Research course


University of Exeter · Sociology

Entry requirements

Please see our website for details.

Months of entry

January, September, April

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

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. Details of our academic and English language requirements, along with details of English language support can be found on our website.

Fees and funding

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

Qualification and course duration


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


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

Course contact details

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