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PhD in Social Anthropology

The PhD course is intended for students who already have full training at undergraduate and/or Master's level in the methods and perspectives of Social/Cultural Anthropology. The course includes intensive fieldwork training in the first year, a research period of 12 to 18 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 a Faculty Advisor, 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 on the Graduate Admissions Course Directory.

Further information about applying to the University, including instructions on how to submit your supporting documents, is available from the Graduate Admissions website. All prospective applicants should read the information on the Graduate Admissions website carefully prior to applying.

Current MPhil students applying for the PhD should discuss their writing samples with their supervisor and in most cases should submit at least one of their MPhil essays with their application so that the PhD Committee can evaluate their engagement with an anthropological topic an its literature.

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