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Details about financial support are available at: www.ucl.ac.uk/study/ug-finance
UCAS Code: L602
This programme looks at the biological, cultural, social and material culture aspects of human beings as well as their evolution. It will help you gain a broad set of skills, including critical reasoning; the ability to search, sift and analyse various materials; collaborative group work; and oral and written communication.
|Subjects||No specific subjects.|
|AS Levels||A pass in a further subject at AS level or equivalent is required.|
|GCSEs||English Language and Mathematics at grade C, plus Science or Biology at grade B. For UK-based students, a grade C or equivalent in a foreign language (other than Ancient Greek, Biblical Hebrew or Latin) is required. UCL provides opportunities to meet the foreign language requirement following enrolment, further details at: www.ucl.ac.uk/ug-reqs|
|Subjects||A total of 17-18 points in three higher level subjects, with no score below 5.|
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In addition to A level and International Baccalaureate, UCL considers a wide range of international qualifications for entry to its undergraduate degree programmes.
University Preparatory Certificates
UCL offers intensive one-year foundation courses to prepare international students for a variety of degree programmes at UCL.
The University Preparatory Certificates (UPCs) are for international students of high academic potential who are aiming to gain access to undergraduate degree programmes at UCL and other top UK universities.
For more information see our website: www.ucl.ac.uk/upc
English Language Requirements
If English is not your first language you will also need to satisfy UCL's English Language Requirements. A variety of English language programmes are offered at the UCL Centre for Languages & International Education.
- UCL's Anthropology Department is one of the few in the country that combines Social Anthropology, Biological Anthropology, Material Culture and Medical Anthropology to give you a truly broad-based anthropology degree.
- One of the largest anthropology departments in the UK, with highly-rated research, offering an exceptionally wide range of courses taught by academic staff at the forefront of the discipline.
- Access to excellent resources including extensive literature in the UCL Library and other nearby libraries, such as that of the Centre for Anthropology at the British Museum.
- We have an outstanding collection of ethnographic items and the Napier Primate Collection, and work closely with the ethnographic department of the British Museum and with the Horniman Museum.
In the first year, you take compulsory courses covering the three branches of the programme; Biological Anthropology, Social Anthropology and Material Culture. Biological Anthropology focuses on contemporary human-environment interactions and human evolution. Social Anthropology explores social and cultural differences and their determinants, from indigenous groups to modern Western economies. Material Culture studies human, social and environmental relationships through the evidence of people's construction of their material world. Your first year also includes a three-day field trip to discover ethnographic research and participant observation in ritual, landscape, and techniques
Your second year includes both compulsory courses and options. In the third year, you have a free choice of five options alongside a dissertation.
Our teaching comprises lectures, tutorials, seminars and laboratory classes. Small-group tutorials, normally meeting weekly, are an important part of many courses. Ongoing feedback is given to help you improve your written work.
Your courses may be assessed by written coursework, by examination or a mixture of both. Examinations are normally unseen and their formats vary according to the course. Some combine short answers with essay questions, others rely solely on longer essay answers.
In each year of your degree you will take a number of individual courses, normally valued at 0.5 or 1.0 credits, adding up to a total of 4.0 credits for the year. Courses are assessed in the academic year in which they are taken. The balance of compulsory and optional courses varies from programme to programme and year to year. A 1.0 credit is considered equivalent to 15 credits in the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).
Further details available on degree page of subject website:
The broad range of methodological skills and analytical perspectives offered by the UCL anthropology programme gives our graduates an unusually wide range of career possibilities, many of them directly related to the discipline's cross-cultural focus and to our blending of the social and biological sciences.
Former graduates work in diverse fields, such as journalism, film-making, TV, museums, social work, international development, NGOs and the voluntary sector, police, probation, refugee work, wine tasting, market research, advertising, design, PR, marketing, music industry, accountancy, local government, HR, ESL teaching, and as cultural advisors for multi-nationals.
First career destinations of recent graduates (2009-2011) of this programme include:
- Research Analyst, Enders Analysis (2011)
- Non-Executive Director, Inside Pensions (2011)
- Capital Analyst, Cantrell (2010)
- Full-time student, PhD in Social Anthropology at the University of St Andrews (2010)
- Deputy Manager, Richmond Borough Council Library Services (2010)
Find out more about London graduates' careers by visiting the Careers Group (University of London) website:
Our students come from a wide variety of social and cultural backgrounds in Britain, Europe and the rest of the world.
Generally speaking, we prefer candidates whose academic studies have encompassed arts/humanities and science (preferably biology or human biology). Those without a broad range are not excluded although they may receive a more demanding offer.
How to Apply
Application for admission should be made through UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). Applicants currently at school or college will be provided with advice on the process; however, applicants who have left school or who are based outside the United Kingdom may obtain information directly from UCAS.
Candidates meeting our academic entry criteria will be asked to answer a questionnaire and write a short essay. You should be prepared to discuss your personal research about anthropology and your knowledge of what studying this broad-based subject entails.
The department has a long-standing policy of encouraging applications from those with non-standard qualifications. If you are such a candidate you may be asked to provide supplementary evidence of your suitability for the programme, for example by submitting an essay. All applications are considered on their own merits and offers may be tailored to your specific circumstances if we believe you have potential.