Postgraduate courses
Postgraduate courses

Social Anthropology

Why study at Roehampton

  • Students look at relevant and varied topics such as how migration influences cities across the world.
  • Students explore the key debates and issues in the anthropology of development, tourism and the global landscape.
  • Students can undertake ethnographic fieldwork either in the UK or abroad.
  • We were rated the best new university in London for research (Times Higher Education 2014 REF Results).

Explore the key debates and issues in the anthropology of development, tourism and the global landscape.

Social anthropologists engage in the study of human societies in all their diversity and complexity, from the smallest groups to mass western social systems. This course focuses on social issues such as variations in family structures, cultural traditions, gender and sexuality, and religious, political and economic systems. Students explore medical anthropology, the interface between psychology and anthropology, tourism, and the anthropology of science.

More details

With no more than 40 students in each year, you benefit from personal attention in interactive lectures, seminars and workshops.

Students are encouraged to carry out a small-scale ethnographic project under supervision.

Year-by-year summary

First year

You are introduced to the theoretical traditions of the discipline as well as its core subject areas, including the family, political systems, cosmological and belief systems. A focus on classical ethnographic field studies enables you to see how key areas of anthropology have developed.

Second year

Your knowledge of the discipline is expanded through the core modules of Kinship: Comparative and Contemporary Studies, Theory: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives, Ethnographic Research Methods.

Third year

You are encouraged to embark on a small-scale supervised ethnographic project. Specialist modules cover areas such as human-animal relations; anthropological aspects of psychological practices; life and death in anthropological perspective; the ethnography of south Asia.

Example modules

  • Kinship: Comparative and Contemporary Studies.
  • Animals, Culture and Society.
  • Anthropology of Life and Death.

Career options

Our graduates work in journalism, non-governmental organisations (NGO’s), environmentalism and nature conservation, politics, marketing and tourism.




Combined honours

Entry tariff

340 points

Specific entry requirements »

General entry requirements »


Life Sciences »


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

Tuition fees

£9,000 (2015; UK/EU) »

£12,000 (2015; International) »

Cash scholarships and bursaries available »

Programme outline

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Sociology [LCH9] »

Further information

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