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Department of Social Anthropology


The diary contains term dates, course submission deadlines and deadlines for funding amongst other useful information. For a teaching timetable, please see Timetables.

MPhil in Social Anthropology 2020-21
Monday 5 October Induction Interviews
Wednesday 6 October Induction Session for new MPhil students - Edmund Leach Seminar Room
Thursday 8 October Michaelmas Term teaching begins
Wednesday 14 October Funding application deadline for Gates US PhD applicant
Wednesday 14 October  Nominations for Student Representatives close
Friday 23 October Transfer to the PhD session
Friday 23 October Set Essay titles published
Monday 23 November Dissertation Expenses Grant deadline
Monday 23 November Deadline for submitting Set Essay title - Form MP13 and (if relevant) Form MP13-A (Research Ethics and Integrity for Fieldwork)
Monday 23 November Risk Assessment Form due for in-person Christmas vacation fieldwork
Thursday 7 January Major funding application deadline for UK/EU/International students applying to the PhD
Thursday 21 January Lent Term teaching begins
Wednesday 10 February Deadline for submitting dissertation title, and research ethics and integrity form for non-library based dissertations Form MP14   
Friday 12 February Risk Assessment Form due for in-person fieldwork 
Monday 1 March Deadline for Dissertation Expenses Grant Applications
Thursday 1 April Set Essay Submission Deadline
Thursday 29 April Easter Term teaching begins
Late April Examination timetable released to students
Tuesday 11 May First dissertation submission deadline
Tuesday 11 May Dissertation synopsis deadline for students submitting in August
Friday 28 May Risk Assessment Form due for in-person fieldwork  
Early June MPhil examinations – Dates TBC at the end of April
Friday 18 June Easter Term ends – Update contact details on CamSIS
Thursday  1 July Deadline for Change of Dissertation Title Requests
Friday 27 August Dissertation submission deadline
Late September Viva voce examinations (only if required)


A staff-student coffee morning is held during Full Term - you will be notified of the time and date. 

Academic calendar

The Cambridge academic year is made up of three terms: Michaelmas, Lent, and Easter. “Full term” means: the eight-week central portion of each of the three terms (Michaelmas, Lent and Easter), during which teaching takes place and students are expected to be in residence. For specific term dates please see University Term Dates.

Risk Assessment Form