Undergraduates
Applying to Girton
Forms & Deadlines
Girton Application Timeline
Extenuating Circumstances
Interviews
Nine Things You Should Know
Living at Girton
Accommodation Overview
Main College Building
Ash Court
Swirles Court
College Houses
Visiting Girton
Open Days
Individual Visits
Fees & Funding
Students from the UK & EU
Students from Other Countries
Parents & Supporters
Supporting an Applicant
Once They're Here
For Schools
Schools Liaison
Supporting Your Students
Modern Languages Taster Day 2016
Geography Taster Day for GCSE students
Humanities Writing Competition
Cambridge Colleges Physics Experience
Regional Teachers' Conference
Subjects
Anglo-Saxon, Norse & Celtic
Archaeology
Architecture
Asian & Middle Eastern Studies
Biological Anthropology
Chemical Engineering
Classics
Computer Science
Economics
Engineering
English
Geography
History
History and Modern Languages
History and Politics
Human, Social & Political Sciences
Land Economy
Law
Linguistics
Management Studies
Mathematics
Medicine
Modern & Medieval Languages
Music
Natural Sciences (Physical & Biological)
Philosophy
Psychological & Behavioural Sciences
Politics, International Relations & Sociology
Social Anthropology
Theology, Religion and Philosophy of Religion
Veterinary Medicine
Graduates
Graduate Open Day
Applying to Girton
Subjects
Graduate Life at Girton
Tutor Support
Graduate Accommodation
Fees & Funding
Planning Your Finances
Funding Finder (external link)
College Fees & Charges
Paying Your Bill
Insurance
Frequently Asked Questions
Graduate Research Awards

Undergraduate admissions at a glance

Social Anthropology can be studied via the new Human, Social & Political Sciences (HSPS) tripos

CONTACT INFORMATION

Tutorial and Admissions Office

Undergraduate

JLIB_HTML_CLOAKING

+44 (0)1223 338972

Graduate

JLIB_HTML_CLOAKING

+44 (0)1223 766673

Social Anthropology

Why choose Girton?

Both the history of Girton, and its enduring unique characteristics make this College an obvious place to study contemporary social anthropology.

As the first UK institution to admit women to higher education, Girton has always been committed to equality; to giving a voice to all. These values underpin the relevance of social anthropology in a rapidly changing world, which demands new ways of thinking about social relationships in both local and global contexts.

The college not only provides a supportive environment for all its students, but by fostering a strong sense of social cohesion it provides a context conducive to debate across all disciplines. This serves social anthropology students particularly well: perspectives from students taking other subject areas are an invaluable resource for a degree like social anthropology which calls for critical engagement across a broad range of topics.

Reflecting the broader qualities of the college, Social Anthropology students at Girton form a very friendly and cohesive community, providing both social and academic support for each other.

Undergraduate information

Social Anthropology is all about thinking through the perspectives of other people, whether they are from very different or apparently similar cultural backgrounds. It is a subject that eschews right or wrong answers – instead, it encourages students to think about questions and responses from varied standpoints, sometimes challenging their own preconceptions. It draws on a wide range of social theory, but is always committed to apply these to real life examples, wherever they may be.

Anthropology at Cambridge is one of the world's premier departments for both teaching and research, and is the largest department in the University's Faculty of Human, Social and Political Science. 

It is not necessary to complete original fieldwork as part of an Anthropology degree. However, being in the field is part of the excitement of the subject and many undergraduates choose to write a dissertation, relishing the opportunity to engage in some first hand data collection. 

In addition to the Haddon Library, which is the University's dedicated library for the subject, the College Library has an excellent social anthropology collection, reflecting is long-standing commitment to the discipline.

Graduate information

The Social Anthropology Division of the University has one of the most thriving PhD and Masters/MPhil student communities in the country, reflecting a wide range of geographical and topic-based areas.

In addition to the taught components of your course and your own independent study there are a number of different weekly research seminars you can attend, where an impressive range of anthropologists from all over the world come to present their work and invite discussion

For full details of courses and how to apply please see the Division of Social Anthropology website.

Research and postgraduate students are admitted to the University by the Board of Graduate Studies. You must therefore apply centrally and not to the College. However, since you must be admitted to a College, you can select Girton specifically your application form.

Career destinations

Many social anthropology students go on to work as researchers – either on applied research projects with charities (NGOs) or in university settings. Others, however, go on to careers as diverse and wide-ranging as the discipline itself encompasses; from working in museums, working in publishing or school teaching and the social services.