Anthropology is the study of human diversity around the world. In studying anthropology, you will learn how different societies live together and think about such topics as family, sex, religion, art, and economics and gain skills increasingly in demand in a globalized and automated world.
The BA in Anthropology at Queen's will allow you to examine some of the deepest and most pressing questions about human beings. Issues addressed in our modules include:
Does globalisation mean the end of cultural difference?
Can a post-conflict society heal?
How do ritual traditions, musical performances, and art shape cultural identities?
How do some people become willing to die for a group?
Through classroom modules, optional placements, performance ensembles and your own anthropological fieldwork, you will also gain valuable skills in critical thinking, cross-cultural understanding, researching, interviewing, writing, and presenting.
Anthropology Degree highlights
- As part of their dissertation study in years 2 and 3, students have carried out ethnographic field research around the world, including on orphanages in Kenya, AIDS in southern Africa, education in Ghana, dance in India, NGOs in Guatemala, music in China, marriage in Japan,backpacking in Europe, and whale-watching in Hawaii.Students have the opportunity to use practice-based research skills during eight weeks of ethnographic fieldwork in areas of their specialisation, which can entail working with organisations around the globe.
World Class Facilities
- The Performance Room includes a variety of musical instruments from around the world, a collection that has grown since the 1970s when Ethnomusicology was first established as an International Centre at Queen's by the late Professor John Blacking. These instruments, together with the sprung performance room floor, facilitate music and dance ensembles, enabling our unit to remain one of the leading departments in Ethnomusicology. • Senator George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice.• Institute of Cognition and Culture• Institute of Irish Studies• Two International Summer schools (the Irish Studies Summer School; and the Conflict Transformation and Social Justice Summer School).• The Performance Room, including a variety of musical instruments from around the world
Internationally Renowned Experts
- Anthropology at Queen's has international renown in the following areas:•Ethnomusicology and performance•Conflict and borders•Religion•Cognition and culture•Migration and diasporas•Irish studies•Material culture and art•Human-animal relations•The cross-cultural study of emotionsIn the Research Excellence Framework of 2014, Anthropology at Queen's was ranked first in the UK in terms of research impact with 100% 4*, indicating that the research by our staff has had a significant impact on life outside the academy.
- QUB anthropology received very high scores in the 2016 National Student Survey and was ranked 3rd in the UK according to the 2018 Guardian University Guide.
Career pathways typically lead to employment in:
1. Development, NGO work, International Policy, Public Sector
2. Journalism, Human Rights, Conflict Resolution, Community Work
3. Arts Administration, Creative Cultural Industries, Media, Performance, Heritage Policy, Museums, Tourism
4. Public and Private Sector related to Religious Negotiation, Peace Building, Multiculturalism, Diversity
5. Teaching in schools
6. Academic Teaching and Research
Employment after the Course
Our graduates have followed careers in the fields of Development, Policy, Public Sector; Arts Administration, Creative Cultural Industries, Media, Performance, Heritage Policy, Museums, Tourism; International Policy, Journalism, Human Rights, Conflict Resolution, Community Work; NGO work and the Public Sector related to: Religious Negotiation, Peace Building, Multiculturalism, and Diversity
Internships will match dissertation students with organisations and institutions relevant to their career paths by building on local and international staff networks and professional connections.
Current placement partners include
• Operation Wallacea, which works with teams of ecologists, scientists and academics on a variety of bio-geographical projects around the globe.
• Belfast Migration Centre offers students of the module 'Migration, Displacement and Diasporas' internship opportunities in their 'Belonging Project'.
Additional Awards Gained(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)
Prizes and Awards(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)
Degree plus award for extra-curricular skills
In addition to your degree programme, at Queen's you can have the opportunity to gain wider life, academic and employability skills. For example, placements, voluntary work, clubs, societies, sports and lots more. So not only do you graduate with a degree recognised from a world leading university, you'll have practical national and international experience plus a wider exposure to life overall. We call this Degree Plus. It's what makes studying at Queen's University Belfast special.