Department of Social Anthropology

"Anthropology is the study of what it is to be human"

Social Anthropology at St Andrews is internationally renowned for our innovative teaching and cutting-edge research. Famed for our outstanding results and friendly atmosphere, and set in the ancient and beautiful setting of Scotland's first university, we were ranked first in both the 2014 National Student Survey of Teaching and the 2014 Guardian ranking of UK Universities. We have regional expertise across the world, along with three internationally recognised research centres:  the Centre for Amerindian Studies, the Centre for Cosmopolitan Studies and the Centre for Pacific Studies.


Department of Social Anthropology
University of St Andrews
71 North Street
St Andrews
Fife KY16 9AL

Phone : +44 (0)1334 462977

Email: General and Sub-Honours Undergraduate Enquiries: 

Mrs Mhairi Aitkenhead

General, Honours Undergraduate and Postgraduate Enquiries:

Mrs Lisa Neilson and Mrs Linda Steyn

What is Anthropology? A film by Igor Slepov, a former student at St Andrews

Future events

This is a selection of forthcoming and highlighted events - see also the full schedule and archive of Anthropology events.

Thu 1st September 2016 09:00 to Fri 2nd September 2016 14:00

Anthropology of Character Conference

Funded through the generous support of the Ladislav Holy Memorial Trust, and the Centre for Cosmopolitan Studies & the Department of Social Anthropology at St Andrews. Conference venue: Hotel du Vin, 40 The Scores, St. Andrews, KY16 9AS Conference o...

Fri 16th September 2016 11:00 to 13:00

Writing The Body in the City workshop

Department Seminars

Fri 23rd September 2016 11:00 to 13:00

David Riches Medal PhD student essay winner: tba

Department Seminars

Fri 30th September 2016 11:00 to 13:00

Whores might be released but not I: The Moral and Political Economies of Insanity in Early Colonial Namibia

Mattia Fumanti (University of St Andrews)

Department Seminars

Fri 7th October 2016 11:00 to 13:00

An anthropology and archaeology of landscape futures in northern Scotland

Jo Vergunst (University of Aberdeen)

Department Seminars

See all events.