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Undergraduate Study

Biological Anthropology is a field which explores human biology and evolution. With an emphasis on the interaction between biology and culture, it sits firmly between the social and biological sciences. The unifying theme across our teaching is the understanding of humans, past and present, from an evolutionary perspective.

  • Undergraduate Students

Undergraduate students gain knowledge and experience across this inter-disciplinary spectrum through a combination of lectures, practicals and research projects, both in the laboratory and the field. From 2017, Biological Anthropology is offered through the Archaeology Tripos. Biological Anthropology is offered as either a stand-alone track or as a combination with Archaeology.

Download the Biological Anthropology leaflet here.

Further details on the structure of the undergraduate degree programme can be found here.

Undergraduate NST, Med and Vet students are also able to take the third year courses in Biological Anthropology

» Biological Anthropology Part IIB for NST, Med and Vet Students


Cambridge is a world-leading centre for biological anthropologiical research. Undertaking a postgraduate degree at Cambridge, whether taught or by research, will provide you with the foundation to advance your job prospects, to deepen your understanding of your chosen field of study, and to develop new skills in researching, thinking and presenting.

We offer taught 1-year MPhils in Applied Biological Anthropology, Biological Anthropological Science and Human Evolutionary Studies.

  • MPhil Students

Cambridge University offers a Masters Degree in Philosophy (M.Phil.) in many subjects. These are one year, research-based training courses, which can either be a standalone opportunity to learn about a particular subject and carry out a piece of independent research, or else a platform on which to develop a doctoral research degree (Ph.D.).

  • PhD Students

The PhD, leading to the submission of an 80,000 word thesis, has launched the careers of distinguished scholars teaching in universities around the world. Students have both a primary and a secondary supervisor, and regular reviews provide a structured opportunity for feedback on how the research is progressing.