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Social Anthropology with Visual Media, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #27 (QS) Manchester, United Kingdom
This programme is intended for those with a first degree in social or cultural anthropology who wish to use visual media in the course of pursuing doctoral research. Those enrolled on this programme are expected to carry out an original research project incorporating the use of audiovisual media in the course of a minimum 12 month period of fieldwork.
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Since 2007, Social Anthropology, and the School of Social Sciences of which it is part, has been based in a brand new purpose-built building which allows 24/7 access. There is shared workspace available for research students within the Social Anthropology area, including networked computers and printing facilities. 

There are also many work areas elsewhere in the building and in the University. These other work areas include The University of Manchester Library which has an excellent collection of social anthropology books and journals, many of which can also be accessed on-line.

Career opportunities

The great majority of graduates of the programme have gone on to academic posts involving an audiovisual dimension. Whilst a number of these have been in the UK, others have been further afield, in countries as diverse as China, Canada, Brazil, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Portugal, Italy, Germany, Estonia and Norway. 

Visit our careers and employability page for a list of career destinations of our recent PhD graduates.

Although the programme offers training in ethnographic documentary film-making, a genre that has a direct relevance to a university career in social or cultural anthropology, it also equips students in a broad range of transferable skills that are applicable to a variety of careers. 

These include the development of team-working and presentational skills, as well as the interpersonal skills required to carry out ethnographic fieldwork and an awareness of the legal and ethical issues raised by this research activity.

The bonds established between students as a consequence of the collaborative teaching methods that are a feature of this programme are usually carried over into post-graduation life. 

Due to the international nature of the student body, these links reach all over the world.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 48 months
    • Average part-time duration 84 months
    • Intensity Flexible
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Teaching and learning

  • During the first year, students normally take a number of research training courses. These provide an introduction to classical ethnographic methods, such as participant observation and semi-structured interviewing. 
  • They may also include audiovisual training courses for students without the requisite technical skills. Other optional courses cover quantitative methods, archival research, working with memory and elite interviews.
  • At the same time, under the guidance of their supervisors, students read extensively around their ethnographic topic as well as the relevant theoretical literature. Supervisors may recommend that they also take particular courses in Social Anthropology or elsewhere. 

English Language Requirements

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General Requirements

  • Academic entry qualification overview
  • Applicants for the PhD are usually expected to have a UK masters degree (or overseas equivalent) in social anthropology, or a closely related field with a minimum overall coursework average of 60% AND a minimum dissertation mark of 60% with no mark below 50% Ideally they will also have some practical competence in the use of visual media, though this is not essential as it is possible to receive some limited practical media training in the first year. 
  • English language

Tuition Fee

  • International

    17000 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 17000 GBP per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • EU/EEA

    4195 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4195 GBP per year and a duration of 48 months.
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  • PhD (part-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £2,098 
    International students (per annum): £8,500

Living costs for Manchester

  • 645 - 1200 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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