MPhil/PhD Anthrozoology

Duration MPhil: Full time 2-3 years; Part time 4-5 years
PhD: Full time 3-4 years; Part time 6-7 years
  • Anthropology
LocationExeter (Streatham)
Start date September or January


The MPhil/PhD Anthrozoology enables you to undertake research which explores human interactions with other animals, including projects which attempt to challenge anthropocentric perspectives and consider nonhuman others as active participants in interactions, utilising a range of methodological and theoretical approaches from across the social sciences, humanities and life sciences.

Students studying Anthrozoology at Exeter come from a wide range of academic and professional backgrounds and include individuals involved with the care of non-human animals in a professional capacity (eg, vets, veterinary nurses/technicians, animal trainers, dog wardens, zoo keepers, conservationists, charity workers etc.), as well as those who have completed social science degrees or who have a science background and would like to expand their research interests into the social sciences.

Some of our current postgraduate research students are exploring the following topics:

  • 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 

Visit our staff profiles for more information about individual research interests of potential supervisors.

In my search for research programs I was drawn to the Anthrozoology degree program at Exeter for its rigorous and multidisciplinary approach to the study of human-non human animal interrelationship. Flexibility and choice of research topics within the theoretical and applied coursework allowed me to mine my more pragmatic past to inform and enrich my work. The supportive engagement of the Anthrozoological community here has been crucial to my continued growth as a researcher and has inspired me to continue on at Exeter to pursue a research PhD. Read more.

Melani Nardone, MA Anthrozoology alumni

Entry requirements 2018

Our online learning resource 'Considering a UK PhD?' provides lots of helpful advice and information from staff and students about the PhD experience at Exeter.

You may wish to read our general advice for PhD applicants webpages, which give tips on how to put together a successful research degree application.

Applicants for research programmes are also advised to visit the College's webpages to check for specific advice (see further information link). Here you will be able to find out about staff research interests and make preliminary enquiries about supervision. We advise that you do this before applying.

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.

Cambridge English: Advanced & Proficiency

Overall score 185 with a minimum score of 176 in the writing component and all other sections no less than 169.

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