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PhD in Social Anthropology

The PhD course is intended for students who already have a substantial theoretical background in Social Anthropology. It includes intensive fieldwork training in the first year, a research period of 12 to 15 months, and a further year for writing the dissertation (a maximum of four years is allowed in total). Students work with a main supervisor and an adviser, and the Department also provides compulsory training and specialist seminars which students are expected to attend. Opportunities are available for teaching practice for senior PhD students.

The PhD course consists in the first place of nine months training in research issues and methods culminating in the preparation of a research proposal. This training can either be undertaken through the nine-month (three-term) Pre-Fieldwork Course or through the one-year MRes in Social Anthropology. Students undertaking the PhD Pre-Fieldwork Course can expect to leave for field research at the end of their third term (June-July). Those undertaking the MRes course can expect to leave for fieldwork in their fourth term (October-December).

Further details about the PhD in Social Anthropology, including information about eligibility, funding, training and assessment can be found in the Graduate Admissions Course Directory.

Applications are made through the University’s Graduate Admissions Office (GAO). Further information about applying to the University, including instructions on how to submit your supporting documents, is available from the Graduate Admissions Office website. All prospective applicants should read the information on the Graduate Admissions Office website carefully prior to applying.