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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

3.0years

Full-time | 2020

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

In your first year, you will receive a thorough grounding in the theory and practice of anthropology in the broadest sense, addressing the core disciplines of social and biological anthropology as well as interdisciplinary perspectives on culture, society and health. Currently, students take five modules in Anthropology and select one elective module offered by another department, including the option to study a module in a modern foreign language.

Compulsory modules currently available inlcude; People and Cultures, Human Evolution and Diversity, Being Human, Doing Anthropological Research, Health, Illness and Society.

In your second year, you will develop a deeper and more complex grasp of anthropology and will gain "hands-on" experience of conducting research at one of our residential field sites on the compulsory Anthropology Field Course module, normally held in September prior to the start of your second year. . You will also take a core module covering the diverse ways in which anthropological knowledge is constructed and theorised, as well as four elective modules that will enable you to pursue your interests in specific topics.

Modules currently available include; Fieldwork module, Interrogating Anthropology, Kinship and Religion, Politics and Economics, Global Health and Disease, Sex, Reproduction and Love, Evolutionary Variation and Adaptation, Our Place in Nature

In your final year, you will design and carry out your own dissertation project and have free choice of advanced optional taught modules. Optional modules are generally based on the research expertise of staff, and reflect the University’s ideal of research-led education. Options available in the Department cover the full disciplinary spectrum, from the entirely biological to the entirely socio-cultural or a mixture of anthropological sub-disciplines via the Specialised Aspects of Evolutionary, Health and Medical, and Social Anthropology modules. Typical topics that may be available include forensic anthropology, religious controversy, urban anthropology and public health. Students in their third year are also invited to attend the regular round of research seminars given by visiting scholars or Durham-based researchers, and thus can participate in a key forum for current innovative research.

The dissertation is a core module, with option modules currently available including; Specialised Aspects of Social Anthropology (various topics), Specialised Aspects of Medical Anthropology (various topics), Specialised Aspects of Evolutionary Anthropology (various topics).

Study abroad or placement activities undertaken as part of a degree are not only enjoyable but can give you a significant edge when it comes to employability. ERASMUS exchanges are possible on our programmes, and we currently have links with the University of West Bohemia (Czech Republic), the University of Iceland, the University of Ljubljana (Slovenia) and the University of Malta.

Assessment methods

Assessment on the BA Anthropology degree varies by module, but may include written examinations, coursework in the form of essays or research projects, and presentations.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£20,500
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course locations:

St Hild and St Bede

St Aidan's

South College

Trevelyan

St John's

George Stephenson College

Grey

University

Josephine Butler College

Collingwood

No college preference

Van Mildert

Hatfield

John Snow College

St Mary's

St Chad's

St Cuthbert's

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.

82%
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

91%
Staff make the subject interesting
91%
Staff are good at explaining things
93%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
73%
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

72%
Library resources
81%
IT resources
83%
Course specific equipment and facilities
69%
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


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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
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Average annual salary
96%
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Employed or in further education
85%
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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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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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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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