Research course

Social Anthropology

University of Cambridge · Department of Archaeology and Anthropology

Entry requirements

Either a good undergraduate degree in Social Anthropology (first, 2.1) or an MA or MPhil in Social Anthropology, high pass. Demonstrated proficiency in the English language and the availability of appropriate supervision.

Months of entry

January, October, April

Course content

The PhD course is intended for students who already have a substantial theoretical background in Social Anthropology. It includes intensive fieldwork training in the first year, a research period of 12 to 15 months, and a further year for writing the dissertation (a maximum of four years is allowed in total). Students work with a main supervisor and an adviser, and the Department also provides compulsory training and specialist seminars which students are expected to attend. Opportunities are available for teaching practice for senior PhD students.

The PhD course consists in the first place of nine months training in research issues and methods culminating in the preparation of a research proposal. This training can either be undertaken through the nine-month (three-term) Pre-Fieldwork Course or through the one-year MRes in Social Anthropology. Students undertaking the PhD Pre-Fieldwork Course can expect to leave for field research at the end of their third term (June-July). Those undertaking the MRes course can expect to leave for fieldwork in their fourth term (October-December).

Department specialisms

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

Information for international students

Overseas: Cambridge Overseas Research Studentships, Cambridge Overseas Trust, Cambridge Commonwealth Trust, Gates Scholarships. Dept ORS Equivalent Studentship and William Wyse. COT/CCT/Gates one year studentships are offered.

Fees and funding

UK/EU: ESRC, Domestic Research Studentships, William Wyse Studentship.

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months

Course contact details

Admissions Secretary
01223 334599
01223 335993