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Application Map

General Admission

A detailed process map of how the application process works including how the Faculty and the Colleges will consider your application is available on the Graduate Study website.


Graduate Prospectus


The Graduate Prospectus provides a wealth of information about how to apply, a financial overview including information on course fees and funding informationapplication and funding deadlines, the Cambridge Colleges and much more. You will also find an extensive list of Frequently Asked Questions about the application process.


Supervision of Graduate Students


All students who are admitted to the Division of Social Anthropology will be assigned a Supervisor to support and guide their work. Your supervisor will be an expert in his or her field of research and will meet you regularly to discuss your work and oversee your progress.

All MPhil students admitted to the Division of Social Anthropology are assigned a supervisor when they arrive in Cambridge. Their supervisor will be a senior member of staff with expertise in a broad range of concerns relevant to the extensive range of material covered in the course. In cases where more specialised expertise would be helpful, especially in relation to students' dissertation plans, other members of staff may be consulted to advise as needed.

One of the requirements for admission of applicants wishing to undertake a research degree i.e. an MRes or a PhD in the Division of Social Anthropology is the agreement of a senior member (normally a member of Division staff) to act as supervisor of the student's work. Those seeking admission may indicate on their application form whether they have a specific supervisor in mind: this is not required, and it does not guarantee that the named individual will agree to act as supervisor. But prospective students are encouraged to consult the Division's Academic Staff Directory to help them in identifying a possible supervisor, and to contact those they believe may be interested in acting in this role.



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