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Durham University

Anthropology

UCAS Code: L601

Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

A,A,B

Applicants taking Science A-levels that include a practical component will be required to take and pass this as a condition of entry. This refers only to English A Levels.

Access to HE Diploma

D:30,M:15

We require 60 credits with a minimum of 45 credits at level 3 (or equivalent). Applicants may be required to meet additional subject-specific requirements for particular courses at Durham.

Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal

D3,D3,M2

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

36

Seventeen points (6, 6, 5) from Higher Level subjects.

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H2,H2,H2,H2,H3

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DDD

Scottish Advanced Higher

A,A,B

Scottish Higher

A,A,A,B,B

We will normally make offers based on Advanced Highers. If an applicant has not been able to take 3 Advanced Highers, offers may be made with a combination of Advanced Highers and Highers, or on a number of Highers.

UCAS Tariff

136-160

We've calculated how many Ucas points you'll need for this course.

94%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

3years

Full-time | 2019

Subject

Physical and biological anthropology

Anthropology is the study of all aspects of humanity, from our evolutionary origins to our extraordinary social and cultural diversity. More than any other subject, studying anthropology expands your world: not only in the academic topics that you study – from primate behaviour to religion, from kinship to our hominin ancestors – but also in the skills you acquire and your personal development. Anthropology combines the humanistic and the scientific, equipping you with both qualitative humanities-based skills and quantitative science-based skills. At Durham, we pride ourselves in the breadth of our research and education, encompassing all aspects of anthropology: biological/evolutionary, social/cultural, and health/medical anthropology.

The Durham anthropology degree develops intercultural awareness and highly transferable analytical, communication and problem solving skills. This makes our Durham anthropology graduates attractive to a wide range of employers. Previous employers and job titles for our graduates include:

• Fiotec Health and Technology Trust - Director of medical training programme
• The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine - Research Fellow
• NHS - Junior Clinical Data Manager
• Tsapalas – Manager
• Vodafone - Channel Marketing Specialist

Research from Anthropology includes:

**Chimpanzees can sniff out strangers**
Chimpanzees’ sense of smell is more sophisticated than we thought with a new study showing that our closest relatives use their noses to smell danger. Knowing who is in their inner circle helps the chimps to not only spot a suitable ally but also avoid mating with close relatives or attacking their own offspring.

**Men's testosterone levels largely determined by childhood environment**
A Durham University-led study published in Nature Ecology & Evolution suggests that men who grow up in more challenging conditions where there are lots of infectious diseases, for example, are likely to have lower testosterone levels in later life than those who spend their childhood in healthier environments.

**Royal approval for Durham’s Parent-Infant Sleep Lab**
The Lab’s work with more than 5,000 parents and babies during the last 20 years has substantially increased parents’ understanding of babies’ sleep, how best to care for babies during the night, and how best to keep them safe when asleep. The lab has been awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher Education - the highest accolade for any academic institution.

Modules

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Tuition fees

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England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£19,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course locations:

George Stephenson College

St Mary's

Hatfield

University

Trevelyan

St Cuthbert's

St Hild and St Bede

No college preference

Grey

Josephine Butler College

St Aidan's

St John's

John Snow College

St Chad's

Van Mildert

Collingwood

Department:

Anthropology

TEF rating:

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

75%
med
Physical and biological anthropology

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Anthropology

Teaching and learning

84%
Staff make the subject interesting
88%
Staff are good at explaining things
90%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
64%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

73%
Library resources
92%
IT resources
84%
Course specific equipment and facilities
39%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

82%
UK students
18%
International students
28%
Male students
72%
Female students
95%
2:1 or above
7%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

A
A
A

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Anthropology

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£19,450
med
Average annual salary
96%
med
Employed or in further education
85%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

27%
Business, research and administrative professionals
9%
Welfare and housing associate professionals
8%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

This is a pretty flexible degree and a good one if you want to keep your options open. Just over 1,250 graduates completed anthropology degrees last year, and they were well spread out across a whole range of jobs — many industries have jobs that can be done by anthropology graduates and unlike a lot of degrees, there aren't many jobs we can point to and say ‘graduates from this degree do that job’. Management, marketing, housing and recruitment jobs are the most popular, though, and many graduates go into the education or social care sectors. Graduates are also rather more likely than average to work in London, or to go overseas to work. This is quite a popular subject at postgraduate level, and if you want to go into research, you'll need to think about postgrad study - and it's one of the few where numbers are on the up at the moment.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Physical and biological anthropology

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

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£22k

£29k

£29k

£31k

£31k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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Post-six month graduation stats:

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It offers a snapshot of what grads went on to do six months later, what they were earning on average, and whether they felt their degree helped them obtain a 'graduate role'. We calculate a mean rating to indicate if this is high, medium or low compared to other universities.

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Graduate field commentary:

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The Longitudinal Educational Outcomes dataset combines HRMC earnings data with student records from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.

While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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