• Anthropology

Why study at Roehampton

  • Highly recommended: 100% student satisfaction on this course (National Student Survey 2015).
  • Study what it means to be human, from both social and biological perspectives.
  • 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).

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

Anthropology explores these key questions and provides meaningful answers to them. It explains how we live, where we came from and where we are going. It is the study of the social, cultural and biological diversity of humans. Its various branches embrace the study of human relations (both biological and social), historical and evolutionary changes, ways of making a living and governing, relations with the natural and non-empirical world, bodies, artefacts, knowledge, emotion and cognition.

Anthropology has been described as the most scientific of the humanities and the most humanistic of the sciences. At the University of Roehampton, anthropology is in the Department of Life Sciences and has close working ties with colleagues working in other departments, such as Sociology, Drama, and Dance.

More details

Study with us and you’ll join a highly dynamic course, taught by staff engaged in world-class research. In your first year, you will experience team-teaching in which social and biological anthropologists explore concepts and case-studies together, and discuss their different, complementary and sometimes opposing viewpoints. This makes 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.

We run some of the UK’s most innovative modules. These include The Anthropology of Tourism, Humans and other Primates, Hunter Gatherers and Human Evolution, The Anthropology of Psychological Practices and The Anthropology of Life and Death.


You'll study in our outstanding teaching facilities for anthropological studies. From the campus community at Roehampton you can easily access the many world-class facilities of London, such as: the Natural History Museum, ZSL London Zoo and the Wellcome Collection. 

Examples of final-year project titles

  • Searching for ET... an anthropology of outer space
  • Measuring emotion in lion-tailed macaques
  • Whaling communities in contemporary Norway
  • Division of labour in contemporary hunter-gatherer societies
  • Breathing patterns and vocalisations of non-human primates
  • Lifting the veil from Saudi Arabia social media
  • The concept of guru


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.

Example modules

  • Being Human
  • Towards a new Anthropology of HIV/AIDS and Global Health
  • Human Ecology and Adaptation
  • Conservation, People and Wildlife: South Africa Field Course

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

BBC or 280 points

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 »

Programme outline

View the full details »

View Key Information Set »

Further information

Contact our Recruitment team
undergraduate@roehampton.ac.uk »
+44 (0)20 8392 3232

Tuesday campus tours

1st, 8th or 15th December

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