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Graduate Admissions

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Course closed:

Biological Anthropological Science is no longer accepting new applications.

This is a master's degree by research in which the sole requirement is a thesis. 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 thesis 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.

The thesis must satisfy the examiners that the candidate can design and carry out investigations, assess and interpret the results obtained, and place the work in the wider perspective of the subject. This course begins in October, with the submission of the thesis by the end of August. The oral examination will take place on a later date to be determined by the examiners.

Learning Outcomes

This course will prepare students for research at a doctoral level and equip them to be future leaders in biological and evolutionary anthropology and allied fields around the world.


Continuing

MPhil students taking Biological Anthropological Science wishing to continue to the PhD in Biological Anthropology are required to pass the MPhil degree (which is Pass/Fail only). Before applying they must obtain support from a potential supervisor. This might not be the person who supervised the MPhil thesis but students will need to let the potential PhD supervisor see substantive written work in addition to a draft thesis proposal at an early stage in the academic year.  In some circumstances, additional academic conditions may be set to ensure that appropriate skills, such as language competence, are in place prior to admission to the PhD programme.


Open Days

The University of Cambridge will be hosting its Cambridge Postgraduate Open Day on Friday 1 November 2019. Visit the Postgraduate Open Day page for more details.

Key Information


11 months full-time

Master of Philosophy

Department of Archaeology

Enquiries

Course on Department Website

Dates and deadlines:

Applications open
Sept. 2, 2019
Application deadline
April 30, 2020
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2020

Some courses can close early. See the Deadlines page for guidance on when to apply.

Graduate Funding Competition
Jan. 7, 2020
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 14, 2019

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