Sociology, Philosophy and Anthropology

  • 9th in the UK for world leading and internationally excellent research
  • 2nd for Sociology and 7th for Philosophy in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017
  • Internationally recognised for work in science and technology studies, philosophical anthropology and the sociology of culture
  • Funding opportunities available through ESRC South West Doctoral Training Centre - a hub of world-class social sciences research

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.  

Why study with us?

  • We are highly successful at obtaining research funding with grants totalling over £6.5 million in the last five years
  • Good opportunities for PhD funding 
  • Students are encouraged and financially supported to give papers at major conferences which most have achieved by year two (students have presented on main panels at ASA, BSA, ISA, ESA and many others)
  • Our students have a good track record in successfully following academic careers and have taken up lectureships at universities (such as Stirling, Lancaster and the University of Florida) as well as a range of research posts in centres (such as the Ecole Normale Superieure in Paris).
  • Egenis, the Centre for the Study of Life Sciences provides an internationally recognised environment for studying the meaning and social and philosophical implications of contemporary genomic science and other aspects of science
  • Over 50% of our current PhD students have published articles in professional peer reviewed journals (one PhD student is the Editor of British Journal of Music Therapy). Contributions have been made to publications such as Musicae Scientifae, Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Sciences and Cambridge University Press
  • Department staff have won Major prizes and honourable mentions from Leverhulme, American Sociological Association, Uppsala University, the Italian Government, Harvard, the European Society for the History of Economic Thought, Cornell University, the Australian Research Council Federation Fellows Programme, and the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford
  • Our students run their own journal Music and Arts in Action

 

Dr Marco Liverani, graduated from the University of Exeter in 2011 and is now working as an Overseas Research Fellow, based in Bangkok, for the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

The main campus of the University of Exeter is located in a beautiful natural setting. It is an ideal place to focus on research studies, and also to practice outdoor activities and sports. During my stay in Exeter, I met great people, top scholars and many friends. I learned lots of skills and travelled extensively for fieldwork, workshops and conferences.

Dr Marco Liverani, graduated from the University of Exeter in 2011 and is now working as an Overseas Research Fellow, based in Bangkok, for the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine