Research course

Social Anthropological Research

University of Cambridge · Department of Archaeology and Anthropology

Entry requirements

Intended for students with substantial background in subject (preferably degree); demonstrated proficiency in English language. For those who wish to enhance genetic social science skills in combination with anthropological expertise at an advanced level. May or may not intend to continue to a PhD. Our research interests in embryonic form.

Months of entry


Course content

The Cambridge MPhil in Social Anthropology is an intensive 11-month graduate degree programme intended as a conversion course for students with little or no previous training in anthropological methods and perspectives. It provides a wide yet thorough grounding in the theoretical and ethnographic dimensions of the field. The degree can be a free-standing qualification, or a route to the original research involved in a PhD, or a means to acquire knowledge of anthropology for use in other fields and professional contexts.

The course addresses key problems in anthropological theory, interpretation, comparison and analysis, building on in-depth engagement with a wide range of recent and past ethnographies to explore major debates in the field's current concerns. Through critical reflection on a range of anthropological theories, and through practice in the application of those theories to bodies of ethnographic material, students acquire a thorough grounding in a variety of styles of social anthropological analysis.

Department specialisms

Comparative Anthropology; History of World Civilisations; Transformations of Post-Socialist Societies; Innovation and the New Technologies; Medicine and Indigenous Knowledge Practices; New Economic Forms; Development Anthropology.

Information for international students

(First instance students only) Overseas Research Studentship, Gates, Cambridge Commonwealth and Overseas Trusts, Cambridge European Trust and Department's ORS Equivalent Studentship, William Wyse Studentship. COT/CCT/Gates one year studentships are offered.

Fees and funding

(First instance students only) UK/EU: ESRC, Domestic Research Studentships, William Wyse Studentship, Gates (EU).
Overseas: Overseas Research Studentships, Gates, Cambridge Commonwealth/Overseas Trusts, dept ORS Equivalent Studentship and William Wyse.
COT/CCT/Gates one year studentships are offered.

Qualification and course duration


full time
11 months

Course contact details

Admissions Secretary
01223 334599
01223 335993