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On our Social Anthropology degree you will study humans as social beings. You will explore the limits of their variety and seek to uncover what is common to us all.
You will learn to hold a powerful mirror up to your own cultural norms. Ans well as learn to appreciate and respect the customs and beliefs of other societies.
You will explore the fascinating history and practice of social anthropology, culture, and change.
Students and staff come to Oxford Brookes from over 40 countries around the world. So you can explore this fascinating subject in a truly international environment.
Our teaching staff are acknowledged experts in their fields. So you’ll learn from published, active researchers.
You can join our active student-led Anthropology Society. And you can attend a range of seminars featuring guest speakers.
- the Anthropology departmental seminar series
- the Europe Japan Research Centre seminar series.
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Please note tuition fees for Home/EU students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students in line with an inflationary amount determined by government. Tuition fees for International students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students.
Oxford Brookes University intends to maintain its fees for new and returning home and EU students at the maximum permitted level.
Please be aware that some courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees. Specific additional costs for this course, if any, are detailed below.
Learning and assessment
In Year 1 four compulsory modules provide a sound understanding of the key concepts and core disciplinary and transferable skills.
In Year 2 you will take three compulsory modules.
In addition, in Years 2 and 3 you must take at least one of the alternative compulsory modules dealing with some key topics in social anthropology. These are complemented by a range of acceptable modules from within anthropology and closely related modules taught outside of anthropology.
In Year 3 you will take a total of at least six honours modules, including the compulsory Social Anthropology Dissertation, which is a double module. For the dissertation you will carry out research project on a topic of your choice, under the guidance of a supervisor.
You may be able to go on a European or international study exchange while you are at Brookes. Most exchanges take place in the second year. Although we will help as much as we can with your plans, ultimately you are responsible for organising and funding this study abroad.
After you graduate
Anthropology, with its interdisciplinary and comparative perspective, as well as its emphasis on inter-cultural understanding, gives you flexibility and a wider view of the world which often proves attractive to employers. Our graduates have made successful careers in a wide variety of professions, including government civil service, international aid and international development, non-governmental organisations, charity organisations, environment and conservation organisations, management, human resources, marketing, teaching, lecturing, film and journalism, advertising, museum and heritage management. Students also often go on to post-graduate study.
Visiting speakers from various employment sectors including government, international development, non-governmental organisations and charities, environmental conservation, are invited to deliver lectures and seminars. Researchers from national and international institutions are invited to weekly seminar series hosted by our Faculty Research Centres which include The Anthropology Centre for Conservation, Environment and Development, The Europe Japan Research Centre, The Centre for Global Politics, Economy and Society, and the seminar series hosted by the Primate Conservation MSc course.
Students also have access to the events hosted by the University Careers and Employment Centre.
Many of our graduates are currently engaged in further study in Anthropology and also in a range of other subjects, such as Education, Archaeology, Geography, International Relations, Security and Society, History, and Primate Conservation, with many choosing to continue these studies at Oxford Brookes.
"I can definitely count the sophisticated writing, critical thinking, presentation and group work skills that I’ve gained from my time at Brookes as being things that I utilise now in my postgraduate studies – and these skills will definitely make me attractive to employers"Read more about Bethany
"Before university I really struggled with motivation but having such an interesting course has made it so much easier to find that motivation"Read more about Freya
Free language courses
Free language courses are available to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students on many of our courses, and can be taken as a credit on some courses.
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Programme Changes: On rare occasions we may need to make changes to our course programmes after they have been published on the website.
For more information, please visit our Changes to programmes page.