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Current Undergraduate Students

Part I Human, Social and Political Sciences

Undergraduate students who wish to study Biological Anthropology at Cambridge are admitted to the Faculty of Human, Social and Political Sciences (HSPS), which co-ordinates a multi-disciplinary first year, or Part I tripos, taught jointly by the three member Departments – Department of Archaeology and Anthropology, Department of Politics and International Studies and Department of Sociology. Each of these departments has a worldwide reputation for teaching and research, and the undergraduate curriculum (Tripos) is designed to serve both students who have a clear disciplinary commitment at the time of application as well as those who want a broader multidisciplinary degree. Those subjects taught by the three member departments include: Biological Anthropology, Archaeology, Social Anthropology, Sociology and Politics and International Relations.

For more information about Part I HSPS, including the Part I Lecture Timetable, Part I Handbook, Part I CamTools site and Marking & Classing Criteria,please visit the HSPS web site.

The HSPS website also includes information on the papers offered to students in Part1.


Part II Biological Anthropology

Those students that enroled in the HSPS Tripos can study Biological Anthropology in their second (Part IIA) and third (Part IIB) years as a single track or part of a joint track. The subject combinations available to current second year students (Part IIA HSPS) are described here.

Biological Anthropology Students are joined every year by some students who did Part I Natural Sciences. But also, many medics and vets choose to do a one-year Part II in BioAnth as part of their MVST course, or take individual papers from within the BioAnth section of the HSPS tripos as options.

Paper Descriptions

All Part II Paper descriptions and course documents can be found on the Biological Anthropology Part II Moodle Site


Part II Options

Part IIB Options Booklet 2017/18



Marking and classification

The HSPS Tripos marking and classing criteria for:


For general information on undergraduate matters, students should contact the Undergraduate Administrator, either by email (, telephone +44 (0) 1223 7 61097, or at the Archaeology Office, Downing Street.