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Anthropology, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
University rank #51 (QS) ,
The Department of Anthropology advances the study and constructive understanding of human diversity and commonality, across the globe and throughout the long span of human existence. 

About

The Department of Anthropology pursue this aim through excellence in research, teaching, and community collaboration, grounded in multiple analytical and interpretive methods that share a commitment to field-based inquiry. 

Interdisciplinary contacts are encouraged, and links are maintained with departments and programs such as Asian Studies, the Institute of Asian Research, Linguistics, History, Geography, Sociology, and the Centre for Women's and Gender Studies.

We are the second oldest anthropology program in Canada, with more than six decades of research and teaching to our name. Our students are supported by a dedicated staff and faculty and access to outstanding research resources, such as the Museum of Anthropology and Laboratory of Archaeology. Today, UBC anthropology faculty and students conduct original research throughout BC and around the world.

The PhD program provides students with the opportunity to structure a course of study towards specific intellectual and practical interests. Students extend their knowledge of domains of anthropological theory and current research that are appropriate to these interests. PhD students design and carry out a major research project that forms the basis of their dissertation. The PhD degree proceeds in two stages.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

RESEARCH FOCUS

UBC offers graduate study in the fields of socio-cultural anthropology (including legal, medical, and ecological anthropology, religion, globalization, and applied anthropology), linguistic anthropology, anthropological archaeology, biological anthropology, and museum studies. Faculty research interests include North America, Asia, Mesoamerica, South America, Oceania, Europe, and Africa. The program provides training in quantitative, qualitative, archaeological and museum methods.

RESEARCH FACILITIESExtensive research facilities are available in the Museum of Anthropology, and in the Laboratory of Archaeology. The UBC Library has excellent collections to support program interests, as well as a large collection of microform theses and dissertations, and the Human Relations Area files. Anthropology has a dedicated graduate computer lab with a wide range of software to support quantitative and qualitative research.

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    7.5

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  • Minimum required score:

    100

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General Requirements

Admission requirements:
  • Letters of recommendation 
  • Official transcripts
  • Academic history
  • Essay
  • CV

Tuition Fee

  • International

    8776 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 8776 CAD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    4995 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4995 CAD per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Vancouver

  • 1590 - 2690 CAD/month
    Living Costs

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

Funding

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