University of East London

Course Introduction

Anthropology is the study of what it means to be human. Linking science and the humanities, we study humans as members of cultures and societies, and as a biological species. We ask the big questions that only anthropology can answer. Can apes talk? How did language and culture evolve? Is family life the same in Amazonia as in London's East End? Have women always been oppressed? What causes racism and ethnic conflict? We combine study of primate societies, the fossil record, archaeology and contemporary social anthropology, including politics, economics, kinship and religion. Anthropology's core method is ethnographic fieldwork. You will be trained to carry out participant observation among people within their own community. This will lead you to develop professional skills in organising fieldwork, cooperating with others, planning and conducting interviews, making sense of different ways of life, collecting and analysing data, and finally, writing up your results. These are transferable skills, relevant to a wide range of careers. In this multicultural world, any job involving people needs an anthropologist. We offer the opportunity of a sandwich year at the University of New Mexico, with the chance to take specialist Native American studies. UEL's Anthropology BSc programme has several unique features; one, its focus on practical fieldwork projects at all levels of the degree; secondly, its broad approach to anthropology, including evolutionary and contemporary cultural perspectives; and thirdly, its research'led teaching. The programme also benefits from a very full programme of anthropology field trips, including trips to Newgrange in Ireland, the fire society festivals in South Sussex, the Prescelli Hills in SW Wales and Avebury, and Stonehenge for summer solstice.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
3 years
Full Time
BSc (Hons) £14,040  Academic year. First year overseas fees
3 years
Full Time
BSc (Hons) £9,000  Academic year. First year home fees
5 years
Part Time Evening
BSc (Hons) £2,250  Academic year. First year home fees

Qualifications required:

  • European Baccalaureate 65%
  • International Baccalaureate 25
  • GCE AS-level
  • BTEC National Certificate (12 units)
  • BTEC National Diploma
  • BTEC National Award
  • GCE A-level BBC
  • SQA Higher
  • SQA Advanced Higher
  • GCSE/SQA Standard Grade
  • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma
  • OCR National Certificate (6 Units)
  • OCR National Diploma (12 Units)
  • OCR National Extended Diploma (18 Units)
  • BTEC Level 3 National Certificate

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65% Overall, I am satisfied with the quality of the course

The course is well organised and is running smoothly 56%
I have been able to access general IT resources when I needed to 79%
The library resources and services are good enough for my needs 82%

69% Go on to work and/or study

In work 55
Studying 5
Studying and working 9
Unemployed 17
Unknown 13

19% Total study time lectures

Total Written: 32%

Total Coursework: 68%

£4,095 - £4,349
Typical cost of university accommodation

£3,536 - £4,784
Typical cost of private accommodation