Brunel University London

Course Introduction

Anthropology is a cosmopolitan social science that takes human diversity for its subject. It provides a unique and powerful means for understanding cultural and social differences. Best known for its fieldwork method of participant observation, anthropology is concerned with such contemporary issues as multiculturalism, identity politics, racism and ethnic nationalism, changing forms of the family, religious conflict, gender, and the political role of culture. It also addresses perennial questions about human nature, what human beings have in common, and what makes for difference. Combined with Sociology this degree also allows you to further explore your own and other societies by studying the social processes and meanings in the world around them. You'll be thoroughly trained in contemporary methodologies and research skills. Brunel sociologists' areas of special interest include social theory, celebrity culture, the influence of the media, environmental risk, media regulation, media discourses, and contemporary social structure and change, urban spaces, and addiction and deviance.

Course Modules

Level 1: Introduction to Anthropology: themes; introduction to sociology; introduction to anthropology: beliefs and ways of thinking; Anthropology, objects and images; research methods in anthropology; globalisation. Level 2 Core: Political and economic issues in anthropology; social divisions; classical anthropological theory; work in society; sociology of everyday life: issues in contemporary cultures. Optional (choose one module): ethnicity, culture and identity; ethnography of a selected region: south Asia Level 3: Work placement Level 4 Core: Social anthropology and sociology dissertation. Optional ( choose two modules): Anthropology of the body; anthropology of childhood and youth; anthropology of disability and difference; themes in psychological and psychiatric anthropology; ethnography of a selected region: south asia; anthropology of international development; anthropology of the person; medical anthropology in clinical and community settings; anthropology of education and learning; anthropological perspectives on war and humanitarianism; global health in anthropological perspective (plus two more modules): City lives and urban cultures; crime, deviance and addiction; multiculturism; popular music and popular culture; understanding audiences; the age of new media; forensic science and society.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
4 years
BSc (Hons) £13,500 ???abroad???
4 years
BSc (Hons) £9,000 ???home???

Qualifications required:

  • GCE A-level ABB
  • European Baccalaureate 75%
  • International Baccalaureate 31
  • SQA Advanced Higher ABB
  • IELTS 6.5
  • Irish Leaving Certificates AABBB
  • GCE AS-level
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma DDD*
  • SQA Higher
  • GCSE/SQA Standard Grade
  • OCR National Certificate (6 Units)
  • OCR National Diploma (12 Units)
  • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma D
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma DD

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86% Overall, I am satisfied with the quality of the course

The course is well organised and is running smoothly 91%
I have been able to access general IT resources when I needed to 88%
The library resources and services are good enough for my needs 93%

£18,000 Average salary 6 months after course has finished

85% Go on to work and/or study

In work 60
Studying 15
Studying and working 10
Unemployed 10
Unknown 5

9% Total study time lectures

Total Written: 35%

Total Coursework: 65%

£4,500 - £6,900
Typical cost of university accommodation

£4,200 - £5,000
Typical cost of private accommodation