Brunel University London

Course Introduction

Take your knowledge of culture and society to the next level and equip yourself with a big range of practical and analytical skills for a changing world with our Anthropology and Sociology BSc.

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 fundamental questions about human nature, such as: ‘What do we have in common with each other cross-culturally?’ and ‘What makes us different?’

Sociology, its sister subject, looks at the foundations of social life and the big issues in contemporary society such as inequality, racism, globalisation, and migration.

In particular, your sociology studies at Brunel will be closely related to the central and ever-increasing importance of the communications media in our culture, for example, how poverty is portrayed and the powerful influence of celebrity.

Brunel is a great choice for this combined study with lecturers from both subjects producing cutting edge research alongside their teaching, on both global issues and local problems.

This research expertise filters down into what you will learn. In anthropology students have learnt about youth and motorcycles in Rwanda, and in sociology, about cosmetic tourism.

Choose this course and you can do fieldwork on any subject, anywhere in the world, whether it’s learning about refugees in Athens or mother and toddler groups in inner London.

Around half of Brunel anthropology students carry out a placement or fieldwork abroad, in places as wide ranging as India, Nepal, Australia, South Africa, Papua New Guinea and Jamaica.

Recent UK placement destinations include the Royal Anthropological Institute, Campaign for Press and Broadcasting Freedom, Amnesty International and the Department of Health.

Alternatively, could choose a placement that’s more sociologically focussed. Either way, you can choose to take it as two six month placements or one year-long placement.

Course Modules

Core Modules

Year 1

Introduction to Anthropology: Themes

Introduction to Anthropology: Beliefs and Ways of Thinking

Research Methods in Anthropology

Anthropology, Objects and Images

Key Ideas in Sociology

Contemporary Society & Media

Year 2

Classical Anthropological Theory

Political and Economic Issues in Anthropology

Sociology of Everyday Life: Issues in Contemporary Culture

Apocalypse! Crisis and Society

Visual Cultures

Optional modules

Ethnicity, Culture and Identity

Ethnography of a Selected Region

Year 3

Social Anthropology and Sociology Dissertation

Optional Modules

Anthropology of the Person

Anthropology of the Body

Understanding Childhood and Youth

Themes in Psychological and Psychiatric Anthropology

Medical Anthropology in Clinical and Community Settings

Anthropology of Education and Learning

Contemporary Anthropological Theory

Ethnography of a Selected Region

Anthropological Perspectives on War and Humanitarianism

Critical Perspectives on International Development

Global Health in Anthropological Perspective

Comedy, the Media and Society

Racism, Identity & Difference

Digital Cultures

Global Cities: Space & Culture

Beyond Human

Start Date:


Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
3 years
Full Time
Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons) £9,250 European Fees
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) £14,325 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 subsectionTOEFL (iBT)92.0with a minimum of:
  • Reading - 18
  • Listening - 17
  • Speaking - 20
  • Writing - 17PTE Academic58.0with a minimum of 51 in all subscores