Research course

Social Anthropology with Visual Media

The University of Manchester · School of Social Sciences

Entry requirements

Applicants for the PhD are usually expected to have a UK Masters degree (or overseas equivalent) in social anthropology, or a closely related field with a minimum overall average of 60%, plus the necessary film competences. For students with a very strong undergraduate background (normally a very high 2i or First class degree, or overseas equivalent), which may include substantial experience of research practice, it is also possible to be admitted to the MPhil degree in the first instance, with progression to the PhD, normally after one year, being subject to satisfactory progress. For fruther information please see University website.

Months of entry


Course content

This programme is intended for those with a first degree in social or cultural anthropology who wish to use visual media in the course of pursuing doctoral research. Those enrolled on this programme are expected to carry out an original research project in the course of a minimum 12 month period of fieldwork.

The normal maximum duration of the programme is four years, although if students intend to make a film or engage in other visual media work during their fieldwork, they may be granted an additional six months, as are those who have to learn a difficult language.

Information for international students

For further information about entry requirements, including English Language requirements please see the University website.

Qualification and course duration


full time
48 months
part time
84 months


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

School of Social Sciences
+44(0) 161 275 4743
+44(0) 161 275 2450