- Department of Biological Anthropology (map)
Cambridge CB2 3DZ
- +44 (0)1223 335454
- +44 (0)1223 335460
- See also:
- Institution admissions pages, Graduate Studies Prospectus Entry.
As the smallest of the Arch&Anth departments, with 6 members of academic staff and 3 staff, Biological Anthropology nonetheless has an active graduate programme, with 20-30 PhD students and around 5 MPhil students working on a variety of projects in: epidemiology, social biology, comparative genetics, primatology, human evolution, paeleontology and skeletal biology. The Department has well-equipped and well-maintained computer facilities (including computers in all student offices), a state of the art biomolecular genetics laboratory not to mention the Duckworth Collection of ancient human skeletal material, which is the envy of anthropology departments throughout Europe. PhD students conduct independent research within one of a number of research groups related to these topics, while MPhil students attend lectures and seminars in addition to a shorter project which forms an integral part of their 1-year course.
Being a small Department, it has a friendly and personal atmosphere, and contact between staff and students is frequent and informal. All graduate students have their own desk space within shared offices, which facilitates a sense of community and often leads to students collaborating on projects. A weekly Departmental seminar, and frequent research meetings and journal clubs organised by the various research groups bring staff and students together on a regular basis during term time. Students wishing to undertake undergraduate teaching can take advantage of the large number of students enrolled in the 1st, 2nd and 3rd year of the course and the College links enjoyed by academic staff. The Department is well located on the New Museums Site in Pembroke Street for easy access to the University’s Libraries and other Arch&Anth Departments, and is close to centre of town and railway station.