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Department of Social Anthropology

Mopti Street Transport, Africa


What is Social Anthropology?  


Social anthropology is the study of all peoples everywhere – what they make, what they do, what they think and how they organise their social relationships and societies.  Read on here.





Why Study Postgraduate Courses at Cambridge?


Anthropology is one of the most exciting subjects to study at university today, and Cambridge is unmatched as a place to study, as a place to undertake research, and just as somewhere to be.

Over recent years, the University of Cambridge has been recognised as one of the top departments in the world for anthropology in the influential global rankings by QS (Quacquarelli Symonds) and by the Complete University Guide. We are a vibrant and friendly department, innovative and intellectually inspiring.



What do we offer?  


The Department of Social Anthropology offers a range of postgraduate qualifications: The Master of Philosophy (MPhil) and The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). 

Click here for an overview of all postgraduate courses.




What's involved in the post-graduate courses?


MPhil in Social Anthropology 

MPhil in Social Anthropological Research

MPhil in Health, Medicine and Society


PhD The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)




Getting involved

The Cambridge University Social Anthropology Society (CUSAS) is run by students in the Department.  A wide range of events are organised and you are encouraged to get involved.  This term there will be online Coffee Mornings and Brown Bag Lunches, an excellent opportunity to have engaging conversations with Cambridge social anthropologists in an informalsetting, as well as film screenings and talks.  Keep an eye out for our term cards and event announcements (on Facebook, or on our Twitter feed).



What student support is offered?

The Colleges offer first-rate student support to undergraduates and postgraduates and the University has some of the best intellectual resources in the world, from people to libraries. Everyone is part of a community that extends well beyond the department.



What careers could studying anthropology lead to?

We organise regular events for alumni to speak to our student and staff at which alumni talk about how their studies in the Department have influenced their careers.  We have a range of recorded, short interviews here.





open day



Dr Rupert Stasch, Professor Harri Englund and Dr Liana Chua introduce the Social Anthropology postgraduate programmes

Students in lecture

Take a virtual tour of the Department of Social Anthropology