University of Manchester: Anthropology, Media and Performance

InstitutionUniversity of Manchester
Department School of Arts, Languages and Cultures View department profile
Telephone 0161 275 3559
Study type Research


The programme will be jointly managed by Drama in the School of Arts Languages and Cultures, and the Granada Centre for Visual Anthropology/Social Anthropology in the School of Social Sciences. It is a practice-based programme, governed by the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures.

After a year of academic formation and preliminary training in research methods and relevant craft techniques, students will be expected to carry out their projects on the basis of field research of a up to a year's duration. In the third year, students will be expected to return to Manchester and prepare the presentation of their results in textual or other media as appropriate.


- To introduce students to potential interdisciplinary combinations of Anthropology, Applied Theatre/Performance Studies and Media Production so that they can produce original knowledge in one or more of these academic fields.

- To introduce students to cutting-edge theories and self-reflexive, critical research practice in all these fields.

- To train students in a range of practical field research methods and media production skills sufficient to enable them to carry out the year-long fieldwork that is an integral and necessary aspect of the second year of the programme and to produce a combination of written dissertation and media and/or performance practice thereafter.

- To make students aware of the legal and ethical implications of their work and of the appropriate procedures for ensuring ethical clearance of their research.

- To encourage students in the development of a range of transferable skills in areas such as IT and AV media, as well as presentational, writing, team-working and foreign language skills

Sponsorship info

For subject areas that hold awards in particular years, UK and EU applicants may enter the AHRC Block Grant Partnership competition (deadline March); this is highly competitive, and applicants should discuss applying with their proposed supervisor as soon as possible; some awards are usually offered by the School or department, some of which are reserved for international applicants.

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