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12 courses also advertised in the Department of Archaeology and Anthropology

From the British Antarctic Survey

In this course a PhD is undertaken under the joint supervision of a research scientist at British Antarctic Survey and a University supervisor. The British Antarctic Survey welcomes enquiries from those interested in higher degrees in earth science subjects, physics, chemistry, mathematics, biology and related subjects. Further projects may also be available in the University Department (see other entries in this list).

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From the Department of Earth Sciences

The UKRI Centre for Doctoral Training in the Application of Artificial Intelligence to the study of Environmental Risks (AI4ER) trains researchers (through several multidisciplinary cohorts) to be uniquely equipped to develop and apply leading-edge computational approaches to address critical global environmental challenges by exploiting vast, diverse and often currently untapped environmental data sets. Embedded in the outstanding research environments of the University of Cambridge and the British Antarctic Survey (BAS), the AI4ER CDT addresses problems that are relevant to building resilience to environmental hazards and managing environmental change. The primary application areas are:

  • Weather, Climate and Air Quality
  • Natural Hazards
  • Natural Resources (food, water & resource security and biodiversity)

Students in the CDT cohorts engage in a one-year MRes degree in Physical Sciences (Environmental Data Science) which includes a taught component and a major research element, followed by a three-year PhD research project. Students will receive high-quality training in research, professional, technical and transferable skills through a focused core programme with an emphasis on the development of data science skills through hackathons and team challenges. Training is guided by personalised advice and the expertise of a network of partners in industry, government, the third sector and beyond.

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From the Division of Biological Anthropology

The MPhil in Applied Biological Anthropology is a full-time interdisciplinary course taken over a period of ten months with core teaching in human population biology. Topics that may be covered in a given year include human ecology (with behavioural nutritional, demographic or reproductive emphasis); evolutionary and adaptive processes; molecular genetics; epidemiology and disease in past and present populations; and quantitative methods for biological anthropology.

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From the Division of Archaeology

The MPhil in Archaeological Research is a research degree for students who already have considerable experience in archaeology from the undergraduate level and who wish to pursue a focused research project under academic guidance.

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From the Division of Archaeology

This course allows students to gain a critical appreciation of archaeology, the human past, and its place in the modern world, as well as training in research and analytical skills and expertise in a chosen, specialist area.

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From the Division of Archaeology

The Department of Archaeology offers an outstanding environment for research and supervision leading to the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Archaeology on a wide range of archaeological topics ranging in time from the Palaeolithic to the modern day, and in space from the Americas to the UK and Europe, the Middle East, South Asia, South East Asia and Australia. We also specialise in archaeological theory, heritage studies, African studies, Assyriology, Egyptology and archaeological science.

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From the Division of Archaeology

The MPhil in Assyriology introduces students with little or no previous knowledge to the study of ancient Mesopotamia in the historical period and allows those with some previous experience to enhance their understanding. The course provides a good knowledge of one (or both) of the principal languages of ancient Mesopotamia, Akkadian and Sumerian, and allows study of aspects of Mesopotamian culture, from 5000 BC through the earliest literate and urban societies of the Near East to the Assyrian and Babylonian empires. Through a flexible choice of modules a student can acquire one or both of the languages of ancient Mesopotamia as preparation for research using cuneiform documents. This can be combined with study of Mesopotamian literature and thought, and/or the archaeology and history of Mesopotamia.

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From the Division of Biological Anthropology

This is a master's degree by research in which the sole requirement is a dissertation. It is suitable for those who have a strong background in this field, possibly including research experience. It is expected that the topic of research will fall within one of the areas supported by the Department.

An MPhil in Biological Anthropological Science may be obtained after one year of research on an approved subject within the field of Biological Anthropology and includes an oral examination of the thesis and the general field of knowledge in which it falls. The dissertation topics are decided between the student and the supervisor, and assistance is provided on elements of methodology and analysis, as well as with the written presentation.

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From the Division of Biological Anthropology

The Division has a thriving PhD programme. Topics covered include Human Evolution and Adaptation, Human Bioarchaeology, Human Behavioural and Evolutionary Ecology, Human Biology and Health, Human Evolutionary Genetics and Primate Ecology. Applications to carry out doctoral research within these research areas are welcomed from well-qualified candidates. Applicants must contact potential supervisors informally for discussions before they make their formal applications and name them on their application.

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From the Division of Archaeology

The MPhil in Egyptology covers the archaeology and history of ancient Egypt as well as its languages, including Coptic and Demotic. Students will acquire detailed knowledge of the cultures of ancient Egypt, emphasising historical archaeology, landscape and the built environment, art, and the language and literature of ancient Egypt.

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From the Division of Archaeology

The MPhil in Heritage Studies is designed to provide Master’s-level education in the broad field of Heritage Studies at the highest standard. Students will attain a critical appreciation of the development of heritage as a public enterprise, its values and its uses.

The programme distinctively features archaeological aspects of heritage management. This is complimented by the ability of students to select period or region-based modules from the MPhil in Archaeology, allowing specialization in heritage issues affecting particular areas of the world or types of heritage.

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From the Division of Biological Anthropology

The MPhil in Human Evolutionary Studies is a full-time interdisciplinary course taken over a period of ten months with core teaching in evolutionary anthropology, human and hominin morphology, primate behaviour and evolution, archaeology and genetics.
 

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