Anthropology is the study of humanity — the social, cultural and physical characteristics that define us as human beings. It is distinguished by its breadth of scope and its comparative approach. Anthropology collects evidence from past and present human societies through its own specialised methods, including archaeology and ethnography, and integrates these with observations from a wide array of other disciplines to develop a holistic understanding of what it means to be human. In order to generalise about the human condition, Anthropology draws comparisons between different societies, past and present. Among its central concerns are understanding the origins, development and diversity of human culture, social organisation, beliefs and economic activities.
The programmes offer students the opportunity to explore a broad range of different approaches to anthropological study, or to specialise in one of three aspects of the discipline.
Archaeology— the study of past human societies through their material
remains, concerned primarily with the origins, spread and regional development
of human culture.
You can explore Archaeology programme courses, staff members, research interests and events by going to the Archaeology page and following the green links in the navigation menu to the left of the page.
Social Anthropology — the study of existing peoples, with a global interest in all kinds of societies and all modes of living.
You can explore Social Anthropology programme courses, staff members, research interests and events by going to the Anthropology page and following the blue links in the navigation menu to the left of the page.
Biological Anthropology — the study of human evolution and biological variation. Above 100-level, specialist papers in Biological Anthropology are taught through the Department of Anatomy and Structural Biology.