The MPhil in Human Evolutionary Studies is a full-time interdisciplinary course, taken over a period of ten months, and involving teaching in evolutionary anthropology, human and hominin morphology, primate behaviour and evolution, archaeology and genetics. The lecturers are primarily involved in research and teaching within the Division of Biological Anthropology, in the Department of Archaeology and Anthropology.
This taught MPhil recruits students who are prepared for graduate work and wish to receive interdisciplinary training, but who do not have sufficient education in human evolutionary studies in their background to be considered for the research MPhil or doctoral work. This is a demanding course which enables students to obtain interdisciplinary training and specialist knowledge in an area of human evolutionary studies over a relatively short time frame. The course prepares students to undertake an advanced degree, subject to performance in the examination.
MPhil students are registered for one year only. Those who hope to read for a PhD at Cambridge immediately
after the MPhil wil need to obtain support from a potential supervisor. This need not be the same person who
supervises your MPhil thesis but you will need to work hard to let the potential PhD supervisor see substantive
work that you have written, in addition to your draft thesis proposal, at an early stage in the academic year. Once
you have applied for the PhD a definite decision will be taken after your performance in the MPhil can be fully
assessed. MPhil students wishing to continue to the PhD in Biological Anthropology are required to achieve a High Pass
mark of at least 68 overall. In some circumstances additional academic conditions may be set to ensure that
appropriate skills, such as language competence, are in place prior to admittance on the PhD programme. If
you do not achieve these targets it is unlikely you will be able to continue to read towards a PhD.