Ph.D. On Campus

Social Anthropology

The University of Edinburgh

36 months
21150 GBP/year
4500 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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The Social Anthropology group at The University of Edinburgh forms an international centre of excellence for postgraduate training, recognised as one of the premier research departments in the UK.


Edinburgh’s Social Anthropology department is among the largest in the UK, and our research interests are correspondingly diverse.

Our work generally combines a traditional anthropological emphasis on ethnographic fieldwork with a focus on contemporary issues.

We welcome interdisciplinary research and are home to the Edinburgh Centre for Medical Anthropology (EdCMA), and numerous collaborations with the Edinburgh College of Art, including the Atelier Network.

Training and support

The Social Anthropology group at The University of Edinburgh combines work on your thesis project, usually based on long-term fieldwork, with systematic training in anthropological and social research skills.

Research training is also available in the form of our MSc by Research.

The Graduate School provides a suite of ESRC-recognised research training courses for social science students across the University.

Programme Structure

Our research is global in scope and includes core themes in:

  • health and wellbeing
  • religion and society
  • migration and refugee studies
  • science and technology
  • the anthropology of kinship
  • peace and conflict studies
  • anthropology and the arts
  • media anthropology
  • cultural heritage

Key information


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

Start dates & application deadlines


360 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A UK 2:1 honours degree or its international equivalent, and a UK masters degree with an overall mark of 65% or its international equivalent.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    21150 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 21150 GBP per year during 36 months.
  • National

    4500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 4500 GBP per year during 36 months.

PhD part-time fees

  • Overseas: £10,575
  • Home: £2,250

Living costs for Edinburgh

725 - 1167 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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