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  PhD opportunities in Anthropology at Brunel University London


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About the Programme

Join Brunel Anthropology team of internationally recognised researchers, producing ground-breaking work rooted in ethnographic fieldwork spanning Africa, Asia, Europe and Oceania. 

Our passionate academic staff will bring their real-life examples into their supervision and encourage you to carry out your own fieldwork to enhance your research experience. By joining Brunel you will be a part of a community of anthropologists renowned for its pioneering research in international medical anthropology and in the anthropology of childhood, youth and education.

If you want to stay away from the well-trodden areas, we invite you to proactively embrace new anthropological and global challenges and undertake work that engages with international environmental crises, human-animal relations, and contemporary imaginings of the future.

Join our research areas:

Anthropological Research on Childhood Youth and Education

Gain a new, cross-cultural understanding of the notions of the ‘child’, ‘youth’ and ‘education’.

Culture and Evolution

Deep dive into the most fundamental and powerful influences on human behaviour, and their effects: from individual biological traits and personal beliefs, through dyadic processes and group dynamics, and on to broader issues of ecology, demography, and sociohistorical context.

Histories and Concepts of Anthropological Knowledge

Research historicity, emotion, ignorance, and memory, as well as the fundamentals of anthropology: ethnographic practice and writing.

Performance, Politics and Violence

Deep dive into areas such as symbolic, mystical, and structural violence, genocide and other forms of physical violence. Examine the spectrum of power in far-reaching State, international political control all the way to the micro-politics of everyday life.

Social Justice

Explore concepts of social justice and understanding of climate change, health and wellbeing, digitalisation, poverty, conflict and inequality.

How to apply?

As a doctoral researcher, you will be welcomed to Brunel as a valued member of our thriving, research-intensive community. Browse PhD opportunities, studentship, and learn more about our research by visiting our website.

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Where is Brunel?

Brunel University London is based in Uxbridge, London – 45minutes to Central London on the Metropolitan Line – which means you have great access to the heart of this beautiful city, and yet can enjoy the safety and convenience of a suburban campus housing over 15,000 students with all you need in one place. Take a look 

Funding Notes

Brunel offers a number of funding options to research students that help cover the cost of their tuition fees, contribute to living expenses or both. See more information here: The UK Government is also offering Doctoral Student Loans for eligible students, and there is some funding available through the Research Councils. Many of our international students benefit from funding provided by their governments or employers. Brunel alumni enjoy tuition fee discounts of 15%.
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