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Pre-field Diary

Induction week

Below is the schedule for Induction week 2016. All students are expected to attend the events listed below, so please let the Graduate Administrator, (graduate-secretary [at] know if you cannot attend any of the activities.

All events take place in the Division of Social Anthropology unless marked with an asterisk*.

DateTimeDescription and Location
Before course Al-year SSRMC Skills audit, online at SSRMC
Tue 04 October Morning Health & safety induction, Babbage Lecture Theatre
Wed 05 October 11:30 Pre-Field InductionDivision of Social Anthropology
Wed 05 October 16:00 Introduction to the SSRMC, Lady Mitchell Hall, Sidgwick site
Wed 05 October 17:00 SSRMC booking window opens, University Training & Booking System
Thu 06 October 09:00 Teaching begins, see MRes/PhD1 Timetables
Fri 07 October 18:00 Social Anthropology welcome party, Museum of Arch & Anth
Mon 10 October Morning Interviews with pre-field tutor & PhD Chair, Meyer Fortes Room,Division of Social Anthropology


Course Diary

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

PhD in Social Anthropology 2016-17
Thursday 06 October Michaelmas Term teaching begins
Friday 14 October 17:00 Deadline - Nominations for pre-field cohort PhD Committee Junior Member
Wednesday 19 October Election for nomination of pre-field cohort PhD Committee Junior Member
Friday 28 October Research Training Paper titles released
Friday 09 December Fieldwork Risk Assessment Form due for Christmas vacation fieldwork
Tuesday 17 January Lent Full Term Commences
Friday 20 January Noon Submission deadline for Research Training Paper (RTP) 1
Tuesday 25 April Easter Full Term teaching begins
Friday 28 April Noon Submission deadline for Research Training Paper (RTP) 2
Friday 28 April Noon Submission deadline for Ethnographic Case Study
Monday 22 May Noon Submission deadline for Research Proposal Portfolio
Friday 26 May Fieldwork Clearance Interviews
Friday 16 June Easter Full Term ends, update contact details in your CamSIS self-service account
Monday 18 September Noon Submission deadline for Research Proposal Portfolio
Late September MRes viva voce examinations (if required)*
Late September/ Early October Fieldwork clearance interviews (for those continuing to PhD)
Applications for University & Wyse fieldwork funding due

* An oral examination is only necessary if a candidate is in danger of failing

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 commences on 1st October and finishes on 30th September each year and 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.
  • Graduate students operate on the basis of the academic year which extends beyond the end of the Easter Term are expected to be in residence at all times, even outside of Full Term, unless they have been granted leave to work away.

For specific term dates please see University Term Dates.