BA Anthropology with Study Abroad

UCAS codeL603
Duration4 Years
Typical offerAAB; IB: 34; BTEC DDD
Location Streatham (Exeter)


This BA programme is designed to tackle the fundamental questions about society and culture in the present and in the past, and explore the rich diversity of human life across the globe. You will explore both the empirical work that anthropologists have produced as well as the exciting theoretical debates that drive the discipline. You will learn about anthropological ideas concerning, for example, ritual, kinship, witchcraft and ethnicity, but also how anthropologists have contributed to debates on important current issues, such as health, war and violence, science and technology, consumption and the environment.

I chose Exeter because I was interested in the focus on contemporary research combined with an understanding of historical research. Our lecturers are exceptional and really easy to talk to, they also support and encourage you to research independently. One of the best aspects of Anthropology is that you gain lots of transferable skills. I know I want to travel after university and I’m enjoying working with Exposé, so I could see myself going into journalism or travel writing. But the more I learn about Anthropology the more I want to do my own research so I would also consider staying in academia. I think the Exeter Award will also help me with my future career as many of the requirements for it push you to evaluate your strengths and weaknesses, and help you decide what career you will excel in.

Mary, studying Anthropology.

Nothing prepares you for the working world quite like having to produce high quality work in a short space of time, and a social science degree teaches you how to think critically and develop your own viewpoint from a range of sources. That never stops being useful. From Anthropology, I learnt the value of being sceptical and inquisitive, and an awful lot of good dinner-table conversation. Everyone likes learning about tribes. I also had a great relationship with the Anthropology department throughout my time in Exeter; from the start they were interesting, personable and really welcoming.

Hugh, BA Anthropology graduate.

Programme structure

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.

The Anthropology degree programme is made up of compulsory (core) and optional modules, which are worth 15 or 30 credits each. Full-time undergraduate students need to complete modules worth a total of 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.

The third year is spent studying abroad at a partner institution.

The first year gives you a foundational knowledge of anthropological theory and concepts, and how to think critically about the key challenges of studying diverse human societies. You will also be introduced to the fundamentals of the archaeological study of human society in the past, and gain important analytical techniques that will be useful across a range of subjects and research tasks.

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Entry requirements 2020

Typical offer

AAB; IB: 34


International students

International students should check details of our English language requirements

If your academic qualifications or English language skills do not meet our entry requirements our INTO University of Exeter centre offers a range of courses to help you reach the required language and academic standards.

International Foundation programmes

Preparation for entry to Year 1 of an undergraduate degree:

Contextual offers

At the University of Exeter we are committed to the idea that all students who have the potential to benefit from higher education have the opportunity to do so. We believe that fair access to higher education is a fundamental enabler for social mobility, improving life opportunities and outcomes for individual students, while benefiting the economy and society as a whole.

Educational context can affect your grades, and we take this into account in order to recognise your potential. If you meet certain criteria, we may make you a lower offer than our typical entry requirements. Find out more about contextual offers.

Further information

Please read the important information about our Typical offer.

For full and up-to-date information on applying to Exeter and entry requirements, including requirements for other types of qualification, please see the Applying section.

Learning and teaching

We aim to convey anthropology as a dynamic and reflexive mode of social scientific inquiry, in order to impart knowledge and understanding of the cultural practices, beliefs and knowledge of people living in different societies across the globe. We encourage independent study and assist the development of anthropologically informed critical judgement and thinking based on comparative cross-cultural insight.

You'll learn through lectures, seminars and practical exercises, with an increasing emphasis on seminar discussion and project work in the second and third years. You should expect around 10 contact hours per week and will need to plan additional hours of private study per module. Your total workload should average about 40 hours per week during term time.

You'll have regular tutorials where you'll meet to discuss oral and written assignments with your tutor, together with a small group of other students. These personal contacts are very important in developing staff-student relations and for getting to know your fellow students. Our programmes help to develop skills and understanding so that you can take increasing responsibility for your learning in more specialised seminar-based modules.

We're actively engaged in introducing new methods of learning and teaching, including increasing use of interactive computer-based approaches to learning through our virtual learning environment where the details of all modules are stored in an easily navigable website. You can access detailed information about modules and learning outcomes and interact through activities such as the discussion forums.

The Student-Staff Liaison Committee gives you the chance to discuss and review the degree programmes, including existing and planned module content, through regular meetings with departmental staff.

Research-inspired teaching

Our programmes are based on teaching that is inspired by research and are designed to offer expertise within a framework that brings out the skills of communication, analysis, information handling and interpretation of evidence, which will make you both a desirable employee and an informed and critical citizen. You'll have the opportunity to work closely with academic staff who are at the cutting edge of research and academic debate and you'll benefit from an innovative curriculum inspired by leading research. All staff teach options which are linked to their own interests which include the study of childhood, human/animal interactions, addiction, anthropology of Africa, city life, health and disability, music, religion, resource extraction and the environment.


We use diverse methods of assessment to support our emphasis on presentation, teamwork and projects/dissertations, as well as essay writing and exams. The ratio of assessment by coursework to assessment by exam varies according to which modules you take, but on average is about 50:50. You must pass your first year assessment in order to progress to the second year, but the results do not count towards your degree classification. For three-year programmes, the assessments in the second and third years contribute to your final degree classification. For four-year programmes the assessments in the second, third and fourth years all contribute to your final degree classification.

Study abroad

Students will spend Year 3 of their studies in a partner University on an Erasmus/Socrates exchange or other approved programme of study. The year abroad comprises 120 credits and assessment is based on the credits gained at the partner institution abroad.


You will be introduced to methods of field work-based inquiry that are strongly featured within the qualitative traditions of sociology and anthropology. The Ethnography Now module, for example, focuses on learning through practical experimentation with ethnographic research which you’ll undertake within a field that you already inhabit-namely, the University campus.


Our programmes give you an excellent all-round education, where you'll learn to understand other people's points of view, to communicate your own position clearly and to argue effectively. You'll also learn to collect, assess and present evidence and to work independently and in groups.

Our programmes are demanding and encourage initiative and open-mindedness, helping to ensure that you'll be well equipped with a range of academic, personal and professional skills, all of which will prepare you for future employment or research in a wide variety of fields. Many of our graduates choose to follow their degree with employment or further study in people-focused fields, whereas others choose to use their skills in business or public sector administration.

Many students from the department take part in the Exeter Award and the 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.

Exeter has an excellent reputation with graduate recruiters and our students and graduates compete very successfully in the employment market. Many employers target the University when recruiting new graduates.

Examples of the destinations of recent Sociology, Philosophy and Anthropology graduates.


  • Family Enterprise Consultant
  • Student Support Worker
  • Sales Manager
  • Marketing Assistant
  • Graduate Library Trainee
  • Audit Assistant
  • Legal Service Manager


  • National Centre for Young People with Epilepsy
  • Scholastic
  • Bodleian Libraries
  • National Skills Academy
  • KPMG
  • Deloitte

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

For further information please visit the University's employability website .

You have the option to undertake a work placement through the Learning from Work Experience in Social Sciences module (SSI2001).

You will be encouraged to research and reflect on a range of work-related questions such as the nature of an organisation and your role within it,  employment practices including induction, health and safety procedures, self-appraisal and continuing professional development.

By practising specific skills for employment, including the writing of CVs, application forms and supporting statements, you will become better prepared for the world of work beyond university.

Nothing prepares you for the working world quite like having to produce high quality work in a short space of time, and a social science degree teaches you how to think critically and develop your own viewpoint from a range of sources. That never stops being useful. From Anthropology, I learnt the value of being sceptical and inquisitive, and an awful lot of good dinner-table conversation. Everyone likes learning about tribes. I also had a great relationship with the Anthropology department throughout my time in Exeter; from the start they were interesting, personable and really welcoming.

Hugh, BA Anthropology graduate

Contact us

College of Social Sciences and International Studies

Current students

Phone: 01392 723301 

Applicants and offer holders

WebEnquire online
Phone: +44 (0)1392 723192

Website: Visit the Anthropology web pages