BSc in Anthropology and Sociology

Brunel University London, United Kingdom
BSc in Anthropology and Sociology
Next enrollment cycle September 2024 See all cycles
First Year Fee KES 3,385,827
Course Accredited By RAeS
3 Years On Campus Undergraduate Degree

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.

Enrollment Cycles

  • September 2024

Entry Requirements

UK entry requirements

  • GCE A-level BBB.
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma DDM in any subject.
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma DM in any subject with an A-Level at grade B.
  • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma D in any subject with A-Levels grade BC.
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma 30 points.
  • Obtain a minimum of 120 UCAS tariff points in the Access to HE Diploma with 45 credits at Level 3.
  • 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.

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.

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.

English language requirements

  • IELTS: 6.5 (min 5.5 in all areas)
  • Pearson: 59 (59 in all subscores)
  • BrunELT: 63% (min 55% in all areas)
  • TOEFL: 92 (min R18, L17, S20, W17)
  • Your first year will be an introduction to academic studies in social science, including an introduction to key theoretical issues as well as practical training in research methods, such as interviewing and participant observation.
  • In your second year, anthropology modules cover the history and theory of anthropology, and current issues in the fields of ethnicity, gender, religion and kinship. Sociology topics include sociological theory, methods and contemporary social institutions.
  • In your final year, you can choose your own modules from a wide range of advanced options from both disciplines, alongside your own dissertation research project.
  • This course can be studied 3 years full-time or 4 years full-time with placement, starting in September.

Year 1

  • SA1003 - Introduction to Anthropology: Themes
  • SA1601 - Introduction to Anthropology: Beliefs and Ways of Thinking
  • SA1602 - Research Methods in Anthropology
  • SA1604 - Anthropology, Objects and Images
  • SO1604 - Key Ideas in Sociology
  • SO1602 - Contemporary Society and Media

Year 2

  • SA2605 - Political and Economic Issues in Anthropology
  • SO2604 - Visual Cultures
  • SA2604 - Classical Anthropological Theory
  • SO2022 - Sociology of Everyday Life: Issues in Contemporary Culture
  • CO2030 - Global Communication


  • SA2601 - Ethnicity, Culture and Identity
  • SA2602 - Ethnography of a Selected Region

Year 3

  • PS3400 - Social Anthropology and Sociology Dissertation (40 credits) Core: Block


  • SA3001 - Anthropology of the Person
  • SA3002 - Anthropology of the Body
  • SA3607 - Understanding Childhood and Youth
  • SA3008 - Themes in Psychological and Psychiatric Anthropology
  • SA3009 - Medical Anthropology in Clinical and Community Settings
  • SA3010 - Anthropology of Education and Learning
  • SA3601 - Contemporary Anthropological Theory
  • SA3602 - Ethnography of a Selected Region 1
  • SA3610 - Ethnography of a Selected Region 2
  • SA3603 - Anthropological Perspectives on War and Humanitarianism
  • SA3608 - Critical Perspectives on International Development
  • SA3606 - Global Health in Anthropological Perspective
  • CO3602 - Comedy, the Media and Society
  • SO3610 - Racism, Identity and Difference
  • SO3609 - Digital Cultures
  • SO3604 - Global Cities: Spaces and Culture
  • SO3603 - Beyond Human

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