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Anthropology is the comparative, evolutionary and historical study of humankind. It is both a theoretical and a field-based discipline. The distinctive research aims and profile of the Department reflect its long-standing commitment to a broad-based conception of Anthropology, combining biological, social and material culture perspectives. It looks to cover, therefore, the entire time-span of the human career, from its origins to the present day. A substantial proportion of the Department’s research activity and outputs are the result of staff collaboration both within and between these groupings.
The breadth and depth of Anthropology at UCL distinguishes our programme from those offered by most other British Universities and our 5* rating in the recent Research Assessment Exercise makes us the top broad based anthropology department in the UK.
UCL Anthropology offers a wide variety of undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes,
an exceptionally wide range of optional courses, has a relatively low staff-student ratio and emphasises tutorial or smallgroup teaching in courses at all levels. The courses offered to students reflecting the wide range of research interests of iUCL Anthropology's academic staff. Students taking courses here come from broad international backgrounds and are able to conduct research around the globe. In addition to our thriving undergraduate student body, the department has around 120 registered graduate students enrolled for research degrees of MRes and MPhil/PhD with over 70 enrolled for the taught Master's programmes.
We are based in a newly renovated building with undergraduate and postgraduate common rooms, a master's computer room, teaching rooms for seminars and tutorials and the Darryl Forde Semianr Room. There is also a pleasant courtyard.
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The Anthropology MRes offers students a thorough grounding in a wide range of biological or social science methodologies and methods, an advanced knowledge of contemporary questions in anthropology, and training in statistical and professional skills, which prepare graduates for doctoral research or employment as social science researchers. Read more
Contemporary concerns with environment and development require a combination of biological and social anthropological approaches to examine the ecology of resource use in developing societies. Read more
The MFA provides extended practical training in creative documentary film and aims to provide the technical and intellectual resources required to make outstanding non-fiction moving image. Read more
The Education pathway of the Digital Media MA explores education in its broadest sense. in school, beyond school, in formal and informal settings, in museums and galleries, in virtual spaces, in games, in communities on and offline, in the everyday use of digital media. Read more
The Production pathway of the Digital Media MA is designed to provide students with a theoretical knowledge of digital media and the practical skills to apply that knowledge to future developments in digital arts, practice and future research. Read more
This unique MA programme is based in a university but run by leading film practitioners, ensuring that you not only receive the highest-quality practice-based learning, but you do so in a university research environment where you learn to understand the world we live in. Read more
Evolutionary theory has radically altered our understanding of human life. The Human Evolution and Behaviour MSc at UCL is designed to provide students with a solid practical and theoretical grounding in issues relevant to the evolution of humans and non-human primates. Read more
This MSc provides a thorough grounding in anthropological theory and analysis, an understanding of ethnographic approaches to the study of social worlds, and a strong foundation in research practices. Read more