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.

Latest news

Dr Mette M. High, Department of Social Anthropology, University of St Andrews has been elected to join the committee of UK Future Earth.

Future Earth is a major new international transdisciplinary research programme announced at the Rio+20 conference. It aims to provide the critical knowledge needed to support transformations towards global sustainability. UK Future Earth is convened by the four UK national academies the Academy of Medical Sciences, the British Academy, the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Royal Society. It also includes representation from the Royal Society of Edinburgh and the Royal Irish Academy, the Chief Executives of the Economic & Social Research Council and the Natural Environment Research Council, as well as the Chief Scientific Advisers of the Department for International Development, the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs, and the Department of Energy & Climate Change.


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

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