Sociology, Philosophy and Anthropology

Degrees

MPhil/PhD Anthrozoology
MPhil/PhD and MA by Research Anthropology
MPhil/PhD and MA by Research Philosophy
MPhil/PhD Sociology

Degree typesTypes of research degrees explained
DurationDegree duration details
LocationExeter (Streatham)
Study modesFull time and part time Study mode details
Start date MPhil/PhD: September or January
MA by Research: September

Research overview

We offer you the chance to undertake advanced research in a friendly, inter-disciplinary, collaborative, and highly productive community. We have a range of interests that cut across themes in the philosophy of science and social science; culture, science and technology; anthropology; and cultural sociology and support PhD students working across a diverse range of topics. Egenis, the Centre for the Study of Life Sciences provides an internationally recognised centre for the philosophical and social analysis of genetics and the life sciences.

Some examples of our areas of study are listed below. Visit our research pages and staff profiles for more information about individual research interests

Philosophy

  • critical social theory
  • history of German philosophy
  • history and philosophy of biology
  • philosophy and methodology of economics
  • philosophical and social scientific issues relating to the Holocaust
  • philosophical anthropology
  • philosophy of emotions and embodied cognition
  • philosophy of mind
  • philosophy of science and technology
  • social and political philosophy
  • social/applied ethics
  • Wittgenstein

Anthropology

  • addiction
  • childhood and old age
  • human/animal interactions
  • health and illness, including global health and policy and disability
  • science and development
  • race, ethnicity, racism and migration
  • warfare and secrecy
  • life and the natural world
  • art and consumption
  • sound studies
  • ritual and religion
  • material culture, trade and circulation

Anthrozoology

  • Medical detection dogs
  • Farmer perceptions of livestock animal welfare
  • Cetacean ecotourism
  • Primates kept as pets
  • Media representations of urban foxes
  • Animal totems amongst the Bebilibe, Benin
  • Donkey assisted therapy for children with autism

Facilities

As a postgraduate student in Sociology, Philosophy and Anthropology, you will be able to pursue your work within a friendly and informal atmosphere. We pride ourselves on providing an environment for students that will expose you to a wide range of intellectual influences and exciting ideas.  PhD students are also part of the wider College of Social Sciences and International Studies Graduate Research School and have opportunity to meet with students and staff from other disciplines. The Graduate Research School team also provides a friendly point of contact for any queries you might have about the application process, orientation or life within the School. 

Postgraduates in the department actively contribute to its research culture by:

  • participating in research-related seminars, including departmental seminars, Egenis seminars, Science and Technology Studies briefings, technical briefings on developments in contemporary biology and the annual College of Social Sciences and International Studies' postgraduate conference.
  • organising workshops and symposiums 
  • producing their own on-line Music and Arts in Action journal
  • running intermittent student-only reading groups on the philosophy of science
  • taking part in the History and Philosophy of Biology Journal Club
  • participating in the Sociology of the Arts Group

Entry requirements 2018

You should have a good first degree either in Philosophy or another subject that could prepare you for a research project within the Department.

Requirements for international students

If you are an international student, please visit our international equivalency pages to enable you to see if your existing academic qualifications meet our entry requirements.

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic)

Overall score 7.0 with a minimum score of 6.5 in the writing component and all other sections no less than 6.0.

TOEFL IBT*

Overall score 100 with minimum scores of 25 for writing, 21 for listening, 22 for reading and 23 for speaking.

Pearson Test of English (Academic)

65 with no less than 58 in all communicative skills.

Other accepted tests

Information about other acceptable tests of linguistic ability can be found on our English language requirements page.

Pre-sessional English

Applicants with lower English language test scores may be able to take pre-sessional English at INTO University of Exeter prior to commencing their programme. See our English language requirements page for more information.

Finance: fees and funding

Tuition fees per year 2019/20

  • UK/EU: £4,320* full-time; £pro-rata part-time
  • International: £17,100 full-time

Following your registration, tuition fees for subsequent years of study may increase to take into account inflationary pressures – this will not exceed 5 per cent per year of study.

*This is the expected UK/EU fee. The UK/EU tuition fees are set in line with Research Councils UK fee levels which have not yet been set for 2019 entry. Once these are set in March 2019 we will email to confirm the tuition fees for your programme. The 2019/20 fee will not increase by more than 3% from the 2018/19 fee.

Tuition fees per year 2018/19

  • UK/EU: £4,400 full-time; £2,200 part-time
  • International: £16,400 full-time

Following your registration, tuition fees for subsequent years of study may increase to take into account inflationary pressures – this will not exceed 3 per cent per year of study.

Funding

Our Postgraduate Research Funding webpage provides links to further information. If you are considering a PhD in the future, in addition to University of Exeter funding, we have been successful at securing postgraduate funding for PhD research through our Funded centres.

Funding opportunities

Find out about current funding opportunities for our research programmes.

Current available funding

Contact us

The College of Social Sciences & International Studies has a dedicated Graduate Research School which is committed to supporting its vibrant postgraduate research student community.

The Graduate Research School helps to support both intellectual and social contact between graduates of different disciplines and from different backgrounds and countries. Our team supports both prospective and current postgraduate research students.

Phone: +44(0) 1392 724490
Web: Enquire online

Research culture

As a postgraduate student in Sociology, Philosophy and Anthropology, you will be able to pursue your work within a friendly and informal atmosphere.

We pride ourselves on providing an environment for students that will expose you to a wide range of intellectual influences and exciting ideas. 

PhD students are also part of the wider College of Social Sciences and International Studies Graduate Research School and have opportunity to meet with students and staff from other disciplines.

Our research culture is characterised by our commitment to foster thinking and analysis that crosses over traditional academic boundaries (such as between philosophy-sociology-anthropology as well as social sciences-life sciences).  The research culture for postgraduate students reflects this spirit. 

Postgraduates in the department actively contribute to its research culture by:

  • participating in research-related seminars, including departmental seminars, Egenis seminars, Science and Technology Studies briefings, technical briefings on developments in contemporary biology and the annual College of Social Sciences and International Studies' postgraduate conference.
  • organising workshops and symposiums 
  • producing their own on-line Music and Arts in Action journal
  • running intermittent student-only reading groups on the philosophy of science
  • taking part in the History and Philosophy of Biology Journal Club
  • participating in the Sociology of the Arts Group

Further information

You are very welcome to visit the department and talk to potential research supervisors and meet one of our current students. If you would like to do this please contact the Graduate Research Team with a selection of possible dates, your research interests, and any members of staff you would particularly like to meet.