Studying in Kent’s School of Anthropology and Conservation, you are taught by leading academics in the field. Whether you come from a humanities, social sciences or science background, you will find this programme interesting and exciting.
Our degree emphasises an interdisciplinary, holistic and cross-cultural approach to human environmental relationships, integrating social and natural studies on critical thinking about the place of humans on the planet, and the causes and consequences of the present-day ecological crises.Our degree programme
Our programme combines both social and natural science approaches to the challenges of one-planet thinking. In your first year, you take introductory modules on human ecology and develop your aptitude for multidimensional, holistic, problem solving.
In the second and final years, you focus on specific areas of human ecology. You can study topics from diverse geographical contexts, spanning the fields of environmental economics, landscape planning, conservation biology, biological anthropology and ethnobiology.
The degree provides comprehensive training in the methods, tools and applications of human ecology. This includes qualitative and quantitative ecological and ethnographic data collection and analysis, field trips (in the UK and abroad; for example, the tropics), spatial analysis, and the application of research to practical problem solving.Studying at the University of Kent
In this video, Chloe Rowlands, BSc Human Ecology, shares her experiences of life at the University of Kent.
Year in Professional Practice
You can take this as a four-year degree, including a work placement. The year in professional practice is a wonderful opportunity to spend up to a year undertaking work placements with organisations relevant to your degree programme. Placements can be at home or abroad, offering a unique experience to set you apart.Field trips
A number of our modules include opportunities for learning and experiences outside of the classroom through field trips in the UK and abroad. Potential excursions are:
- food and farming systems in East Kent
- High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
- Ashford Community Woodland, local nature reserve
- forestry management on the North Downs
- Powell Cotton Museum
- environmental sustainability in Broadstairs
- economic regeneration in Margate.
Students on the Tropical Ecology and Conservation module spend two weeks at the Danau Girang Field Centre in Borneo. The Centre is located in an area where huge swathes of jungle have been removed and replaced by plantations, so you work on the front line between managing the needs of the community and the impact on biodiversity.
These opportunities may change from year to year and may incur additional costs. See the funding tab for more information.Study resources
The School of Anthropology and Conservation has excellent teaching resources including dedicated computing facilities. Other resources include:
- conservation genetics laboratories
- ecology laboratory
- field trials area and field laboratory
- a state-of-the-art visual anthropology room
- an ethnobiology lab for studying human-related plant material
- refurbished computer suite with 32 PCs with HD screens
- upgraded visual anthropology suite with 16 iMacs
- an integrated audio-visual system to help provide stimulating lectures
- student social spaces
The Conservation Society and Anthropology Society are run by Kent students and are a good way to meet other students on your course in an informal way. Student societies also work with local organisations and charities providing lots of opportunities for volunteering, community work and outings.
The School of Anthropology and Conservation puts on many events that you are welcome to attend. We host two public lectures a year, the Stirling Lecture and the DICE Lecture, which bring current ideas in anthropology and conservation to a wider audience. We are delighted that these events attract leading conservation figures from around the world.
Each term, there are also seminars and workshops discussing current research in anthropology, conservation and human ecology.Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology
This programme is taught by academic staff from across the School, including the Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology (DICE) research centre. DICE is a leading international research and training centre dedicated to the conservation of biodiversity and ecosystems around the world.
DICE was founded in 1989 with a clear mission: to conserve biodiversity and the ecological processes that support ecosystems and people. It does so by developing capacity and improving conservation management and policy through high-impact research. That is why DICE is in a School that does research and teaching in anthropology alongside conservation.
One component of DICE’s work is to train a new, interdisciplinary generation of conservationists who think innovatively about the challenges that lie ahead. As undergraduates, you are part of a dynamic and growing community of conservationists whose work spans all major regions of the world.