Entry Requirements and the Application Process

For general information and details of the application process, see the Research Degree pages on the University website.

Entry to the PhD programme is normally in September or January and is available on both a full-time and part-time basis.

Admission to the programme requires that you hold a meritorious undergraduate degree, high 2.1 (16.5) or better or its equivalent (e.g. GPA of 3.6 or better on a 4 point scale). The undergraduate degree does not need to be in the discipline of Social Anthropology, but candidates will be advised to take the MRes first if they have insufficient anthropological preparation. We will require students who enter the PhD program to have sufficient grounding in social anthropology by having already taken either an undergraduate or postgraduate degree in social anthropology.

If your first language is not English you must satisfy the University’s language requirements for entry, by submitting a recognised language certificate (such as a TOEFL or IELTS certificate). Further information on how to apply to the University can be found on the Postgraduate Recruitment pages.

Departmental Contacts

General Enquiries should be addressed to the Postgraduate Secretary on socanthadmin@st-andrews.ac.uk.

For more specific information about the PhD programme, please contact the Director of Postgraduate Studies Dr Paloma Gay y Blasco.