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


Latest news

  • New 3-year Postdoctoral Research Fellow Position

    New 3-year Postdoctoral Research Fellow Position

    We are advertising a 3-year postdoc position on the Energy Ethics research project. It will be in the Department of Social Anthropology at the University of St Andrews, starting in February 2019 and under the supervision of Dr Mette M High. Deadline for application: 19 October 2018


Upcoming Events

  1. Sep


    In the Crossfire of Corporate Responsibility: Engineers in the Mining & Oil and Gas Industries

    Jessica Smith, BA visiting fellow/Colorado School of Mines

    September 22 @ 11:40
  2. Oct


    Vagabond Microbes, Leaky Labs and Epidemic Mapping: Alexandre Yersin and the 1898 Plague Epidemic in Nha Trang

    Christos Lynteris, University of St Andrews

    September 22 @ 11:40
  3. Oct


    “We will never be individuals”: on contemporary fugitivity in Amazonian Maroon communities, Brazil.

    Julia Frajtag Sauma, University of Bergen Honorary Research Fellow, UCL

    September 22 @ 11:40
  4. Oct


    ‘“Arms are Difficult”: Robots, Datafication and the Anthropology of Technology’

    Maja Hojer Bruun, Aalborg University

    September 22 @ 11:40
  5. Oct


    Towards an ‘Ethnography of the Archive’: Personal Memory and Written Records in the Parish Archives of Talavera, Peru

    Christine Lee, University of St Andrews

    September 22 @ 11:40