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PhD in Biological Anthropology University of Cambridge



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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 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.

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Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees

£30,813.00 (31,60,634) per year

The above mentioned fee is University Composition Fee. Students also additionally need to pay maintenance fee £14500 and settling In fee £350.


01 Oct, 05 Jan, 10 Apr, 05 Jan


University of Cambridge

The Old Schools,

Trinity Lane,



CB2 1TN, England

Entry requirement for international students

Applicants for this course should have achieved a UK Masters (Merit). Students need an IELTS (Academic) total of 7.5 with Listening, Writing, Speaking and Reading 6.5 score of 7.0 and TOEFL score of 110(Listening; Writing; Reading; and speaking score of each 25).

* Please check with your chosen school for the exact entry requirements for your programme.

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