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Anthropology, Media and Performance PhD University of Manchester



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This practice-based Anthropology, Media and Performance PhD programme will see you carry out an extensive piece of research in the field. Jointly managed by the Drama department and the Granada Centre for Visual Anthropology/Social Anthropology, this programme begins with a year of academic formation and preliminary training in research methods and relevant craft techniques, before you carry out your project on the basis of field research of up to a year's duration. In the third year, you will be expected to return to Manchester and prepare the presentation of your results in textual or other media, as appropriate. One of the central aims of this programme is to combine visual, aural and textual media in an imaginative, self-reflexive and critically aware manner to generate original knowledge in one or more of the academic fields from which it draws, namely anthropology, applied theatre, screen studies and performance/media practice.

You will build your knowledge of theory and method in anthropology, applied theatre/performance studies and media practice to prepare for an academic career. We aim to: introduce you to potential interdisciplinary combinations of anthropology, applied theatre/performance studies and media production so you can produce original knowledge in one or more of these academic fields; introduce cutting-edge theories and self-reflexive, critical research practice in all these fields; train you in a range of practical field research methods and media production skills to enable you to carry out the year-long fieldwork that is an integral and necessary aspect of the second year of the programme, and to produce a combination of written dissertation and media and/or performance practice; make you aware of the legal and ethical implications of your work and of the appropriate procedures for ensuring ethical clearance of your research; encourage you to develop a range of transferable skills in areas such as IT and AV media, as well as presentational, writing, team-working and foreign language skills.

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Full Time (36 months)

Tuition fees

£18,500.00 (16,50,668) per year




The University of Manchester

Oxford Road,



M13 9PL, England

Entry requirement for international students

Students whose first language is not English require one of the following: an overall IELTS score of 7.0 with 7.0 in the writing component, or; a TOEFL score of 600 paper-based test or 100 internet-based test, or; a Pearson Test of English (PTE) score of 70 overall with 70 in the writing component, or; an overall Trinity Integrated Skills in English (ISE) III grade of Merit with Merit in the writing component.

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