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UCL has the largest and most
diverse broad-based anthropology department in the UK, comprising approximately 35 leading international
scholars in biological anthropology, social anthropology and material culture
studies. The department is located in the heart of London, within walking
distance of the city’s major cultural attractions.
At UCL, we explore in the round the big questions about humans beings and how they live across the globe. What does it mean to be human? How did our species evolve? How do we understand the diversity of people’s life-ways? We relate those questions to the everyday problems and decisions that shape people’s lives in different parts of the world. You can expect training in the full range of methods, theories and techniques from leading researchers in anthropology, whose work spans the globe.
Ours is broad-based degree
for broad-minded people. What
distinguishes our degree from other anthropology degrees in the UK is its
intellectual breadth, bringing together Socio-cultural Anthropology, Material
Culture and Biological Anthropology under a single programme of study.
Socio-cultural Anthropology makes a comparative analysis of worldwide human
behaviour from indigenous groups to modern Western economies to explore social
and cultural differences and their determinants.
Material Culture studies past
and present human social and environmental relationships through the evidence
of people’s construction of their material world and use of objects.
Anthropology focuses on human evolution and contemporary human-environment
interactions, approaching the understanding of human diversity by using fossil
evidence, primate studies, demographics and modelling.
Exploring these three fields in relation to each other, our degree is particularly demanding as it requires ability and interest in both science and humanities: some modules require statistical skills or laboratory work while others are based on comparative and theoretical explorations of themes such as religion, politics, technology or fashion.