1. School information

The School is housed in a number of buildings along the Banbury Road. For details and a map of the buildings, click here. The main administrative hub of the department is 51 Banbury Road. Here you can find the General Office staffed by people who will be able to answer most of your queries. The office is open from 9am to 5pm (4 pm on Fridays). Lunch break is 1-2pm and we ask that you respect this and refrain from making enquiries during the lunch hour. [During the COVID restrictions please send enquiries and queries to information@anthro.ox.ac.uk.]

For information about the structure of the School see here for a link to  the School website.

At any time, the School has about two hundred registered graduate students, half of these are registered for postgraduate taught courses (PGTs) and half are research students (PGRs). Intake is around a hundred students a year. Oxford therefore has one of the world’s major graduate departments of anthropology.

Our taught course degrees are the Master of Science or MSc (in Social Anthropology, in Visual, Material and Museum Anthropology, in Medical Anthropology, and in Cognitive and Evolutionary Anthropology); and the Master of Philosophy or MPhil (in Social Anthropology, in Visual, Material and Museum Anthropology, and in Medical Anthropology). These courses involve regular tuition and lectures, sat exams and the submission of coursework.

The MSc in Migration Studies is run jointly between SAME and the Oxford Department of International Development (ODID), but is administered by the latter, to which reference should be made for information about this degree.

The School also has two postgraduate research degrees the DPhil (Doctor of Philosophy, equivalent to the PhD of most other universities) in Anthropology and in Migration Studies.The DPhil in Migration Studies is shared by SAME and ODID, but administered through SAME.

Note that the lower-level MLitt (Master of Letters) degree is also a research degree, not a taught-course degree like the other master’s degrees. Its main role is to act as a degree that can be offered to DPhil students whose work is ultimately not judged to be of DPhil standard, though in principle it can also be taken as a stand-alone degree in its own right. In either case it is rarely awarded compared to the DPhil.

Key contacts


Graduate Studies Administrator : Ms Vicky Dean, 01865 274670

Archaeology and Tylor Anthropology Librarian: Ms Helen Worrell, 01865 27467

Tylor Library Assistant and receptionist : Mr Martin Pevsner, 01865 274671

Doctoral Admissions and Research Coordinator (DARC): Prof. Elisabeth Hsu, 53 Banbury Road, top floor, 01865 274692

DARC for Migration Studies: Prof. Carlos Vargas Silva

Director of Graduate Studies: Prof. Ramon Sarro , DGS@anthro.ox.ac.uk

Head of the School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography: Dr Elizabeth Ewart, 01865 274685