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Social and cultural anthropology is represented in the consortium primarily in the Department of Anthropology at UCL and Department of Anthropology & Sociology at SOAS, although there are also anthropologists working in other schools and departments at UCL, SOAS, UEL and LSHTM.
Anthropology bridges the social sciences and humanities, and is committed to understanding global issues in local contexts, particularly through the use of ethnographic research methods. The anthropology departments at both UCL and SOAS were both established in the late 1940s and have distinctive profiles. UCL has a large department comprising of four sub-sections biological anthropology, social and cultural anthropology, material culture and medical anthropology. At SOAS anthropology is at the heart of the university, with its regional foci in Asia, Africa and the Middle East, and long-standing interdisciplinary connections with development studies, media studies and language training. Academic staff in both departments have wide-ranging expertise in many areas of anthropological inquiry, reflected particularly in the taught postgraduate programmes on offer.
Both SOAS and UCL offer a number of PhD pathways, including the ESRC-recognised ‘+3’ and ‘1+3’ pathways; the former intended for students with existing Masters level training in the discipline, the latter including an additional year of pre-fieldwork research methods training taken as a standalone MRes Anthropology (UCL) or MA Anthropological Research Methods (SOAS).
Details of these PhD programmes are available at http://www.ucl.ac.uk/anthropology/studying/mphil-phd-anthropology and http://www.soas.ac.uk/anthropology/programmes/phd/. Co-supervision of PhD students across DTP institutions may also be possible.