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.

MRes Anthropology, Art and Perception

The MRes in Anthropology, Art and Perception forms an important Masters’ training for postgraduate research into Anthropology of Art, Material Culture and Visual Expression. We have been running a series of experimental laboratories with invited experts. This began in September 2014 and links to the 'Knowing from the Inside' research project.


European Consortium for Pacific Studies

ECOPAS is a research project addressing issues and concerns arising from ‘climate change’ in the Pacific by adopting a people centred approach that reflects regional needs. In order to do this we are developing a long-term strategy for SSH research in the Pacific; we are forging links with climate research in the natural sciences, and engaging with policy communities in Europe and the Pacific with the aim of defining better options for sustainable development.


Latest news

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.


Contact

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.


Wed 6th May 2015 15:00

Pacific Connections

Neil Curtis of Mareschal Museum Aberdeen

Pacific Connections Neil Curtis of Mareschal Museum Aberdeen: Pacific Collections in AberdeenUuniversity. 3pm @ Byre Theatre, St Andrews Celebration of Oceanian Cultures and Marine Environments Season.


Mon 18th May 2015 to Thu 21st May 2015

STAR post-fieldwork and writing-up week

Includes plenary workshops, with break-out groups to address key topics in the building of research careers.


Wed 27th May 2015 15:00

Pacific Connections

Dr Tony Crook

Pacific Connections Tony Crook: Climate Change Film Screening and Discussion. Celebration of Oceanian Cultures and Marine Environments Season. 3pm @ Byre Theatre St Andrews


Wed 10th June 2015 19:30 to Fri 12th June 2015

Pacific Connections

June 10th, 11th, 12th Pacific Connections The University of the South Pacific’s Moana: The Rising of the Sea. 7.30pm @ Byre Theatre Moana juxtaposes images of sea levels rising in Oceania with poetry, music, dance, and drama, this extraordinary stage pr...


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.