Professional Doctorate in MA - Anthropology

    About This Professional Doctorate

    Course Description

    Anthropology at Kent is renowned for its dynamic postgraduate community and its contribution to emerging and established anthropological fields. Our regional expertise and breadth of thematic interests enables us to offer supervision across a wide range of topics within the fields social, biological, and visual anthropology.

    MA by Research

    Social research

    This programme is one-year full time or two-year part-time. You research and write a thesis under the supervision of one or two academic staff. We have a vibrant research group whose interests stretch across the range of social anthropology.

    We also offer an MSc by Research in Biological Anthropology.

    About the School of Anthropology

    In anthropology we pride ourselves on having a close-knit group of research students who know and can approach any member of staff for help and assistance. We have a varied programme of seminars and symposia for students and staff, given by members of the School and visitors.

    There is a special seminar run for research students in which advanced training is provided and students practise presentations and also present chapters of their draft thesis. Research students are encouraged to audit courses from the taught Master’s (eg, in field methods) and sometimes from the undergraduate programmes.

    There are also special training courses for research students run by the Graduate School, Information Services and the Unit for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching (UELT). The School has an IT officer who can provide assistance and advice on IT matters and a statistics helpdesk is available.

    Course structure

    Duration: MA 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time

    Visit the MA - Anthropology page on the University of Kent website for more details!

    Related Student ProfilesStudent Profiles

    Santander Scholarships - CLOSED - No. of awards TBC

    Santander is offering scholarships of £5,000 each to support students from Iberian and Latin American countries studying for a full-time taught or research Master’s degree at the University of Kent. The Scholarships:
    •are for the forthcoming academic year only (2014-15), the start date cannot be deferred;
    •are for one year only (12 months full-time);
    •may be used at any of the University of Kent’s locations – Canterbury, Medway, Brussels, Paris, or Athens.CriteriaThe awards are not available to students that already have, or are already studying for, a Master’s degree. Candidates must:
    • be a national of one of the 11 countries of the Iberian and Latin American Santander Universities network: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Columbia, Mexico, Portugal, Peru, Puerto Rico, Spain, Uruguay, and Venezuela;
    • have graduated or be studying at one of partner universities within the Santander Universities network: Argentina, Brazil , Chile, Columbia, Germany, Mexico, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Russia, Singapore, Spain, USA, United Kingdom, Uruguay;
    • be resident in one of the countries within the Santander Scheme.
    • have been offered a place to study a full-time Master’s degree at Kent;
    • have achieved a First or a 2:1 or equivalent at undergraduate level.
    • In addition to excellent academic achievement, demonstrate excellence in an area of their life; this may include: ◦extra-curricular activities, such as sports, music, managing events or societies;
    ◦significant achievement gained either in their working life or through volunteering and service to others.

    Value of Scholarship(s)



    See scheme details for eligibility critera.

    Application Procedure

    For application details please visit the website

    Further Information


    Evolution of teeth in fossil humans - CLOSED - Single Award

    The Skeletal Biology Research Centre, based in the School of Anthropology and Conservation, are seeking applications from exceptional students interested in joining our dynamic and leading research group. We have secured funding for a research scholarship to support a PhD in Anthropology. Topic:
    This project will examine evolutionary transitions in dental morphology during human evolution. It will examine external and internal aspects of fossil hominin tooth morphology using microtomography and morphometrics in order to address outstanding questions about hominin systematics and hominin tooth development. Application deadline: 28 April 2017
    Start date: 16 September 2017
    Programme: PhD
    Mode of Study: full time
    Studentship Length: 3 years

    Value of Scholarship(s)

    £14, 296 (2016/17 rate) plus Home fees administered under the Graduate Teaching Assistant Scheme


    Minimum entry criteria:
    • An MSc (either completed or in progress) in biological anthropology, zoology, vertebrate palaeontology or a related field.
    • UK/EU residency or ability to qualify for Home tuition fees Preferred entry criteria:
    • Background in dental anatomy (human, hominin, non-human primate)
    • Experience in processing microtomographic scans
    • Experience in morphometric methods
    • Coursework/dissertation in palaeoanthropology-related topic

    Application Procedure

    Submit a formal application for the PhD in Anthropology at the University of Kent. For the “research proposal” section please state: Applying for VC’s Research Scholarship in Human Evolution.
    Upload a CV (maximum 2 sides) and a personal statement summarizing your education, relevant field/lab experience, and research interests (maximum 2 pages).

    Further Information

    Entry Requirements

    A good honours degree (2.1 or above) in anthropology or other associated fields.

    All applicants are considered on an individual basis and additional qualifications, professional qualifications and relevant experience may also be taken into account when considering applications.

    Please see our International Student website for entry requirements by country and other relevant information. Due to visa restrictions, students who require a student visa to study cannot study part-time unless undertaking a distance or blended-learning programme with no on-campus provision.

    Please see course website for further details.

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