Research course


Durham University · Department of Anthropology

Entry requirements

Normally MSc/MA in a relevant discipline

Months of entry


Course content

A three year full-time course of supervised research examined by thesis. The first year of the PhD consists of preparation for data collection, and may involve attending taught courses where necessary. Typically, the second year is devoted to data collection and the third year to analysis and writing the thesis.

Information for international students

IELTS of 7 with no element below 6 or equivalent TOEFL IBT scores

Fees and funding

Unless you are in the position to self-fund your PhD you will need to consider applying for funding for your studies. Within the Anthropology Department we are very fortunate in that students have the potential to apply to 4 different studentship competitions:

  1. Durham Doctoral Studentship (DDS)
  2. ESRC North East Doctoral Training Centre (NEDTC)
  3. AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership (NorthernBridge)
  4. NERC Doctoral Training Partnership (Iapetus)

There are a number of alternative funding opportunities, provided by other agencies, which you may also consider.

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months

Course contact details

Department of Anthropology
(0)191 334 1100