Anthropology PhD

University of Aberdeen

Key Information

Course duration: 3 years

Mode of study: Full time

Qualification: PhD/DPhil - Doctor of Philosophy

Subject Ranking


  • Research Quality
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    2.76 / 4.00
  • Research Intensity
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    0.92 / 1.00

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The Course


This Anthropology research programme can be offered to support most areas of social anthropology interests, but we have particular expertise in the areas listed:

  • The Anthropology of the North - Scotland and The North - Diaspora, emigration and immigration in Scotland, Canada and Siberia
  • Comparative anthropology of the post-Soviet era - religion, politics and identity
  • Relations between indigenous peoples and nation states
  • Anthropology of the state and Biodiversity - sustainability and resource management
  • Systems of knowledge, practice and training - perceptions and constructions of society, nature and environment.

Our research groups are:

  • Anthropology of the North
  • Environment and Perception
  • Creativity and Knowledge
  • Religion, Belief and Practice

Our themes are:

  • Anthropology of the North
  • Environment and Perception
  • Religion, Belief and the State
  • Museums and Histories of Science
  • Anthropology of Art and Craft

Training workshops are held regularly and fieldwork trips are held jointly with other ESRC Scottish Anthropology departments. Research group interests include: Anthropology of the North, Environment, creativity and perception, Religion, politics and the state, Museums and histories of science, Anthropology of art and craft.

You study from the School of Social Science and this school offers you a lively range of seminars, events and discussions to get involved in whilst you study. There is an Anthropological Society and you are welcome to attend events, conferences and other activities in the School of Social Science and the wider university.

University of Aberdeen was founded in 1495 by Bishop Elphinstone at Kings College, Aberdeen. It is the 5th oldest university in the UK and provides a stunningly beautiful backdrop to studying at the university. Many of its original subjects are taught today and it continues its European Paris and Bologna model, global research and teaching focus. You study and research in the stunning contemporary blue glass Sir Duncan Rice library with panoramic views over the city, beach and beyond.

Old Aberdeen is a heritage tourism attraction in its own right in the cosmopolitan city of Aberdeen. Aberdeen hosts the European energy industry and over 20 FTSE companies with global connections. The city is compact and architecturally very interesting due to its European trading past. It is near to coastal villages, rolling Aberdeenshire countryside, Royal Deeside, The Cairngorms National Park and easy connections to the Highlands and major cities of Scotland. Ferries run direct from the city centre to Orkney and Shetland where world heritage sites are located.

Start Dates

  • March 2019 at King's Campus
  • April 2019 at King's Campus
  • May 2019 at King's Campus
  • June 2019 at King's Campus
  • July 2019 at King's Campus
  • August 2019 at King's Campus
  • September 2019 at King's Campus
  • October 2019 at King's Campus
  • November 2019 at King's Campus
  • December 2019 at King's Campus
  • January 2020 at King's Campus
  • February 2020 at King's Campus
  • March 2020 at King's Campus
  • April 2020 at King's Campus
  • May 2020 at King's Campus
  • June 2020 at King's Campus
  • July 2020 at King's Campus
  • August 2020 at King's Campus
  • September 2020 at King's Campus

University of Aberdeen

University League Table Ranking: 28th

The University of Aberdeen is the fifth oldest university in the UK, with a beautiful medieval campus dating back to 1495. The university attracts international academics and students at all levels of study, both on campus and via distance learning. It offers one of the largest medical campuses in Europe,...

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Postal Address

School of Social Science
University of Aberdeen
King's College
AB24 3FX

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