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BSc in Anthropology

Brunel University London, United Kingdom


Next enrollment cycle

October 2023

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First Year Course Fee

USD 22,379

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  • 3 Years
  • On Campus
  • Undergraduate
  • Degree
Anthropology offers a unique and powerful means for understanding 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.
  • 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 perennial questions about human nature, such as: ‘What do we have in common with each other cross-culturally?’ and ‘What makes us different?’.
  • If you are intrigued by these questions and want to study a discipline that will enrich your everyday life as well as equip you for a great variety of occupations, anthropology is the right course for you.

Our rigorous programme gives you the freedom to choose one of our pathway options early on:- 

  • Anthropology BSc 
  • Anthropology (Childhood, Youth and Education) BSc 
  • Anthropology (Development, War and Humanitarian Assistance) BSc 
  • Anthropology (Global Health) BSc
  • A special feature of the course at Brunel is the opportunity to do fieldwork placements anywhere in the world according to your anthropological interests.
  • Fieldwork is excellent preparation for work and a chance to make useful contacts and will help to add greater meaning to academic studies.
  • Around half of Brunel’s 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.
  • Examples of dissertation titles based on fieldwork findings 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 schools and charities.
  • Outside of classes, you can look forward to a one of the most cultural diverse campuses in the UK with opportunity to meet people from all over the world.
  • Additionally, 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.

Enrollment Cycles

  • October 2023

UK entry requirements

  • GCE A-level BBB.
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma DDM in any subject.
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma DM in any subject AND an A-Level at grade B.
  • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma D in any subject AND 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.

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)
  • Through a set of compulsory modules in your first year, you will gain a firm foundation in the central themes and debates in anthropology as you are introduced to the international work carried out by the teaching staff that explores the practicalities of undertaking anthropological fieldwork. 
  • Towards the end of your first year, you get to choose your degree pathway – either to remain on the general Anthropology route or to specialise in Anthropology (Childhood, Youth and Education), Anthropology (Development, War and Humanitarian Assistance), or Anthropology (Global Health). 
  • In years two and three, you will follow a pre-set group of compulsory modules according to your pathway choice, plus optional modules choices according to your interests. Below is a list of the variety of modules typically taught within the subject. Details on modules studied by pathway can be found in the Programme Specification below the module lists. You can also see below a table with modules for each pathway.

Please see below for more information on modules offered throughout the course for each pathway.

  • Anthropology BSc pathway modules table
  • 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
  • SA1600 - Fieldwork Encounters: Thinking Through Ethnography
  • SA1601 - Introduction to Anthropology: Beliefs and Ways of Thinking
  • SA1602 - Research Methods in Anthropology
  • SA1603 - Anthropology and Contemporary Debates
  • SA1605 - Practising Anthropology 1

Year 2

  • SA2601 - Ethnicity, Culture and Identity
  • SA2603 - Kinship, Sex and Gender
  • SA2605 - Political and Economic Issues in Anthropology
  • SA1606 - Practising Anthropology 2


  • SA2602 - Ethnography of a Selected Region
  • SA2607 - Ethnography of a Selected Region 2
  • SA2700 - Medical Anthropology in Clinical and Community Settings
  • SA2701 - Global Health in Anthropological Perspective
  • SA2702 - Anthropology of Education and Learning
  • SA2703 - Understanding Childhood and Youth
  • SA2705 - Anthropological Perspectives on War and Humanitarianism
  • SA2704 - Critical Perspectives on International Development

Year 3

  • SA3601 - Contemporary Anthropological Theory
  • SA3100 - Social Anthropology Dissertation (40 credits) Core: Block


  • SA3001 - Anthropology of the Person
  • SA3002 - Anthropology of the Body
  • SA3008 - Themes in Psychological and Psychiatric Anthropology
  • SA2700 - Medical Anthropology in Clinical and Community Settings
  • SA2702 - Anthropology of Education and Learning
  • SA2705 - Anthropological Perspectives on War and Humanitarianism
  • SA2704 - Critical Perspectives on International Development
  • SA2701 - Global Health in Anthropological Perspective
  • SA2703 - Understanding Childhood and Youth
  • SA2602 - Ethnography of a Selected Region
  • SA3610 - Ethnography of a Selected Region 2
  • UK 
  • £9,250 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. 
  • Fees for EU applicants – For entry in 2021/22 academic year, eligible EU applicants will have the same tuition fees as UK students to support EU students during this transition period. These fees will be applied for the duration of the course. EU fees for 2022 entry are not yet confirmed.

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