BA Anthropology

  • BA Anthropology

Anthropology explores the fundamentals of what it means to be human.  It takes the whole world as its point of interest and brings one face to face with the eye-opening variety of human behaviours both in the present and from the past.

Watch the video below and meet anthropologist, Luci Attala, the programme director for BA Anthropology and BA Applied Anthropology. Find out more about the Anthropology degree programme and see current anthropology students' experiences of the dynamic and practical degree.


Key Facts

UCAS Code: L600
Institution Code: T80
Course Length:
3 years; part-time study available

Faculty of Humanities and Performing Arts
Contact Name:
Dr Errietta Bissa
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Click Here to Download the Anthropology Booklet

Come to Wales and do Anthropology.

We encourage our students to practise, not just learn about, anthropology. Part of doing anthropology means getting out into the world to find out what people are up to. We believe that being in new situations and experiencing new cultural practices offers students a particular breadth and depth of understanding that being in lecture theatres cannot give. Because of this we urge our students to get as much hands-on experiential learning as possible during their time with us.

Students also have the opportunity to study abroad at one of a selection of institutions in an assortment of destinations, all of which offer degree programmes comparable to ours. We encourage and support students who choose to take this option because we not only believe it’s a stimulating addition to study, but also one that will enrich and enhance your learning experience. The study aboard option is only available in the second year of your degree and comes with no financial cost to you. It is possible to then use your experiences as data for your final year dissertation – an independent project that allows you the freedom to study any topic that interests you.

Students are also able to undertake Voluntary Work Abroad and be active participants in staff’s research projects, both in the UK and abroad. Indeed, we are one of the few places where undergraduate students are provided with in-the-field practical training. All anthropology students at University of Wales Trinity Saint David are offered, and assisted to take up, exciting opportunities to go abroad for field work. This emphasis on anthropology as practice and engagement means that University of Wales Trinity Saint David graduates not only go away with wonderful memories of doing their degree, but also acquire a valuable set of transferable skills that stand them in good stead in an increasingly competitive jobs market.

90% of UWTSD students at the School of Archaeology, History and Anthropology agreed that their communication skills have improved - National Student Survey 2016

Typical modules include:

  • Introduction to Fieldwork
  • Interactions with the Environment: Making things, Transforming things
  • People’s Worlds: Lives and Livelihoods
  • Themes and Theories
  • Anthropology in Context
  • Approaches and Methods in Anthropology
  • Material Worlds: Approaches to Economic Relations
  • Reading Cultures
  • The Body, Culture and Society
  • Sacred Journeys and Holy Sites
  • Water and Society
  • Imagining the Other
  • Philosophical Anthropology
  • Political Anthropology: Power and Principles
  • Kinship, Gender and Sexuality
  • Sex and Violence: Religion in the Modern World
  • Museums, Heritage and Representation
  • Human Evolution

Reasons to choose this course include:

  • Dynamic classes exploring real world issues
  • Transferable interpersonal skills
  • Opportunity to develop independent research projects
  • Opportunities to study abroad and to undertake volunteer work in Africa
  • Expert teaching from research-active lecturers and tutors

The programme is assessed in a variety of ways and will include several of the following type of assessment: essays of 1,000 to 4,000 words in length, document analysis, book/ journal reviews, short reports and reflective journals, time tests, seen and unseen exams, field journals, posters, group and individual presentations, dissertations of 10,000 words, wikis, commentaries and film evaluations.

The School has a dedicated Admissions and Recruitment officer who deals with all UCAS applications, liaises with the various Programme Coordinators and arranges visits and Open Days. The programme requirements are between 96 and 104 points and above or Access to HE Foundation Degree. However we are keen to judge each application on its merits, and thus will also look at non traditional routes, though an interview may be required for this pathway.

Graduates go on to careers in a variety of fields including:

  • Film and media
  • International development, aid and charity organisations
  • Cultural and social advocacy
  • Fundraising, management consultancy, research
  • Publishing
  • Race relations, community, social work, caring professions
  • Teaching
  • Health, food and lifestyle
  • Communication, business
  • Museums, heritage, tourism
  • Human, animal and land rights

Our students do not explore all forms of human social and cultural behaviour by simply sitting and listening to how other anthropologists understand the world, they experience what is to live like them themselves.

We focus particularly on applying and engaging with theory to address social issues. We recognise that practical, first-hand engagement with ‘other’ cultures is the best way to understand the anthropological endeavour. If you choose to study with us you will be given plenty of opportunity to be an anthropologist – by applying the knowledge you learn in the classroom in the ‘real’ world.