The Department of Anthropology offers supervision in a wide range of areas at MPhil and PhD level.
The MPhil/PhD Visual Anthropology can be achieved through two main strands:
- research projects that centre on the study of visual cultures, such as various forms of media representation or art
- the use of specific visual methodologies as a central feature of the research project itself
The programme focuses 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.
MPhil/PhD students are currently carrying out visual projects in Mexico, India, Argentina, Lebanon, Israel, and the UK.
Find out more about research degrees at Goldsmiths.
How to choose between MRes and MPhil/PhD
Normally research students register for the MRes in order to complete the requisite training for carrying out a doctoral research project. You then transfer to MPhil status after completing your MRes dissertation in September (or in your second year if you are part-time).
However, if you already have a substantial background, it is possible to register directly for the full-time MPhil, provided the Department and your future supervisor(s) agree. MPhil-registered students do exactly the same research training as MRes students, but they present a student dissertation in May, in order to fast-track to fieldwork or other forms of data collection.
Whether you start registered as MRes or MPhil, upgrading to PhD status takes place at a later date.
Contact the department
If you have specific questions about the degree, contact Dr Henrike Donner.