BA Applied Anthropology

96% of UWTSD’s Anthropology students agreed that staff value students’ views and opinions about the course – NSS 2017.

Come to Wales and do Applied Anthroplogy.

Applied Anthropology is a discipline that actively seeks practical solutions to the social problems humanity experiences. This is achieved via direct encounter with, and the unraveling of, contemporary global concerns.

This course is designed to provide the student with a set of valuable skills and tools to help tackle the pressing issues evident in the world today through experiential learning. 

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

Politics PathwayEconomics Pathway | Ecology Pathway
Humanitarianism & Law Pathway | International Development Pathway

Key Facts

UCAS Code: 3NY6
Institution Code: T80
Course Length:
3 yrs

Faculty of Humanities and Performing Arts
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We will encourage you to practise, not just learn about, anthropology. Part of doing anthropology means getting out into the real world to find out what people are up to. We believe that being in new situations and experiencing new cultural practices students are offered 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.

We believe that learning needs to be a dynamic and active process and that for it to be effective students need to engage experientially with what is being studied. With this in mind, our course adopts a radical approach to teaching.

We get our students out of lecture theatres and offer a significant percentage of study time ‘in the field’. ‘In the field’, in this case, means getting practically involved and gaining first-hand experience of how other people live. From this personal perspective students acquire a discerning sense of the complexities associated with other people’s existences, which affords the kind of expertise that fosters genuinely informed solutions.

Each year of the degree involves trips to different locations where you will learn ‘as you go’. At present the course allows students to spend time living with Giriama farmers in rural Kenya, with monks in a Hindu monastery, alongside First Nation Inuits in Canada, explore the workings of reforestation and conservation initiatives, as well as do independent fieldwork in a location, and on a topic, of the student’s choosing.

Typical modules include:

  • Skills in the Field
  • Interactions with the Environment: Making things, Transforming things
  • People’s Worlds: Lives and Livelihoods
  • Fieldwork in Action
  • Sustainability and Globalisation
  • Anthropology in Context
  • Approaches and Methods in Anthropology
  • Material Worlds: Approaches to Economic Relations
  • The Body, Culture and Society
  • Medical Anthropology
  • Sacred Journeys and Holy Sites
  • Water and Society
  • Political Anthropology: Power and Principles
  • Kinship and Gender
  • Museums, Heritage and Representation
  • Human Evolution and Hunter Gatherers

Reasons to choose this course include:

  • Travel opportunities in Kenya and Canada
  • Opportunity to do fieldwork on three continents
  • 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.

Career and employment opportunities include:

  • 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
  • Voluntary work
  • Conservation
  • Development
  • Social welfare
  • Caring professions

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

Students on the Applied Anthropology programme are required to undertake a 40-credit ethnographic field trip at Level 5 as a compulsory part of academic study.

A number of field trip options are available overseas and within the UK. These field trips are based on collaborative partnerships the university has with other external agencies and universities.

In addition to these, students are free to arrange their own ethnographic field study but only through consultation with the programme director and module tutors.

To support students in undertaking this study, the faculty provides a field trip scholarship to each student of up to £1000. Any additional costs over this figure will have to be met by the student.

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, but by also experiencing what is to live like them.

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.

If you would like to find out more, you can visit us on an Open Day. To book, click here.