Brunel University London

Course Introduction

Anthropology at Brunel ranked 4th in the UK and 2nd in London (The Guardian 2018).

Anthropology at Brunel is ranked 21st in UK and 6th in London for Anthropology, (The Complete University Guide 2018)

Anthropology at Brunel offers a unique and powerful means for understanding cultural and social diversity in the modern world. Internationally renowned for cutting'edge work in new scholarly fields, we maintain a strong tradition of broad'based anthropological teaching.

Anthropology is concerned with contemporary issues such as multiculturalism, identity politics, racism and ethnic nationalism, changing forms of the family, religious conflict, gender and the political role of culture. It addresses such perennial questions about human nature as: ‘What do we have in common with each other cross'culturally?’ and ‘What makes us different?’

If you are intrigued by these questions and want to study a discipline that will enrich your everyday life and equip you for a great variety of occupations, anthropology is the right course for you.

Studying anthropology means applying what you learn to your real'life observations as well as in a live environment when you carry out a placement or fieldwork.

If you select our four'year, thin sandwich course you’ll have the opportunity to undertake two placements in countries like India, Nepal, Australia, South Africa, Papua New Guinea and Jamaica, as well as the UK.

We have an excellent reputation for our cutting'edge research addressing both global issues – particularly in Africa, South/ Southeast Asia and the South Pacific – and local problems. Our staff are experts in child'focused anthropological studies, development, psychological anthropology and medical anthropology. Our thriving Anthropology Society organises regular parties, film screenings, trips and talks that will help you extend your learning as you socialise.

Course Modules

Our degree programmes are structured around core topics. You then have a choice of additional modules from a rich array, supported by our staff’s particular areas of research interest. You can choose from 3 year/ 4 year with professional development including 2 work placement. Year 1 offers an introduction to Anthropology, Introduction to Anthropology, Methods in Anthropology, Anthropology, Objects and Images, Introduction to Sociology, Globalisation. In year 2 compulsory subjects are Classical Anthropological Theory, Political and Economic Issues in Anthropology, Social Divisions, Sociology of Everyday Life, Sociology of Health and Illness & options in Ethnicity, Culture and Identity, Ethnography of a Selected Region. Year 3 compulsory subject is Dissertation with options to pick Anthropology of the Person, Anthropology of the Body, Anthropology of Childhood and Youth, Themes in Psychological and Psychiatric Anthropology. Visit our website to find out full list of modules.

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Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
4 years
Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons) £9,250 Home Fees
4 years
Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons) £14,800 Overseas Fees