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Anthropology (BA)

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Anthropology explores what it means to be human by looking at how people create rules and norms, and how they use beliefs and expectations to organise social life.

An important part of undertaking Anthropology will be to go into the world to find out what people are doing.  We encourage our students to practise, not just learn about, Anthropology. 

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.


UCAS Codes & Joint Honours Options

Anthropology (BA)
UCAS Code: L600
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Anthropology and Heritage (BA)
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Anthropology and History (BA)
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Archaeology and Anthropology (BA)
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Philosophy and Anthropology (BA)
UCAS Code: VL56
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Anthropology and Classical Civilisation (BA)
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Anthropology and Medieval Studies (BA)
UCAS Code: VL16
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Anthropology and Religious Studies (BA)
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Anthropology with Foundation Year (BA)
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Chinese Studies and Anthropology (BA)
UCAS Code: TL16
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Tuition Fees 2021/22:
Home (Full-time): £9,000 per year
Overseas (Full-time): £13,500 per year

Why choose this course?

  • 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

What you will learn

Course Overview

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.

Anthropology students at UWTSD have the opportunity to observe and engage with communities and cultures first-hand. For instance, students are able to undertake Voluntary Work Abroad and be active participants in the 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 the University of Wales Trinity Saint David are offered and assisted to take up, exciting opportunities to go abroad for fieldwork.

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.

Students will 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. 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.

Module Topics

You will study topics such as:

  • Learning in the digital era
  • Adaptability
  • Communication
  • Creating portfolios
  • Creative thinking
  • Critical thinking
  • Making presentations
  • Problem solving
  • Project management
  • Report writing
  • Self-reflection
  • Team working and collaborating with fellow students
  • Using multi-media techniques
  • Working independently
  • Working to deadlines

'Please note, these topics may alter a little from year to year, owing to staff changes, curriculum development and recommendations following validation.'


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.

Graduate Attributes Framework

This Framework aims to develop your professional skills and competence alongside your academic subject knowledge. You’ll study up to 40 credits per level throughout your programme from the Graduate Attributes Framework.

The Graduate Attribute modules are designed to enable you to develop, and evidence, a range of career-focused skills related to your subject area. These skills include digital competency, research and project management, as well as such personal competencies as communication, creativity, self-reflection, resilience and problem-solving. 

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Key Information

Entry Criteria

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 Opportunities

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

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

The Faculty has estimated on the assumption that students buy new copies of the books. Students may also choose to spend money on printing drafts of work.

Students may spend up to £300 per year on books and additional related materials.

Students are expected to submit 2 hard copies of their final project, the estimated cost for binding these is £20.

Optional Field trip:

Faculty works to ensure that there are a range of fieldwork and field trip options available both locally and internationally. Thus students can opt to take either more expensive or less expensive placements. The Faculty subsidises these but the cost each year is dependent on airfare, location, and currency exchange rates. Below are the upper end of expected costs based on where students have currently done placements.

Fieldwork (depending on where the student decides to do fieldwork): c. £500 - £1,500

Individual trips: c. £5 - £50

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Further Information

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 opportunities 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.