Research course


University of Exeter · Sociology

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Entry requirements

Learn more on the entry requirements page.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

The MPhil/PhD Anthrozoology enables students to undertake research which explores human interactions with other animals, including projects which attempt to challenge anthropocentric perspectives and consider nonhuman others as active participants in interactions, utilising a range of methodological and theoretical approaches from across the social sciences, humanities and life sciences.

The students come from a wide range of academic and professional backgrounds and include individuals involved with the care of non-human animals in a professional capacity (e.g. vets, veterinary nurses/technicians, animal trainers, dog wardens, zoo keepers, conservationists, charity workers etc...), as well as those who have completed social science degrees or who have a science background and would like to expand their research interests into the social sciences.

Some of the current postgraduate research students are exploring the following topics:

  • Medical detection dogs;
  • Farmer perceptions of livestock animal welfare;
  • Cetacean ecotourism;
  • Primates kept as pets;
  • Media representations of urban foxes;
  • Animal totems amongst the Bebilibe, Benin;
  • Donkey assisted therapy for children with autism.

Department specialisms

Research Clusters; Science and Technology Studies (STS); Cultural Sociology and Social Philosophy. Specific areas of investigation; 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; 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
£4,500 (full-time)
International students
£17,500 (full-time)

Learn more on the fees and funding page.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MPhil
    part time
    48-60 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    24-36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • PhD
    part time
    72-84 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    36-48 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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