Anthropology

  • Ranked 9th in the UK in the latest Research Excellence Framework 2014
  • Top 10 in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019
  • Internationally recognised for work in philosophical anthropology and the sociology of culture
  • Funding opportunities available through ESRC South West Doctoral Training Centre - a hub of world-class social sciences research

Anthropology at Exeter is one of the most exciting, relevant and varied subjects you can study at university. We have a contemporary outlook and our research is grounded in a variety of social settings and institutions including NGOs, hospitals, farming communities in the South West of England, markets in South Korea, English multicultural communities, social media in Jordan and Japanese urban art collectives.

Based in the department of Sociology, Philosophy and Anthropology, our academic staff hold doctorates in Sociology, Philosophy, Anthropology, History, Biochemistry and Physics. We are one of the most diverse academic units in any UK university. This interdisciplinarity means we are able to provide research and teaching programmes that unite empirical, historical-epistemological, practical, theoretical and critical perspectives.

Our work is both descriptively and normatively oriented and our research has been published by Cambridge, Oxford, MIT, Chicago, University of California, Harvard, Routledge, Sage and other leading publishers.