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Anthropology with a Year Abroad BSc

The Anthropology with a Year Abroad BSc looks at the biological, cultural, social and material culture aspects of communities and human beings as well as their evolution, and provides the opportunity to spend your third year at a university abroad with one of our many excellent partner institutions.

Key Information

Degree Programme
Anthropology with a Year Abroad BSc
UCAS code
L603
Duration
4 years
Application deadline
15 January 2016
Subject area
Anthropology
Total intake (by subject area)
75 (2016 entry)
Applications per place (by subject area)
5 (2014 entry)
Research Excellence Framework
68% rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)

Entry requirements

A Levels

Grades
AAA-AAB
Subjects
No specific subjects. One science subject is desirable but not required.
AS Levels
For UK-based students 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

IB Diploma

Points
36-38
Subjects
A total of 17-18 points in three higher level subjects, with no score below 5. One science subject is desirable but not required.

UK applicants qualifications

For entry requirements with other UK qualifications accepted by UCL, choose your qualification from the list below:

Equivalent qualification

Not acceptable for entrance to this programme

Pass in Access to HE Diploma, with a minimum of 18-23 credits awarded with Distinction in the Level 3 units, the remainder of the Level 3 units awarded with Merit.

D3,D3,D3 - D3,D3,M1 in three Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subjects

AAA-AAB at Advanced Highers (or AA at Advanced Higher and AAA at Higher - AA at Advanced Higher and BBB at Higher)

Successful completion of the WBQ Advanced Diploma, plus 2 GCE A levels at grades A*A-AA.

International applications

In addition to A level and International Baccalaureate, UCL considers a wide range of international qualifications for entry to its undergraduate degree programmes.

Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates

UCL offers intensive one-year foundation courses to prepare international students for a variety of degree programmes at UCL.

The Undergraduate 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: UCL Undergraduate Preparatory Certificate.

English language requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency. Information about the evidence required, acceptable qualifications and test providers can be found on our English language requirements page.

The English language level for this programme is: Good

A variety of English language programmes are offered at the UCL Centre for Languages & International Education.

Degree benefits

  • UCL Anthropology is one of the few departments in the country that combines social anthropology, biological anthropology, material culture and medical anthropology to give you a truly broad-based anthropology degree.
  • Spend your third year abroad at one of our partner institutions, for example in Istanbul, Athens, Barcelona, Malta, Leiden, Oslo, Finland, Arizona or Paris.
  • Access to excellent resources including extensive literature in the UCL Main 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.

Degree structure

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).

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.

Your third year will be spent abroad, where you take anthropology courses at a foreign university.

In the final year, you return to UCL where you will select five optional courses from a wide range alongside the individual-studies dissertation which constitutes just over a third of your final-year studies.

Year One

Compulsory courses

Introduction to Biological Anthropology
Introduction to Material and Visual Culture
Introductory Social Anthropology
Methods and Techniques in Biological Anthropology
Researching the Social World

Optional courses

All first year courses are compulsory.

Year Two

Compulsory courses

Theoretical Perspectives in Social Anthropology and Material Culture
Being Human

Optional courses

You will select a minimum of 2.5 and a maximum of 3.0 credits from Anthropology optional courses which must include choices in biological, social, material culture and medical anthropology.

Anthropology of Art and Design
Anthropologies of Science, Society and Biomedicine
Anthropology of the Built Environment
Communication and Culture
Ethnography of Forest People
Fishers and Fisheries Anthropology, Aquatic Resources and Development
Human Behavioural Ecology
Population Studies


You may take up to a maximum of 0.5 credits from other undergraduate elective courses outside the department.

Year Three

Year abroad

Final Year

Compulsory courses

Individual Studies in Anthropology

Optional courses

You will select a minimum of 2.0 and a maximum of 2.5 credits from all final-year Anthropology options. These may include:

Anthropology and Psychiatry
Anthropology of Ethics and Morality
Ethnographic and Documentary Film Making - a practice-based introduction
Evolution and Human Behaviour
Reproduction, Fertility and Sex
Ritual Healing and Therapeutic Emplotment
Temporality, Consciousness and Everyday Life
The Anthropology of Nationalism, Ethnicity and Race

You may take up to a maximum of 0.5 credits from other undergraduate elective courses outside the department.

Your learning

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.

Assessment

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.

Further Information

Detailed course descriptions are available on the department website: Anthropology with a Year Abroad BSc.

Careers

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 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 multinationals.

Destinations

The first cohort of students admitted to this programme are due to graduate in 2016. First destinations of recent graduates (2010-2013) of the Anthropology BSc include:

  • Management Consultancy Analyst, Accenture (2013)
  • Full-time student, PhD in Anthropology at LSE (2013)
  • Full-time student, MA in Public Policy at King's College London (2012)
  • Business Development Executive, Diageo (2012)
  • Research Analyst, Enders Analysis (2011)

*Data taken from the 'Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education' survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2010-2013 graduating cohorts six months after graduation and, where necessary, department records.

UCL is commited to helping you get the best start after graduation. Read more about how UCL Careers, UCL Advances and other entrepreneur societies here: Careers and skills.

Student view

UCL's broad-based Anthropology degree is one of the very few in the country that integrates the three crucial areas of the subject: social anthropology, biological anthropology and material culture. Johanna Stegner - Anthropology BSc (Third year)

Fees and funding

Fees

UK & EU fee
£9,000 (2015/16)
Overseas fee
£20,700 (2015/16)

Funding

Details about financial support are available at: www.ucl.ac.uk/study/ug-finance

Scholarships

Scholarships listed below are relevant to the department. Please read the details carefully to check they are relevant to the degree and your own circumstances.

Science Without Borders

Value
Eligibility
Overseas
Criteria

The Scholarships and Funding website has a comprehensive list of scholarships and funding schemes available for UCL students. These can be available for specific nationalities, regions, departments or open to all students.

Application and next steps

Your application

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.

Application deadline: 15 January 2016



Selection

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.

For further information on UCL's selection process see: Selection of students