3-4 years full-time or 4-6 years part-time; see starting your research studies.
These are in two main strands: firstly, research projects that centre on the study of visual cultures, such as various forms of media representation or art; and secondly, the use of specific visual methodologies as a central feature of the research project itself.
The focus is on the visual as a vital and defining factor in the research project as a whole.
Additional practical training can be provided, alongside some access to department audio-visual equipment and facilities, but we generally expect MPhil/PhD candidates to have an appropriate level of practical visual production skills and to be largely self-sufficient in this area.
The emphasis of the visual anthropology training in the first year is on key themes and issues within the sub-field, particularly in relation to your own work.
You develop your own research project over the year through the production of several small-scale visual projects. Guidance and feedback on visual and academic work will be provided in the weekly visual practice seminars and through supervision meetings.
You can watch examples of our students’ films from the MA in Visual Anthropology. PhD students are currently carrying out visual projects in Mexico, India, Argentina, Lebanon, Israel, and the UK.
Thesis (including film or photographic portfolio) and viva voce.
If you register your interest in this programme we will keep you informed about open days and send you relevant further information. If you subsequently decide to apply for this programme you will be able to use the same login details to apply.
You can apply directly to Goldsmiths via the website by clicking the ‘apply now’ button on the main programme page.
You'll be able to save your progress at any point and return to your application by logging in using your username/email and password.
Before you apply for a research programme, we advise you to get in touch with the programme contact, Professor Victoria Goddard. It may also be possible to arrange an advisory meeting.
Before you start at Goldsmiths, the actual topic of your research has to be agreed with your proposed supervisor, who will be a member of staff active in your general field of research. The choice of topic may be influenced by the current research in the department or the requirements of an external funding body.
If you wish to study on a part-time basis, you should also indicate how many hours a week you intend to devote to research, whether this will be at evenings or weekends, and for how many hours each day.
Along with your application and academic reference, you should also upload a research proposal at the point of application.
This should be in the form of a statement of the proposed area of research and should include:
We accept applications from October for students wanting to start the following September.
We encourage you to complete your application as early as possible, even if you haven't finished your current programme of study. It's very common to be offered a place conditional on you achieving a particular qualification.
If you're applying for external funding from one of the Research Councils, make sure you submit your application no later than 31 January.
Admission to many programmes is by interview, unless you live outside the UK. Occasionally we'll make candidates an offer of a place on the basis of their application and qualifications alone.
You will need to demonstrate a proficiency in visual techniques (video or photography), either from a previous degree course, or from practical experience. If converting from another discipline, you should first study for the MA in Social Anthropology, or the MA in Visual Anthropology, or you should do a Conversion Qualifying Year normally involving three courses from the MA.
If your first language isn't English, you need to demonstrate the required level of English language competence to enrol on our programmes.
Please check our English Language requirements for more information.
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