PhD Social Anthropology / Overview

Year of entry: 2022

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Degree awarded
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
3/4 years (full-time); 7 years (part-time)
Entry requirements
  • A First or Upper Second class Bachelor's degree in a cognate subject (or its international equivalent).
  • A Master's degree in anthropology with minimum 65% in the dissertation and overall average of 65%, and no mark below 55% (or overseas equivalent). 

Full entry requirements

How to apply
Apply online

Programme options

Full-time Part-time Full-time distance learning Part-time distance learning

Programme overview

  • Examine human behaviour and relationships under expert research supervision.
  • Join a lively PhD community of students working in all of the world's continents and on a variety of topics.
  • Work closely with an expert supervisor, with further guidance from at least one extra supervisor.

Open days

The University holds annual open days, where you will have the opportunity to find out more about our facilities and programmes.

On this day, you will find out more about the School, our Social Anthropology department, and our resources.

You'll also be able to meet academic and admissions staff who will be able to answer any questions you have. 

For more information and to book your place, see  open days.


For entry in the academic year beginning September 2022, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • PhD (full-time)
    UK students (per annum): £4,596
    International, including EU, students (per annum): £20,500
  • PhD (part-time)
    UK students (per annum): TBA
    International, including EU, students (per annum): £10,250

Further information for EU students can be found on our dedicated EU page.


We receive money from a range of sources to help you fund your research and have a variety of awards on offer, covering tuition fees and a generous stipend, including school and departmental studentships and the President's Doctoral Scholar award

Application deadlines for internal funding opportunities are often at the beginning of December for programmes starting the following September. Please ensure you check the schools how to apply page here: for further advice.

If you're planning to apply for a scholarship or award that is not attached to a particular project, you'll normally need to hold an offer of a place from the University before applying.

Search for current funding opportunities by country and research programme using our funding database search tool

If you wish to be considered for funding available via the School or Research Council (ESRC) you must submit your complete programme application as soon as possible.

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Contact details

School of Social Sciences
Contact name
School of Social Sciences

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