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

Senior Lecturer/Reader in Social Anthropology

We wish to appoint to a Senior Lectureship or a Readership within the Department of Social Anthropology (School of Philosophy, Social Anthropology and Film), a scholar with an international reputation.


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.

Fri 31st March 2017 11:00 to 13:00

Visions of Nature in Mayan and Quechua Literature.

Charles Pigott, University of Cambridge

Department Seminars

Fri 7th April 2017 11:00 to 13:00

Does 'Gender Ideology' Pose a Threat to the Polish Nation? Tracing Historical Roots of Current Moral Panic in Central Europe

Agnieszka Koscianska, University of Warsaw

Department Seminars

Thu 13th April 2017 11:00 to 13:00

An anthropology of theatre today: tradition, expertise, and self-cultivation.

Jonas Tinius, University of Berlin

Department Seminars

Fri 21st April 2017 11:00 to 13:00

The Production of a Counter-Hegemonic Space and Political Impacts on the Biennale of Dakar.

Thomas Fillitz, University of Vienna

Department Seminars

See all events.