Department of Social Anthropology

"Life on the Amazon", Brazil

"Life on the Amazon", Brazil. This image is randomly selected from our fieldwork collection

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.

MRes Anthropology, Art and Perception

The new MRes in Anthropology, Art and Perception forms an important Masters’ training for postgraduate research into Anthropology of Art, Material Culture and Visual Expression. This year begins with a series of experimental laboratories with invited experts starting in September 2014.

St Andrews' Social Anthropology is at the forefront of research-led departments in the UK. Famed for its intellectual rigour as well as its friendly atmosphere, the department offers a number of taught degrees in the ancient and beautiful setting of Scotland's first university.

We have three internationally recognised research centres: the Centre for Amerindian, Latin American and Caribbean Studies, the Centre for Cosmopolitan Studies and the Centre for Pacific Studies. We regularly host postdoctoral fellows and visiting professors. There are a number of Erasmus exchange opportunities for staff and students.

The department aims to provide teaching that renews the discipline and research that fosters an interdisciplinary openness and innovative regional perspectives. This commitment is embedded in our undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.

Its distinctive contribution lies in an orientation that combines interpretative, experiential, philosophical, and historical research that is politically engaged, reflexive and critically aware.


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

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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.

Rebellions, Alliances and Politics
Ethonographic Encounters undergraduate journal
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