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Undergraduate study in Social Anthropology

The Department of Social Anthropology enjoys a strong and supportive student-staff culture, and consistently receives the highest possible ratings of satisfaction amongst students in course evaluations and in student satisfaction polls.

According to the National Student Survey 2019 and the Guardian University league tables 2020, final-year Anthropology students at St Andrews are the most satisfied in all of the UK with both the overall quality of the course and teaching.

At St Andrews, you will be taught by academics who are at the cutting edge of their discipline, ensuring the opportunity to engage with the best and latest ideas and material to research and evaluate.

Strengths of the undergraduate degree:

  • high standards of teaching by academics who are passionate about what they do
  • students develop excellent communicative, analytical and other transferable skills
  • flexible degree structure that allows for individual specialisation
  • comprehensive and in-depth modules
  • teaching in small groups which assures close attention and individual support
  • attractive social, cultural and intellectually stimulating environment
  • excellent specialist library resources and study spaces.

The University encourages prospective students to book a place on a visiting day in order to experience the University’s unique atmosphere. As part of this event, prospective students have the chance to visit the Department of Social Anthropology and learn more from the academic staff about what the Department has to offer.


Department of Social Anthropology

Phone: +44 (0)1334 46 2972
General enquiries:

“Studying Anthropology at St Andrews is everything I ever hoped for. The thing I love the most is the diversity of topics we study here – I really never expected to be studying cyborgs! The lecturers here are engaging, and, as experts in their fields, they tend to use anecdotes from their own fieldwork to illustrate the theories they teach.

My tutors have also been truly outstanding! Many of them have gone out of their way to help me understand material I struggled with; both lecturers and tutors are really approachable.

My classmates come from all over the world, which is valuable in class discussions, as they bring new and diverse perspectives to the table, thereby, contributing to the uniqueness of studying here.”

Rikke Nedergaard
Rikke Nedergaard
- Third-year undergraduate student