The field of research for social anthropology is, in the broadest sense, the comparative study of cultural expressions. Anthropology’s primary objective is to comprehend peoples’ ways of understanding and organizing their world from their own point of view. Understanding the perspectives of others in turn enables the researcher to formulate critical reflections upon the taken-for-granted assumptions of their own society.
The first year of the programme consists of courses that may be designed by both the student and the teacher and these take place alongside individual tutoring. Usually, the student then conducts independent ethnographic fieldwork during the second year. The remaining two years are dedicated to the writing up of a doctoral thesis.
The goal of the PhD programme is for the student to acquire the knowledge and develop the skills necessary to be able to conduct independent research in Social Anthropology and to make an original contribution to the discipline in the form of a doctoral thesis. The programme is also designed to enable the doctoral student to apply such knowledge and skills in either post-doctoral research or other professional fields.
For more detailed information see the general syllabus for the PhD programme in Social Anthropology.
PhD studies in Social Anthropology usually include an extended period of fieldwork abroad.
Announcement of vacancies on postgraduate level takes place once a year, in January/February. Please note that the School of Global Studies will not have vacancies each year. Vacancies are advertised on the Faculty website, on the University website for Job opportunities and here on our website.
The general entry requirements are the same for all of the Department's postgraduate programmes. Please find more information about the general entry requirements, funding, admission, the selection procedure and how to submit an application at Application and admissions.
In addition to the general entry requirements there are specific entry requirements for each subject as well as specific instructions on what to include in the application.
Specific entry requirements for postgraduate studies in Social Anthropology:
Ranking and Selection:
The selection of applicants is based on an evaluation of 1) the applicant’s ability to develop intellectually through the research education, and 2) the applicant’s ability to complete the chosen research task within the period of time given. Evaluation will be based upon the scientific quality of the applicant’s BA and/or MA theses, or their equivalents, and of any supplementary documentation submitted by the applicant. Assessment is also made of the applicant’s project outline, academic performance at undergraduate level, previous experience (field work, competence in foreign languages), and research specialization.
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