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Graduate Admissions

Teaching

There is no formal teaching for the course as assessment is by research only.  PhD students are, however, encouraged to attend any lectures, seminars or talks which may be relevant to their area of research.

One to one supervision

Supervisions are arranged with supervisors as needed, at fortnightly to monthly intervals, depending on the student's requirements and stage of progress, as well as any practical constraints.

The University of Cambridge publishes an annual Code of Practice which sets out the University’s expectations regarding supervision.

Seminars & classes

Weekly seminars during term as well as research group meetings are a key part of the academic life of the department.

Lectures

None required but PhD students are free to attend any lectures in the department.

Small group teaching

May be arranged within lab groups.

Journal clubs

May be arranged as small sub-discipline interest groups or weekly lab group meetings and seminars.

Placements

Any placements would be determined on an individual basis.

Feedback

Students can expect to receive feedback throughout the term from their supervisory team in addition to reports outlining their progress on an online system. The department also holds regular informal sessions for PhD students to allow them to discuss progress and concerns with academic staff. Students with concerns should feel free to contact their supervisors or the Graduate Tutor to discuss them.

Assessment

Thesis

The thesis topic is normally proposed by the student and then 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. The PhD is assessed solely on the basis of the thesis examination.

A PhD thesis in Biological Anthropology must represent a significant contribution to knowledge of not more than 80,000 words, excluding appendices, footnotes and bibliography. After submission an oral presentation (viva) is required.

Other

A report is submitted at the end of the first year and is assessed by internal review prior to registration. Subsequent yearly updates are then required in order to monitor progress. The objective here is formative, aiming to ensure all concerned that the PhD project is on track and to put adjustments in place where necessary. It is not a formal assessment in the sense of forming an evaluative part of the student's academic record.

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Key Information


3-4 years full-time

5-7 years part-time

Doctor of Philosophy

Division of Biological Anthropology

Enquiries

Course on Department Website

Dates and deadlines:

Applications open
Dec. 6, 2017
Application deadline
Oct. 4, 2018
Course Starts
Jan. 5, 2019

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

Applications open
March 1, 2018
Application deadline
Jan. 14, 2019
Course Starts
April 10, 2019

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

Michaelmas 2019

Applications open
Sept. 3, 2018
Application deadline
April 26, 2019
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2019

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

Applications open
Sept. 3, 2018
Application deadline
Oct. 4, 2019
Course Starts
Jan. 5, 2020

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

Applications open
Sept. 3, 2018
Application deadline
Jan. 14, 2020
Course Starts
April 10, 2020

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

Graduate Funding Competition
Jan. 3, 2019
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 10, 2018

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