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BSc (Hons) Anthropology

This degree - one of just a handful at UK universities to offer complementary units covering social anthropology alongside the core focus on biological anthropology – provides a firm foundation for understanding how societies work.

  • UCAS Code:
    J21B
  • Institution:
    B50
  • Delivery:
    Full time according to Funding Council definitions

Why study BSc (Hons) Anthropology at BU?

  • Anthropology is the study of humans: what unites us as a species, and how and why individuals and groups vary both biologically and culturally across space and time.  
  • With comprehensive study of the dual biological/social nature of humans and human societies, past and present - gain an understanding of human biological and cultural diversity.  
  • Undertake hands-on practical and laboratory work, all delivered by leading academics with 100% of students studying Anthropology agreeing that staff are good at explaining things. 
  • Anthropological theory and fieldwork, cultural ecology, human-environment interaction, human evolution, and material culture and technology are all key areas of study.  
  • Select subject options from biological and social anthropology and allied disciplines, to build your study around your own interests, passions, and career aspirations.  
  • Complete a five- or a 30-week placement to apply skills developed as well as build a network of professional contacts and a strong CV, enhancing your career prospects.  

Find out more about the content of this course.

For September 2022 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 2022 to give you full information about what we will be offering once the review process has concluded.

Anthropology facilities 

The Anthropology collections include teaching casts of hominid and primates and over a 1,000 sets of human remains, one of the largest human osteological collections to be held by any UK university. 

Key information

Next start date:

September 2022, September 2023

Location:

Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus

Duration:

3 years full-time with a 5-week placement, or 4 years with a 30-week placement

Required subjects:

All subjects considered

Entry requirements:

For September 2022 entry: 104-120 UCAS tariff points including a minimum of 2 A-levels or equivalent qualifications. BTEC Extended Diploma: DMM. For more information check out our full entry requirements page.

International entry requirements:

For September 2022 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 page.

Course details

On this course you will be taught by a range of staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This will include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners, demonstrators, technicians and research students. You will also benefit from regular guest lectures from industry.

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 2.5mb)

Placements

At BU, we recognise that placements are extremely valuable and can give you a head start when it comes to your future career; so we offer every new student the opportunity to undertake a work placement as part of their course. We will provide a great deal of help and support to ensure you achieve a rewarding and satisfying placement.

A placement year is a vital part in developing well-rounded and industry-ready graduates. Why not read about some of our students’ experiences?

What’s more, you can also choose to take your placement abroad, giving you the opportunity to develop yourself personally, academically, and professionally and gain skills to help you stand out in the job market.

Find out about BU students’ experiences on placementsAll you need to know about placements

Entry requirements

This course requires 104–120 UCAS tariff points including a minimum of 2 A-levels or equivalent. We are happy to consider a combination of qualifications and grades to meet the overall tariff, for example A-levels A*CC, ABC, BBB or BCC, BTECs DDM or DMM. You can use the UCAS calculator to see how your qualifications equate to UCAS tariff points.

2022 entry

Numeracy and literacy requirements (e.g. GCSEs)

GCSE English Language or English Literature and Mathematics grade 4 (or grade C in the old grading system). We also accept iGCSEs, Key Skills and Functional Skills and other qualifications at Level 2 of the National Qualifications Framework. See all of the equivalencies.

A-level and AS levels 104–120 UCAS tariff points from a minimum of two A-levels.
Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate – Skills Challenge Certificate

We accept this qualification, but it must be accompanied by an A-level sized qualification to meet the overall UCAS tariff.

Access to HE Diploma 102–118 UCAS tariff points with any combination of Distinction, Merit, Pass grades.
BTEC National
  • Extended Diploma: Distinction, Merit, Merit (112 UCAS tariff points)
  • Diploma: Distinction*, Distinction (104 UCAS tariff points)
  • Foundation Diploma/90-credit Diploma: We accept this qualification, but it must be accompanied by an A-level sized qualification to meet the overall UCAS tariff
  • Extended Certificate/Subsidiary Diploma: We accept this qualification, but it must be accompanied by an A-level sized qualification to meet the overall UCAS tariff.
Cambridge International Pre-U Diploma 104–120 UCAS tariff points from a minimum of two principal subjects.
Cambridge Technical
  • Extended Diploma: Distinction, Merit, Merit (112 UCAS tariff points)
  • Diploma: Distinction*, Distinction (104 UCAS tariff points)
  • Subsidiary Diploma: We accept this qualification, but it must be accompanied by an A-level sized qualification to meet the overall UCAS tariff
  • Introductory Diploma: We accept this qualification, but it must be accompanied by an A-level sized qualification to meet the overall UCAS tariff.
Extended Project Qualification We accept this qualification, but it must be accompanied by two A-level sized qualifications to meet the overall UCAS tariff.
International Baccalaureate Certificates 104–120 UCAS tariff points from a minimum of two Higher Level certificates.
International Baccalaureate (Diploma) An overall score of 28–31 points.
Scottish Highers 104–120 UCAS tariff points from a minimum of four Scottish Highers.
Scottish Advanced Highers 104–120 UCAS tariff points from a minimum of two Scottish Advanced Highers.
T Levels We will recognise T Level qualifications at a suitable level (and in a suitable subject, if applicable). 

International entry requirements

You can find details of the international qualifications we accept, and what level of study they apply to, on our entry requirements for non-UK students' page.

You can find details of the international qualifications we accept, and what level of study they apply to, on our entry requirements for non-UK students' page.

Please see below some examples of the qualifications for entry onto Year 1 for September 2022 entry:

  • Chinese Senior High School Graduation Certificate (Huikao) average 80%, or Gaokao 61-71%. Grade depends on the course
  • Hong Kong HKDSE Diploma (4,4,3 to 4,4,4 from three subjects). Grade depends on the course
  • All India Senior School Certificate Examination (Standard XII) 60-70%
  • Italian Esame di Stato with 60-70%. Grade depends on the course
  • Titulo de Bachillerato with 6 or 7. Grade depends on the course

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you will need to provide evidence that you can understand English to a satisfactory level. English language requirements for this course are normally:

For September 2022 entry: IELTS (Academic) 6.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in either reading or writing and 5.5 in all other components, or equivalent.

View further information about our English language requirements.

If you do not meet the English language requirement for your degree then why not join our Pre-Sessional English course? Successful completion of our Pre-Sessional English course will meet your English language requirement.

Your application

For this course we are looking for students with:

  • An understanding of what anthropology is
  • An enthusiasm for applying science to solve problems
  • Good written and oral communication skills, and the ability to think analytically
  • An interest in anthropology (e.g. by school project work or relevant volunteer work).

How to apply

Careers

You will have varied career options when you graduate. Our degree covers social and biological anthropology, which means you can work in various disciplines once you graduate, including archaeology, forensic science, cultural ecology, human environment interaction and human evolution to name just a few.

There are many opportunities for you to work not only in academia, but also in commercial organisations. During your time here, you will have the chance to undertake placements and fieldwork in the UK and elsewhere in the world, enhancing your experience and allowing you to network with professionals who can be invaluable contacts when you are searching for work.

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.

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. You’ll also find you could benefit from a range of discounts as a student.

Find out more about budgeting and living expenses

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

Hear from our staff

Dr Fiona Coward

Studying anthropology will lead you to question all kinds of things you’ve taken for granted about the way we live our lives and how our society is organized.

Hear from our staff

Dr Christos Gatzidis

It’s important not to disregard the impact of a BU education on an individual such as attention to deadlines, professionalism, facilitation of organised teamwork, and many others.

What our graduates think

Sadie Watson

The level of practical tuition at BU combined with the academic teaching really helped me when I began my field career and has certainly played a large part in my belief that both aspects of archaeology should be combined more effectively.

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