with your tutors via email, phone or Skype. You can use social media and discussion boards to chat with your fellow students too.
We provide a wide range of services to support you in your studies and beyond:
- Careers service
- Disability support
- IT support
- Library support
- Student Support Service – help with finances, stress, wellbeing and non-academic issues
- Student Learning Service – study support, with advice sessions available via phone or Skype
- Aberdeen University Students’ Association (AUSA) – run by students for students
- Toolkit – clever apps and free training that can make your study life easier
Wherever you are in the world, you’ll feel part of our very special Aberdeen learning community.
Dr Jo Vergunst, course coordinator
The team behind this course has years of experience in ethnographic methods. We’re confident that it delivers brilliant training in this key area of social research.
Where will this take me?
Your teaching team
Am I ready?
We welcome students from all over the world. This course has no formal entry requirements, so you don’t need to provide proof of your qualifications.
However, we advise checking our International Entry Requirements to see equivalent qualifications from your country that match our entry guidance above.
English language requirements
You don’t have to provide proof of your English language skills to join this course. But we want to make sure that you can use English well enough to study this course successfully. At this level of teaching, you would usually have:
IELTS – 6.5 overall
- 5.5 for listening and speaking
- 6.0 for reading and writing
TOEFL iBT – 90 overall
- 17 for listening
- 21 for reading
- 20 for speaking
- 21 for writing
PTE Academic – 62 overall
- 51 for listening and speaking
- 54 for reading and writing
Cambridge English Advanced and Proficiency – 176 overall
- 162 for listening and speaking
- 169 for reading and writing
- Integrated Skills in English III (ISEIII)
- A pass in all components with distinction
See our English Language Requirements page for more information about English language qualifications.
You will need access to:
A computer (PC, laptop or Mac) operating on:
- Windows 7 or later
- Mac OS 10.10 (Yosemite) or later, preferably Mac OS 10.12 (Sierra)
All our teaching materials are mobile-, smartphone- and tablet-friendly. However, you’re likely to need a proper keyboard for completing assignments.
Reliable internet access
With reasonable download speed: we broadly estimate at least 2Mbps so that you can take part fully in live sessions.
Speakers or headphones
- A headset with built-in microphone and earphones is useful if you’re likely to study in an environment with background noise.
- A webcam may be desirable for some interactive sessions.
We will give you access to Office365 applications. This means that you can use online versions of Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint and install these programs on up to five personal devices.
If your course requires any specialist software, then we’ll provide you with copies of this and a licence that lasts throughout your studies.
See our detailed IT requirements for more information.
When you study with us, you can expect a first-class support structure that means you are never alone in your studies.
But learning online does mean that you have to motivate yourself and manage your own time.
Your most important commitment to your course will be time – the time to work through, reflect on and understand your teaching materials.
Before you start a course that involves a high degree of independent study, we recommend looking at the time you will be able to devote to your course each week:
- Be realistic
- Create a weekly schedule as a guide
If you have any questions about online study, get in touch with our friendly team. We’re here to help.
Your course fee needs to be paid in full before you start your course.
We accept payment via all major credit and debit cards except American Express.
Ways to save
There are several ways you may be able to get help funding your studies:
- Alumni discount – University of Aberdeen alumni receive 20% off our postgraduate taught short courses and degrees
- Employer sponsorship – we happily accept full and partial fee payments from sponsors
- Student loan
- Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA)
All our students are entitled to a University of Aberdeen student card, giving you access to a range of student discounts around the city and online.