Social Anthropology at St Andrews is internationally renowned for its innovative teaching and cutting-edge research. In the beautiful setting of Scotland’s first university, we are a friendly community of researchers and students who have come from all over the world to study here.

Social Anthropology at St Andrews teaches you to take a comparative and global view of what it means to be human and how to look at the world from other people’s perspectives.

The Department has strongly established research on Latin America and the Caribbean, the Pacific, Africa, Europe, and Asia. We have championed innovative ethnographic methods and theoretical scholarship regarding the relationship between anthropology and history, epistemology, and cosmopolitan studies.

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


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Upcoming Events

  1. Nov


    Picturing Utopia: Photography and Self-Representation in Pueblos Jóvenes in Peru

    November 21 @ 16:00 - 18:00

    Raul Valdivia, Birkbeck (University of London)

    CAS Library
    November 20 @ 07:19
  2. Nov


    Forces in Translation: Memory, Maths and Recovery in Scottish Basketwork Research

    November 23 @ 11:00 - 13:00

    Stephanie Bunn, University of St Andrews

    Social Anthropology Seminar Room
    November 20 @ 07:19
  3. Nov


    Grassroots Feminism and Social Mobilization in Peru

    November 29 @ 14:00 - 16:00

    Dr Patricia Oliart, Newcastle University

    CAS Library
    November 20 @ 07:19
  4. Nov


    Navigating Time in the Monastic Archive

    November 29 @ 17:00 - 19:00

    Richard Irvine, University of St Andrews

    United College, Room 50
    November 20 @ 07:19
  5. Nov


    ‘Geek Stories from the Technosphere’

    November 30 @ 11:00 - 13:00

    Brian Alleyne, Goldsmiths, University of London

    Social Anthropology Seminar Room
    November 20 @ 07:19