Examine the diverse ways human beings establish and live social lives. From Western urban cities to indigenous cultures in the Amazon, you will learn to understand how humans live and think by looking at all aspects of their experience.
St Andrews has particular strengths in the societies of:
- East and West Africa
- the Pacific
- South America
- the Caribbean
- Central Asia.
The Department of Social Anthropology offers PhD and MSt (Res) research programmes. Alongside deep local knowledge in the Americas, Africa, Eurasia and the Pacific, the Department conducts research in areas such as:
- energy and climate change
- history and temporality
- health and disease
- art and ethics.
To apply, you should first identify and contact a potential supervisor you would like to work with in your intended research area. Find out how to contact a research supervisor.
First in Scotland and fourth in the UK for anthropology and archaeology
Guardian University Guide 2023
First in Scotland for anthropology
Complete University Guide 2023
92% of research activity rated 3* or 4*
Most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2021)
Department of Social Anthropology
The Department of Social Anthropology champions innovative ethnographic and historical scholarship. It organises regular research seminars, conferences and workshops to consider established or emerging theoretical issues within the discipline.
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