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PhD Degrees by Research

You are very welcome to undertake your PhD or MPhil in one of our research areas and work alongside our researchers. As a research student you'll benefit from the latest work by internationally-renowned academics and the support of our Graduate School. Many of our research initiatives involve successful collaborations with industry, the public sector, business and government, both in the UK and overseas. We have many funded and non-funded research degree opportunities available. For more information, visit our Research Degrees homepage

During the first year of a PhD, you are expected to take up to four modules from a long list of options. If however, you come already well qualified in anthropology, you may be encouraged to pursue one or two guided study modules, under expert supervision, on your particular research interest.

For more detail, you should contact the department directly; but briefly, the programme for the PhD is as follows:

Prospective PhD candidates first register for the MRes or MPhil. For the MRes, they write a 15000 word research-based dissertation before proceeding to PhD, taking a minimum of 4 years in all. MPhil students who wish to take the PhD can “upgrade” after their first year and register as a PhD student. In this case, they can obtain the PhD in a minimum of 3 years. (It is usual to take longer.) Students can also register to take the PhD part-time over a longer period. 


Fully-funded studentships

Our funded studentships become available at different times of the year. Please keep checking our page regularly to see the latest funded opportunities. We also advertise all our funded studentships as soon as they become available on the @BrunelResearch twitter account.

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