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  • Qualification

    PhD/DPhil - Doctor of Philosophy

  • Location

    Durham University

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    36 months

Course summary

Anthropology PhD students can take either a Sociocultural or Biological route. Both routes last three years and are examined by thesis. Within the first few months of study, students will agree a work plan with their supervisors and identify any training needs, which may involve attending modules from our master’s programmes as appropriate. Students are encouraged to attend our writing seminars designed for research students. This seminar series brings together both pre- and post-fieldwork students to discuss reports of fieldwork in progress, draft chapters written by students and recent publications of relevance to students' work. All PhD students are required to produce a 7,000 word progression report towards the end of their 1st year. This will be examined by two internal examiners who will hold a progression viva at which the student and examiners will discuss the progression script. Upon successfully passing their progression viva students will be permitted to proceed with their PhD research. Students should aim to complete their research and write-up, and to submit their thesis by the end of their 3rd year. The specific learning opportunities presented by Anthropology are relevant to careers in a diverse range of areas including development, health, youth & community, government, social research, market research, policy, culture, heritage and media. Some postgraduate students progress into careers with no direct link to Anthropology but which utilise the transferable skills developed including advertising, publishing, journalism, human resource management, public relations, finance, law, consultancy and marketing.

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University information

Durham University

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  • Campus address

    Durham University, The Palatine Centre, Stockton Road, Durham, Durham, DH1 3LE, England

By inspiring students to do outstanding things at Durham, the university believes they will do outstanding things in the world.
Durham's famous cathedral and castle are at the heart of the city – and the heart of the university – forming a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Beyond studies, Durham offers a student experience and college life that is truly unique.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    8th out of 34 2

  • Entry standards

    / Max 212
    167 84%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    76 76%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.01 80%



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