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Anthropology MPhil/PhD

Key Information

Modes and duration

  • Full-time: 3 years
  • Part-time: 5 years

Tuition Fees (2015/16)

UK/EU:
£4,635 (FT) £2,315 (PT)
Overseas:
£16,690 (FT) £8,500 (PT)

Application deadlines

Research degrees may start at any time of the year, but typically start in September. Deadlines and start dates are usually dictated by funding arrangements so check with the department or academic unit (contact listed in Next steps, right) to see if you need to consider these in your application preparation. In most cases you should identify and contact potential supervisors before making your application. For more information see our How to apply page.

Entry Requirements

A Master’s degree in a relevant discipline from a UK university, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

The English language level for this programme is: Good

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

International students

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.

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Research areas

The department provides the base for the following reading and research groups:
  • 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.

Funding

Three Wolfson Postgraduate Scholarships in the Humanities will be available for PhD students starting in 2014 in the areas of literature, language and history.

UK/EU applicants for MPhil/PhD study and the Material and Visual Culture MA may be eligible to apply for AHRC awards. UK/EU applicants for MPhil/PhD study, the Anthropology, Environment and Development MSc and the Anthropology MRes may be eligible to apply for ESRC awards. Applications may also be made for departmental bursaries.

Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme (CSSS)

Value:
Full fees, flights, stipend, and other allowances
Duration:
1 year
Eligibility:
Prospective Overseas Master's students on one of the 10 eligible programmes, who are nationals of (or permanently domiciled in) a Commonwealth developing country, and not currently living or studying in a developed country. The students must hold a first degree at either first- or upper second-class level and be sufficiently fluent in English to pursue the programme. Applicants must not have previously studied for one year or more in a developed country, nor have been employed by a government department (at national level) or a parastatal organisation (employees of universities are normally acceptable). Students must be be willing to confirm that they will return to their home country as soon as their period of study is complete.

Dame Mary Douglas Awards

Value:
Partial fee waivers of between £1,070–£4,400
Duration:
1 year
Eligibility:
Eligibilty: Prospective Anthropology students on one of the eligible programmes are considered.

More scholarships are listed on the scholarships website

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.

Why study this degree at UCL?

Student / staff ratios › 35 staff › 150 taught students › 150 research students

Department: Anthropology

Degree reviews

Student review

"I have been incredibly fortunate to carry out 18 months of long term fieldwork in a small town in China looking at the changing patterns of how people host other guests in their home. That was both a fantastic and, at the same time, challenging experience. Data from this fieldwork went on to be the topic of my PhD thesis, but it has also profoundly shaped my views and understanding of the world. "

Tom McDonald

Subject: Anthropology PhD
Staff review

"The Department of Anthropology at UCL is a world-class and a friendly place as well. (The two don't always go together!) Secondly, I have always liked the academic and social atmosphere of UCL; modern, liberal, respectful of difference but devoted to both scholarship and social impact."

Dr Allen Abramson

Subject: MSc in Social and Cultural Anthropology MPhil/PhD in Anthropology

Application and next steps

Applications

Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

Who can apply?

Application deadlines

Research degrees may start at any time of the year, but typically start in September. Deadlines and start dates are usually dictated by funding arrangements so check with the department or academic unit (contact listed in Next steps, right) to see if you need to consider these in your application preparation. In most cases you should identify and contact potential supervisors before making your application. For more information see our How to apply page.

For more information see our Applications page.

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