UCL Anthropology


About us

We are a broad-based department comprised of five sub-sections: Evolutionary and Environmental Anthropology, Material Culture, Medical Anthropology, Public Anthropology and Social Anthropology. Our research expertise spans over 60 countries and the whole human story, from our earliest origins to today's digital age. We are ranked 4th in the world, and 1st in London, for Anthropology (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2024).

Evolutionary and Environmental Anthropology

The study of the evolution and ecology of humans and other primates as well as conservation and human development.

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Material Culture

Empirically studies the material and digital worlds and how people make, exchange and consume objects around the world.

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Medical Anthropology

Examines how culture influences the experience of illness, practice of medicine and process of healing for individuals and communities.

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Public Anthropology

Explores research and insight arising when the boundaries between the university and its surrounding social world are broken down.


Social Anthropology

Comparatively studies the ways in which people live in different social and cultural settings across the globe.



Departmental magazine showcasing research by UCL Anthropology staff and students.

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Open City Documentary Festival

An annual film festival, bi-annual publication and screening projects championing the art of non-fiction cinema.

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The Creative Collective

A student-led publication space celebrating unconventional anthropoligical output.