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

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. 

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.


Visit the MA by Research Anthropology page on the University of Exeter website for more details!

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