PhD Social Anthropology with Visual Media / Application and selection

Year of entry: 2022

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How to apply

Advice to applicants

If you are unsure about the feasibility of your application, you can email the Postgraduate Admissions Tutor, Dr Olga Ulturgasheva , with:  
  • a draft research proposal, see guidelines ;
  • a summary of the proposal (max 150 words);
  • a CV including marks for previous degrees, ongoing studies, and any anthropological research experience.

Preliminary queries should be sent long in advance of any formal application.

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.

Your supervisor is 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, provide details of your research area or group within your application so we can identify suitable opportunities for you. Include any details in section six of your application form under `Proposed programme of study'.

Although guarantees cannot be made, we'll do our best to match your area of research to the most suitable supervisors within the field. 

For guidance on writing your research proposal, watch our recorded webinar .

How your application is considered

  • Applicants for the PhD will have:
  • expected a UK Master's degree (or overseas equivalent) in Social Anthropology, or a closely related field, with a minimum overall average grade of 65% in taught course units and your dissertation, with no mark below 55%;
  • some practical competence in the use of visual media is desired but not essential;
  • Evidence of a prior interest and/or potential ability in the practical use of visual and/or acoustic media, for example, submitting a limited hard-copy sample of your practical work (i.e. a collection of photographs or a DVD), or referring to prior practical work or interests in a personal statement of 500 words.

Applicants should note, however, that the University will not be able to return any practical work materials submitted by applicants.

Supporting documents to be submitted with your on-line application;

  • PhD research proposal
  • Two academic references (including one from your most recent institution)
  • Degree transcripts - listing your individual marks for your undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications
  • An up to date CV

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.