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Course summary

The PhD in Biological Anthropology is an opportunity for original research leading to a thesis within a structured research environment that encourages both independence and collaboration. The PhD is normally obtained after three years of study (five years part-time) on an approved subject within the field of Biological Anthropology, and includes an oral examination on the thesis and the general field of knowledge in which it falls. The thesis topic is normally proposed by the student and then 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. The PhD is assessed solely on the basis of the thesis examination. A PhD thesis in Biological Anthropology must represent a significant contribution to knowledge. with a word count of not more than 80,000 words, excluding appendices, footnotes and bibliography. Students may be required to complete courses in research design, statistical analysis, interpretation, communication and safety during their first Michaelmas term at Cambridge, and attend such lectures and courses as are considered appropriate by their supervisor.


Entry requirements

Applicants for this course should have achieved a UK Masters (Merit). If your degree is not from the UK, please check International Qualifications to find the equivalent in your country. Applicants must have achieved a mark of at least 68 in a UK MA or MPhil or the equivalent from a non-UK institution, or possess relevant professional experience. For projects involving fieldwork, previous field experience may be required. See 'how to apply' for further information.


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Biological Anthropology at University of Cambridge - UCAS