University of St Andrews

University of St Andrews

Social Anthropology

Supervision in: Anthropological theory; symbolic systems; ethnohistory; economic anthropology; ecology; hunting, and gathering societies; development; regional specialisms (Africa, the Amazon, the Andes, the Caribbean, Europe (especially the British Isles, Spain, and Gypsies), Melanesia, and the Middle East). Close relations with kindred disciplines, allows for the possibility of inter-departmental supervision of research projects of an interdisciplinary nature. Students are given ample opportunity to present and exchange ideas and writing drafts in a host of formal and informal settings. Weekly departmental seminars along with reading and writing groups allow postgraduates to discuss and analyse theoretical, methodological and ethical issues pertaining to social anthropology.

Entry requirements

A good Honours degree (UK 2.1 or above) or its equivalent, GPA of 3.6 or better on a 4 point scale. Candidates may be advised to take the MRes 1st if they have insufficient anthropological preparation. All applicants whose 1st language is not English require satisfactory British Council IELTS, or equivalent.

Course modules

There are no compulsory modules for the PhD programme. PhD candidates have the opportunity to participate in, and organize various conferences and workshops. This often results in publication projects led by postgraduates. Additionally, PhD students take part in the Scottish Training in Anthropological Research (STAR Programme), which brings researchers together before and after fieldwork as part of the candidate�s continuing education and skill building.

Assessment methods

PhD: Assessment is based on an 80,000 word thesis.

Sponsorship information

Entrant accommodation bursary; recent graduate discount; Santander 600 scholarships; Thomas and Margaret Roddan Trust bursary; school's studentships; ESRC; Carnegie Trust.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
PhD Full-time £ 14,850 per Academic year (overseas fees) 3 years
PhD Full-time £ 4,052 per Academic year (home fees) 3 years
PhD Full-time £ 4,052 per Academic year (EU fees) 3 years
PhD Part-time £ 2,026 per Academic year (home fees) 6 years
PhD Part-time £ 2,026 per Academic year (EU fees) 6 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of St Andrews St Andrews KY16 9AX Scotland

Key information

Postgraduate Secretary
Telephone number: 
01334 462977