Entry requirements

You will need to demonstrate a proficiency in visual techniques (video or photography), either from a previous degree course, or from practical experience. If converting from another discipline, you should first study for the MA in Social Anthropology, or the MA in Visual Anthropology, or you should do a Conversion Qualifying Year normally involving three courses from the MA.

Months of entry


Course content

We offer supervision in a wide range of areas at MPhil and PhD level, in relation to our staff interests.

You should consider the factors that differentiate a PhD in Visual Anthropology from one in Social Anthropology when you apply. These are in two main strands: firstly, research projects that centre on the study of visual cultures, such as various forms of media representation or art; and secondly, the use of specific visual methodologies as a central feature of the research project itself. The focus is on the visual as a vital and defining factor in the research project as a whole.

Additional practical training can be provided, alongside some access to department audio-visual equipment and facilities, but we generally expect MPhil/PhD candidates to have an appropriate level of practical visual production skills and to be largely self-sufficient in this area. The emphasis of the visual anthropology training in the first year is on key themes and issues within the sub-field, particularly in relation to your own work. You develop your own research project over the year through the production of several small-scale visual projects. Guidance and feedback on visual and academic work will be provided in the weekly visual practice seminars and through supervision meetings.

Fees and funding


Qualification and course duration


part time
36 months
full time
24 months


full time
36-48 months
part time
48-72 months

Course contact details

Course Enquiries
+44 (0)20 7078 5300