MA by Research Anthropology

Duration Full time 2 years
Part time 3 years
  • Anthropology
LocationExeter (Streatham)
Start date September


The MA by Research in Anthropology has been developed to allow you to undertake a research project in an area that interests you, within a shorter timeframe than the MPhil or  PhD. If you are interested in converting to an MPhil or PhD at a later stage, the MA by Research is sufficiently flexible to allow you to do so.

The MbyRes programmes are two years full time or three years part time. There is no minimum registration period and students may complete their studies within a shorter time scale. However, students who are accessing financial support through the Student Loan Company Postgraduate Research Loan should be aware that funding payments are scheduled across two years of the defined full time programme duration, or three years for part-time equivalents.

The programme is ideal if you wish to research an area of interest within a 12 month period. The award of MA by Research is clear evidence to employers, whether academic or professional, of your ability to conduct independent research to produce original material within a prescribed timescale. It is also an appropriate route to a PhD and successful students have the option to transfer to an MPhil or PhD on completion.

Research areas

We offer supervision on a range of topics in cultural, social and physical anthropology.

Current areas of research focus include:

  • 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

Visit our research pages and staff profiles for more information about individual research interests.


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 Anthropology or another subject that could prepare you for a research project within the Department of Sociology, Philosophy and Anthropology.

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.


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 2018/19

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


Our Postgraduate 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.

Fee information

Fees can normally be paid by two termly instalments and may be paid online. For further information about paying fees see our Student Fees pages.

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