School of Social Sciences

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  • Resources

    There are many resources available to expand your horizons as both an anthropology student at Brookes and as a graduate.

    Research led teaching

    Teaching is often research led, with staff incorporating personal expertise into modules. Our undergraduate students actively participate in research by engaging in staff projects, working at our field sites, and attending local and international conferences. We are committed to this ‘students as researchers’ approach, so we provide opportunities throughout the course for students to conduct their own ethnographic fieldwork and to gain research skills in lab sessions on osteology, paleopathology, paleontology and primate anatomy.

    We also encourage students to publish their research. Biological anthropology staff produce an ISSN registered journal Canopy, reporting on the latest primatology research, including excellent student work. Students of the year 3 module Culture and Care can reach a global audience by publishing work in a collaborative public blog.

    Specialist facilities

    While you’re a student here you will have access to the Anthropology and Geography Labs, a wet laboratory for analysis of hormones and other biological material, the hand-crafted Japan Room , and the social science’s department’s collaborative workspace. Brookes is also home to a sound laboratory and a fieldwork equipment lending service.

    Oxford is a unique city in which to be an anthropology student, and you will be able to visit the world-renowned Pitt Rivers Museum , Oxford Natural History Museum , and Ashmolean Museum . In your final year you will have the opportunity to use the Bodleian Libraries to support your dissertation studies.

    Twycross Zoo field trip

    Twycross Zoo houses the largest collection of primates of any zoological collection in Europe. Since 2019, Oxford Brookes University has been working together to build on Twycross’ conservation outreach programmes through student and staff projects. Using a novel mixed methods approach, we are engaging with a new vision of the zoo's role in deepening understanding of the barriers and opportunities involved in creating a sustainable future. Students will learn how to observe and understand animal behaviors, but they will also explore the ways zoo visitors, staff and students construct their ideas about conservation and sustainability. Our collaboration supports career pathways that work towards a sustainable future both within and beyond zoos.

    Study abroad

    Alongside field trips students benefit greatly from time spent living in a culture that is different from their own. Studying abroad is a popular option for anthropology students in their second year. In recent years, students have studied in Malta, Iceland, and the Netherlands through the Erasmus Programme. Others have studied at universities across Canada, Australia and the US. 

    Engage with anthropologists from around the world

    Seminars, conferences and events:

    • Primate Conservation
      Seminars run on Monday’s throughout the teaching period. Recent seminars have explored the pet Lemur trade in Madagascar, Asian ape conservation management, and the role of human primates in our global ecosystem.

    • Europe Japan Research Centre
      Regular seminars from the EJRC have run each year since 2001, and feature international experts on Japanese culture and contemporary society

    • Conferences
      In addition to the annual student research conference, Anthropology regularly hosts larger subject related conferences or workshops. In 2016 we hosted the Royal Anthropological Institute’s Annual Student Research Conference, and in 2017 we have hosted the 10th Biennial Conference of the Association for Anthropology, Gerontology and the Life Course (AAGE). Brookes is also a co-organizer of the 2018 Association of Social Anthropology Conference, the UK’s largest meeting of academic anthropologists. In 2020, Anthropology and Geography will launch the Centre for Environment and Society to showcase research in physical and human aspects of our fields through public lectures and events.