BA Anthropology (XD49)

2017 entry

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UCAS code XD49
Application method UCAS/Common Application
Course duration 3 year(s) full-time
Location of course Clifton campus
Part-time study Part-time study is not available for this course
Number of applicants accepted for 2015/16 72 overall

About BA Anthropology

This course teaches you the fundamentals of anthropology in its broadest sense. Social and linguistic anthropology focuses upon the study of humans, drawing on ethnographic studies of society, culture and language from around the world. Evolutionary anthropology includes the study of human evolution, primates, and current biological and behavioural human diversity. Material culture investigates the 'social lives' of everyday objects or entire landscapes created by war or urban development.

You will be trained in both qualitative and quantitative methodologies and in descriptive, analytic and project management techniques. You will undertake fieldwork in Bristol communities and further afield to develop your skills. In year three you will write a dissertation on an original topic of your choice, working closely with a member of staff in a specialist area.

The programme will develop your interests in and knowledge of the variety and evolution of human behaviour and you will learn to apply the theories and research techniques used across the discipline.

More about Archaeology and Anthropology

Find out more about studying Archaeology and Anthropology at Bristol including career prospects and how the course is taught and assessed.

Course structure

First year

  • Introduction to Social Anthropology
  • Introduction to Biological Anthropology
  • Kinship and Anthropology
  • Comparative World Archaeology
  • Two optional units, recent examples include:
    • Well-being and Society
    • Peoples and Cultures of the British Isles
    • Living Religions
    • Options in other departments include modern language options, sociology, psychology, film and television

Second year

  • Contemporary theory in anthropology
  • Anthropological methods,
  • Four optional units; recent examples include
    • Early Human Origins
    • Human Behavioural Ecology
    • Gender, Sexuality and the Body
    • Africa
    • Options in other departments include modern languages and religious studies

Third year

  • Dissertation
  • Advanced Issues in Archaeology and Anthropology
  • Three optional units; recent examples include:
    • Current Debates in Biological Anthropology
    • Anthropological Archaeology of the 1st and 2nd World Wars
    • Material Culture
    • Anthropology of Childhood and Youth
    • Maritime Cultures
    • Human Bones from Archaeological sites
    • Continuing options in other departments

Typical offer for BA Anthropology

(including international A-levels)
(including international A-levels)
(contextual offer)
IB Diploma 32 overall to include 16 points at Higher Level
IB Diploma
(contextual offer)
31 overall to include 15 points at Higher Level
Cambridge Pre-URequirements are as for A-levels, where Grade A* is D2, A is D3, B is M2, and C is M3
AccessPass Access to HE Diploma with at least 30 credits at Distinction and 15 at Merit
Welsh BaccRequirements are as for A-levels where you can substitute the same non-subject specific grade for the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Level Core grade
EB77% overall
International qualificationsQualifications, scholarships and local information sources for your country
English language requirements Profile B
Further information about English language requirements
Subjects required at GCSE or equivalent:No specific subjects required

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