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Student Life 

Our department is a diverse group of staff and students who come from countries all around the world to conduct research and study anthropology at Durham. We pride ourselves on being a friendly, welcoming and inclusive place to study and work. We aim to create a working environment that supports all our students and staff to thrive.

We are located in the Dawson Building, along with the Archaeology department, next to the main library, and close to lots of other departments and central services.

Teaching on our programmes involves formal sessions such as lectures, small group seminars and practical classes. You can also take part in our Field Course module, which includes a two-week stay at one of the department’s residential field sites. Potential locations include Singapore, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Greece and the Hebrides.

The Department has an active student-led group, Durham University Anthropology Society, or “AnthSoc”. The society strives to provoke thought and interaction regarding all aspects of and perspectives on human science, society and culture, beyond the department and within the wider circle of our university. This is achieved through fun and challenging activities by the society, such as social events, discussion groups, film showings and trips.

Like the DU Anthropology Society on Facebook.

Student blogs

Find out what life is really like at Durham University in these blogs by Anthropology students. 

Day in the life of an Anthropology student

Freya Smellie describes a typical day in the life of a second year Anthropology student
A selection of books that have been scattered on the ground

So you're thinking of studying Anthropology?

Fliss Barrows talks about what its like to study Anthropology
3 students talking