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Human Geography and Anthropology BSc

Course code


L762, L761 with placement

Start date


Placement available

Mode of study

3 years full-time

4 years full-time with placement



UK £9,250

International £19,430

Entry requirements


ABB - BBC (A-level)


29 (IB)

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Studying human geography and anthropology at Brunel gives you the opportunity to do fully funded fieldwork placements anywhere in the world according to your anthropological interests.

This course combines the expertise of our staff and research across two closely related disciplines to develop your knowledge and skills in both Human Geography and Anthropology.

Human Geography explores the complex relationships between societies and environments that are at the centre of the most important challenges that face people around the world today.

Anthropology offers a unique and powerful understanding of cultural and social diversity in the modern world. It considers issues which can lead to mind blowing revelations about how individuals and cultures experience life differently.

In the first year you will have an introduction to the fundamentals of both subject areas, and in the second and third years you will choose from a wide range of modules, choosing half from each subject. Within Human Geography, modules focus particularly around themes of cities and urbanism; post colonialism, race and migration; and political ecology and environmental justice. Key themes in Anthropology are childhood, youth and education; development, war and humanitarianism; and global health.

Both subject areas offer opportunities to learn about the world immersively through fully funded anthropological fieldwork, developing skills that will make you highly employable. All students do a residential geography field trip in the first year and can opt to do another in the second year.

Together these two subjects compliment each other and provide you with graduate opportunities in local and national government, international organisations, NGOs, the media, research and education.

You can explore our campus and facilities for yourself by taking our virtual tour.

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Course content

Your programme is split up into three different types of modules:

  • Compulsory module: one which all students registered for the award are required to take as part of their programme of study.
  • Optional module: one which students choose from an ‘option range’.
  • A core assessment is an assessment within a module which must be passed in order to progress and to be eligible for the final award.

This course can be studied 3 years full-time or 4 years full-time with placement, starting in September.

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

This course has a placement option. Find out more about work placements available.

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

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Careers and your future

A Human Geography and Anthropology degree from Brunel is your passport to a wide range of career destinations. You will acquire knowledge and understanding that is highly relevant to current world challenges, as well as an array of skills that will set you apart from other graduates.

Fieldwork, in particular, requires you to practice skills in real-world settings. Not only will you learn to plan, collect and analyse data, but you'll also become adept at working in an unfamiliar environment, taking account of relevant ethical and safety issues, interacting respectfully with people, and problem-solving as a group and individually.

If you opt for the four-year degree you will undertake a placement, either in an employment situation or undertaking extended fieldwork (almost) anywhere in the world. You will be fully supported in preparing for the placement and building a stronger CV.

In the third year, you can opt for the module ‘Leadership for Change’ in which you will work with other students and with a community organisation on a project that will further develop your employability skills.

Our course prepares you for careers in different fields including the local and national government, the environmental sector, international development, leisure and tourism, media and communications, planning, research, and academia.

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UK entry requirements

2024/25 entry

  • GCE A-level ABB-BBC.
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma DMM.
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma DM with an A-Level at grade C.
  • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma Merit with A-Levels grade BB.
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma 29 points. GCSE English equivalent SL 5 or HL 4 and Mathematics SL 4 or HL 4.
  • Obtain a minimum of 112 UCAS tariff points in the Access to HE Diploma with 45 credits at Level.
  • T levels : Merit overall

A minimum of five GCSEs are required, including GCSE Mathematics grade C or grade 4 and GCSE English Language grade C or grade 4 or GCSE English Literature grade B or grade 5.

Brunel University London is committed to raising the aspirations of our applicants and students. We will fully review your UCAS application and, where we’re able to offer a place, this will be personalised to you based on your application and education journey.

Please check our Admissions pages for more information on other factors we use to assess applicants as well as our full GCSE requirements and accepted equivalencies in place of GCSEs.

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EU and International entry requirements

If you require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK, you must prove knowledge of the English language so that we can issue you a Certificate of Acceptance for Study (CAS). To do this, you will need an IELTS for UKVI or Trinity SELT test pass gained from a test centre approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) and on the Secure English Language Testing (SELT) list. This must have been taken and passed within two years from the date the CAS is made.

You can find out more about the qualifications we accept on our English Language Requirements page.

Should you wish to take a pre-sessional English course to improve your English prior to starting your degree course, you must sit the test at an approved SELT provider for the same reason. We offer our own BrunELT English test and have pre-sessional English language courses for students who do not meet requirements or who wish to improve their English. You can find out more information on English courses and test options through our Brunel Language Centre.

Please check our Admissions pages for more information on other factors we use to assess applicants. This information is for guidance only and each application is assessed on a case-by-case basis. Entry requirements are subject to review, and may change.

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Fees and funding

2024/25 entry


£9,250 full-time

£1,385 placement year


£19,430 full-time

£1,385 placement year

Fees quoted are per year and may be subject to an annual increase. Home undergraduate student fees are regulated and are currently capped at £9,250 per year; any changes will be subject to changes in government policy. International fees will increase annually, by no more than 5% or RPI (Retail Price Index), whichever is the greater.

More information on any additional course-related costs.

See our fees and funding page for full details of undergraduate scholarships available to Brunel applicants.

Please refer to the scholarships pages to view discounts available to eligible EU undergraduate applicants.

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Teaching and Learning

How the course will be delivered

Required equipment

How you'll learn on your course

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Assessment and feedback

You’ll be assessed by a combination of coursework and exams, but most of your time will be spent in private study and reading. In your final year, you will produce a final dissertation on a subject of your choice under the guidance of a dissertation supervisor.

Read our guide on how to avoid plagiarism in your assessments at Brunel.