UCL Anthropology


Anthropology Careers

At UCL, anthropology students learn how to think differently and critically about their own society and positionality in the world.

What career does anthropology lead to?

Graduates in social science subjects offer a wide range of skills that are enormously valuable to employers across the public, private and third sectors. This includes their discipline-specific knowledge, critical analysis, problem solving, writing skills, interpersonal communication, and qualitative and quantitative research skills. As reflective thinkers, anthropology graduates in particular bring their ability to question assumptions, understand complex issues holistically, on individual and cultural and societal levels, as well as understand people, institutions and their relationships to the employment arena. These skills are transferrable to a broad range of careers including teaching, social work, the civil service, the ‘not for profit’ sector and development, as well as advertising, the arts, museum curation, media, market research and business.

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What does anthropology teach you to do?

  • See the world differently – a whole new way of thinking
  • Understand things from other people’s points of view
  • Translate between different communities and groups
  • Create original insights about human behaviour and motivation
  • Manage and make sense of social complexity
  • Transform the world in socially and ethically responsible ways

What kind of jobs does this equip you for?

  • Jobs which demand a capacity to think independently
  • Jobs that deal with complex and difficult data
  • Jobs which demand that you understand other points of view empathetically
  • Jobs which require you to analyse data and information critically

What can I do with an anthropology degree?

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Alex is an Anthropology BSc Alumnus and in this video he talks about his career in communications and how he's using the skills gained during his anthropology degree.

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Isaiah is an Anthropology with a Year Abroad alumnus and in this video he shares what an Antropreneur is, his year at Harvard University and his job at Airbnb.

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Rachel is a Digital Producer & an Anthropology with a Year Abroad BSc Alum, and shares how skills from the anthropology degree help with interviewing/ writing and what you need to become a journalist.


UCL Anthropology Careers Support

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Anthropology in the Professional World | UX Research & RAI

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Anthropology in the Professional World | Ipsos Mori

Central UCL Careers Support

  • Dedicated Careers Liaison for Anthropology
  • UCL Careers Liaison workshops – CV writing, internships, finding a job
  • 1:1 sessions with Careers Service during degree and after graduation
  • Interactive Sessions – Mock aptitude tests, personality profiling, using LinkedIn
  • Talent Bank
  • Global Internship Programmes
  • Global Citizenship Employability
  • Careers Essential Talks, Workshops and E-Learning (succeeding at interviews, writing successful applications)

Sally Brown, careers consultant at UCL Careers, has worked with the Anthropology department for several years and walks you through the careers services we offer.

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Undergraduate careers services

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Postgraduate (Taught) careers services


As a student with us, you will have access to the Anthropology Careers Moodle pages where we host a range of specific, tailored resources and events to help you make the most of your anthropology degree and to support you in your next steps.