Ph.D. On Campus

Anthropology, Media and Performance PhD

The University of Manchester

36 months
19500 GBP/year
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The Anthropology, Media and Performance PhD programme at The University of Manchester will be jointly managed by Drama in the School of Arts Languages and Cultures, and the Granada Centre for Visual Anthropology/Social Anthropology in the School of Social Sciences. It is a practice-based programme, governed by the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures.


After a year of academic formation and preliminary training in research methods and relevant craft techniques, students will be expected to carry out their projects on the basis of field research of a up to a year's duration. 

In the third year, students will be expected to return to Manchester and prepare the presentation of their results in textual or other media as appropriate.

To introduce students to potential interdisciplinary combinations of Anthropology, Applied Theatre/Performance Studies and Media Production so that they can produce original knowledge in one or more of these academic fields.

To introduce students to cutting-edge theories and self-reflexive, critical research practice in all these fields. The Anthropology, Media and Performance PhD program is offered by The University of Manchester.

To train students in a range of practical field research methods and media production skills sufficient to enable them to carry out the year-long fieldwork that is an integral and necessary aspect of the second year of the programme and to produce a combination of written dissertation and media and/or performance practice thereafter.

To make students aware of the legal and ethical implications of their work and of the appropriate procedures for ensuring ethical clearance of their research.

To encourage students in the development of a range of transferable skills in areas such as IT and AV media, as well as presentational, writing, team-working and foreign language skills.

Career opportunities

As we are an inter-disciplinary department in Drama, our PhD students work across theatre, film and screen studies, digital humanities, and so on. 

The skills gained through the PhD process are wide-ranging and varied. These include critical engagement, investigative thinking, effective communication, project management and reflexive practice. 

Several of our graduates have moved on to academic positions in the UK and abroad, including Canada, Iran, and Singapore. Others are working in the arts, education and not-for-profit sectors, as artists, filmmakers, practitioners, teachers, librarians, curators, writers, and editors, and among others! 


Officially accredited and/or recognized by the Privy Council, The University of Manchester is a very large (uniRank enrollment range: 35,000-39,999 students) coeducational higher education institution.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • In this first, pre-fieldwork coursework year, the precise modules that students will be recommended to take will vary, in accordance with the results of the skills audit that will be carried out immediately following enrolment. 
  • In order to carry out the fieldwork and media production of the second year, students will require intellectual and theoretical preparation, both in anthropology and in applied theatre and/or screen and performance studies, in combination with training in particular field research skills and technical competences in applied theatre and/or media production. 
  • Some of these skills they will already have prior to enrolment, as one of the conditions of acceptance onto the programme is that students have an MA level qualification in one or more of the following fields: Applied Theatre, Social Anthropology and Media Production. 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months
  • Part-time
    • 72 months

Start dates & application deadlines


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Successful completion of a Masters course with an overall classification of Merit or higher, or its overseas equivalent, with an element of research training, is a prerequisite for entry to a PhD. A research proposal must be included with the formal application materials. 
  • English language

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    19500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 19500 GBP per year during 36 months.

Living costs for Manchester

645 - 1197 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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