Ph.D. On Campus

Biological Anthropology

University of Cambridge

36 months
32352 GBP/year
8844 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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The PhD in Biological Anthropology from University of Cambridge, is an opportunity for original research leading to a thesis within a structured research environment that encourages both independence and collaboration. 


The PhD in Biological Anthropology from University of Cambridg is normally obtained after three years of study (five years part-time) on an approved subject within the field of biological anthropology, and includes an oral examination on the thesis and the general field of knowledge in which it falls.

The thesis topic is normally proposed by the student and then decided between the student and the supervisor, and assistance is provided on elements of methodology and analysis, as well as with the written presentation. 

The thesis must satisfy the examiners that the candidate can design and carry out investigations, assess and interpret the results obtained, and place the work in the wider perspective of the subject. The PhD is assessed solely on the basis of the thesis examination.

Learning Outcomes

A PhD thesis in Biological Anthropology is expected to be a lucid, scholarly and substantial research contribution to knowledge on its topic, and to demonstrate a good understanding of the wider context of the chosen topic. 

Programme Structure

  • Thesis / Dissertation
  • A report is submitted at the end of the first year and is assessed by internal review prior to registration.
  •  Subsequent yearly updates are then required in order to monitor progress. The objective here is formative, aiming to assure all concerned that the PhD project is on track and to put adjustments in place where necessary.
  •  It is not a formal assessment in the sense of forming an evaluated part of the student's academic record.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months
  • Part-time
    • 60 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Two academic references 
  • Transcript 
  • CV/resume
  • Evidence of competence in English 
  • Reasons for applying 
  • Research proposal
  • Sample of work 
  • Applicants for this course should have achieved a UK Masters (Merit).

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    32352 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 32352 GBP per year during 36 months.
  • National

    8844 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 8844 GBP per year during 36 months.

Part time:  

  • National: £5,306
  • International: £19,411

Living costs for Cambridge

846 - 1465 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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