Explore the diversity and complexity of human societies and gain an insight into how people live and how society is structured in different cultures.
Year 1 entry: 112 UCAS points (or equivalent)
BSc (combined honours)
3 years (full-time)
4 years (full-time) if opting for the additional placement year
Year 1 entry: 112 UCAS points (or equivalent)
We welcome applications from students studying T-Levels.
For all courses we also accept a wide range of other qualifications and experience. Contact us to find out more.
When we consider applications to study with us, we form a complete view of your achievements to date, and future potential, and can offer flexibility in entry requirements. Find out more about our Contextual Offer scheme.
Specific entry requirements:
GCSE requirement: Maths, Grade C/4 (or equivalent)
General entry requirements:
Give your career a head-start through the option of a one-year work placement, after year two.
Study wide-ranging, thought-provoking topics on this exciting combined honours BSc Sociology and Social Anthropology degree.
Learn about the cultural perception of illness, and the study of human-wildlife conflicts, to the role of biotechnology and new genetics, and more.
Undertake ethnographic fieldwork, either in the UK or abroad, including our hugely popular (student-funded) South Africa field course.
Course and Module Details
What is the relationship between conservation and conflict? How is heritage and national identity politicised and mobilised in society? Why do big pharmaceutical companies promote the medicalisation of contemporary societies? Delve into these big questions on our combined honours degree, and explore the diversity and complexity of human societies in both Western and non-Western contexts.
Our course focuses on classic anthropological themes, such as kinship, witchcraft and indigenous cosmologies, along with contemporary disciplinary concerns, such as migration, tourism, gender and sexuality, health and medicine, and knowledge and science.
In your first year, you’ll study core subject areas within Social Anthropology, including the family, political systems, cosmological and belief systems. You’ll also focus on classical ethnographic field studies to see how key areas of anthropology have developed. In second year you’ll continue to expand your knowledge through a range of engaging core modules, before moving onto your third year where you’ll study a range of specialist modules and embark on a small-scare supervised research project. You’ll also have the option of undertaking a placement year between years two and three.
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 the human condition from social and biological perspectives; Fieldwork: Theory, Practice and Product, where experienced anthropologists explain how a project reaches fruition; and The Anthropology of Life and Death, where you’ll compare Western and non-Western perspectives on life and death, as well as consider ethical debates surrounding new biotechnologies and modern medical techniques.
This course offers all students the option of a one-year paid work placement, to boost your employability even further. If you choose this route, you will take the placement following year two of your course, and then return to complete your degree.
Why take a placement?
A placement year is the perfect opportunity to gain valuable work experience, to build on the career skills we will teach you on this degree. The connections you make on the placement will improve your career prospects further, and equip you with the skills you need to secure graduate-level employment.
How we support you
The University’s Placement and Work Experience Team are experts at helping you to secure a placement. They will work closely with you from the start, helping you research potential employers, discover placement opportunities, create and pitch your CV, and will coach you to perform well in interviews. We aren't able to guarantee a placement, but our sector-leading advisors will give you the best possible chance of securing one.
We understand that your plans might change once you start your programme. If you decide not to do a placement, you will have the option of completing the three year version of your programme.
Whatever your choice, you will have access to many opportunities for work experience through our Placement and Work Experience Team, and access to face-to-face and 24/7 online careers support.
These modules are those we currently offer and may be subject to change each year.
Tuition fees and funding
September 2022 entry tuition fees
Year 1 fees, see links in table below for more information.
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This course has the option of studying abroad as part of your degree in your second semester of second year.
With Roehampton Abroad scholarships of up to £1,000 and Turing Scheme funding available, you could spend a semester at one of our partner universities across the globe, with destinations including the USA, Australia, New Zealand, Asia and Europe.
Find out more about where your degree could take you here.
You will leave with the practical skills and knowledge to follow a number of different career paths. Our graduates go on to work in:
- Non-governmental organisations (NGOs)
- Environmental and nature conservation
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.
How to apply
How to join us in September 2022
- Home (UK) students – apply through UCAS (Roehampton UCAS institution code is R48)
- International students – apply using our direct application form.
We are still accepting applications for our courses for September 2022 and have vacancies. Contact us if you have any questions, or apply using the links above.
If you need any help or advice with your application, or just want to ask us a question before you apply, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Detailed advice on applying for an undergraduate degree is available in the FAQs section below.
Application process FAQs
If you are applying to us for a full-time degree or extended degree programme, you will need to apply online through UCAS, or direct, depending on the start date of your course and your fee status. Please see tabs above. And don't hesitate to contact us at the same time. Either fill in an online enquiry form, or contact us at the details below!
This is the official applications service for the UK, and they will send your application details to each of the universities you have listed on your application.
When you register with UCAS, you will also receive a username and password so that you can access your application at a later date.
It is very important that you enter the correct institution code (for Roehampton this is R48) and course code for each choice. These can be found on the relevant course pages on our website.
Contact us directly if you have any questions.
The Roehampton UCAS institution code is R48.
Your school, college or centre will give you a buzzword so you can link your application to them. You add this word to your application when you register to make an undergraduate application.
If you are applying independently, without a school or college, you do not need a buzzword.
If you are no longer at school or college you will need to apply to university as an independent applicant. When you register with UCAS they will give you a username and password so that you can complete your application whenever you like.
You will need to complete the online application, including your personal statement and will also need to supply a reference from someone who knows you well, and is able to write about why you are suitable for higher education.
It is very important that you enter the correct institution code (for Roehampton this is R48) and course code for each choice. These can be found on the relevant course pages.
Further guidelines can be found on the UCAS website.
Contact us directly if you have any other questions about applications.
No. UCAS will issue you with a username and password which you can use to log in whenever and wherever you want to work on your application.
There is no time limit from when you start your application to when you send it, as long as you complete it within the deadlines set by UCAS and your school.
No, you can only send one UCAS application in each year’s application cycle, but this can include applications for up to five courses. Applying for more than one course will cost extra.
If you apply to university before the 15 January deadline you should have received decisions from each of the universities you apply to by 31 March 2020. In this case, you will need to make your replies about which to accept by 5 May 2020.
If you applied after the January deadline, or one or more of your universities hasn’t made a decision on your application by the end of March, other reply dates will apply – please do contact us to find out more.
You can accept two courses – one firm choice and one insurance choice.
If you meet the requirements of your firm choice, then you will be expected to take that place, so you need to be sure that the course you have accepted firmly is the one you want to do.
If you miss the grades for your firm choice and meet the requirements for your insurance choice you will be expected to take up that place.
If you meet the terms of your firm choice and ask to be released from this, you will be entered into Clearing and cannot go to your insurance choice.
If you apply through UCAS and we make you an offer, we will ordinarily make you one of the following types of offer:
This offer requires you to meet particular academic or other conditions before you can join the course of study you have applied for. This could be a combination of grade, scores or subjects and will be outlined in the offer communication that you receive.
An unconditional offer has no conditions attached. Unconditional offers are often made to students who already have their achieved qualification grades and who are returning to education after a gap year or a period of time in work.
If Roehampton is your firm choice, and you have not met your conditions, please check UCAS track, we may be able to show some flexibility, although this is not guaranteed.
If you have missed the conditions of your firm choice, but met the conditions of your Insurance choice. Congratualtions, you will be studying at your Insurance choice. If you miss the conditions for both your firm and Insurance choice, then UCAS will automatically enter you into Clearing.
Make sure that you are prepared for results day and any decisions you may need/want to make. Check UCAS for more advice about what happens on results day.
If you would like any advice on this, please contact us directly and we can discuss your options.
If you are applying to university from the UK or European Union (EU), irrespective of your nationality, you must submit your UCAS application before the January deadline in order for it to be guaranteed equal consideration. The deadline for the 2022 cycle is Wednesday 26 January 2022 at 18:00.
We understand that there are many reasons why you may not be able to meet this deadline. With this in mind, Roehampton will still consider applications received after the January deadline, if there are places available on the course.
The University of Roehampton welcomes the introduction of T Levels and is delighted to confirm that we will be able to accept them across the majority of our programmes. Students will be able to apply using T Levels for both three year and four year undergraduate degrees. UCAS Tariff requirements for each programme, will be made available on programme webpages.
Yes, if you accepted an offer of study at us or another University through UCAS, you have 14 days in which you can change your response, and you can do so by contacting UCAS.
If you want to change your mind, please do get in touch to discuss your options with us. Call us on 0208 392 3314.
If you first apply through UCAS after 30 June 2022, UCAS will not send your application to universities but will instead send you details about Clearing.
Clearing a service that is available between July and September to help people find places on higher education courses. You may be eligible for Clearing if any of the following are relevant to you:
- you have applied this year but have not gained a place
- you have declined your offers
- you have not previously applied to UCAS for entry this year.
Yes, we offer a range of scholarships, alongside support on managing your finances while you are with us.
You can find more information on our financial support pages.
Yes, we have a wide range of on-campus and off-campus student residences. You will be guaranteed University accommodation if you are applying for September 2021, January 2022 or September 2022 entry.
Find out more about our accommodation and accommodation guarantee here.
Yes to find out more visit our care leavers webpage.
We can support you to transfer to Roehampton from another university, into the relevant year of study. Find out more here.
UCAS offers a number of helpful articles on the process of applying to universities. You can also find advice and guidance from the Schools and Colleges Engagement Team here.
Dr Colette Berbesque
Hi! I’m Colette Berbesque, I convene two anthropology modules: ‘Human Ecology and Adaptation’ and ‘Hunter Gatherers and Human Evolution’.Read More
Dr Colette BerbesqueReader
Hi! I’m Colette Berbesque, I convene two anthropology modules: ‘Human Ecology and Adaptation’ and ‘Hunter Gatherers and Human Evolution’. The former covers the essentials of human diversity and adaptation; the latter module provides insight into how hunters and gatherers evolved, looking at their diet, foraging practices, technology, residences, mobility, reproduction, cooperation, and social organisation. My research interests centre on human ecology, the evolution of the hominin diet, and the evolution of cooperation, prestige, and hierarchy. My research has included fieldwork with the Hadza. Through analysis of behavioural data from the Hadza, as well as from other hunter-gatherer groups, I investigate aspects of human evolution, including strategies of food procurement and provisioning, cooperation, reputation, and sexual selection and gender. I'm currently involved with a research group called The Human Generosity Project. This project is first large-scale transdisciplinary research project to investigate the interrelationship between biological and cultural influences on human generosity.
Dr Lia Betti
Hi, I’m Lia! I am an evolutionary anthropologist and I co-teach several modules in Anthropology, Zoology and Biological Sciences.Read More
Dr Lia BettiSenior Lecturer
Hi, I’m Lia! I am an evolutionary anthropologist and I co-teach several modules in Anthropology, Zoology and Biological Sciences. I am the curator of the human skeletal collection at Roehampton, a large collection of medieval human remains which we use to teach the third-year module Human Osteology and Diversity. My main research interest is the origin of modern human diversity, and how it has been affected by past migrations of people and different selective pressures. My recent research has mostly focused on the pelvis, and how its shape reflects key human adaptations such as increased encephalization and bipedalism. The pelvis also varies among human populations today, and I am interested in how this pelvic diversity might affect childbirth in modern women.
Dr James Davies
I'm James and I teach in the School of Life and Health Sciences and the School of Psychology.Read More
Dr James DaviesReader
I'm James and I teach in the School of Life and Health Sciences and the School of Psychology. I obtained my doctorate in social and medical anthropology from the University of Oxford in 2006. I am also a qualified psychotherapist and have practiced in various settings, including the NHS. I am co-founder of the Council for Evidence-based Psychiatry, which is now secretariat to the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Prescribed Drug Dependence. I've worked at the University of Roehampton since 2006. My main research interests lie in the areas of critical psychiatry, psychoanalysis, psychotherapy, medical anthropology, social suffering, fieldwork methods and professional socialisation.
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