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Graduate Admissions

4 courses offered in 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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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 or who have 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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The Division has a thriving PhD programme in Human Evolution and Adaption, Human Bioarchaeology, Human Behaviour, 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 are strongly encouraged to contact potential supervisors informally for discussions before they make their formal applications.

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The MPhil in Human Evolutionary Studies 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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Department Members

  • 8 Academic Staff
  • 11 Postdoctoral Researchers
  • 40 Graduate Students
  • 60 Undergraduates

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