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Department of Social Anthropology


The new MPhil in Social Anthropological Research at the University of Cambridge provides specialist training in Social Anthropology to students with a first degree in the discipline, either on its own or as part of a joint degree.

Applications are now open for the first cohort, starting in October 2021. The MPhil will consist of a core course on contemporary themes and professional development, together with an evolving programme of methods teaching and specialist training in cutting 

edge social anthropology, directly linked to staff research interests. Planned modules for 2021-22 include courses on Race and Culture; From Symbol to Index and Back; the Anthropology of Crisis and Disaster; Form and Formalism in Knowledge and Society; Museum Anthropology; Historicity and Temporality; the Anthropology of Power; Value, Values and Valuation; and Comparative Environments.

This new 9-month MPhil is for students who already have a strong engagement with the core themes of our discipline but wish to develop their expertise along more specialist lines, either as grounding for a PhD or as preparation for a non-academic job for which Social Anthropology is a good foundation: for example, in the media, think tanks, public or private sector research, the civil service, NGOs etc. The MPhil gives students the chance to draw on the expertise of members of one of the leading Anthropology departments in the world.

Find more information here, or come to our online Q&A session about the MPhil SAR on 19th November at 4pm GMT.

Contact to register.