PhD Social Anthropology with Visual Media / Overview
Year of entry: 2017
- Degree awarded
- Doctor of Philosophy
- Up to 4 years full time; Up to 7 years part time
- Entry requirements
UK Master degree (or overseas equivalent) in Social Anthropology, or a closely related field, with a coursework/examination average of 60% or more AND a dissertation mark of 60% or more in a relevant subject with no mark below 50%
Ideally they will also have some practical competence in the use of visual media, though this is not essential as it is possible to receive some limited practical media training in the first year. However, applicants should note that these involve an additional bench fee to cover equipment costs, currently set at £500 per semester.
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- Number of places/applicants
Expert supervision is key to research degree programmes. We cannot provide supervision across all areas and we are therefore sometimes unable to offer admission to excellent applicants.
- How to apply
Formal applications can be submitted on-line at any time. However, if you wish to be considered for funding competitions, you need to apply before the deadline(s) advertised on the funding pages .
There will be two deadlines:
Monday 28 November 2016
Monday 9 January 2017
We strongly encourage all applicants to apply by the first deadline, especially for those who wish to apply for NWSSDTP funding.
To identify expert supervision, please explore the research interests of individual members of staff . Once you have a research idea for a PhD project, please directly contact a potential supervisor (do not send the same email to several people). This should be done long in advance of any formal application, preferably several months and at least 3 weeks .
If you are unsure about the feasibility of your application (e.g. regarding eligibility and/or availability of expert supervision in the department), you can email the Postgraduate Admissions Tutor, Dr Madeleine Reeves (email: email@example.com ) with a preliminary query. Please include a draft research proposal (refer to guidelines ), a summary of the same (max. 150 words) and a CV that includes your marks for previous degrees or ongoing studies (no transcripts required at this stage) as well as any anthropological research experience. These documents will then be considered in terms of formal eligibility and to identify interest and availability of expert supervision. In case of a positive answer, you can use revised versions of these documents for formal on-line application. Such preliminary queries should be sent long in advance of any formal application, preferably several months and at least 4 weeks .
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This programme is intended for those with an Undergraduate or Masters degree in Social Anthropology who wish to incorporate the use visual media in the course of pursuing doctoral research. Substantial original research, normally including ethnographic fieldwork of 12 to 18 months, will lead to the production of a thesis. Students on this programme are required to produce audiovisual media as a 'necessary and integral' feature of their theses, and there is an expectation that the textual component should not be more than 60,000 words, i.e. a 25% reduction on the normal maximum length for the PhD in Social Anthropology.
Throughout, students work closely with an expert supervisor, with further guidance from at least one extra supervisor.
The programme consists of three or maximum four years of full-time study (or part-time equivalent). Its structure depends on prior qualification:
* Normally, students are registered on the PhD programme and, during the first year, take a set of research training courses. After about 10 months (or 20 in part-time study) they produce a 12,000-15,000 word research proposal. This proposal is examined in an oral viva. Successful completion of this viva and of coursework at satisfactory level, is a condition for students to proceed to field research. After fieldwork, students return to the University and start writing their dissertation and editing their audiovisual material under the guidance of their supervisors.
* Students who have successfully completed our MA Anthropological Research, or an equivalent ESRC-recognised course in another UK institution, may be in a position to start fieldwork as soon as is practicable, provided that they have submitted a satisfactory research proposal as part of that previous degree and it has been approved by the School of Social Sciences. After fieldwork, students return to the University and start writing their dissertation and editing their audiovisual material under the guidance of their supervisors.
Currently Manchester Social Anthropology has a lively PhD community of over 50 students working in all of the world's continents and on a variety of topics. This programme is delivered in conjunction with the Granada Centre for Visual Anthropology .
For entry in the academic year beginning September 2017, the tuition fees are as follows:
UK/EU students (per annum): £4,195
International students (per annum): £17,000
UK/EU students (per annum): £2,098
International students (per annum): £8,500
Please see the School's funding page for further information.
Please note that the School's funding page is not yet fully updated. For any enquiries, please email Vicky.Barnes@manchester.ac.uk
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