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One of Brunel Anthropology’s most distinctive features is its emphasis on original field research, both in the UK and abroad. Our degree programmes offer you a great opportunity to gain real-life experience, broaden your horizons and put your classroom learning into action in the world.

Projects have included work in a Nepalese monastery, a South African women’s refuge, the Police Complaints Authority (on the Stephen Lawrence case), as well as in special schools and charities. Uniquely for a British university, studying anthropology at Brunel will always mean applying what you have read to what you discover in real-life situations.

You will be trained in ethnographic research methods, including interview techniques, participant-observation, taking notes and interpreting data in your first and second years.

If you choose our three-year programme you’ll conduct an independent fieldwork project based on your own research interests over the summer vacation between the second and third years.  You will use this as the basis of your dissertation.

If you choose to do the four-year sandwich course you will undertake two periods of work placement which give you the opportunity to conduct fieldwork while gaining vital work experience. Many students choose to combine their second placement with dissertation fieldwork research for their dissertation.

You will be fully supported throughout this process by our Professional Development Centre (PDC) and your academic tutor who will guide you from your initial idea through to data collection and the dissertation writing-up process. 

Employers greatly value the experience that fieldwork and work placements give to prospective employees. With its unique combination of academic rigour and real world experience, Brunel’s Anthropology programme gives its graduates a genuine head start in an increasingly competitive job market.