Research course

Anthropology - Research

University of Exeter · Sociology
MA by research

Entry requirements

You should have a good first degree either in Anthropology or another subject that could prepare you for a research project within the Department of Sociology, Philosophy and Anthropology.

Months of entry


Course content

The MA by Research in Anthropology has been developed to allow you to undertake a research project in an area that interests you, within a shorter timeframe than the MPhil or PhD. If you are interested in converting to an MPhil or PhD at a later stage, the MA by Research is sufficiently flexible to allow you to do so.

The MbyRes programmes are two years full time or three years part time. There is no minimum registration period and students may complete their studies within a shorter time scale. However, students who are accessing financial support through the Student Loan Company Postgraduate Research Loan should be aware that funding payments are scheduled across two years of the defined full time programme duration, or three years for part-time equivalents.

The programme is ideal if you wish to research an area of interest within a 12 month period. The award of MA by Research is clear evidence to employers, whether academic or professional, of your ability to conduct independent research to produce original material within a prescribed timescale.

Current areas of research focus include:

  • addiction
  • childhood and old age
  • human/animal interactions
  • health and illness, including global health and policy and disability
  • science and development
  • race, ethnicity, racism and migration
  • warfare and secrecy
  • life and the natural world
  • art and consumption
  • sound studies
  • ritual and religion
  • material culture, trade and circulation

Department specialisms

The three main research clusters are; Science and Technology Studies (STS); Cultural Sociology; Social Philosophy. Department Specialisms are ; Philosophy of science; Genetics and biological science; Science policy; Health and health technologies; Disabilities; Cultures of warfare; Security and insecurity; Cognition, embodiment and consciousness; The sociology of art, aesthetics and music; The sociology and anthropology of sound; Human-animal relations and Social critique

Information for international students

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic)

Overall score 6.5. No less than 6.0 in any section.


Overall score 90 with minimum scores of 21 for writing, 21 for listening, 22 for reading and 23 for speaking.

Pearson Test of English (Academic)

58 with no less than 55 in all communicative skills.

Information about other acceptable tests of linguistic ability, information for applicants with lower English language test scores, and all further information for international students can be found at the international page.

Fees and funding

UK students
£4,400 (full-time) £2,200 (part-time)
International students
£16,400 (full-time)

Learn more about the current funded PhD studentships at the funding page.

Qualification and course duration

MA by research

part time
36 months
full time
24 months

Course contact details

College of Social Sciences and International Studies
+44(0) 1392 724490