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Welcome to the Department of Anthropology at Durham

We are one of the largest Anthropology Departments in the UK and one of only a few to span Social Anthropology, Evolutionary Anthropology and Anthropology of Health. Our graduates have the opportunity to explore the full breadth of Anthropology or specialise in one of our sub-disciplinary areas. We are the only UK department to offer a residential field course (UK and international destinations) to all our undergraduate students.

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Joint 1st in the UK for internationally excellent and world-leading research impact (REF 2014)
Top 50 in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021
Top 10 in The Complete University Guide 2020
Fieldwork is core to our taught programmes

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  • Undergraduate study

    Our undergraduate courses introduce you to the comparative and evolutionary study of humans and draw on a range of social, cultural and biological approaches.

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  • Postgraduate study

    Our taught Masters offer you the opportunity to pursue advanced specialist courses and ‘conversion’ from other degrees. If you’re a PhD applicant, the sheer number of staff here means you are likely to find someone who can supervise and nurture your research interests.

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Undergraduate study

Our undergraduate courses introduce you to the comparative and evolutionary study of humans and draw on a range of social, cultural and biological approaches.

Students sitting around a table on laptops

Postgraduate study

Our taught Masters offer you the opportunity to pursue advanced specialist courses and ‘conversion’ from other degrees. If you’re a PhD applicant, the sheer number of staff here means you are likely to find someone who can supervise and nurture your research interests.

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Our research

We study all forms of humanity, from our health and well-being to our evolutionary origins, and our extraordinary social and cultural diversity. Our research unites local and global concerns and contemporary worlds.

We aim for our research and teaching to transform people, giving them new ways of seeing and understanding the world. Our graduates are citizens of the world in the truest sense. They understand the value of diverse and alternative perspectives and are equipped with practical and analytical skills developed through experimental research.
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So… You’re thinking of studying Anthropology

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My First-Generation University Experience

Anthropology graduate Caitlin tells us about her experience at Durham University.
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Contact us to find out more about undergraduate and postgraduate opportunities in our Department.

Department of Anthropology

Durham University
Dawson Building
South Road
Durham, DH1 3LE

 

Tel: +44 (0) 191 334 1612

Fax: +44 (0) 191 334 1615