Undergraduate study - 2020 entry

Subject area: Social Anthropology

Why choose Social Anthropology at the University of Edinburgh?

  • We're ranked in Europe's top 10 universities for anthropology in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019.

  • You will bring theory to life by carrying out your own research and fieldwork, in the UK or abroad.

  • You will spend up to four months on an individual research project that will form the basis of your dissertation in Year 4.

  • You will be able to choose from a wide range of courses covering regional specialisations from Africa to Latin America, and thematic specialisations such as happiness, medical anthropology, the invention of history, or anthropology of food.

Study abroad

Studying social anthropology has made me a lot more open-minded and aware of different perspectives. Being understanding of others’ views will be a valuable trait for any future career, especially in a diverse society like the UK.

Ema Kosova 2nd year MA (Hons) Social Anthropology
Ema Kosova 2nd year MA (Hons) Social Anthropology

Introducing Social Anthropology

Social anthropology is the study of human conduct and thought. Societies around the world vary enormously socially, culturally and politically.

The study of these variations, and the common humanity that underlies them, is at the heart of social anthropology.

There are close links between social anthropology and sociology, human geography, development studies, history, archaeology, and philosophy.

You will take a broad range of courses in Year 1 and 2 and will have the opportunity to specialise in Years 3 and 4.

You will spend up to four months on an individual research project that will form the basis of your dissertation. Fieldwork for your project can be done both within and outside the UK.