Research course


University of Exeter · Sociology
MA by researchMPhilPhD

Entry requirements

Normally 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

January, September, April

Course content

The department is committed to the idea that drawing sociology, philosophy and anthropology together enriches all fields. We offer PhD supervision on a range of topics in cultural, social and physical anthropology.

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

We warmly welcome international students to all three of our beautiful campuses. At present 4,000 students from over 130 countries contribute to a thriving international community.

Visit our website for details of our academic and English language requirements, along with details of English language support .

Fees and funding

UK students
Please see our website for details
International students
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The University of Exeter invests significantly in a range of funding opportunities for talented prospective postgraduates. Please visit our website for further details. Here you can search our database for funding opportunities suitable for your area of interest.

Qualification and course duration

MA by research

distance learning
12-36 months
part time
24-36 months
full time
12-24 months


distance learning
24-60 months
part time
48-60 months
full time
24-36 months


part time
72-84 months
full time
36-48 months
distance learning
36-84 months

Course contact details

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