• Social Anthropology

Why study at Roehampton

  • You will study a wide variety of interesting and thought-provoking contemporary topics, ranging from the cultural perception of illness and the study of human-wildlife conflicts to the role of biotechnology and the new genetics. 
  • You will be able to undertake ethnographic fieldwork, either in the UK or abroad. One very popular option is our (student-funded) South Africa Field course.
  • We are ranked in the top 20 universities in the country for Anthropology (Complete University Guide 2016).

Course summary

Explore key debates and issues in contemporary anthropology.

Social anthropology explores the diversity and complexity of human societies in both Western and non-Western contexts. This combined honours degree will provide an excellent insight into how people live and how society is structured in different cultures.

Why do big pharmaceutical companies promote the medicalisation of contemporary societies? Why are so many people on anti-depressants in the current day and age? These are some of the questions you might consider on the BSc in Social Anthropology.

More generally, the course focuses on classic themes such as kinship, witchcraft or indigenous cosmologies, as well as on the relationship between culture and biology, and gender and sexuality. The anthropology of science and the study of human-animal relations are also explored in considerable depth.

Study with us and you’ll join a highly dynamic course, taught by staff engaged in world-class research. We run some of the UK’s most innovative modules such as ‘Being Human’, which explores human evolution from biological and cultural perspectives, and ‘Fieldwork: Theory, Practice and Product’ where experienced anthropologists explain how a project reaches fruition, including how to locate areas of interest within existing theoretical debates.

Course content

In your first year, you'll be 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 will help you to see how key areas of anthropology have developed.

In the second year, your knowledge of the discipline will be expanded through a range of engaging core modules. Recent examples have included Kinship: Comparative and Contemporary Studies, Theory: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives, Ethnographic Research Methods.

In your final year, you will embark on a small-scale supervised ethnographic project. Specialist modules at this stage might include human-animal relations; anthropological aspects of psychological practices and cultural themes and beliefs concerning; 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

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

Key Information Set

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Sociology [LCH9] »

Further information

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