Research course

Biological Anthropological Science

University of Cambridge · Department of Archaeology and Anthropology

Entry requirements

Admission is based on high achievement in a previous or current degree, typically first class, high 2:1 or an equivalent. Students will normally hold an undergraduate degree in either anthropology, biological anthropology, archaeology, or closely related cognate fields within the humanities or sciences.

Months of entry


Course content

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.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MPhil
    full time
    11 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Start: October.

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