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Anthropology undergraduate courses

The study of anthropology explores different perspectives on global cultures. We offer a unique programme that gives you the opportunity to carry out your own research or work placement as part of your degree. You'll be studying at the best university in the UK for overall student satisfaction (1st in UK for anthropology NSS 2023), plus we're ranked 6th in London for our anthropology courses (Complete University Guide 2023).

Explore cultural and social diversity with an Anthropology degree from Brunel

Brunel’s anthropology programmes give you the opportunity to specialise in subjects that matter, such as childhood, youth and education; development, war and humanitarianism; and global health. Learning to undertake ethnographic research will be an integral part of your training, and you’ll receive funding to carry out fieldwork research anywhere in the world.

Inspirational teaching

You’ll be taught by research-informed lecturers who are experts in a variety of areas including child-focussed anthropological studies, development, oppression, psychological and medical anthropology and ecological issues. Our academics have a reputation for cutting-edge research in Africa, Europe, South/South East Asia, Western Pacific and in the Middle East. We have a broad-based approach to teaching, which ensures your anthropology classes include examples of real research. This gives plenty of opportunities to take part in debates in small groups.

Limitless placement opportunities

You have the flexibility of undertaking a one-year placement or two six-month placements, as well as conducting your fieldwork anywhere in the world - giving you limitless opportunities. If you opt for two six-month placements, you can use the first placement to identify an area of interest and use the second placement to confirm your future career path.

Receive funding to do your own fieldwork

A Brunel Anthropology degree provides you with funding to conduct your own anthropological research in the UK or abroad. Our anthropology students are some of the most well-travelled in the university, having visited countries like Nepal, Guatemala, Mexico, and India in recent years. The experience gained from conducting your own research will help to set you apart from other graduates.

Setting you up for future success

Our award-winning Professional Development Centre has a dedicated team of careers and placement consultants, who’ll work with you throughout your time at Brunel to support you in finding the right career. Your anthropology degree will equip you with knowledge and skills that’s sought after by local and international organisations. Employers really value our anthropology graduates, as 95% are employed or studying within a year of finishing their degree (Discover Uni). You’ll find our graduates working in a large variety of careers, including NGOs and charities, such as Unicef, Save the Children and Oxfam, TV and broadcasting, documentary film making, journalism and local and national government to name a few.

Anthropology society

Outside of classes, you’ll find one of the most culturally diverse campuses in the UK, with the opportunity to meet people from all over the world. Brunel’s anthropological student society arrange class trips to places like the Pitt Rivers museum in Oxford, and the campus’s London location makes it ideal for exploring places like the British Museum in Central London.

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Undergraduate Open Day: Saturday, 29 June 2024

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