Skip to main content

Welcome to 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.

Find out more about us
45% of our research was rated as world-leading (REF 2021)
29 in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2022
Top 10 in The Complete University Guide 2023
Fieldwork is core to our taught programmes

  

Study with us

  • 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 chatting during a seminar
  • 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.

    /media/durham-university/departments-/anthropology/Research_Groups.jpg

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 chatting during a seminar

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.

https://pxl-duracuk.terminalfour.net/fit-in/768x432/filters:format(webp)/prod01/prodbucket01/media/durham-university/departments-/anthropology/Research_Groups.jpg

Our research

We are opening up new areas of enquiry in the fields of social, evolutionary and health anthropology. We have world-leading expertise in a range of topics such as energy use, temporality, aesthetics, the evolution of brain and cognition, primatology, global health, and infant sleep.

Find out more

What's new?

Filter:

Traded species have distinctive life histories with extended reproductive lifecycles

A new study has revealed that vertebrate species involved in the live wildlife trade have distinctive life history traits that determine the frequency and timing of reproduction.
Chameleon

Birds build hanging-nests to protect offspring from nest invaders

A new study led by a pioneering researcher from our Department of Anthropology has found that birds build hanging-nests, particularly those with extended entrance tunnels, to help protect offspring against nest invaders like snakes and parasitic cuckoos.
Bird nest

Exploring the Victorian Occult

As Halloween approaches, we talk to Dr Efram Sera-Shriar, Associate Director of Research for the Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies, International, at Durham. His research explores the study of the occult and its intersection with the sciences. He is the lead organiser for Beyond the Veil: Cross-Cultural & Interdisciplinary Studies of Horror, Gothic, and the Occult in the Nineteenth Century, taking place on Halloween, 31 October.
Apparition during palm reading from 1869

Can you help record the UK’s mammal activity?

If you’re interested in conservation and ecology, our MammalWeb project needs your help to chart the activity of the UK’s mammals.
Otters stare at the camera after being caught on a camera trap

£2bn cost of mental ill health ‘parallel pandemic’

We’ve contributed to a report which shows that the negative effect of the Covid-19 pandemic on mental health was largest and most prolonged in the North of England.
A close up of people holding hands

In memoriam: Dr Iain Edgar 1948 - 2021

The Anthropology Department at Durham is sorry to announce the death of Dr Iain Edgar, a dearly loved colleague and friend.
photo of Iain Edgar

COP26 Universities Network: Transition to post-carbon economy must be inclusive

A group of academic experts, including Durham University Anthropology's Professor Simone Abram, calls for more attention to the justice implications of the transition to a post-carbon economy.
Exterior of the Dawson Building on the Durham University campus

Congratulations to our summer 2021 Anthropology graduates!

The Anthropology Department would like to congratulate each and every one of our 2021 graduates on their degree results.
Students at graduation

The impact of Covid-19 on mothers working in UK Higher Education Institutions

Durham University's Mothers and Mothers-to-be Network (MAMS) has launched a research report: "The impact of Covid-19 on mothers working in UK Higher Education Institutions". The research was led by Anthropology's Fire Kovarovic and other members of the MAMS network from across the university including Michelle Dixon (RIS), Nicole Westmarland and Kirsten Hall (both from Sociology).
infographic depicting the statistic it was impossible for 81% to work uninterrupted with their children home

Student updates and Social Media

Hear from our students in the Department of Anthropology and follow us on social media.

Highlights

So… You’re thinking of studying Anthropology

Find out what it's like studying Anthropology at Durham.
/media/durham-university/departments-/anthropology/Anthropology-Blog2.jpg

My First-Generation University Experience

Anthropology graduate Caitlin tells us about her experience at Durham University.
Students personal desk space covered in books and notes.

Get in touch

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

Questions about studying here?

Check out our list of FAQs or submit an enquiry form.

Your Durham prospectus

Order your personalised prospectus and College guide here.