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.

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We offer a range of pathways that give students the opportunity to diversify their studies in the following subjects alongside this degree programme:

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Humanitarianism & Law Pathway | International Development Pathway

Key Facts

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

Location:
Lampeter
School/Faculty:
Faculty of Humanities and Performing Arts
Contact Name:
Dr Errietta Bissa
Contact Email:
fhpadmissions@uwtsd.ac.uk
Language Choice
English  

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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.

Grades are important; however, our offers are not solely based on academic results. We are interested in creative people that demonstrate a strong commitment to their chosen subject area and therefore we welcome applications from individuals from a wide range of backgrounds. To assess student suitability for their chosen course we normally arrange interviews for all applicants at which your skills, achievements and life experience will be considered as well as your qualifications.

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

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2017/18 are as follows:

UK/EU: £9,000

International: £14,900

Tuition fees for years of study after your first year are subject to an increase of 3% for International students and at the capped fee rate as set by the UK Government for UK/EU students.

You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our Student Finance pages.

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's Bursaries and Scholarships page

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.