The Cambridge MPhil in Social Anthropology is an intensive 11-month graduate degree programme intended as a conversion course for students with little or no previous training in anthropological methods and perspectives. It provides a wide yet thorough grounding in the theoretical and ethnographic dimensions of the field. The degree can be a free-standing qualification, or a route to the original research involved in a PhD, or a means to acquire knowledge of anthropology for use in other fields and professional contexts.
The course addresses key problems in anthropological theory, interpretation, comparison and analysis, building on in-depth engagement with a wide range of recent and past ethnographies to explore major debates in the field's current concerns. Through critical reflection on a range of anthropological theories, and through practice in the application of those theories to bodies of ethnographic material, students acquire a thorough grounding in a variety of styles of social anthropological analysis.
Further details about the MPhil in Social Anthropology, including information about eligibility, funding, teaching and assessment can be found in the Graduate Admissions Course Directory.
Applications are made through the University’s Graduate Admissions Office (GAO). Further information about applying to the University, including instructions on how to submit your supporting documents, is available from the Graduate Admissions Office website. All prospective applicants should read the information on the Graduate Admissions Office website carefully prior to applying.