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BA (Hons) Sociology and Social Anthropology

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    Full time according to Funding Council definitions

Places available to study this September

We have greater flexibility with our entry requirements during Clearing, so let’s talk about your future.

Call us on +44 (0)1202 966777 or apply online.

Discover what binds and divides us, explore identity, class, belief systems, cultural difference and social change, and examine how we experience these all over the world and in our daily lives. With our special emphasis on applying theory to contemporary, real-world challenges, you will develop professional skills and civic capabilities that are much sought after by employers in, both, the private and public sectors at local, national or international levels.

Sociology and Social Anthropology are as engaging as they are insightful. Taught by expert sociologists and social anthropologists, this academically robust social science course explores the connections between societies and cultures all over the world. It will provide you with a comprehensive understanding of key sociological and social 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 social anthropological perspectives on important contemporary issues, such as globalisation, post-conflict interventions, migration, terrorism and protection.

You will benefit from an exciting and eclectic mix of guest speakers and from authentic assignments modelled on real-world demands for sociological and social anthropological knowledge. The course further stands out for its unique placement opportunities either at home or abroad. These course offers can dramatically boost your employability by developing professional skills and making crucial contacts.

We’re pleased to have been ranked 7th in the Guardian league tables 2018 for sociology. 100% of our final year sociology and anthropology students agree that the course is intellectually stimulating and 100% appreciate that staff have made the subject interesting and are good at explaining things. 100% of our final year students who study sociology and anthropology are satisfied with the quality of the course.

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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:

Places available to study this September

We have greater flexibility with our entry requirements during Clearing, so let’s talk about your future.

Call us on +44 (0)1202 966777 or apply online.

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 a range of staff with relevant social science expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of each of the units. Apart from senior academics, you will also benefit from guest lecturers of interrelated disciplines and professional practice as well as doctoral and post-doctoral researchers. From the first year onwards, you will be equipped with the methodological and ethical requirements for carrying out independent research projects.

How you will be assessed

You will be assessed by coursework culminating in your final year dissertation project on a topic of your choice, 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.

The course offers two opportunities for you to undertake a placement, an optional Placement Learning Unit (20 days or 150 hours) in Year 2 and the Practice Placement (Sandwich option), a 30-week placement taken over the course of a full academic year between Year 2 and your Final Year.

You can undertake placements abroad in locations such as Kosovo or Malaysia where the Department has established links with partners.

Types of anthropology degree

Your application

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 & Social 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 and civil, critical-thinking capabilities, 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.