University of Cambridge

University of Cambridge

Social Anthropology

The course can be taken as a freestanding qualification or as a route to the PhD. It is a demanding course that enables students to reach a high level of specialist knowledge in social anthropology within a short time and, subject to performance, equips them to undertake a research degree. Problems in anthropological theory, interpretation, comparison and analysis are addressed in relation to particular ethnographies and substantive debates in the anthropological literature. Through critical reflection on a range of anthropological theories, and through practice in the application of those theories to bodies of ethnographic data, students acquire a thorough and intensive grounding in a range of styles of social anthropological analysis.

Entry requirements

Upper 2nd class Honours degree or equivalent; where 1st language is not English applicants must achieve a 7.5 average sccore in IELTS; relevant experience required.

Assessment methods

Assessment is based on 2 written examinations; essay; thesis of 12000 words.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MPhil Full-time £ 12,141 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MPhil Full-time £ 22,857 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Cambridge University Cambridge CB2 1TN East of England

Key information

Department of Social Anthropology
Telephone number: 
01223 334599