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Events in Cambridge

Though the taught modules form the basis of the MPhil, we encourage you to integrate yourself into the research culture of the departments by attending relevant lectures, research seminars, research methods training, reading groups, workshops and conferences. Some sources of information on other events are listed below. You can consult with staff to identify relevant events. Please also keep an eye on your emails as events and training opportunities from the departments and elsewhere in the University are often advertised to student mailing lists.

Social Sciences Research Methods Programme

The Social Sciences Research Methods Programme (SSRMP) is an interdisciplinary centre providing training for staff and postgraduate students across the University. Courses cover qualitative, and quantitative research methods, from basic training to advanced statistical analysis. Staff can help you to identify relevant training.

Social Sciences Research Methods Programme website

Other events

HPS seminars and reading groups

Social anthropology events

Sociology lunchtime seminar series

Challenges of Experimental Government and Public Policy: evening seminar series

'Geographies of Health' reading group

Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities (CRASSH)

Talks.cam

Undergraduate courses

Undergraduate lectures can provide systematic introductions to subject areas that are new to you, and point to research topics and reading material even in areas you are reasonably familiar with. Lecture series can be found on the relevant department websites and on the University timetable website.

History and Philosophy of Science

Social Anthropology

Sociology

Libraries

You will have access to many libraries whilst studying in Cambridge, including your own College, the main University Library (the UL) and many department and faculty libraries. Of particular interest will be your College library, the University Library, and the libraries of the departments involved in teaching this course.

Faculty and departmental libraries hold tours and introductions to their collections and facilities at the start of term, and the UL runs introductory sessions throughout the year. We recommend attending these sessions as they give you the opportunity to familiarise yourself with the libraries, register, and meet the staff.

Lean Library

Lean Library is a browser extension that automatically detects if you have access to an article via the University or Open Access, with no need to login to individual websites.

Document Conversion Service

SensusAccess allows anyone with a University of Cambridge email address to upload documents in a variety of formats (e.g. pdf, png, jpeg) and have those documents quickly converted to alternative and accessible formats, in a range of languages. 

CamGuides

CamGuides is a set of resources for students beginning taught Master's Degrees at the University of Cambridge. It covers a range of academic and research practices, such as transferable skills, how to navigate the range of resources and information available to you, and how to manage your academic resources.

Past student work

A sample of essays and dissertations from previous students on this course is available in the Whipple Library. You can also consult past coursework from other courses run by the departments involved. The department libraries can provide help and advice on this.

Computing

You have access to computing facilities in all three departments. For more information on available resources, see the department websites.

Moodle

Moodle is the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) we use to publish reading lists and other information for students, and for submission of coursework. If you are having trouble finding something on Moodle, contact the Graduate Secretary in the first instance.