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The award

How long you will study
3 - 4 Years

Domestic course fees
GBP 9250 per year

How you will study

Course starts

International course fees
GBP 14100 per year

All study options

About Anthropology at Bournemouth University

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.

This course received a 92% overall satisfaction rating from our final year students in the latest National Student Survey (NSS) with 100% of them agreeing that our staff are good at explaining things. Join us on live chat or register to come and meet us at an open day.

We have three different anthropology programmes at BU; whichever specific course you choose, you will learn about biological, social and cultural anthropological perspectives on human life, today and in the past, and how these are relevant to contemporary challenges in the world today. 

  • BSc (Hons) Anthropology: combines social/cultural and biological/ecological study of human society
  • BA (Hons) Archaeology & Anthropology: interdisciplinary cultural/social, biological/ecological and historical/archaeological perspectives on human lifeways, today and in the past
  • BA (Hons) Sociology & Anthropology: social/cultural, and political approaches to contemporary human societies. 

All statistics shown throughout this page are taken from Unistats, Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE), BU institutional data and Ipsos MORI (National Student Survey) unless otherwise stated.

Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardBScHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study3 - 4 years
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course feesGBP 9250 per yearInternational course feesGBP 14100 per year

Notes about fees for this course

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Entry requirements

For Septemer 2020 and September 2021 entry: The entry requirements for this course are 104 - 120 UCAS tariff points including a minimum of 2 A-levels or equivalent. BTEC Extended Diploma: DMM.

For September 2020 and September 2021 entry: If English is not your first language, you will 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.

Don't meet the entry requirements?

Consider a Foundation or Pathway course at Bournemouth University to prepare for your chosen course:

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