Brunel University London

Course Introduction

Anthropology at Brunel is ranked 18th in UK and 4th in London (The Complete University Guide 2019)

Anthropology at Brunel is ranked first in the country for student satisfaction (NSS, 2017). Brunel students enrich their learning with exciting UK and international field-based work placements. Our students have worked for NGOs in Nepal, hospices in Russia and orphanages in Kathmandu. On this four year thick sandwich degree you will typically spend the whole of Year 3 on placement.

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 also addresses perennial questions about human nature, such 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 as well as equip you for a great variety of occupations, anthropology is the right course for you.

If you select our placement option you'll have the opportunity to undertake a year of fieldwork placement anywhere in the world. The placement builds up fantastic experience and connect you with organisations and people who will be invaluable when it comes to progressing your career.

Course Modules

You don't have to decide on your options until the beginning of second year, giving you plenty of time to get a feel for the area that suits you best. You can choose a 3 year/ 4 year course with professional development including 2 work placement. Typical core modules in year 1 may include: Introduction to Anthropology, Fieldwork Encounters, Introduction to Anthropology, Research Methods in Anthropology, Anthropology, Objects and Images. In year 2 include: Ethnicity, Culture and Identity, Ethnography of a Selected Region, Kinship, Sex and Gender, Classical Anthropological Theory, Political and Economic Issues in Anthropology. Optional modules include: Global Communication, Sociology of Everyday Life: Issues in Contemporary Culture. In year 3 core modules may include: Dissertation, Contemporary Anthropological Theory. Typical Optional modules include: Anthropology of the Person, Anthropology of the Body. Visit our website to find out full list of modules.

Start Date:


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) £9,250 European Fees
4 years
Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons) £15,400 Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • IELTS (Academic)6.5with no less than 5.5 in each subsectionInstitution's Own Test65% in Brunel English Language Testwith no less than 55% in each subsection