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, analyse and synthesise various materials; collaborative group work; and oral and written communication.
- UCAS code
Full-time: 3 years
- Application deadline
- 15 January 2022
- London, Bloomsbury
- No specific subjects. At least two A level subjects should be taken from UCL's list of preferred A level subjects.
- English Language and Mathematics at grade C or 5, plus Science or Biology at grade B or 6 (combined science at grades 6,6).
- A total of 17 points in three higher level subjects, with no score below 5.
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- A total of 15 points in three higher level subjects, with no score below 5.
UK applicants qualifications
For entry requirements with other UK qualifications accepted by UCL, choose your qualification from the list below:
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF) or BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (RQF - teaching from 2016) with Distinction, Distinction, Distinction.
Pass in Access to HE Diploma, with a minimum of 18 credits awarded with Distinction in the Level 3 units, the remainder of the Level 3 units awarded with Merit.
D3,D3,M1 in three Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subjects
A,A,B at Advanced Highers (or A,A at Advanced Higher and B,B,B at Higher)
Successful completion of the WBQ Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate plus 2 GCE A levels at grades AAB
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 Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates (UPCs) are intensive one-year foundation courses for international students of high academic potential who are aiming to gain access to undergraduate degree programmes at UCL and other top UK universities.
Typical UPC students will be high achievers in a 12-year school system which does not meet the standard required for direct entry to UCL.
For more information see: ucl.ac.uk/upc.
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.
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.
You will also be studying at one of the world’s top universities for the subject (ranked 4th in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020).
During your studies you can learn practically by engaging with objects, photographs and films in the UCL Ethnography Collections, hominin and primate specimens in the Biological Anthropology Collection as well as writing for our in-house print magazine and student-run blog, the Anthropolitan.
Your teaching will draw on our staff's cutting edge research, examining topics such as the cultural consequences of new digital media, social and environmental sustainability, how people and things interact on NASA space missions, and many more.
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In each year of your degree you will take a number of individual modules, normally valued at 15 or 30 credits, adding up to a total of 120 credits for the year. Modules are assessed in the academic year in which they are taken. The balance of compulsory and optional modules varies from programme to programme and year to year. A 30-credit module is considered equivalent to 15 credits in the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).
In the first year, you take compulsory modules 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 qualitative and quantitative methods training, and a three-day field trip to discover ethnographic research and participant observation in ritual, landscape, and techniques.
Your second year includes compulsory modules Anthropological Research Methods and Being Human, and you can select five optional modules.
In the third year, you select five optional modules and complete an independent research project for your dissertation.
Upon successful completion of 360 credits, you will be awarded a BSc (Hons) in Anthropology.
Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability is subject to change.
Introduction to Biological Anthropology
Introduction to Material and Visual Culture
Introductory Social Anthropology
Methods and Techniques in Biological Anthropology
Researching the Social World
All first-year modules are compulsory.
Anthropological Research Methods
You will select a minimum of 60 and a maximum of 75 credits from Anthropology optional modules. You can choose from a selection of year 2 only modules which develop fundamental knowledge across anthropology’s sub-disciplines. Additionally, you are strongly encouraged to take prerequisite modules in year 2 which lay the academic groundwork for increasing specialisation in your final year of study. The following list is indicative of the module topics you can choose in year 2 (subject to change):
Anthropology of Gender, Kinship and Migration
Anthropology of the Body
Biosocial Approaches to Childrearing
Primate Behaviour and Ecology
Anthropology of Religion
History and Aesthetics of Documentary
Humans, Ecosystems and Conservation
You may take up to a maximum of 15 credits from other undergraduate elective modules outside the department.
Individual Studies in Anthropology. This is the dissertation project which can involve field/library based research.
You will select a minimum of 60 and a maximum of 75 credits from all final-year Anthropology options. Many final year only optional modules will require the completion of year 2 prerequisites. The following list is indicative of module choices, but it may be subject to change:
Ethnographic and Documentary Film Making
Evolution and Human Behaviour
The Anthropology of the Mediterranean
Anthropology of Capitalisms
Anthropology of War
Applied Aspects of Medical Anthropology
Digital Infrastructure: Materiality, Information and Politics
Art and the Public Sphere
Nutrition, Health and Culture
You may take up to a maximum of 15 credits from other undergraduate elective modules outside the department.
Our teaching comprises lectures, tutorials, seminars and laboratory classes. Small-group tutorials, group work and student-led activities are an important element of many modules. Ongoing feedback is given to help you improve your written work.
Your first year also includes a three-day field trip, paid for by the department, to discover ethnographic research and participant observation in ritual, landscape, and techniques.
Your modules may be assessed by written coursework, by examination, presentations, journals, lab books, multimedia tasks, quizzes and dissertation research projects. Examinations are normally unseen and their formats vary according to the module.
The broad range of research methods 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, law, museums, social work, international development, NGOs and the voluntary sector, police, probation, refugee work, user experience research, advertising, design, PR, marketing, music industry, accountancy, local government, HR, teaching, and as cultural advisors for multinationals.
To find out more about what you can do with an Anthropology degree, how we support you and hear directly from our graduates, check our Careers page on our website.
UCL is committed to helping you get the best start after graduation. Read more about how UCL Careers and UCL Innovation and Enterprise can help you find employment or learn about entrepreneurship.
“I wanted to study Anthropology because early on I realised that I am very interested in human interaction and the ways we socialise in combination with biological facts. Anthropology is about humans and London is such a diverse and international place. ”Siba Kalantari - Anthropology BSc Second Year
Fees and funding
The fees indicated are for undergraduate entry in the 2021/22 academic year. The UK fees shown are for the first year of the programme at UCL only. Fees for future years may be subject to an inflationary increase. The Overseas fees shown are the fees that will be charged to 2021/22 entrants for each year of study on the programme, unless otherwise indicated below. Fees for the 2022/23 academic year will be advertised as soon as they are available.
- UK students
- £9,250 (2021/22)
- Overseas students
- £28,500 (2021/22)
Full details of UCL's tuition fees, tuition fee policy and potential increases to fees can be found on the UCL Students website.
The optional module ‘ANTH0032 Atapuerca and Human Evolution in Europe’ includes fieldwork in Burgos, Spain; where students need an additional Visa to travel to Spain, its cost will be covered by the student.
A guide including rough estimates for these and other living expenses is included on the UCL Fees and funding pages. If you are concerned by potential additional costs for books, equipment, etc., please get in touch with the relevant departmental contact (details given on this page).
Various funding options are available, including student loans, scholarships and bursaries. UK students whose household income falls below a certain level may also be eligible for a non-repayable bursary or for certain scholarships. Please see the Fees and funding pages for more details.
Funding opportunities relevant to the department may appear in this section when they are available. Please check carefully or confirm with the programme contact to ensure they apply to this degree programme.
The Scholarships and Funding website lists scholarships and funding schemes available to UCL students. These may be open to all students, or restricted to specific nationalities, regions or academic department.
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