Research course

Social Anthropology

University of Edinburgh · Social Anthropology
PhDMSc by research

Entry requirements

All applicants must meet our general entry and language requirements.

Months of entry


Course content

Social Anthropology at Edinburgh is an international centre of excellence for postgraduate training, recognised as one of the premier research departments in the UK

Applied research includes policy-related work on asylum seekers, NGOs, sustainable development and participatory rights. Regional expertise: Scotland and the UK; Europe; Africa; the Middle East; South Asia; Southeast Asia; East Asia; North and South America.

Special research strengths include:

  • law and justice;
  • politics, governance and the state;
  • nationalism and citizenship;
  • war, violence and displacement;
  • medicine and health;
  • science and technology studies;
  • history and theory of anthropology;
  • development and environment;
  • kinship and relatedness;
  • death and the limits of the body;
  • material culture, identity and memory;
  • contemporary hunter-gatherers;
  • linguistic anthropology;
  • urban anthropology;
  • anthropology of landscape.

Information for international students

Fees and funding

Qualification and course duration


part time
72 months
full time
36 months

MSc by research

full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions Team
+44 (0) 131 651 1560/3064