Social Anthropology at St Andrews is internationally renowned for its innovative teaching and cutting-edge research. Set in the beautiful setting of Scotland’s first university, we are famed for our outstanding results and friendly atmosphere. In the National Student Survey of Teaching 2017 we received 98% overall satisfaction and the Times Guide of Higher Education 2017 ranked us 4th in the UK for anthropology.

Contact Us

Department of Social Anthropology
University of St Andrews
71 North Street
St Andrews
Fife KY16 9AL

Phone : +44 (0)1334 462977

General and Sub-Honours Undergraduate Enquiries: 
Ms Mhairi McColl

General, Honours Undergraduate and Postgraduate Enquiries: Mrs Lisa Neilson


Upcoming Events

  1. Nov


    The End of the World as We Don’t Know it: Theoretical Prospects and Limitations of the Pandemic “Apocalypse”.

    Christos Lynteris, University of St Andrews

    Social Anthropology Seminar Room
    November 24 @ 11:00 - 13:00
  2. Nov


    The Yagwoia Womba Complex: An Introduction

    Prof Jadran Mimica (University of Sydney)

    St Mary’s Seminar Room 1
    November 28 @ 11:00 - 13:00
  3. Nov


    The Wãyapí predicament

    Dr Alan Campbell

    Social Anthropology Seminar Room
    November 30 @ 17:00 - 19:00
  4. Dec


    The Ironies of Sectarianism in Lebanon.

    Ronald Stade, Malmo University

    Social Anthropology Seminar Room
    December 1 @ 11:00 - 13:00

Latest news

  • UK best anthropology departments 2018 revealed

    UK best anthropology departments 2018 revealed

    We are proud to announce that according to the Complete University Guide 2018, the Department of Social Anthropology at the University of St Andrews now ranks number one in the UK for student satisfaction and fourth in its overall score.

  • Social Anthropology Video Diaries

    Social Anthropology Video Diaries

    Some of our students were busy earlier this year recording the typical, and not so typical, activities that Social Anthropology students at St Andrews get up to.

  • National Student Survey 2017

    National Student Survey 2017

    The Department of Social Anthropology has been ranked 5th in the UK for student satisfaction out of 32 departments with a 98% student satisfaction score in 2017.

  • Welcome pack for new 2017 students now available

    Welcome pack for new 2017 students now available

    A warm welcome to our new Social Anthropology students! To introduce you to the Department and help you find your feet, we’ve prepared some introductory materials for a welcome pack which we encourage you all to read.