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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)
32 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.

    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.

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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 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.

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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.

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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 2020 graduates!

Congratulations to our Anthropology graduate class of 2020.
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'Out of Thin Air: Running wisdom and magic from above the clouds in Ethiopia' Book Launch

We were delighted to host the launch of Dr Michael Crawley's new book 'Out of Thin Air: Running wisdom and magic from above the clouds in Ethiopia', yesterday in the Anthropology Department.
Book cover featuring runners in Ethiopia subtitled 'Running wisdom and magic from above the clouds in Ethiopia.

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Highlights

So… You’re thinking of studying Anthropology

Find out what it's like studying Anthropology at Durham.
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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

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