The Department has a committed and collaborative group of research-focused staff and fellows. As a student on one of our MA or MSc programmes, you will working with anthropologists, sociologists, and International Relations specialists who will help you to make the most of future employment opportunities, or take your studies to the next level.

Whether it’s on archaeological digs, on primate fieldwork or in heated political debates, you will acquire first-rate research and analytical skills to take with you into a wide-range of careers from BBC Natural History Unit to NGOs.

Globalisation, poverty, conservation and the rise of religious fundamentalism are just some of the challenges facing modern society. You will be able to grapple with these and many more alongside our researchers, who working on ground-breaking empirical work.

MA International Relations

Graduate Diploma in Anthropology

Research credentials

  • The MSc in Primate Conversation won the Queen’s Anniversary Prize in 2008 in recognition of its training programme for the conservationists of the future.
  • Interdisciplinary research gives you a breadth of knowledge and understanding. Weekly seminars bring members together to debate leading research in the field in a stimulating, supportive forum.
  • Work-in-progress seminars and an annual end-of-year workshop give PhD students the opportunity to present their work and receive feedback. Primate Conservation students also have the opportunity to submit to Canopy, our in-house publication.
  • A dynamic, rapidly growing research community with a successful record of consultancy and research funding from bodies such as the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the European Agency for Fundamental Rights and the Social Science Research Council USA.
  • Students have gone on to work for the British Sound Archives, the BBC Natural History Unit as well as paid researchers globally and for NGOs. See our student profiles here.

Learn from the best

  • You will work alongside leading academics including Professors Anna Nekaris, Barrie Axford and Jeremy MacClancy as well as:
  • Professor Adrian Parker, an expert on the relationship between physical geography and archaeology. Adrian was part of a dig in Arabia that discovered stone tools dating as far back as 125,000 years ago. His evidence shows there was a wetter period in the region between 130,000 to 120,000 years ago, which ties in precisely with the dating of these same stone tools
  • Professor Tina Miller one of 60 BBC Expert Women and winner of one of 38 British Academy Mid-Career Fellowships in 2014. Tina is conducting ongoing research into contemporary family lives
  • Professor of Urban Historical Geography, John Gold, who is examining the legacy of the London Olympics.


  • First-rate facilities for Primate Conservation students include a sound laboratory, a fieldwork equipment lending service and a wet lab for analysis of hormones and other biological material.
  • One of the finest anthropological collections in the world – the famous Pitt Rivers Museum – and the Museum of Natural History are amongst Oxford’s many museums.
  • Strong links with conservation organisations and NGOs, both locally and internationally, including the United Nations, World Wildlife Fund and Oxfam. Oxford has the highest number of NGOs outside London.

Field trips

  • For Primate Conservation students trips include the Apenheul Primate Park in the Netherlands.
  • The International Relations and International Law and International Relations programmes include a field trip to Brussels and The Hague to visit institutions of the European Union, NATO and others. The cost of this trip is included within the fees.

Doctoral Training Programme (Global Politics, Economy and Society)

The programme (DTP) provides an exceptional grounding in research training and other essential skills. It is an interdisciplinary venture involving the Schools of Law and Business.

It is based on the premise that the complexities of the post-Cold War era of globalisation require interdisciplinary approaches and innovative methodologies. Apart from supervision by academic experts, PhD candidates take an active part in research groups and the postgraduate colloquium, engage with external speakers in DTP seminars and have opportunities to present their work at international conferences.

Social Sciences Profile

Graduate profile: building skills to take you anywhere

Nikki Green is the HR and Administrative Manager at Prime Research, a global agency specialising in research into strategic media communications. She studied part time for an MA in International Relations.

“It was the lecturers – Lucy Ford and Gary Browning, in particular – who inspired me to continue my BA with an MA. I wanted to go back for more – and it had to be Brookes or nowhere.

“The course has given me so many transferable skills – not just in how to conduct both quantative and qualitative research efficiently, but also how to quickly analyse, synthesise and précis a topic, write reports and do presentations. Since joining Prime Research as a Media Research Analyst I’ve been promoted several times – without my masters I don’t think that would’ve been possible.”

Read more about Nikki's story also featured in our magazine.