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.


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 27th January 2017 11:00 to 13:00

Collecting and material culture: a case study from the 1930s.

Dr Fiona Kerlogue, Horniman Museum

Department Seminars

Fri 3rd February 2017 11:00 to 13:00

Loving Rage and Raging Love: dissent, tradition, and the Roman Catholic Women Priests.

Maya Mayblin, University of Edinburgh

Department Seminars

Fri 10th February 2017 11:00 to 13:00

Pentecostalism and Pre-marital Counselling in Africa; a case of religious sophistication?

Rijk van Dijk, African Studies Centre, Leiden & University of Amsterdam

Department Seminars

Fri 17th February 2017 11:00 to 13:00

Living on the frontline: Toward a social life of military waste in postwar Bosnia-Herzegovina.

David Henig, University of Kent

Department Seminars

Fri 24th February 2017 11:00 to 13:00

Anthropology and its Object.

Charles Carnegie, Bates College

Department Seminars

See all events.