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Qualification type

PhD/DPhil - Doctor of Philosophy

Subject areas


Course type


Course Summary

The PhD programme is central to the life of the Department, and we support students with their field research and professional development. By joining this programme you will be actively involved in innovative research, which is rooted in our Department’s anthropological traditions of: long-term ethnographic fieldwork; a commitment to broad comparative inquiries into human sociality; and a critical engagement with social theory. The programme is built around long-term participant observation fieldwork in locations throughout the world. This programme offers you the chance to undertake a substantial piece of work that is worthy of publication and which makes an original contribution to the field of anthropology. You will begin on the MRes, and will need to meet certain requirements to progress to the PhD. Students who successfully complete the programme often embark on an academic career.

Different course options

Study mode

Full time


5 years

Start date



This module examines key theoretical concepts and approaches in anthropology at an advanced level that may be relevant to post-fieldwork doctoral candidates. Enhances your professional development by providing you with advanced training in writing and presentation skills and skills relevant to your career progression.
Seminar on Anthropological Research

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

PhD (Years 1 - 3); PhD (exceptional registration beyond the fourth year): £4,366.

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

PhD (Years 1 - 3); PhD (exceptional registration beyond the fourth year): £18,624.

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students should have merit in a taught master’s in social anthropology from a UK university is required. In exceptional circumstances the Department will consider students with a BA/BSc in Social Anthropology (at least a 2:1) from a UK university.