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  • Give your career a head-start through the option of a one-year work placement, after year two.
  • We are ranked in the top three universities in London for Anthropology in both the Guardian University Guide 2021 and the Times Good University Guide 2021.
  • Take a rounded approach to studying humanity, from both social and biological perspectives.
  • Take up the option to travel to South Africa for a field trip in your final yearto explore local communities, wildlife and the interesting relationships between them.
  • 100% of our graduates in work or further study within six months (Destinations of Leavers of Higher Education 2018 results).
  • 100% overall student satisfaction on this course (NSS 2020).


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 you’ll delve into if you embark on a degree in anthropology (the study of the cultural and biological diversity of humans). 

The course at Roehampton covers classic themes of both social anthropology (such as kinship, witchcraft, cannibalism and indigenous cosmologies) and biological anthropology (including human ecology and adaption, primate biology and behaviour, and human evolution).  

We also cover topics such as the relationship between culture and biology, gender and performance, globalisation and tourism, political/historical ecology, medical anthropology, the anthropology of science, and the study of human-animal relations.  

You’ll enjoy a dynamic learning experience, and be taught by staff engaged in world-class research. Learning more about everything from violence, sexuality and wildlife conservation, to global health and mental illness, you’ll work with anthropologists specialising in these topics. 

We offer some of the most innovative modules in the UK. In ‘The Anthropology of Tourism’, for example, you’ll get to study tourists, and their motivations and influences, through an inspiring mix of field trips, films, lectures and discussion. We also run an exciting ’Hunter Gatherers and Human Evolution’ module, where you can get a deep insight into how hunters and gatherers evolved, looking at their diet, foraging practices, technology, residences, mobility, reproduction, cooperation and social organisation.

Read about the latest developments on the Anthropology blog. Find out about the Northern Ireland field trip as part of the module Cultural Politics on Tour.

Year one 

  • Experience the benefits of ‘team-teaching’, with modules co-delivered by both social and biological anthropologists. 
  • Explore concepts and case-studies, and discuss different, complementary and sometimes opposing viewpoints, with modules organised in a lively, exciting format.  

Year two 

  • Build on your knowledge through practical classes and lectures, and explore key topics in social anthropology such as kinship, human social relations and cultural politics. 
  • Develop your knowledge of biological anthropology, including primate biology, evolution and animal behaviour.  

Year three 

  • Focus on the areas that most interest you, studying topics such as animal behaviour and cognition, human diversity, contemporary issues in modern science and culture, psychoanalysis, clinical psychology or the so-called ‘medicalisation’ of the field. 
  • Take up the chance to go on a field trip to South Africa, to witness conservation in action and observe local wildlife there.

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
Animal Behaviour and Welfare


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.

This course offers all students the option to apply for a one-year paid work placement. If you successfully secure a work placement, you will undertake the placement following year two of your programme and return following the placement to complete your studies.

A placement year is the perfect opportunity to implement the skills and knowledge that you will learn in year one and two, while gaining valuable work experience. The opportunity to make connections in your chosen industry will greatly improve your career prospects and equip you with the skills and experience you need to secure graduate-level employment.

The University Careers and Placements team will support you to develop your CV and skills though webinars, workshops and 1-2-1 appointments. You will also benefit from regular communication about available opportunities to aid your placement search.

Please note while the University will support you with your placement search and applications, a placement cannot be guaranteed.

You’ll leave this course with the practical skills and knowledge to pursue many different careers. Our anthropology graduates have found work at all levels within conservation, teaching, journalism, international business, overseas development work, heritage and cultural sectors, charities and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) such as OXFAM and Children in Need. You could also continue your studies at postgraduate level. 

Our careers team is available to support you from the start of your studies until after you graduate. They will help you build your CV, prepare for interviews, and meet and learn from successful graduates working at the top of their careers. You’ll also have opportunities to work with our partners across London and beyond, and to attend a Roehampton jobs fair where you can find out about graduate opportunities and meet employers. 

Teaching staff on our BSc Anthropology are connected to our Centre for Research in Evolutionary, Social and Inter-Disciplinary Anthropology. Find out more about their research interests here.

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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.

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