Postgraduate programmes

MA Anthropology

From 2019-20, we shall be offering a new MA course in Anthropology. This programme incorporates world-class research-led teaching with real work experiences in Bristol’s thriving media, creative and cultural industries and a wide range of social enterprises. Students will be introduced to work placement opportunities, and receive advanced training in anthropological theory and research methods, which lead to strong analytical and research capacities and a set of transferable skills essential for future careers.

For more information about the MA and how to apply, visit the course website.

Research programmes (MPhil, PhD)

We welcome and encourage applications for postgraduate degrees by research. In addition to topics focusing on single research areas, we actively encourage interdisciplinary research that cuts across the spectrum of archaeological and anthropological studies, or other intellectual disciplines in the Faculty of Arts and beyond. Joint supervision may be provided.

Research themes

See our research themes for information on how our research activity is focused within Anthropology and Archaeology.

Skills training

You will also benefit from the Bristol Doctoral College's skills training programme, which allows you to extend your range of academic and professional skills. You may also be given the chance at an appropriate stage to teach undergraduates, and you will be offered training for this purpose, leading to formal accreditation.

Further information on Anthropology and Archaeology research programmes

Faculty support

We foster a vibrant postgraduate community across the Faculty of Arts, providing you with dedicated support when you need it.


Anthropology and Archaeology are among the subjects eligible for funding from the AHRC South West and Wales Doctoral Training Partnership. The Faculty of Arts also offers funding opportunities for taught and research programmes.

The opportunities offered at Bristol are great, and the department has a lot of links to the BBC, who do exciting archaeology.

Sarah Gosling (PhD Archaeology and Anthropology)
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