Taught course

Biological Anthropology 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.

Months of entry


Course content

The MPhil in Biological Anthropological Science is a special course offered to students who already have substantial knowledge in biological anthropology. The course is focused solely on research, offering training and supervision on research skills and specialist knowledge during the process of working on a substantial research project. Prospective applicants are encouraged to approach a potential research supervisor for informal discussions before finalising their applications. The main aims of this research-only MPhil programme are:

to offer students with relevant preparation and experience at first-degree level, e.g. in biological anthropology whether at Cambridge or elsewhere, the opportunity to carry out focused research in the discipline under PhD-style supervision; and

to give students the opportunity to acquire or develop skills and expertise relevant to their research interests.

The thesis must satisfy the examiners that the student 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 in late July. The oral examination will take place at a later date to be determined by the examiners.

Information for international students

Language Requirement

IELTS (Academic)

Element Score

Listening 7.0

Writing 7.0

Reading 7.0

Speaking 7.0

Total 7.5

TOEFL Internet Score

Element Score

Listening 25

Writing 25

Reading 25

Speaking 25

Total 110


Score: Grade A & B (overall score of 193, with no element lower than 185 plus a Language Centre assessment)


Score: Grade A, B, or C (with at least 200 with no element lower than 185).

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

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