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BA (Hons) Sociology & Anthropology

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Discover what binds and divides us, explore identity, class, cultural difference and social change, and examine how we experience it all in our daily lives.

Taught by expert sociologists, social anthropologists and biological anthropologists, the degree explores the connections between societies and cultures all over the world, both in the present day and the past. What’s more, each year you’ll boost your academic reach and employee potential by designing and carrying out your own research project on a topic of your choice.

This course will provide you with a comprehensive understanding of key sociological and anthropological areas of debate, such as kinship and family, religion and ritual, politics, power and inequality, gender, race and ethnicity.  You will explore sociological and anthropological perspectives on important contemporary issues, such as globalisation, post-conflict interventions, migration, terrorism and protection. 

Our Sociology & Anthropology degree is as engaging as it is insightful. With our special emphasis on applying theory to local and international policy and practice, you will develop professional skills in addressing contemporary, real-world challenges.

What makes it especially interesting is the integrated placement opportunities, involving either a 30-week or 20-day work placement, which you can complete anywhere in the world, in your second or third year. This can dramatically boost your employability by developing professional skills and making crucial contacts.

100% of our final students who study sociology courses are satisfied with the quality of the course, so join us on live chat now to find out more, or register to meet us at an Open Day. Alternatively, watch an online presentation on our sociology courses.  

Interested in studying this course part-time? Enquire now.

All statistics shown throughout this page are taken from Unistats, Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE), BU institutional data and Ipsos MORI (National Student Survey) unless otherwise stated.

For 2019 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 July 2019 to give you full information about what we will be offering once the review process has concluded.

Key information

Next start date:

September 2019, September 2020


Bournemouth University, Lansdowne Campus


3 years, or 4 years including a minimum 30-week placement, Full-time

Required subjects:

All subjects considered

Entry requirements:

For September 2019 and September 2020 entry: 104 - 120 UCAS tariff points including a minimum of 2 A-levels or equivalent. BTEC Extended Diploma: DMM. For more information check out our full entry requirements.

International entry requirements:

For September 2019 entry: If English is not your first language, you will need IELTS (Academic) 6.5 with minimum 5.5 in each component or equivalent. For more information check out our international entry requirements.

For September 2020 entry: If English is not your first language, you will need IELTS (Academic) 6.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in reading or writing and 5.5 in all other components or equivalent. For more information check out our international entry requirements.

Course details

On this course, you will be taught by expert sociologists and social anthropologists as well as, in selected units, by archaeologists and biological anthropologists.

Apart from senior academic staff, you will also benefit from guest lecturers of interrelated disciplines and professional practice as well as doctoral and post-doctoral researchers. 

How you will be assessed

You will be assessed by coursework culminating in your final year research project, and you will also undertake group work and written exams. The assessment methods for each unit can be found in the programme specification for your course.

Download the programme specification (pdf 696kb)


Every BU student will have the opportunity to undertake a work-based placement during their studies. This is extremely valuable and we are proud to be in the top three universities in Great Britain for the most undergraduate students on a work placement.

This course provides students with the opportunity to undertake a 20-day placement as an optional unit in either the second or final year.  Additionally  students can complete a minimum 30-week placement in-between their second and final year studies to be eligible for a sandwich award.

The department has established links with partner university, Universiti Sains Malaysia, allowing students to undertake placements abroad.

Types of anthropology degree

Your application

Background and experience

For Sociology, we are looking for applicants who:

  • Have an interest in the subject as well as the motivation and commitment to undertake the course
  • Can demonstrate personal skills and qualities relevant to the course
  • Have an ability to read, digest and analyse information
  • Can work independently as well as in groups.

How to apply

Entry requirements


Sociology & Anthropology is a natural pairing, with each discipline complementing the other and opening up a range of career options once you graduate. You’ll develop a variety of research and analytical skills, in addition to gaining detailed knowledge of current practical social challenges, all skills that are sought after by employers.

90% of our graduates from sociology courses are in work or further study within six months of finishing their course.

Costs and fees

All fees are quoted in pounds sterling and are per year. Your tuition fees will be the same for each year of your course. You can find full information about funding your studies and paying your fees in our undergraduate fees and funding section. That’s also where you’ll find information about the scholarships and bursaries on offer – including unlimited Academic Excellence Scholarships for UK, EU and International students.

Fees quoted are for tuition only unless stated otherwise, and we’re committed to ensuring there are no hidden extra costs while you’re at university – that’s why we’re clear about what you can expect us to cover, and what your cost of living will be. 

Our staff

On this course you will be taught by staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This could include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners and research students, many of whom are actively engaged in research and/or professional practice which is integrated into the teaching of this course. Please note that staff can change.

Course changes

What our students think

Gemma Knights

The way the course is taught at Bournemouth gives a fresh perspective and intertwines both disciplines. Because the course covers such a wide range of topics, the career opportunities are just as wide.

Hear from our staff

Dr Rosie Read

We aim to develop students’ understandings of global interconnections across different cultures and societies, in the present day and the recent and more distant past.