• Anthropology

Why study at Roehampton

  • Study anthropology and humanity from both social and biological perspectives.
  • Highly recommended: 100% student satisfaction on this course (National Student Survey 2015).
  • You'll get the opportunity to travel to South Africa for a field course, studying local communities, wildlife and the relationships between them.
  • We are ranked in the top 20 universities in the country for Anthropology (Complete University Guide 2016).

Course summary

What is it to be human? How do we live? Where did we come from and where are we going?

These are some of the big questions which you will explore during this degree. Anthropology is the study of the cultural and biological diversity of humans.

At Roehampton we cover classic themes of social anthropology (e.g. kinship, witchcraft, cannibalism, indigenous cosmologies) and elements of biological anthropology (e.g. human ecology and adaptation, the genetic and evolutionary affinities between humans and apes). 

Study with us for a highly dynamic learning experience, taught by staff engaged in world-class research. Themes such as violence, sexuality, wildlife conservation, global health or mental illness are studied from social and biological points of view. In addition, this course focuses on topics such as the relationship between culture and biology, gender and performance, globalisation and tourism, political/historical ecology and medical anthropology. The anthropology of science and the study of human-animal relations are also explored in considerable depth.

We run some of the UK’s most innovative modules. In The Anthropology of Tourism, you will study tourists, their motivations and influences through a series of field trips, films, lectures, and discussion. In Human Evolution, you will learn about all aspects of the evolution of hunter and gatherers from their diet, foraging practices, technology, residence, mobility, reproduction, cooperation and social organisations.

Course content

In your first year, you will experience ‘team-teaching’ in which you will be co-taught by social and biological anthropologists to explore concepts and case-studies together, and discuss their different, complementary and sometimes opposing viewpoints. These modules make for a lively and exciting exploration of key issues.

This integrated approach will continue into your second year, with an equal and complementary balance of social and biological modules. In the third year, you’ll have the opportunity to specialise in areas that interest you most.

What our students say

Sarah Cruddington

"The highlight for me has been the two-week South African field course as part of my third year. It was an unforgettable experience – and has only fuelled my passion for anthropology further."

Sarah Crudgington
BSc Anthropology

Read more about Sarah's experience.

Career options

You will leave the course with the practical skills and knowledge to pursue a successful career in an exciting range of areas. Our graduates have found work at all levels within conservation, teaching, journalism, international business, overseas development work, heritage and cultural sectors, charities and NGOs such as OXFAM and Children in Need. You will also be able to continue your studies at postgraduate level.

UCAS code





Single honours

Entry tariff

2016 entry: BBC or 280 points
2017 entry: 112 points *

*New style UCAS tariff. Find out more

Specific entry requirements

General entry requirements


Life Sciences


3 years (full-time), 5–7 years (part-time)

Tuition fees

£9,000 (2016; UK/EU)

£12,500 (2016; International)

Cash scholarships and bursaries available

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Further information

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+44 (0)20 8392 3232

Undergraduate open day

Saturday 9 July 2016

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