Brunel University London

Course Introduction

Anthropology at Brunel ranked 4th in the UK and 2nd in London (The Guardian 2018). Anthropology is ranked 18th in UK and 4th in London for Anthropology, (The Complete University Guide 2019).

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.

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.

Your research and fieldwork forms a major part of your degree and will give you a head start in industry when you graduate. Your placement provides important work experience and connects you with organisations and people who will be invaluable when it comes to progressing your career. When you graduate from Brunel you’ll be one of the most employable anthropology graduates in the country. Our graduates have gone on to work at UNICEF, the NHS, NGOs and charities such as Oxfam and Save The Children, as well as in local government, legal sectors, business and the media.

If you choose a joint degree with Sociology, Anthropology’s sister discipline, you’ll look at the foundations of social life and the big issues in contemporary society: inequality, racism, globalisation and migration. This will take your knowledge of culture and society to the next level and you’ll develop practical and analytical skills for a changing world.

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. Year 1 offers an introduction to Anthropology: Themes, Introduction to Anthropology: Beliefs and Ways of Thinking, Research Methods in Anthropology, Anthropology, Objects and Images, Key Ideas in Sociology, Globalisation. In year 2 compulsory subjects are Classical Anthropological Theory, Political and Economic Issues in Anthropology, Sociology of Everyday Life: Issues in Contemporary Culture, Apocalypse! Crisis and Society. Optional modules, choose one from: Ethnicity, Culture and Identity, Ethnography of a Selected Region. Year 3 compulsory subject is Social Anthropology and Sociology Dissertation with options to pick from two from one of the following (see website for full list): 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
3 years
Full Time
Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons) £9,250 Home Fees
3 years
Full Time
Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons) £14,800 Overseas Fees