- Gain a unique and global perspective of society and culture, past and present
- You will learn about anthropological ideas around ritual, kinship, religious beliefs, ethnicity and how these contribute to important global debates
- Our wide range of optional modules gives you the opportunity to customise your degree according to your own interests and career ambitions
- Work closely with staff who are at the cutting-edge of research and academic debate
- Get ready for your future career or further study by developing a range of skills valued by a wide range of employers
Top 15 in the UK for Anthropology
12th in the Guardian University Guide 2024
Top 10 in the Russell Group for student satisfaction in four out of 7 themes
National Student Survey 2023: Sociology, Philosophy and Anthropology
Opportunities to study abroad in Europe, the USA, Australia and elsewhere
Flexible programme giving you opportunities to explore other disciplines
Studying anthropology at Exeter gave me the amazing opportunity to step out of my comfort zone and study abroad for a year.
Choosing to study in Denmark allowed me to experience an international environment and study anthropology in a new context. I would recommend doing a year abroad to anyone considering it – it’s a perfect opportunity to travel, explore your interests and gain new international friends!
BA Anthropology with Study Abroad
Entry requirements (typical offer)
|Qualification||Typical offer||Required subjects|
|GCSE||C or 4||English Language|
|Access to HE||30 L3 credits at Distinction Grade and 15 L3 credits at Merit Grade||N/A|
Specific subject requirements must still be achieved where stated above. Find out more about contextual offers.
|Other accepted qualifications|
|English language requirements||
International students need to show they have the required level of English language to study this course. The required test scores for this course fall under Profile B2. Please visit our English language requirements page to view the required test scores and equivalencies from your country.
NB General Studies is not included in any offer.
Grades advertised on each programme webpage are the typical level at which our offers are made and provide information on any specific subjects an applicant will need to have studied in order to be considered for a place on the programme. However, if we receive a large number of applications for the programme we may not be able to make an offer to all those who are predicted to achieve/have achieved grades which are in line with our typical offer. For more information on how applications are assessed and when decisions are released, please see: After you apply
You will take modules adding up to 120 credits each year. Depending on your programme you can take up to 30 credits each year in another subject, for instance a language or business module, to develop career-related skills or just widen your intellectual horizons.
Descriptions of the individual modules are given in full on the department site undergraduate module list.
The modules we outline here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.
UCAS code: L603
Our four-year ‘with Study Abroad’ degree, offers you the possibility of spending your third year abroad, studying with one of our many partner universities.
Why Study Abroad?
Living and studying in a different country is an exciting experience that broadens your academic and cultural horizons, as well as giving you the opportunity to widen your circle of friends. Students who have studied abroad demonstrate initiative, independence, motivation and, depending on where they stay, may also have gained a working knowledge of another language – all key qualities that employers are looking for in today’s competitive employment environment.
Where can I Study Abroad?
We have partnership arrangements with many prestigious institutions across the globe. Exactly where you can apply to study will depend on the subjects you are studying at Exeter. For a full list please visit the Study Abroad website.
Does it count towards my degree?
Credit for academic work during your year abroad is arranged by agreement between the University of Exeter and the host institution. These marks are then translated back into your degree at Exeter. If you are Studying Abroad for a semester or full year, your time abroad will count toward your final degree. Please refer to your College Study Abroad co-ordinator for further details.
How does it affect my tuition fee and funding?
For the year that you spend studying abroad you will pay a significantly reduced tuition fee to Exeter, but nothing to your host university – for more information visit our fees pages. You will continue to receive a maintenance loan if you are eligible for this whilst on your Study Abroad year.
Tuition fees for 2024 entry
UK students: £9,250 per year
International students: £23,700 per year
The University of Exeter has many different scholarships available to support your education, including £5 million in scholarships for international students, such as our Global Excellence Scholarships*. Financial support is also available for students from disadvantaged backgrounds, lower income households and other under-represented groups to help them access, succeed and progress through higher education.
* Terms and conditions apply. See online for details.
Learning and teaching
How will I learn?
We use a wide range of teaching methods as well as encouraging independent study with an increasing emphasis on seminar discussion and project work in your second and third years. Teaching includes:
- Practical exercises, project and group work
- Independent study
You will also have access to personal and subject tutors who will give you the individual help and guidance you need to succeed.
How will I be assessed?
- Dissertation in final year
You must pass your first year modules in order to proceed but your performance at this level does not count towards your final degree classification.
You will be introduced to methods of field work-based inquiry that are strongly featured within the qualitative traditions of sociology and anthropology.
Optional modules outside of this course
Each year, if you have optional modules available, you can take up to 30 credits in a subject outside of your course. This can increase your employability and widen your intellectual horizons.
Proficiency in a second subject
If you complete 60 credits of modules in one of the subjects below, you may have the words 'with proficiency in [e.g. Social Data Science]' added to your degree title when you graduate.
- A Foreign Language
- Social Data Science
Develop skills valued by employers
As an Anthropology graduate from Exeter you will develop a global cultural awareness that is crucial in today’s job market. Alongside this you will gain a range of academic and professional skills, including:
- Analytical, critical and independent thinking
- Written communication
- Problem solving
- Gathering and interpreting data and evidence
- Discussion and group work
- Qualitative and quantitative research
- Organising, planning and time management
- Articulating ideas and arguments
Exeter Award and Exeter Leaders Award
Many of our students participate in the Exeter Award and Exeter Leaders Award. These schemes encourage you to participate in employability related workshops, skills events, volunteering and employment which will contribute to your career decision-making skills and success in the employment market.
Examples of the destinations of recent Sociology, Philosophy and Anthropology graduates*:
- Actuaries, economists and statisticians
- Archivists and curators
- Information technology professionals
- Insurance underwriters
- Legal associate professionals
- Management consultants and business analysts
- Police officers
- Prison service officers
- Teaching professionals
- Youth and community workers
- National Centre for Young People with Epilepsy
- Bodleian Libraries
- National Skills Academy
*This information has been taken from the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) Surveys 14/15, 15/16, and 16/17. Please note that, due to data protection, the job titles and organisations are listed independently and do not necessarily correspond.
Examples of further study followed by our graduates:
- MA Philosophy and Sociology of Science, University of Exeter
- MA International Relations, University of Exeter
- MA Gender Studies, University College London
- Graduate Diploma in Law, College of Law, Guildford
Developing your skills and career prospects
We provide a range of support to help you develop skills attractive to employers. You will be able to access a range of specific activities such as careers skills sessions and employer-led events, or seek bespoke advice and support from Employability Officers.
The Career Zone also organises a busy schedule of activities including careers fairs, skills workshops, and training events, and can advise on graduate opportunities and volunteering.