Research course

Biological Anthropological Science

University of Cambridge · Department of Archaeology and Anthropology

Entry requirements

Applicants for this course should have achieved a UK High II.i Honours Degree.

If your degree is not from the UK, please check International Qualifications to find the equivalent in your country.

Admission is based on high achievement in a previous degree, typically First class, high 2.i 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 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 Division.

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.

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 submission of the thesis by the end of August.

Department specialisms

Human Evolutionary Studies; Human Population Biology and Ecology; Anthropological Primate Genetics; Primate Behavioural Studies.

Fees and funding

National (University, college, industry, charity, private, ORS) and international funding bodies.

Qualification and course duration


full time
11 months

Course contact details

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