Doctorado Antropología






Program Name: Doctorate in Anthropology/ PhD in Anthropology
Degree awarded: Doctor of Anthropology /PhD in Anthropology
University: Pontificia Universidad Católica of Chile
Academic affiliation: Social Sciences Department – School of Anthropology
Year established: 2020
Start of academic activities: First semester of 2021
Campus: Campus San Joaquín, Pontificia Universidad Católica of Chile
Modality: Presential
Class times: During the day
Duration: 8 semesters
Full or Part-time: Full-time
Methods: Academic theory

Admission 2024

Begins: First semester 2024
Application period: from August 16 to October 15, 2023
Decision period: To be defined, personal interviewew
Decisions released: November 2023
Start date: January 2024

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  • Rules of Procedures

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  • Description

    The Doctorate in Anthropology (PhD in Anthropology) is a full-time academic study program consisting of classes during the day. The doctorate in Anthropology (PhD in Anthropology) is a program targeting the development of autonomous research, specializing in researching socio-cultural phenomena and problems. Its graduates will contribute to the advancement of knowledge in the field, with a strong background in theories and anthropological methodologies. They will be able to contribute as academics and researchers in higher education and research positions, among others. The program is comprised of faculty, with top-level expertise in anthropology and related social sciences.


  • Objectives

    General Objectives

    To nurture excellent researchers, capable of developing autonomous, original and specialized projects studying socio-cultural phenomena from an anthropological perspective. To contribute to the advancement of knowledge through solid training in anthropological theory and methodologies, enabling the PhD graduates to excel as academics and researchers in higher education and research centers, among others.

    Specific objectives

    1. To provide the knowledge and training necessary to develop original and independent anthropological research at an advanced level.

    2. To enable students to develop advanced skills in anthropological research methodologies.

    3. To provide a space for rigorous reflection, which generates specialized and useful knowledge to help understand complex sociocultural problems.

    4. To develop students’ abilities to understand and critically intervene in sociocultural problems.

    5. To prepare students as teachers through university training tasks in the anthropological discipline.

    6. To provide the necessary training to recognize, discern and solve ethical problems that may appear in scholarly and more specifically, anthropological research.

  • Student Profile

    Student Profile

    Bachelor or Master’s degree in Anthropology or similar fields, academic excellence, and a genuine interest in social investigation..

    Graduate Profile

    El graduado del Doctorado en Antropología:

    1.Will be prepared to autonomously formulate original research that includes a careful consideration of up-to-date anthropological theories.

    2. Will have advanced skills in methodology, which will allow them to investigate different socio-cultural realities, with the ability to adapt and the autonomy to solve problems while carrying out their research.

    3. Will be able, through rigorous anthropological reflection, to understand sociocultural problems, both empirically and conceptually.

    4. Will be able to take part in and lead disciplinary and interdisciplinary work teams in approaching complex sociocultural phenomena.

    5. Will be qualified to teach Anthropology at the university level.

    6.Will have the necessary training to face and solve ethical problems that arise in research and in the management of research projects.

  • Academic Staff


    Ángel Aedo
    Giovanna Bacchiddu
    Piergiorgio Di Giminiani
    Diana Espirito Santo
    Francisca de la Maza
    Marcelo González
    Andrés Haye
    Laura Luna
    Marjorie Murray
    David Preiss
    Helene Risor
    Cristián Simonetti
    Eduardo Valenzuela
    Andrew Webb

    Académicos Colaboradores

    Consuelo Araos 
    Assistant professor at the Institute of Sociology of the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile.Ph.D. in Social Sciences from the Ecole Normale Supérieure of Paris.

    Jonathan Barton 
    Associate Professor, Institute of Geography and Chair of Sustainability, Pontifical Catholic University of Chile. Ph.D. in Economic History from the University of Liverpool.

    Pelayo Benavides 
    Ph.D. in Social Anthropology, University of Aberdeen.. Assistant Professor Pontificia Universidad Católica of Chile, Villarrica Campus. 

    Felipe Palma 
    Ph.D. in Visual Sociology from Goldsmiths College. He coordinates the Laboratory of Visual Anthropology of the School of Anthropology of the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile.

    Javier Ruiz-Tagle
    Assistant Professor at the UC Institute of Urban and Territorial Studies. Ph.D. in Urban Planning and Policy from the University of Illinois at Chicago (2014). 

    Martín Tironi
    Ph.D. in Center de Sociologie de l'Innovation (CSI), School of Mines of Paris. Assistant Professor at the UC School of Design.


  • Areas of investigation

    Las líneas de investigación del programa reúnen enfoques teóricos y metodológicos de relevancia para los debates contemporáneos dentro y fuera de la disciplina.

    Environment, development and sustainability

    This line articulates an interest in the ways in which humans relate to theirThis line articulates an interest in the ways in which humans relate to theirenvironment and its non-human agents, as they mutually constitute eachother. It encompasses a comparative consideration of the heterogeneousways of conceiving human ecology and life in general. The line inquires,among other themes, into environmental conflict, development andsustainability, dynamics of extractivism, climate change, conservation andhabitability in the Anthropocene.

    Governance and diversity:

    This line develops interests in the problematization of different socialThis line develops interests in the problematization of different socialprocesses related to governance, political activism, and resistance, withparticular attention to the emergence of economic, political, ethnic, racial,and gender diversity. More specifically, this line articulates research aroundthe political dimensions of life, essential for the understanding ofcontemporary society, and includes topics such as structural violence,migration, social movements, democracy and citizenship, transitionaljustice, among others.

    Kinship, religion and everyday life:

    This line articulates questions on everyday life that are essential for anThis line articulates questions on everyday life that are essential for anunderstanding of contemporary society, namely from the point of view ofintimate relations, domesticity, family, and the religious imagination. Morespecifically, the line places a diversity of themes at the forefront, such asconsumption, kinship, religion, the experience and concept of body, andmaterial culture, among others..

  • International network

    La dimensión internacional del Doctorado presenta  alianzas establecidas como foco de su desarrollo:

    a) Institutional Development Grant del Wenner-Gren Foundation

    The Wenner-Gren Foundation is the largest private, non-profit foundation that supports anthropological research worldwide. Since 2008, the Foundation has had a type of financing called the Institutional Development Grant (IDG), aimed at strengthening institutions and the internationalization of doctoral programs.

    b) Double Degree with the University of Edinburgh

    The Doctorate of Anthropology has a double degree agreement with the School of Social and Political Science at the University of Edinburgh. Each of the programs may annually admit a maximum of one double-degree PhD student. For more information, consult the Program Manager..

    c) Academic Senate and Alliance with the Centro de Estudios Interculturales e Indígenas (Center for Intercultural and Indigenous Studies) – CIIR

    The faculty of the senate and also the School of Anthropology have close links with CIIR. In this sense, the academic faculty has several previous international collaboration experiences with centers of excellence in anthropology worldwide. In addition, CIIR is constantly developing activities with international academics, from which the Doctorate program continues to benefit.

  • Structure of the program

    In this document (available for download), you will find the plan of studies, the curricula and the program schedule.

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  • Graduate information

    Requirements for Doctoral Candidacy

    Para ser candidato a doctor, el estudiante deberá cumplir con los siguientes requisitos:

    To be a Doctoral candidate, the student must meet the following requirements:

    1.Have completed a minimum of two semesters in the Program.

    2.Have passed all the academic courses that make up the Program (50 credits in minimum courses and 30 in electives).

    3.Have their Doctoral Thesis Project approved.

    4.Have passed the Candidacy Exam, consisting of defending their Doctoral Thesis Project before the Candidacy Committee, within a period not exceeding 5 semesters from the moment of entering the program. In case of not meeting this deadline, the student will be failed and will be eliminated.

    5.The candidate may fail the Candidacy Exam only once.

    Exit Requirements

    1.Have the program's study plan approved, according to the VRA Resolution that approves it.

    2.Have their Doctoral Thesis approved by the Thesis Committee in its written version.


    Graduation Requirements

    1.Have completed the exit requirements

    2.Have completed a minimum of four semesters in the Program.

    3.Have the oral defense of their Thesis approved.

    4.Have delivered the corresponding copies of their Doctoral Thesis, including, if applicable, the modifications requested by the Thesis Committee.

    5.Have accredited a command of English at an advanced level, equivalent to the superior score of B2 according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages and in accordance with the operationalization protocol established by the Graduate School of the Vice-Rectory for Research.

    6.Have passed the Research Ethics and Integrity Workshop, the Teaching Skills Development Workshop and another transversal skills workshop (all with the acronym CPD).

    7.Have their curricular activity Teaching Activity (ANT3040) approved.

    8.Be the main author of a scientific article sent to a journal, or mainstream book in case of doing a Thesis in traditional format, and of two scientific articles if the Thesis is developed in article format (ANT3041).

    9.Have passed the curricular activity International Internship (ANT3042).

    10.Have carried out at least two annual follow-up activities while the student was in good standing within the Program.

    11.Not be registered as a debtor of any kind with the University.

    12.Have entered the final manuscript of the dissertation approved by your Thesis Committee in the repository of the UC Library System.

    13.Comply with any other administrative requirements that the Program stipulates.


  • Admission 2024

    Applications for the Ph.D. in Anthropology for admission in 2024 will be open between August 15 and October 16, 2023. To apply, click here.

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