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 normally supposes that you hold a meritorious undergraduate degree, normally 2.1 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 may be advised to take the MRes first, if they have insufficient anthropological preparation.

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.