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PhD Social Anthropology with Visual Media
Gain additional skills in visual media during research which examines human life.

PhD Social Anthropology with Visual Media / Application and selection

Year of entry: 2018

How to apply

Apply online

Formal applications can be submitted on-line at any time. However, if you wish to be considered for funding competitions, you need to submit a full on-line application by 1 December 2017.

To identify expert supervision, please explore the research interests of individual members of staff . Once you have a research idea for a PhD project, please directly contact a potential supervisor (do not send the same email to several people). This should be done long in advance of any formal application, preferably several months and at least 3 weeks .

If you are unsure about the feasibility of your application (e.g. regarding eligibility and/or availability of expert supervision in the department), you can email the Postgraduate Admissions Tutor, Dr Madeleine Reeves (email: ) with a preliminary query. Please include a draft research proposal (refer to guidelines ), a summary of the same (max. 150 words) and a CV that includes your marks for previous degrees or ongoing studies (no transcripts required at this stage) as well as any anthropological research experience. These documents will then be considered in terms of formal eligibility and to identify interest and availability of expert supervision. In case of a positive answer, you can use revised versions of these documents for formal on-line application. Such preliminary queries should be sent long in advance of any formal application, preferably several months and at least 4 weeks .

Advice to applicants

For students who require a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK please refer to our specialist advice pages.

How your application is considered

Applicants for the PhD must normally have expected 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, but this is not essential. Applicants may provide evidence of a prior interest and/or potential ability in the practical use of visual and/or acoustic media (e.g. submitting a limited hard-copy sample of their practical work (a small collection of photographs or a DVD, for example), or referring to prior practical work or interests in a personal statement of 500 words). Applicants should note, however, that the University will not be able to return any practical work materials submitted by applicants.

Interview requirements

As part of the offer making process applicants will be required to undertake an interview assessment.  This may be in the form of a face-to-face interview, Skype or telephone. 


If you applied in the previous year and your application was not successful you may apply again. Your application will be considered against the standard course entry criteria for that year of entry. In your new application you should demonstrate how your application has improved. We may draw upon all information from your previous applications or any previous registrations at the University as a student when assessing your suitability for your chosen course.