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Studying Biological Anthropology at Cambridge

Biological Anthropology is a thriving, highly-interdisciplinary subject, which has been taught at Cambridge for over 30 years. Our courses have trained professionals who are now working in the field throughout the world. Biological Anthropology at Cambridge is one of the only programmes of its kind in the United Kingdom.

Research conducted in Cambridge covers a wide range of areas, from primate behaviour, to primate and human evolutionary genetics, human population biology and ecology, Palaeolithic archaeology and evolutionary anthropology. 

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. Biological Anthropology is offered through the Archaeology Tripos. Biological Anthropology is offered as either a stand-alone track or as a combination with Archaeology.

To find out more about our undergraduate course click here

Download the Biological Anthropology leaflet here.

For further information about the undergraduate course in Biological Anthropology please contact the Undergraduate Administrator at:




Postgraduate Study

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.

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.).

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

PhD Students

The PhD in Biological Anthropology, 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.

For further information about the postgraduate courses in Biological Anthropology please contact the Graduate Administrator at: