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10 PhD Programs in Anthropology

Anthropology is the study of humanity that combines the natural and social sciences. The sub-fields of anthropology include cultural anthropology, physical anthropology, linguistic anthropology, and archeology. There are many universities that offer PhD Anthropology programs with many research concentrations. A PhD Anthropology program usually consists of coursework, research that is conducted out… Read more

Anthropology is the study of humanity that combines the natural and social sciences. The sub-fields of anthropology include cultural anthropology, physical anthropology, linguistic anthropology, and archeology.

There are many universities that offer PhD Anthropology programs with many research concentrations. A PhD Anthropology program usually consists of coursework, research that is conducted outside of the candidate's geographical area, and a dissertation. Examples of topics of study for PhD Anthropology are urban anthropology, culture and cognition, historic and public archeology, anthropology of development, and ethnicity. Graduates with a PhD Anthropology degree often become professors in universities, or take positions in research institutes, non-profit organizations, government agencies, and private companies.

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California Institute of Integral Studies
San Francisco, USA

The Anthropology and Social Change PhD focuses on activist anthropology and social change. This program offers the space and the possibility to engage with many traditions of ... +

The Anthropology and Social Change PhD focuses on activist anthropology and social change. This program offers the space and the possibility to engage with many traditions of radical scholarship and emancipatory social science. We believe that anthropologists should analyze, discuss, and explore the possible; that they should research alternative institutions; that they need to collectively reflect and debate the dilemmas of activist research. The collective effort of understanding "concrete utopias" takes the form of an analytic and ethnographic study of real historical alternatives in the present. This, in turn, requires a serious engagement with social movements involved in the production of alternatives. Students are expected to have an excellent command of history, debates, and perspectives of contemporary social movements. These movements exist in the historical, social, and epistemological context of colonization, development, and globalization. As contributors to one recent book remind us, more than one in six humans now live in slums, over one billion in a world of jobless growth, or no growth. Solutions offered by mainstream social science are often the source of the problem, and our students are expected to have a good understanding of intertwined historical processes of colonization, development, and liberal modernity. -
PhD
Full-time
Part-time
2 years
English
Campus
 
University of Lethbridge
Lethbridge, Canada

Research in the Ph.D. in Evolution and Behaviour focuses on the evolutionary processes responsible for shaping functionally organized behaviors in a wide variety of organisms. ... +

Research in the Ph.D. in Evolution and Behaviour focuses on the evolutionary processes responsible for shaping functionally organized behaviors in a wide variety of organisms. The research targets a range of different behaviors that address the critical life challenges facing these organisms, such as finding food and avoiding predators, attracting and selecting mates, rearing offspring, and negotiating extended networks of social relationships. -
PhD
Full-time
48 months
English
Jan 2023
Campus
 
Auream Phoenix University for Women
London, United Kingdom

The PhD by research via Distance Learning is awarded after successfully completing a theoretical research specialization. This research is presented in the form of a doctoral ... +

The PhD by research via Distance Learning is awarded after successfully completing a theoretical research specialization. This research is presented in the form of a doctoral thesis. The PhD (Doctor of Philosophy) is the only doctoral degree that can be achieved through distance learning. The main requirement for a PhD online through distance learning is to present and discuss a thesis of at least 100 pages for review and evaluation by an academic committee at Selinus University. This thesis should explore the four subfields of anthropology, namely archaeology, ethnology, physical anthropology and linguistics, which combine to give a complete understanding of humanity. It illustrates both the diversity of human societies and cultural models around the world and the similarities that make all human beings fundamentally similar. It also examines, from an anthropological point of view, the consequences of industrialism and globalization. -
PhD
Full-time
Part-time
English, Italian
Online
 

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Southern Methodist University - Moody School of Graduate and Advanced Studies
Dallas, USA

In the Ph.D. program, students concentrate either on Cultural Anthropology or Archaeology. Within Cultural Anthropology students may specialize in Medical Anthropology or on G ... +

In the Ph.D. program, students concentrate either on Cultural Anthropology or Archaeology. Within Cultural Anthropology students may specialize in Medical Anthropology or on Globalization Issues such as Development, Gender, and Migration; Archaeology students concentrate on New World Archaeology. -
PhD
Full-time
4 - 5 years
English
Aug 2023
15 Jan 2023
Campus
 
Selinus University of Science and Literature
London, United Kingdom +1 More

This thesis should explore the four subfields of anthropology, namely archaeology, ethnology, physical anthropology and linguistics, which combine to give a complete understan ... +

This thesis should explore the four subfields of anthropology, namely archaeology, ethnology, physical anthropology and linguistics, which combine to give a complete understanding of humanity. -
PhD
Full-time
Part-time
English, Italian
Online
 
University of Johannesburg
Johannesburg, South Africa

The Doctoral study program comprises a thesis written under supervision that makes an original contribution to the field of Anthropology on a topic selected in consultation wi ... +

The Doctoral study program comprises a thesis written under supervision that makes an original contribution to the field of Anthropology on a topic selected in consultation with the Department of Anthropology and Development Studies. A Doctoral defense (of the proposal and the thesis) is required in accordance with the regulations of the Faculty of Humanities. An article ready for publication on the thesis content is also required. -
PhD
Full-time
3 years
English
Feb 2023
Campus
 
Faculty of Humanities, Charles University
Prague, Czech Republic

The broadly conceived doctoral study program of (general) anthropology focuses on human behavior, action, and cognition both in their biological (genetic) aspects and evolutio ... +

The broadly conceived doctoral study program of (general) anthropology focuses on human behavior, action, and cognition both in their biological (genetic) aspects and evolutionary, social, and/or environmentally conditioned variability. Its general anthropological approach stems from an assumption that (a) it is only a variety and variability of behavior, action, and cognition that can speak of the character of human existence, and that (b) it is necessary to speak of this existence by way of a synthetizing combination of biological-empirical, cultural-interpretative and reflexively philosophical methods. It is supported by the (Anglo-American) conception of integral general anthropology as a discipline studying both biological and socio-cultural aspects of human beings conceived as complex organisms endowed with language, thought and culture (endowed with a capacity of semiotic, symbolical representation). This assumption is broadened by certain aspects of (German and French) philosophical and historical anthropology. Such conception of (general) anthropology takes into account both the diversity of human cultures and common characteristic features of humanity (both partial evolutional processes and general qualities of biological and cultural evolution of man). -
PhD
Full-time
4 years
English
Online & Campus Combined
Campus
Online
 
SOAS University of London
London, United Kingdom

A majority of our PhD graduates have embarked on an academic career, taking up lectureships in universities in the UK as well as abroad, or pursuing further their interests th ... +

A majority of our PhD graduates have embarked on an academic career, taking up lectureships in universities in the UK as well as abroad, or pursuing further their interests through post-doctoral fellowships and other research-based posts. At the same time, SOAS anthropology PhD graduates have gone on to a range of occupations in the fields of social and market research, development organisations at home and overseas, international and national government and policy, heritage and museum services, journalism and advisory services of many kinds. Social anthropology is widely regarded by employers as excellent training, equipping holders of the degree with a range of sought after skills. The MPhil/PhD offers graduates the opportunity to enhance their qualitative research skills and advance their expertise in their chosen field of study. Thus equipped, they are valuable not only for generating the empirical data required for reaching certain decisions but also for providing the necessary critical tools that enable organisations to innovate and address the challenges of a fast-changing world. The SOAS PhD in Social Anthropology is recognized by the ESRC as both a +3 and 1+3 course. -
Master PhD
Full-time
Part-time
4 years
English
Campus
 
Charles University Faculty of Arts
Prague, Czech Republic

The graduate is a highly educated expert who has shown an ability to develop her or his knowledge in a creative way. Her/his dissertation demonstrates an outstanding contribut ... +

The graduate is a highly educated expert who has shown an ability to develop her or his knowledge in a creative way. Her/his dissertation demonstrates an outstanding contribution in a specialization chosen from a wide range of ethnological and anthropological fields. The graduate is equipped, in terms of theory, methodology, and language skills, to do independent research in ethnology and cultural anthropology. -
PhD
Full-time
4 years
Czech
Online & Campus Combined
Campus
Online
 
University of California Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz, USA

The Anthropology Graduate Program at UC Santa Cruz is one of the foremost in the country, widely recognized for the creative scholarship of its students and faculty. Graduates ... +

The Anthropology Graduate Program at UC Santa Cruz is one of the foremost in the country, widely recognized for the creative scholarship of its students and faculty. Graduates have continued their careers at leading academic and government institutions, including Cambridge University, Stanford, Yale, the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and the Bureau of Indian Affairs. -
PhD
English