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Bachelor in Anthropology (with Placement) (BSc) - Brunel
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Bachelor in Anthropology (with Placement) (BSc) - Brunel

Brunel University London
On campus
 3426 Points
4 Years
Apply date
Jul 2024
Start date
Sep 2024

EU Undergraduate Discount 2024/5 (Brunel)

Brunel University London offers EU scholarships (£8,000 - £12,000, depending on course fees) for this undergraduate program.

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Program Description

In this bachelor in Anthropology (with Placement) (BSc), you will learn about anthropology. It offers a unique and powerful means of understanding cultural and social diversity in the modern world. It considers issues that can lead to mind-blowing revelations about how individuals and cultures experience life differently.

A special feature of the bachelor in Anthropology (with Placement) (BSc) is the opportunity to do fieldwork placements anywhere in the world according to your anthropological interests. Fieldwork is excellent preparation for work and a chance to make useful contacts and will help to add greater meaning to academic studies.

Around half of the bachelor in Anthropology (with Placement) (BSc), students carry out a placement or fieldwork abroad, in places as wide-ranging as India, Nepal, Australia, South Africa, Papua New Guinea, and Jamaica.

Recent UK placement destinations include the Royal Anthropological Institute, Campaign for Press and Broadcasting Freedom, Amnesty International, and the Department of Health.

The placement year costs £1,385.

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Course Content

Through a set of compulsory modules in your first year, you will gain a firm foundation in the central themes and debates in anthropology as you are introduced to the international work carried out by the teaching staff that explores the practicalities of undertaking anthropological fieldwork.

Towards the end of your first year, you get to choose your degree pathway – either to remain on the general Anthropology route or to specialise in Anthropology (Childhood, Youth and Education), Anthropology (Development, War and Humanitarian Assistance), or Anthropology (Global Health).

In years two and three, you will follow a pre-set group of compulsory modules according to your pathway choice, plus optional modules choices according to your interests. Below is a list of the variety of modules typically taught within the subject. Details on modules studied by pathway can be found in the Programme Specification below the module lists. You can also see below a table with modules for each pathway.

Please see below for more information on modules offered throughout the course for each pathway.


Teaching and Learning

The bachelor in Anthropology (with Placement) (BSc) consistently ranks within the top quartile for student satisfaction for anthropology nationally.

You will be taught by an internationally respected team of anthropologists who have conducted fieldwork in five continents on religion, witchcraft, disability, memory, nationalism, childhood and education, political violence, social hierarchies, race, ethnicity, and ecology.

Like most social science subjects, anthropology is taught through a mixture of lectures and small discussion groups or seminars. For each module, you will usually attend one lecture and one seminar every week.

Uniquely for a UK university, studying anthropology at Brunel will always mean applying what you have read to what you discover in real-life situations with the opportunity to conduct fieldwork experience anywhere in the world.



Year 1

Introduction to Anthropology: Themes

Fieldwork Encounters: Thinking Through Ethnography

Introduction to Anthropology: Beliefs and Ways of Thinking

Research Methods in Anthropology

Anthropology and Contemporary Debates

Practising Anthropology 1

Year 2

Ethnicity, Culture and Identity
Kinship, Sex and Gender
Political and Economic Issues in Anthropology
Practising Anthropology 2

Optional Modules:
Ethnography of a Selected Region
Ethnography of a Selected Region 2
Medical Anthropology in Clinical and Community Settings
Global Health in Anthropological Perspective
Anthropology of Education and Learning
Understanding Childhood and Youth
Anthropological Perspectives on War and Humanitarianism
Critical Perspectives on International Development

Placement Year

Placement Year

Year 4

Contemporary Anthropological Theory
Social Anthropology Dissertation (40 credits) Core: Block

Optional Modules:
Anthropology of the Person
Anthropology of the Body
Themes in Psychological and Psychiatric Anthropology
Medical Anthropology in Clinical and Community Settings
Anthropology of Education and Learning
Anthropological Perspectives on War and Humanitarianism
Critical Perspectives on International Development
Global Health in Anthropological Perspective
Understanding Childhood and Youth
Ethnography of a Selected Region
Ethnography of a Selected Region 2

Jobs - Careers

  • Teacher
  • Journalist
  • Research officer in the health and social sectors, and in other professions requiring knowledge of social and cultural processes

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