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

The Harold K. Schneider Prize Competition

Awards success for two of our anthropology graduates. The Society for Economic Anthropology is very pleased to announce the Winners and Honorable Mentions for the 2015 Harold K. Schneider Student Paper Prize in Economic Anthropology Undergraduate Winner Anna Merryfield (University of St. Andrews, Scotland) Faculty Sponsor - Mette M. High Title: "Do Economists Make Markets? Discussed in reference to the Financial Crisis of 2007-2008" Undergraduate Honorable Mention Kristiyana Kalcheya (University of St. Andrews, Scotland) Faculty Sponsor - Mette M. High Title: "The Value of Money: Discourses within the US Fracking Debate"

AHRC PhD Studentships 2016

The University of St Andrews is a member of the Scottish Graduate School for Arts & Humanities and through the AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership collaborates with seven leading Scottish universities to offer world-class doctoral training. The 2016 competition is now open and St Andrews is seeking candidates of great promise to nominate to join its world-leading research environment.

KFI Labs Autumn Semester

Knowing from the Inside KFI - is an ERC Funded project based at the Anthropology Department at the University of Aberdeen. Its a research project based on "Knowing through doing" and the outpost here in St Andrews is holding 4 KFI labs this semester.

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.

Fri 9th October 2015 11:00 to 13:00

Title to be annouced

Ute Eickelkamp (University of Sydney)

Department Seminars

Thu 15th October 2015 14:00 to 16:30

KFI Drawing Lab

Dr Ray Lucas, University of Manchester, Department of Architecture

A practical primer in orthographic projection (plan, section, elevation) as well as a discussion of possibilities of drawing for anthropologists

Fri 16th October 2015 11:00 to 13:00

The quest for creative ethnography.

Tomasz Rakowski (University of Warsaw)

Department Seminars

Fri 23rd October 2015 11:00 to 13:00

Unearthing, untangling and re-articulating genocide corpses in Rwanda

Laura Major (University of Edinburgh)

Department Seminars

Fri 30th October 2015 11:00 to 13:00

Title to be annouced

Jan Grill (University of Manchester)

Department Seminars