PhD Social Anthropology / Application and selection

Year of entry: 2022

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How to apply

Advice to applicants

Applying 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.

Your supervisor will be an important part of your PhD programme. It's a close relationship over many years, through which you develop your ideas, skills, thinking and research. Your supervisor's research interests should therefore closely align to yours.

If you aren't applying for a specific project, you'll need to find potential supervisors who will support your research. Details on recent publications, ongoing projects and particular research interests are all available on our academics' profiles.

Your potential supervisor should be able to give you advice on developing your research proposal as well as critical feedback to help make your proposal strong and competitive when it comes to applying for funding. 

If you'd like us to match you to a suitable supervisor, providing clear details of your research area or group within your application will make it easier for us to identify suitable opportunities for you. Include any details in section six of your application form under `Proposed programme of study'.

Please read the guidelines for the research proposals and  watch our recorded webinar .

If you have not contacted a potential supervisor yet and are unsure about the feasibility of your application (eg regarding eligibility and/or availability of expert supervision in the department), you can email the Postgraduate Admissions Tutor Prof Maia Green with:

  • a draft research proposal (max 1,500 words, including bibliography);
  • a summary of the proposal (max 150 words);
  • a CV that includes marks for previous degrees, ongoing studies, and any anthropological research experience (no transcripts required at this stage).

Supporting documents required for your online application:

  • research proposal;
  • CV;
  • two academic references (including one from your most recent institution);
  • degree transcripts.

Interview requirements

As part of the offer making process applicants will be required to undertake an interview assessment.  This may be in the form of a face-to-face interview, Skype or telephone. 


If you applied in the previous year and your application was not successful you may apply again. Your application will be considered against the standard course entry criteria for that year of entry. In your new application you should demonstrate how your application has improved. We may draw upon all information from your previous applications or any previous registrations at the University as a student when assessing your suitability for your chosen course.