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Information for Undergraduates

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Key Contact People

Staff Office Hours


Track and Paper Registration

Lecture List


Essays and Examinations


After the Undergraduate Degree


Key Contact People

If you have any concerns, then the best person to contact in the first instance is your Director of Studies. However, you are very welcome to contact the following people with specific questions, concerns or suggestions related to the Department.

For College-related issues, you should consult your Director of Studies or Tutor.

The Director of Undergraduate Education, and chairman of the Department's Undergraduate Education Committee, is Dr Sian Lazar ()

The Head of Department is Professor James Laidlaw ()


Staff Office Hours

If you would like to speak with Lecturers and Paper Co-ordinators about any questions or issues that arise throughout the course of the teaching year, they generally have a designated weekly office hour. During this time, you are welcome to drop in without appointment and see them for a chat. Other members of staff are available via email appointment so please don't hesitate to get in touch with them during Full Term to request a time to meet should you like or need to do so.

Please see the arrangements and office hours here



Part II Handbook for Social Anthropology 2017-18

For information on diary dates over the course of the academic year, see Dates for your Diary 2017-18.


Registering on a Track and Paper Options

Part IIA and Part IIB students should register for their single or joint-track and desired papers at the Options Session during the Part I and Part IIA years respectively. For further information and the relevant forms please see the following links:

Options Registration Guide to Papers available For Questions Form submission deadline
Going into Part IIA in 2017-18
Part IIA Registration 
Part IIA Paper Guide Friday 19 May 2017
Going into Part IIB in 2017-18

Part IIB

Part IIB
Paper Guide
Wednesday 24 May 2017

If you have any questions regarding IIA or IIB registration, please see your Director of Studies.



The timetables for Social Anthropology lectures are available in various formats on our Timetables page. Please consult them regularly, as any changes will be updated on the website and the online timetable in the first instance.



Supervisions for Social Anthropology Papers are organised by Directors of Studies. Students should expect to receive approximately three supervisions a term for each core paper, and two supervisions a term for each optional paper.  There are no supervisions for SAN4 because it is seminar based. Supervisions should not start later than week 3 of Michaelmas term. Queries and concerns relating to supervisions should be addressed by students, in the first instance to their Director of Studies and secondly to the Course Co-ordinator.


Essays and Examinations

For further information on essays and examinations, including the HSPS Part II marking and classing criteria, the essay writing guide and information on the correct use of ethnographic materials, please see Essays and Exams.

 Please note all students should contact their Director of Studies at their college to register for examinations.



Plagiarism Information

Recording Lectures

Lectures and presentations are the intellectual property of the presenter, whether a staff member or student, who retain control over their use and dissemination. Recording, photographing or filming of teaching (lectures, seminars) in any form is thus prohibited. Students who have a documented disability may be granted an exception to record lectures and presentations, but not question sessions, seminar discussions and similar settings. Students must provide support for this request to the Disability Resource Centre, who will make a decision as to the nature of the reasonable adjustments that may be requested of a lecturer.

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After the Undergraduate Degree

 If you are interested in taking your studies further, you should seek the advice of your supervisors and Director of Studies. You might wish to supplement your Social Anthropology with a specialist Master’s course (MPhil or MRes) or think about going on to professional training and fieldwork at PhD level (PhD). In either case, applications for places (at Cambridge or other universities) and for grants usually have to be made in the Michaelmas term.

The Graduate Studies Prospectus is available on the Graduate Admissions website. The prospectus covers all postgraduate courses offered at Cambridge and incorporates all necessary documentation including graduate application and reference forms.

The Cambridge University Careers Service provides careers education, information and guidance to students and alumni of the University of Cambridge. Cambridge students, alumni and staff should register with the Careers Service for complete access to their services and website.

Information on upcoming vacancies, scholarships and funds are also posted on the noticeboards on the first floor of the Social Anthropology building.