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  • Study Type

    Full time available

  • Subject Areas

    Anthropology

  • Start Date

    October

  • Course Duration

    10 months

  • Course Type

    Other

  • Course Fees

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  • Last Updated

    04 September 2019

The MPhil in Applied Biological Anthropology is a full-time interdisciplinary course taken over a period of ten months with core teaching in human population biology. Topics that may be covered in a given year include: human ecology (with behavioural, nutritional, demographic or reproductive emphasis); evolutionary and adaptive processes; molecular genetics; epidemiology and disease in past and present populations; and quantitative methods for biological anthropology. There are strong biostatistical and laboratory elements to the course as well as an opportunity for laboratory experience and exposure to literature on field studies in human population biology.

The lecturers are primarily involved in research and teaching within Biological Anthropology in the Department of Archaeology. This taught MPhil recruits students who are prepared for graduate work and wish to receive interdisciplinary training, but who do not have sufficient background in Applied Biological Anthropology to be considered for the research MPhil or doctoral work. This is a demanding course that enables students to obtain specialist training and knowledge in an area of Applied Biological Anthropology over a relatively short time frame. Subject to performance, the course prepares students to undertake an advanced degree.

Learning Outcomes

The MPhil in Applied Biological Anthropology aims to:

1. give students the chance to learn, at an advanced level, about the major topics in the biological anthropology of living populations and their applications;

2. provide students with the opportunity to review and discuss major research questions in biological anthropology;

3. provide students with intellectual skills that will allow them to undertake independent research in biological anthropology;

4. give students the appropriate intellectual and mentoring context for the development of an independent

research project; and

5. prepare students for research at doctoral level and to equip them to be future leaders in biological anthropology and allied fields around the world.

Continuing

MPhil students taking Applied Biological Anthropology who wish to continue to the PhD in Biological Anthropology are required to achieve an overall mark of at least 68 in the MPhil degree with a mark of at least 68 in the dissertation. Before applying they will need to obtain support from a potential PhD supervisor. This need not be the same person who supervises the MPhil thesis but students will need to let the potential PhD supervisor see substantive written work in addition to a draft thesis proposal at an early stage in the academic year. In some circumstances, additional academic conditions may be set to ensure that appropriate skills are in place prior to admittance on the PhD programme.

Teaching

The MPhil in Applied Biological Anthropology is a full-time interdisciplinary course taken over a period of ten months with core teaching in human population biology. Topics that may be covered in a given year include human ecology (with behavioural nutritional, demographic or reproductive emphasis); evolutionary and adaptive processes; molecular genetics; epidemiology and disease in past and present populations; and quantitative methods for biological anthropology. There are strong biostatistical and laboratory elements to the course as well as a focus on field studies.

This taught MPhil recruits students who are prepared for graduate work and wish to receive interdisciplinary training, but who do not have sufficient background in Applied Biological Anthropology to be considered for the research MPhil or doctoral work. This is a demanding course that enables students to obtain specialist training and knowledge in an area of Applied Biological Anthropology over a relatively short time frame. Subject to performance in the assessment, the course prepares students to undertake an advanced degree.

One to one supervision

Supervisions are offered on theses and seminars are offered on papers. 

Students are able to request supervisions with their supervisors as and when required.

Seminars & classes

Students attend a series of academic and professional development seminars and are expected to give 2-3 short presentations across the year on their dissertation work.

Lectures

Students both sit lectures on subjects of their choosing and receive training in methods for statistical inference.

Practicals

Some modules will have practical elements, depending on student choice and modules on offer.

Small group teaching

Students are able to attend and organise seminars.

Journal clubs

May be arranged as small interest groups.

Literature reviews

As arranged on an individual basis with supervisors.

Placements

Not normally applicable.

Feedback

Formative feedback is provided in written comments on assessed work. 2-3 individual meetings with the MPhil Director are scheduled across the year, and more can be arranged on request. All marks released to students through the course of the year are provisional until certified by the final examiners meeting which is usually held in late September.


Visit the MPhil in Applied Biological Anthropology page on the University of Cambridge website for more details!

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