Anthropology - BSc (Hons)

University of Kent
Program overview
3 years for full-time and 6 years for part-time
Full time/part time
Bachelor's degree

Start dates
September 2023

September 2024

September 2025
University of Kent

About this program

Anthropology - BSc (Hons)

The School of Anthropology and Conservation uses a thought-provoking mix of teaching methods, including lectures, small seminar groups, field visits and laboratory sessions. You are taught by research academics at the forefront of their fields while our excellent student-to-staff ratio ensures a high level of academic support.

We are one of the largest and longest established groups of anthropologists in the UK. Our expertise spans the full breadth of the discipline and includes an innovative group of primatologists, a team who excel in paleoanthropology, and a centre for human ecology pushing the boundaries of environmental change research.

Whether your background is in arts, humanities or sciences, you will find our BSc in Anthropology an exciting, stimulating and rewarding opportunity.

Our degree program

In your first year, you are introduced to anthropology, its foundations and its leading thinkers. Optional modules allow you to expand on areas of particular interest, which may include Violence and Conflict, Animals, People and Plants, or Human Physiology and Disease. You can also benefit from practical learning through lab-based sessions and a number of visits away from campus.

In your second and final years, you take compulsory modules that further your understanding of the key areas of anthropology, such as SE597 - Anthropology for a World in Crisis and SE625 - Homo sapiens: Biology, Culture and Identity, so your degree has a strong theoretical, interdisciplinary core.

You also enjoy a wide and varied choice of optional modules enabling you to expand your perspective or develop a specialism. You can study human sexual behaviour or medical anthropology; take modules in ethnicity and nationalism, and power and money or discover more about primate communication or forensic anthropology. In your final year, you undertake a research project, choosing your topic and work one-on-one with your project supervisor.

You benefit from the intellectual breadth of our program, and the high degree of flexibility in shaping it to your interests as they grow and develop.

Admission requirements

Entry Requirements

The University will consider applications from students offering a wide range of qualifications. Some typical requirements are listed below:

  • A Level
  • Access to HE (Higher Education) Diploma
  • International Baccalaureate
  • GCSE Mathematics grade C/4
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma

If you are an international student, visit the institute's website for further information about entry requirements for your country, including details of the International Foundation Programmes. Please note that international fee-paying students who require a Student visa cannot undertake a part-time programme due to visa restrictions.

English Language Requirements

If you are not a national of one of the UKVI list of majority English-speaking countries, you must show evidence of a minimum level of English language proficiency. Please visit the institute's website for further information about English language requirements.

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Program content

The following modules are indicative of those offered on this programme. This listing is based on the current curriculum and may change year to year in response to new curriculum developments and innovation.   

On most programmes, you study a combination of compulsory and optional modules. You may also be able to take ‘elective’ modules from other programmes so you can customise your programme and explore other subjects that interest you.

Stage 1

Compulsory Modules Currently include:

  • Introduction to Social Anthropology
  • Foundations of Biological Anthropology
  • Thinkers and Theories in Anthropology
  • Academic and Research Skills

Stage 2

Compulsory Modules Currently Include:

  • Anthropology for a World in Crisis
  • Homo Sapiens: Biology, Culture and Identity
  • Quantitative Research Methods AND/OR Ethnographic Methods and Visual Anthropology

Stage 3

Compulsory Modules Currently Include:

  • Independent Research Project AND/OR Project in Ethnographic Research

Optional Modules May Include:

  • Palaeoanthropology
  • Environment, Culture and Society
  • Medical Anthropology: Causes and Consequences of Illness
  • Primate Communication
  • Sex Evolution and Human Nature
  • Palaeopathology
  • Ethnicity and Nationalism
  • Primate Behaviour and Ecology
  • Comparative Perspectives in Primate Biology
  • Hormones and Behaviour
  • Forensic Anthropology
  • Ethnographic Methods and Visual Anthropology
  • Human Skeletal Biology
  • Power and Money: Key Themes in Social Anthropology
  • Middle East in Conflict: Anthropological Approaches
  • Anthropology of Creativity
  • Animal Form and Function
  • Evolutionary Genetics and Conservation
  • Methods and Field Work in Social Science
  • Spatial Analysis: Principles and Methods
  • Environmental Geography
  • Forensic Archaeology

Scholarships & funding

The University of Kent has a long tradition of welcoming international students from around the world and is pleased to offer a wide range of Undergraduate and Postgraduate Scholarships, including dedicated Scholarships for our International students. Further details on our Scholarships available and how to apply is on our Scholarships webpages.


Annual tuition fees


  • Home full-time: £9,250
  • EU full-time: £15,400
  • International full-time: £20,500


  • Home part-time: £4,625
  • EU part-time: £7,700
  • International part-time: £10,250

Career paths

Studying anthropology gives you an exciting range of career opportunities. We work with you to help direct your module choices to the career paths you are considering. Through your studies you learn how to work independently, analyse complex data and present your work with clarity and flair.

Graduate destinations

Our recent graduates have found work in:

  • education
  • social work
  • town and country planning
  • advertising
  • journalism
  • film production
  • media research and production (TV and radio) 
  • overseas development
  • relief agencies
  • international consultancy firms
  • the civil service

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