Research course

Social Anthropology with Visual Media

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

Entry requirements

Candidates MUST normally have:

  • Bachelors (Honours) degree (or overseas equivalent) at 2:1 level or above in a cognate subject.
  • Normally a Masters degree in anthropology at 65% overall average with minimum 65% in the dissertation and no mark below 55% (or overseas equivalent). Students who do not have a masters degree in anthropology but in a relevant cognate subject may submit evidence of classes taken in anthropology and/or ethnographic or other qualitative research training and/or research experience. Transcripts will be carefully scrutinised to ensure that applicants have the required background. We treat all applications on an individual basis.
  • Cognate subjects include; sociology, history, cultural studies, political science, philosophy, human geography and development studies.
  • Ideally they will also have some practical competence in the use of visual media, though this is not essential as it is possible to receive some limited practical media training in the first year. However, applicants should note that these involve an additional bench fee to cover equipment costs, currently set at £500 per semester.
  • Applications that satisfy the academic entry criteria will be considered according to the key criterion for acceptance on the doctoral programme in Social Anthropology: the availability of expert supervision in the department. Applicants who proceed to the advanced phase of this selection process will be interviewed.

Tier 4 Student Visa - International applicants who will require a visa to study in the UK can obtain up-to-date information on the latest student visa advice and guidelines.

Months of entry

September

Course content

This programme is intended for those with an Undergraduate or Masters degree in Social Anthropology who wish to incorporate the use visual media in the course of pursuing doctoral research. Substantial original research, normally including ethnographic fieldwork of 12 to 18 months, will lead to the production of a thesis. Students on this programme are required to produce audiovisual media as a 'necessary and integral' feature of their theses, and there is an expectation that the textual component should not be more than 60,000 words, i.e. a 25% reduction on the normal maximum length for the PhD in Social Anthropology.

Throughout, students work closely with an expert supervisor, with further guidance from at least one extra supervisor.

The programme consists of three or maximum four years of full-time study (or part-time equivalent). Its structure depends on prior qualification:

* Normally, 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) they 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 students to proceed to field research. After fieldwork, students return to the University and start writing their dissertation and editing their audiovisual material under the guidance of their supervisors.

* Students who have successfully completed our MA Anthropological Research, or an equivalent ESRC-recognised course in another UK institution, may be in a position to start fieldwork as soon as is practicable, provided that they have submitted a satisfactory research proposal as part of that previous degree and it has been approved by the School of Social Sciences. After fieldwork, students return to the University and start writing their dissertation and editing their audiovisual material under the guidance of their supervisors.

Currently Manchester Social Anthropology has a lively PhD community of over 50 students working in all of the world's continents and on a variety of topics. This programme is delivered in conjunction with the Granada Centre for Visual Anthropology .

Information for international students

  • IELTS 7, including 7 in writing and with no further score below 6.5
  • TOEFL IBT 103 with 28 in writing and no further score below 25 in each section.
  • ALL non-native English speaking students are required to do the English language assessment when they register in September.
  • Any non-native English speaking student going away for fieldwork in an overseas, non-English speaking country required to re-take the English assessment when they come back to Manchester.
  • All non UK/EU, non-native English speaking applicants must have obtained the minimum IELTS or TOEFL score in order to obtain a CAS for their visa.

Scores are valid for 2 years.

For students who require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK, your test score is valid for 2 years preceding the course start date.

For example;

Test taken on or after 17 September 2016 - CAS issued June 2018 = Score is VALID

Test taken before 17 September 2016 = Score is INVALID

Please note that CAS statements are issued only when all conditions of the offer have been satisfied, PDF copy of passport received and the offer accepted.

Applicants from certain countries MAY be exempt from having to provide an IELTS or TOEFL score. For further advice please email pg-soss@manchester.ac.uk

Pre-Sessional English Courses:

If you eligible to do a pre-sessional English course (either 6 weeks or 10 weeks, depending on your English score), you will be required to successfully complete the course at the required level before you are permitted to register on your academic course).

The dates and fees for next summer (2018) are now available on the English Language Centre's website.

Fees and funding

UK students
£4,260
International students
£18,000

Please see the School's funding page for further information.

Please note that the School's funding page is not yet fully updated. For any enquiries, please email vicky.barnes@manchester.ac.uk

Qualification and course duration

PhD

full time
48 months
part time
84 months

Course contact details

Name
School of Social Sciences
Email
pg-soss@manchester.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)161 275 4743
Fax
+44 (0)161 275 2450