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Graduate Admissions

3 courses offered in the Division of Social Anthropology

The Cambridge MPhil by advanced study in Social Anthropology is an intensive 11-month course (early October to end September). The course is intended for graduate students who are studying the subject for the first time, who have studied Anthropology in the context of a more general degree, and for those with little knowledge of the tradition of British Social Anthropology.

In addition, for those wishing to specialise in a particular professional field, the Department also offers options in Social Anthropology and Museums and Medical Anthropology.

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The University of Cambridge Department of Social Anthropology was rated as the best in the world for Anthropology in the influential global rankings by QS (Quacquarelli Symonds) in 2018.

This ESRC-recognised course provides intensive research training in social anthropology, social science research methods more generally, and the opportunity to complete a research thesis under academic guidance.  The course is intended as either a pathway to the PhD or a free-standing qualification in social science research methods.

It is expected that applicants for the Social Anthropology MRes will have undergraduate or master's-level training in social or cultural anthropology.

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A Cambridge PhD in Social Anthropology  is very highly regarded, both in the UK and overseas. In 2018 the University of Cambridge was rated as the best in the world for Anthropology in the influential global rankings by QS (Quacquarelli Symonds). We have some extremely distinguished alumni who have been enormously influential in academic Anthropology globally. The majority of our PhD graduates go on to jobs in academia, while the rest build very successful careers in the media, civil service, and the development sector, among others. The Cambridge University Department of Social Anthropology  is unparalleled as a place to study for a PhD, combining world-class teaching and resources with a friendly but intellectually challenging atmosphere.

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1 course also advertised in the Division of Social Anthropology

From the Department of History and Philosophy of Science

The MPhil in Health, Medicine and Society is a full-time one year course run jointly by the Departments of History and Philosophy of Science, Sociology and Social Anthropology. It introduces students from a range of backgrounds to research skills and specialist knowledge relevant to their research interests, and provides them with the opportunity to carry out focused research under close supervision by senior members of the University. Students will develop a critical and well-informed understanding of discourses of history, philosophy, sociology and anthropology of health and medicine, and those intending to go on to doctoral work will learn the skills needed to help them prepare a well-planned and focused PhD proposal.

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Dr James Laidlaw
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  • 75 Graduate Students
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