University of Manchester

University of Manchester

Visual Anthropology

The course provides training in practical audiovisual skills combined with the study of visual culture and anthropological theories of observation; semester 1, students undergo basic hands-on training in ethnographic documentary-making; working in teams of 3, they make 3 films: on a technical process, an interview and a social event; they take courses on the history of ethnographic film and theoretical issues in visual anthropology; semester 2, the ethnographic documentary (ED) pathway offers further film-training, whilst the film and sensory media (FSM) pathway tackles a broader range of topics in media anthropology, including photography and sound recording; both pathways involve further practical project work; all students carry out a practical field project; ED pathway students research, shoot and edit a documentary film, and write a companion text; FSM students conduct an original piece of ethnographic research and write a text accompanied by 1 or more media presentations including film, photography, sound-recordings or an art exhibition.

Entry requirements

A UK 2.1 Honours degree (or overseas equivalent) in social or cultural anthropology; those with related backgrounds are also encouraged to apply; IELTS: overall 7, writing score 7; TOEFL: overall 623, TWE 5 (PBT); TOEFL: overall 263, TWE 5 (CBT); TOEFL: overall 100, with 25 in each of the 4 sections (IBT).


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time £ 6,400 per Academic year (home fees) 12 months
MA Full-time £ 14,100 per Academic year (overseas fees) 12 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of Manchester Manchester M13 9PL North West

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