Anthropology is the exploration of the dual, biocultural nature of the human condition and its variation across space and time. Our degree offers a comprehensive training in both socio-cultural and biological aspects of human societies past and present, and offers a firm grounding in understanding the human condition.
The course is one of just a handful at UK universities to offer a blend of both social and biological anthropology, covering topics such as anthropological theory and fieldwork, cultural ecology and human-environment interaction, material culture and technology, human evolution and hands-on laboratory work, all delivered by leading practitioners in their fields.
As well as developing a comprehensive understanding of human diversity and cultural richness, you’ll gain the unique combination of highly transferable analytical, communication and presentation skills that make anthropology graduates highly attractive to a wide range of employers.
In your second and final year you’ll be able to select from a portfolio of subject options, allowing you to create a curriculum that favours your own interests, passions, and career aspirations. You’ll also complete a five or 30-week placement, depending on the length of course you choose, which will reinforce your CV, build a network of professional contacts, and ultimately enhance 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 at large. 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 & 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
For 2019 entry: 104-120 tariff points including a minimum of 2 A-levels or equivalent qualifications. BTEC Extended Diploma: DMM. For more information check out our 2019 entry requirements page.