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.

Collaborative Anthropology Week 2015

A week of events addressing the Limits of Collaboration in Social Anthropology. Events include Collaborative Film Day on Thurs 10th Sept, the Ladislav Holy Memorial Lecture 2015 on Thurs 10th Sept 2015 and a Symposium on Fri 11th and Sat 12th September.

Latest news

Conference announcement

Energy Ethics: Fragile Lives and Imagined Futures. A multi-panel two day conference to be held at the University of St Andrews, 17-18 March 2016. For more information, including registration, call for papers and bursaries, please see the conference website or Contact Mette M. High.

The Laidlaw Undergraduate Internship Programme in Research and Leadership

The University is launching an exciting new internship programme, "The Laidlaw Undergraduate Internship Programme in Research and Leadership", thanks to the generous support from The Lord Laidlaw of Rothiemay. This is the biggest UG internship programme of its kind in Scotland and is a unique opportunity for students to gain paid professional work experience, contribute to high level research in the University and benefit from an intensive leadership training course.


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

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.

Tue 8th September 2015 to Sat 12th September 2015

The Limits of Collaboration: Assessing Collaborative Research in Anthropology

Paul Sillitoe of Durham University will be delivering the Ladislav Holy lecture, followed by a 2-day symposium. Organised by the Collaborative Anthropology Research Group.