UCL Anthropology


Why Anthropology at UCL

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, medical 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, Medical Anthropology and Biological Anthropology under a single programme of study.

Who are our students?

Based in London, our department attracts students from all over the world, spanning a diverse and fascinating array of cultures, which hugely benefits what we teach and learn in anthropology.

What do our students do?

Our undergraduate and postgraduate degrees offer a comprehensive mix of the study of anthropology, including biological anthropology, human ecology, social and cultural anthropology, medical anthropology, material culture, digital anthropology, and modules in ethnographic and documentary filmmaking. In the final year of the undergraduate degree, and for the dissertation component of our masters degrees, most students opt to conduct their fieldwork in countries across the globe; in Cuba, Mongolia, China, India, Brazil, Congo, Israel, Iran, and many more.

What do our students achieve?

From our most recent cohort of 41 undergraduates, 14 obtained First Class Honours, and 27 obtained Upper Seconds. Of our postgraduate students, 123 awards were made, 52 of which were Distinctions, 38 Merits, and 33 Passes.

What do our students go on to do after their study here?

Many of our students choose to follow an academic route, going on to complete fully-funded PhDs either in our department, or in other top institutions around the world, working towards careers as researchers and lecturers. Others opt to pursue careers outside of academia, working in areas such as journalism, applied anthropological NGOs, product design, law, community development, museums, and health.