University of Cambridge

University of Cambridge

Social Anthropology

This course provides training in research methods combined with work on a specific anthropological research project; during this course, systematic critical discussion of the student's own and other research projects trains them in: how fieldwork contributes to social scientific knowledge; how to isolate the theoretical questions that inform particular pieces of ethnography; how to identify the kinds of empirical evidence necessary to address those questions; the taught element of this course consists of these compulsory streams: the pre-fieldwork seminar; the ethnographic methods course; statistics for social anthropologists; basic statistical methods, modules on introductory statistical methods, basic quantitative analysis and designing surveys.

Entry requirements

1st class Honours degree in social anthropology or a high pass in a Master's degree in social anthropology; where 1st language is not English applicants must achieve a 7.5 in IELTS. Applications should include detailed research proposal; applicants intending to proceed to PhD after MRes should make this clear in initial application.

Assessment methods

Assessment is based on 2 essays; 1 ethnographic case study; workbook of 1 work-book of assessment of materials on research methods; 15,000 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
MRes Full-time £ 12,141 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MRes 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