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Anthropology, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
    Duration
University rank #10 (QS) ,
An Anthropology MPhil/PhD leads to relevant academic posts as well as research positions in government, NGOs and private and public sector organisations. Sustained fieldwork is normally required and graduates of this programme specialise in a wide range of research methods.

About

UCL Anthropology studies humanity in all its aspects: from our evolution as a species, to our relationship with the material world, and our vast variety of social behaviours.

The advantage of undertaking advanced research in UCL Anthropology is the breadth of expertise available within the sections of the department. Most anthropology departments specialise in the sub-disciplines of social or biological anthropology. However, students at UCL can tackle research in interdisciplinary areas and expect to receive expert supervision in social and cultural, biological and medical anthropology, as well as material, visual and digital culture. Additionally, each of these sections in the department offers a diverse range of theoretical, methodological, topical and geographic interests and specialisms.

One factor that supplements this breadth and interdisciplinarity is the existence of a flourishing Research and Reading Group (RRG) culture in which staff and students informally come together outside of area sections to share knowledge and discuss individual research on subjects of shared interest. This leads to formal workshops, conferences, and publications that engage broader audiences and offer platforms for students to present their work.

Studying at UCL Anthropology also offers opportunities to post, edit and publish original work in the numerous academic journals and blogs associated with or managed by the department, as well as in  Anthropolitan, the scholarly magazine edited by students. Other opportunities for research students include generous support for organising conferences and events, teaching assistantships and assistant curatorships, and research within the department's special collections and labs.

Careers

Many of our MPhil/PhD graduates have taken up lectureships in universities in the UK and abroad, or continue their research interests through fellowships and other research posts. Several now occupy important roles in government departments, in aid and development work, in public policy, and in publishing and in the media.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

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

    Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
    Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 60 months
    • Intensity Flexible
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Anthropological Issues in Education and Learning (AIEL)
  • Aural Culture
  • Biosocialities, Health and Citizenship
  • Cosmology, Religion, Ontology and Culture (CROC)
  • Culture and Human Wellbeing
  • A Deleuzional Reading Group
  • Human Ecology Research Group (HERG)
  • Human Evolutionary Ecology Group (HEEG) London Latin America Seminar
  • Palaeoanthropology and Comparative Anatomy (PACA)
  • Performance, Theatre and Ethnography of the Imagination
  • Primate Sexualities: Beyond the Binary
  • Reproduction Research Group
  • Sustainability, Environment and the Culture of Materials (SEM)
  • The Science of the Concrete: Sustainability and other Designs
  • Visual Culture.

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    7.5

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  • Minimum required score (Grade C):

    190

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    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

  • Minimum required score:

    75

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Academic Requirements

  • Ideal candidates will have a Master's degree with Distinction in Anthropology or a relevant discipline from a UK university or an overseas qualification of equivalent standard. 
  • Minimum entry requirements are a Master's degree with Merit or a Bachelor's Honours degree with Distinction in Anthropology or a relevant discipline.
  • If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.
  • The English language level for this programme is: Advanced

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    20170 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 20170 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    5210 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5210 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
    • UK/EU: £5,210 (FT) £2,605 (PT) 
    • Overseas: £20,170 (FT) £10,150 (PT)

    Living costs for London

    • 1137 - 2160 GBP/month
      Living Costs

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

    Funding

    UK/EU applicants can apply for ESRC and LAHP studentships which are funded for three years (fees only for EU applicants).

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