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. Our course - just one of a handful at UK universities to offer complementary units covering both social anthropology alongside the core focus of biological anthropology - provides a firm foundation for understanding how societies work through comprehensive study of the dual biological/social nature of humans and societies, past and present.
The course is designed to give you a comprehensive understanding of human biological and cultural diversity. Anthropological theory and fieldwork, cultural ecology, human-environment interaction, human evolution and material culture and technology are all key areas of study, and in addition you will undertake hands-on practical and laboratory work, all delivered by leading practitioners in their fields. Along the way, you will also gain a unique combination of highly transferable analytical, communication and presentation skills that are highly valued by a range of prospective employers.
After a broad, foundational first year, in your second and third years you will be able to select from a portfolio of subject options from biological and social anthropology and allied disciplines, allowing you to create a course of study built around your own interests, passions, and career aspirations. You’ll also have the opportunity to complete a five- or 30-week placement outside university. This will give you the chance to apply skills developed throughout your degree as well as build a network of professional contacts and a strong CV, enhancing your career prospects after graduation.
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We have three different anthropology programmes at BU, which offer a balanced foundation in the discipline. The courses 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 & Anthropology emphasises contemporary, social and political perspectives
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Next start date:
September 2019, September 2020
Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus
3 years full-time with a 5-week placement, or 4 years with a 30-week placement
All subjects considered
International entry requirements:
For September 2019 entry: If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS (Academic) 6.5 with minimum 5.5 in each component, or equivalent. For more information check out our International entry requirements page.
For September 2020 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.