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. Feb


    Film Screening: “Ode”, with film director Mantas Kvedaravicius

    February 21 @ 16:00 - 18:00

    On Thursday 21, 16:00-18:00, School VI, anthropologist and film director Dr Mantas Kvedaravicius (University of Vilnius) will be screening his recently completed film "Ode". The...

    School VI
  2. Feb


    Changing ethnoscape of the !Xun of north-central Namibia

    February 22 @ 11:00 - 13:00

    Akira Takada, Kyoto University

    United College, Room 50
  3. Feb


    Ethnographic Filmmaking Student Workshop

    February 22 @ 14:00 - 17:00

    convened by Drs Stan Frankland and Christos Lynteris, in conversation with Dr Mantas Kvedaravicius. On Friday 22, 14:00-17:00, School III, the Department will be holding...

    School III
  4. Feb


    Andean Women Decolonising Cinema

    February 27 @ 15:00 - 17:00

    Isabel Segui (Film Studies, University of St Andrews)

    CAS Library
  5. Feb


    From Library to Museum and Back Again: An Ethnographic Approach to Photographic Presence at the Victoria and Albert Museum

    February 28 @ 16:00 - 18:00

    Elizabeth Edwards (De Montfort University/ V&A Research Institute)

    United College, Room 50