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Durham University

Department of Anthropology

Research Programmes

We currently offer 3 different Research Degree qualifications in Anthropology and welcome applications from prospective students with either a 1st or upper second class degree in relevant subject for Master's degree or an appropriate Masters degree for PhD. Research students normally commence study at the beginning of the academic year in October.

We provide research supervision leading to MA, MSc, and PhD qualifications, through both full and part-time study. You will develop your skills through working closely with our academic staff and undertaking skills-based training. All postgraduates are encouraged to share their work with the departmental and wider community, by means of departmental seminars, afternoon workshops, postgraduate-led one day conferences, and publication.

MA or MSc By Research - The MA in Sociocultural Anthropology by Research and the MSc in Biological Anthropology by Research are courses of supervised research. Following one year of full-time or two years of part-time (plus up to six months writing up time) research and writing, you will produce a thesis of up to 50,000 words. Research students work closely with a supervisory team to undertake a substantial piece of research which must be written up in the form of a thesis. In addition, research students are required to undertake research training, provided by both the university and the department. See the current research interests of potential supervisors or get more information on previous thesis topics supervised within the department.

PhD - Anthropology PhD students can take either a Sociocultural or Biological route. Following three years of full-time or six years of part-time research and writing, you will produce a thesis of up to 100,000 words. The subject of your thesis will be a substantial piece of original research where you demonstrate your ability to undertake independent research. We encourage prospective PhD students to make informal contact with a member of the academic staff to discuss their application at an early stage. If you are not sure which member(s) of staff to contact, get in touch with the Director of Research Students.

Please click on the links below for more details on projects and opportunities for postgraduates with each of our core research groups: