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The School has an international reputation for the research of its academic staff, many of whom are leaders in their respective fields. Its vibrant research culture provides excellent opportunities for postgraduate study and the breadth of expertise within the School enables us to offer research supervision across a wide range of topics. You are encouraged to visit our staff pages to identify a potential supervisor with whom your research interests align.
Our research programmes provide a combination of formal research training and individual supervision within a supportive environment, with regular interaction between staff and students. Students enjoy regular meetings with a supervisor and supervisory team, and are also given opportunities to collaborate with other members of staff through the staff research seminar and the activities of the School's research centres. Students are encouraged to participate in the annual postgraduate research conference, during which various staff members discuss the work of research students, and outside speakers offer plenary lectures. Research students will also be able to benefit from the skills training offered by the University's Graduate School.
Our research interests span a broad spectrum of topics across the fields of Biological Anthropology, Conservation Biology, Human Ecology and Socio-cultural Anthropology. The strength of the School's research culture is reflected by our publications in high-impact journals, numerous books and awarding of prestigious research grants and scholarships.
To promote cutting-edge research practices and facilitate cross faculty and multi-institutional research the School also houses six University-recognised research centres: Centre for Biocultural Diversity; Centre for Ethnographic Research; Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology (DICE); Kent Interdisciplinary Centre for Spatial Studies; and the Skeletal Biology Research Centre.
Our research programmes
Anthropology PhD or MA by Research
Biodiversity Management PhD or MSc by Research
Biological Anthropology MSc by Research
Ethnobiology PhD or MSc by Research
The University has a generous scholarship fund to support our research students with their tuition fees and living costs. To view all University and external funds that may be available please visit the Postgraduate Scholarships and funding pages.
The School of Anthropology and Conservation (SAC) at the University of Kent invites applications from outstanding candidates for our range of competitive PhD scholarship opportunities. On average the School has been granted around 12 awards each year through a range of scholarship competitions.
Research Council competitions normally open mid-November with applications due in early January 2018. For more information about each competition please visit our website:
Further questions and contact
School of Anthropology and Conservation
T +44 (0)1227 827013
E: [email protected]
Some or all of the PhD opportunities in this programme have funding attached. Applications for this programme are welcome from suitably qualified candidates worldwide. Funding may only be available to a limited set of nationalities and you should read the full programme details for further information.