University of Cambridge

University of Cambridge

Social Anthropology

The course is intended for students who have already substantial theoretical background in social anthropology. It includes intensive fieldwork training in the 1st year, a research period of 12 to 18 months, and a further year for writing the dissertation (a maximum of 4 years is allowed in total). Students work with a main supervisor and an adviser, and the division also provides training and specialist seminars. Areas of research include: kinship studies; religion; ritual and symbolic systems; economics, politics and law of non-Western societies; medical anthropology; demography; urban anthropology; ethnicity and minority groups; gender relations; nationalist and transnational politics; Third World development; industrial societies; geographical areas in which supervision can be offered include: Europe; West Africa; Middle East; Central and North and East Asia; South America; Pacific; the Indian Subcontinent.

Entry requirements

1st class Honours degree in social anthropology or a pass in a Master's degree in social anthropology; where 1st language is not English applicants must achieve a 7.5 average score in IELTS; applications should include detailed research proposal.

Assessment methods

1st year assessment: 3 research training papers; research proposal portfolio. Final assessment: 80,000 word dissertation.

Sponsorship information

Department of Social Anthropology offers a limited number of studentships and bursaries, including ESRC and William Wyse studentships.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
PhD Full-time £ 7,362 per Academic year (home fees) 3 years
PhD Full-time £ 19,017 per Academic year (overseas fees) 3 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