Welcome

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: 
Mrs Mhairi Aitkenhead

General, Honours Undergraduate and Postgraduate Enquiries: Mrs Lisa Neilson

 

Upcoming Events

  1. Sep

    21

    Educated People and Disciplined Bodies: Self-governance(s) and Local Re-appropriations of Schooling

    This workshop will bring together fifteen presenters over a day and a half to discuss themes around discipline, self-governance and schooling in the anthropology of education.

    Parliament Hall & The Byre Theatre, St Andrews
    September 21 - September 22
  2. Sep

    29

    Migration, Love and the Value of Absence in Contemporary Senegal

    Hélène Neveu, UCL

    Social Anthropology Seminar Room
    September 29 @ 11:00 - 13:00
  3. Oct

    06

    Josie, the Mirror and Me: Sensory and Performance Ethnography in Belfast.

    Karen Lane, University of St Andrews

    Social Anthropology Seminar Room
    October 6 @ 11:00 - 13:00
  4. Oct

    13

    The Gender of the City: Women Seeking Safety in Urban Papua New Guinea.

    Melissa Demian, University of St Andrews

    Social Anthropology Seminar Room
    October 13 @ 11:00 - 13:00
  5. Oct

    20

    At the Limits of Literary Worlds: The Politics of Writing in Exile in Contemporary Berlin.

    Andrew Brandel, John Hopkins University

    Social Anthropology Seminar Room
    October 20 @ 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.