This popular BA gives you a solid foundation in the study of human societies, past and present, inspired by a diverse and compelling interdisciplinary curriculum.
Backed by high student satisfaction rates and drawing from our established and well-respected archaeological, anthropological and sociological programmes, this degree provides a broad-based education with an in-depth understanding of the diversity and richness of contemporary and past human societies across the globe; ultimately bringing together our expertise and enthusiasm for all of these subjects in one place.
Alongside specialist theoretical and thematic units, you’ll get a comprehensive grounding in the practical elements of archaeology and anthropology through working in our cutting-edge labs and out in the field. In your second year you’ll have the opportunity to specialise in social or biological, anthropology or archaeology, or if you’d like to take a broader focus, you can continue to study elements of all these disciplines.
The course also includes five or 30 weeks in the world of work (depending on the length of degree you choose), which you can complete at home or abroad. It’s a great way to cultivate the experience and contacts you’ll need to secure work after you graduate. Participation in BU’s renowned field school – the Place Field School – allows you to gain a wide range of practical skills.
See Course details for more information, including how this course will be delivered safely in autumn 2020 in response to Covid-19.
90% of our final year students are satisfied with the quality of the course and 90% of our final year students have said the course is intellectually stimulating. Join us on live chat now to find out more, or register to meet us at an Open Day.
We have three different anthropology programmes at BU, which offer a balanced foundation in the discipline. The three anthropology programmes differ only in the weighing of the archaeological, biological, or social and cultural perspectives on studying human life and human experience in past and present. When making your choice, we suggest that you consider the following programme specialisation:
- BSc (Hons) Anthropology: emphasises historical, biological and environmental perspectives
- BA (Hons) Archaeology & Anthropology: emphasises human history and prehistoric perspectives
- BA (Hons) Sociology & Social Anthropology: emphasises contemporary, social and political perspectives
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For September 2021 entry: In order to take advantage of new approaches to learning and teaching, as well as developments in industry to benefit our students we regularly review all of our courses.
This course is currently going through this process and we will update this page in June 2020 to give you full information about what we will be offering once the review process has concluded.
Next start date:
September 2020, September 2021
Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus
3 years full-time with a 5-week placement, or 4 years full-time with a minimum 30-week placement
Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (CIfA), working in partnership with University Archaeology UK
All subjects considered
International entry requirements:
For September 2020 and September 2021 entry: If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS (Academic) 6.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in either reading or writing and 5.5 in all other components or equivalent. For more information check out our international entry requirements.