PhD Social Anthropology / Overview

Year of entry: 2023

Degree awarded
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Duration
3 or 4 years depending on point of entry
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

Please ensure you include all required supporting documents at the time of submission, as incomplete applications may not be considered.

Application Deadlines

Admission to studying for a PhD is highly competitive, so please allow as much time as possible to prepare your application, browse our research pages and academics' profiles, and familiarise yourself with the application process and any important deadlines.

To be considered for external funding sources (for example, ESRC NWSSDTP), you need to apply far enough in advance of the relevant external funding deadlines, which are usually much earlier than the programme deadline listed below. For internal studentships from the School of Social Sciences, you must submit your completed application by 1 December 2022.

If you are applying for or have secured external funding (for example, from an employer or government) or are self-funding, you must submit your application before the relevant deadline to be considered. You will not be able to apply after these deadlines have passed.

  • For September 2023 entry: 30 June 2023
  • For January 2024 entry: 30 September 2023

Programme options

Full-time Part-time Full-time distance learning Part-time distance learning
PhD Y Y N N

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

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Fees

Fees for entry in 2023 have not yet been set. For reference, the fees for the academic year beginning September 2022 were 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.

Scholarships/sponsorships

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. Check the School’s How to apply page 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, no later than 1 December 2022.

Contact details

School/Faculty
School of Social Sciences
Contact name
School of Social Sciences
Telephone
Email
Website
https://www.socialsciences.manchester.ac.uk/social-anthropology/
School/Faculty

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