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Ethnographic Documentary MPhil

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Degree awarded
1 year full-time; 2 years part-time
Entry requirements

Applicants will normally be expected to have a first degree in social anthropology or a related field and the necessary film competences.  Those without the necessary film competences may still be accepted provided that they take either one or both of the 'hands-on' film training courses offered to Masters students.  These involve the payment of additional fees of approximately £500 in each case. 

In exceptional circumstances, students with the requisite film competences and a degree in another field, or equivalent practical experience of social research, may also be admitted provided they take one or more Masters courses in Social Anthropology.

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Full entry requirements

How to apply

Apply online

Non UK/EU applicants are strongly advised to submit their application by July to ensure sufficient time for applying for a Visa.

Programme options

Full-timePart-timeFull-time distance learningPart-time distance learning

Programme description

This programme is aimed at those who have already completed the MA in Visual Anthropology or an equivalent degree and want to develop their ethnographic documentary-making to a higher level. It is also intended for those who have equivalent professional experience and wish to engage with ethnographic film-making in an environment where there is a high level of lively academic debate and practical film-making constantly going on. This programme may be taken full-time over the course of a year, and over two years on a part-time basis. It is delivered by staff of the Granada Centre for Visual Anthropology.

After an initial period of preparation, students are expected to carry out fieldwork of at least three months' duration during which they shoot material for one or more films. Students work closely with a supervisor in the preparation of these film projects. This will largely involve independent study, but supervisors may also recommend that students register for courses that could help them in their development. They may also participate in regular seminar events at which fellow postgraduate students and staff screen their filmic 'works-in-progress'.

Once they return from the field, students edit their material with the aid of one-on-one editorial advice from their supervisor and from screenings at the 'works-in-progress' seminar. They submit their work in the form of a DVD of up to four hours' duration. This may consist of a single film, or more commonly, or a suite of films that, in effect, comment upon one another. This DVD should also involve some form of reflexive commentary on the films in the form of a written text of up to 15,000 words but this may be in a visual or a textual form.

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For entry in the academic year beginning September 2014, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MPhil (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £3,996
    International students (per annum): £14,000
  • MPhil (part-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £1,998
    International students (per annum): £7,000


Please see the School's funding page for further information.

Contact details

Academic department
School of Social Sciences
Contact name
Vicky Barnes
+44(0) 161 275 4743
+44(0) 161 275 2450

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See: School Disciplines

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