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  • Study humanity from both social and biological perspectives.
  • 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 2019).
  • We are ranked in the top 5 universities in London for Anthropology (Complete University Guide 2019).


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 your Anthropology degree. Anthropology is the study of the cultural and biological diversity of humans.

At Roehampton we cover classic themes of social anthropology (such as kinship, witchcraft, cannibalism and indigenous cosmologies) and elements of biological anthropology, including human ecology and adaption, primate biology and behaviour, and human evolution.

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 and 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 and 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 module The Anthropology of Tourism, you will study tourists, their motivations and influences through a series of field trips, films, lectures, and discussion. In Hunter Gatherers and Human Evolution, you will learn about all aspects of the evolution of hunter-gatherers: studying diet, foraging practices, technology, residence, mobility, reproduction, cooperation and social organisations

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.

In your second year, you'll build on your knowledge through a combination of practical classes and lectures. You'll explore key topics in social anthropology such as kinship, human social relations and cultural politics. You'll also develop your knowledge of biological anthropology, including primate biology, evolution and animal behaviour. 

In your final year, you will have the chance to focus on areas that interest you and study topics including animal behaviour and cognition, human diversity and contemporary issues in modern science and culture, such as psychoanalysis, clinical psychology and the so-called ‘medicalisation’ of the field. You will also have the option of taking a field trip to South Africa, to witness conservation in action and observe local wildlife.

Here are some examples of the various modules we currently offer:

Year 1

Required Modules
Key Skills in Anthropology
Being Human
Human Ecology and Adaptation
Introduction to Social and Cultural Anthropology
Fieldwork: Theory, Practice and Product
Introduction to Evolution

Year 2

Required Modules
Kinship: Comparative and Contemporary Studies
Theory: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives
Humans and Other Primates
Research Methods in Anthropology
Cultural Politics on Tour
Understanding Behaviour

Optional Module
Anthropology Directed Reading

Year 3

Compulsory Modules
Anthropology Dissertation or
Anthropology Independent Study

Optional Modules
Conservation, People and Wildlife: South African Field Course [optional student funded module]
Human Osteology and Diversity
HIV/AIDS and Global Health
Culture, ‘Madness’ and Medicalisation
Primate Behaviour and Cognition
Anthropology of Life and Death
Hunter Gatherers and Human Evolution


Compulsory and Required modules
Compulsory and/or required modules may change when we review and update programmes. Above is a list of modules offered this academic year.

Optional modules
Optional modules, when offered as part of a programme, may vary from year to year and are subject to viability.

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.

Life at Roehampton

At Roehampton, we can offer all new students the opportunity to live in accommodation on our beautiful parkland campus, including affordable and high-end options.

We offer scholarships, provide hardship funding and help you find advice on managing your finances while you study.

We provide plenty of opportunities for you to get involved, through volunteering, playing sport or music, or joining one of our many active student societies.