Department of Social Anthropology

"Anthropological history: Andes and lowlands", Bolivia

"Anthropological history: Andes and lowlands", Bolivia. This image is randomly selected from our fieldwork collection

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.


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.

Fri 6th February 2015 11:00 to 13:00

“The Virtuous Woman and the Holy Nation: Femininity in the context of Pentecostal Christianity in Vanuatu”

Annelin Eriksen (University of Bergen)

Department Seminars

Fri 20th February 2015 11:00 to 13:00

“The Roots of Impermanence: Zimbabwe’s Migrants and South Africa’s Border Farms”

Maxim Bolt (University of Birmingham)

Department Seminars

Fri 27th February 2015 11:00 to 13:00

“The Making of Migrants at Europe's borders”

Ruben Anderson (LSE)

Department Seminars

Fri 6th March 2015 11:00 to 13:00

“Apathy and Revolution: Temporal Sensibilities in Contemporary Mongolia”

Lars Højer (University of Copenhagen)

Department Seminars

Fri 13th March 2015 11:00 to 13:00

"Anthropological Lessons from Routinized Business Innovation."

Eitan Wilf (Hebrew University of Jerusalem)

Department Seminars

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.

Rebellions, Alliances and Politics
Ethonographic Encounters undergraduate journal
Departmental videos