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 Anthropology at University College London (UCL) 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.
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.
- 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.
- 36 months
- 60 months
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DisciplinesAnthropology View 26 other PhDs in Anthropology in United Kingdom
We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.
- 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.
- Applicants must contact their proposed supervisors prior to applying to secure support for their application. Applications are accepted until 1st July but those in need of an offer in order to apply for funding must apply by 1st November.
International21580 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 21580 GBP per year during 36 months.
- Overseas: £10,860 (PT)
Living costs for London
The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.
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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