UCL (University College London)

Course Introduction

An Anthropolgy PhD leads to relevant academic posts as well as research positions in government, NGOs and private and public sector organisations. Sustained fieldwork is normally required and graduates of this programme specialise in a wide range of research methods. Research may be pursued in or across four main areas, each of which is the focus of separate sections in the department: Biological Anthropology; Material, Visual and Digital Culture; Medical Anthropology; Social and Cultural Anthropology.

The advantage of undertaking advanced research in UCL Anthropology is the breadth of expertise available within the sections of the department. Most anthropology departments specialise in the sub-disciplines of social or biological anthropology. However, students at UCL can tackle research in interdisciplinary areas and expect to receive expert supervision in social and cultural, biological and medical anthropology, as well as material, visual and digital culture. Additionally, each of these sections in the department offers a diverse range of theoretical, methodological, topical and geographic interests and specialisms. A majority 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. Many now occupy important roles in government departments, in aid and development work, in public policy, and in publishing and the media.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
3 years
Full Time
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD £5,210 Home Fees
3 years
Full Time
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD £5,210 European Fees
3 years
Full Time
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD £20,170 Overseas Fees
5 years
Part Time
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD £2,605 Home Fees
5 years
Part Time
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD £2,605 European Fees
5 years
Part Time
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD £10,150 Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Domestic entry requirements: Students need to have a Master's degree with Distinction in Anthropology or a relevant discipline from a UK university or an overseas qualification of equivalent standard. Minimum entry requirements are a Master's degree with Merit or a Bachelor's Honours degree with Distinction in Anthropology or a relevant discipline. Applicants must contact their proposed supervisors prior to applying to secure support for their application.
  • International entry requirements: Students need to have: IELTS overall grade of 7.5 with a minimum of 6.5 in each of the subtests; overall score of 109 with 24/30 in reading and writing and 20/30 in speaking and listening in Test of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL) iBT; overall score of 191 with 176 in all subtests in Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English; overall score of 191 with 176 in all subtests in Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English; 75 overall, with a minimum of 62 in each Communicative Skill in Pearson Test of English (Academic); successful completion of ISE III with a ?distinction? in all components; overall mark of 75%, with at least 65% in each of the four subtests in UCL Diploma in English for Academic Purposes; overall mark of 75% with at least 65% in each of the four elements of the examination in UCL International Pre-Master's Courses; mark of 75%, with at least 65% in each of the subtests in UCL Pre-sessional English Courses.
  • IELTS score: 7.5
  • TOEFL score: 109