Department of Social Anthropology

"Knowledge & gardening", Papua New Guinea

"Knowledge & gardening", Papua New Guinea. 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.

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 3rd April 2015 11:00 to 13:00

“Mending Mother’s Kitchen: Creating Icons of Pentecostal Value on the Zambian Copperbelt”

Naomi Haynes (University of Edinburgh)

Department Seminars

Fri 10th April 2015 11:00 to 13:00

Title to be announced: “Boats in Gujarat, India”

Edward Simpson (SOAS)

Department Seminars

Fri 17th April 2015 11:00 to 13:00

“Ontogeny and Resistance in Ecumenes in Brazil: Notes on Indigenous Trajectories”

Cecilia McCallum (Federal University of Bahia/University of Manchester)

Department Seminars

Fri 24th April 2015 11:00 to 13:00

Title to be announced: “Visual Anthropology in Videgal, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil”

Angela Torresan (University of Manchester)

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