The Division has a thriving PhD programme in Human Evolution and Behaviour, Human Population Biology and Health, and Primate Ecology and Genetics. Applications to carry out doctoral research within these research areas are welcomed from well-qualified candidates.
The PhD is an opportunity for original research leading to a dissertation within a structured research environment that encourages both independence and collaboration. A PhD degree in Biological Anthropology 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 of 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. Most PhD students begin their studies in October, but starting dates at the beginning of January or April are also possible. 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 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 University safety during their first Michaelmas term at Cambridge, and attend such lectures and courses as are considered appropriate by their supervisor.
A PhD thesis in Biological Anthropology is expected to be a lucid, scholarly and substantial research contribution to knowledge on its topic, and to demonstrate a good understanding of the wider context of the chosen topic.
MPhil students wishing to continue to the PhD in Biological Anthropology are required to achieve a High Pass mark of 68 overall in Biological Anthropology or a related subject, to submit a PhD research proposal and to obtain the support of an appropriate supervisor. In some circumstances additional academic conditions may be set to ensure that appropriate skills, such as language competence, are in place prior to admittance on the PhD programme.
By research supervision only, except as described under Educational Aims above.
|One to one supervision||
Supervisions are arranged with supervisors as needed, at fortnightly to monthly intervals, depending on the student's requirements and stage of progress, as well as any practical constraints.
The University of Cambridge publishes an annual Code of Practice which sets out the University’s expectations regarding supervision.
|Seminars & classes||
Weekly divisional seminars during term as well as research group meetings are a key point of the academic life of the division.
None required except as specified per Educational Aims above. PhD students are free to attend any lectures in the division.
None normally required.
|Small group teaching||
May be arranged within lab groups.
May be arranged as a small sub - discipline interest groups or weekly lab group meetings and seminars.
As arranged on an individual basis with supervisors.
Not normally applicable.
Any placements would be determined on an individual basis.
Students can expect to receive feedback throughout the term from their supervisory team in addition to a report outlining their progress from an online system. The department also holds regular informal sessions for PhD students to allow them to discuss progress and concerns with academic staff. Students with concerns should feel free to contact their supervisor/s or the Gradate Tutor to discuss them.
A thesis no longer than 80,000 words must be submitted as described under Educational Aims and Learning Outcomes, assessed as per university regulations. After submission an oral presentation (viva) is required.
Not normally required.
Not normally required.
Not normally required.
Report submitted at the end of the first year, assessed by internal review prior to registration.
Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).
Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.
All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.