Research course

Social Anthropology

Institution
The University of Manchester · School of Social Sciences
Qualifications
PhD

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 grade, and no mark below 55% (or overseas equivalent).

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

The Social Anthropology PhD programme involves substantial original research, normally including ethnographic fieldwork of 12-18 months and leading to the production of a thesis of up to 80,000 words. Throughout, students work closely with an expert supervisor, with further guidance from at least one extra supervisor.

Duration of the programme is three or four years, full-time study (or part-time equivalent). Its structure depends on prior qualification:

  • Students are registered on the PhD programme and, during the first year, take a set of research training courses. After about 10 months (or 20 in part-time study) you will produce a 12,000-15,000 word research proposal. This proposal is examined in an oral viva. Successful completion of this viva and of coursework at satisfactory level, is a condition for you to proceed to field research. After fieldwork, you will return to the University and start writing your dissertation under the guidance of your supervisors.
  • If you have successfully completed our MA Anthropological Research (or equivalent ESRC-recognised course in another UK institution), you may be in a position to start fieldwork as soon as is practicable, provided that you have submitted a satisfactory research proposal as part of that degree and it has been approved by the School of Social Sciences. After fieldwork, you will return to the University and start writing your dissertation under the guidance of your supervisors.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    part time
    72-84 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    36-48 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • Further details of qualification

    The programme involves substantial original research, normally including fieldwork of 12-18 months.

Course contact details

Name
School of Social Sciences
Email
pg-soss@manchester.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)161 275 4743