Anthropology with a Year in Japan

Study mode:On campus Study type:Full-time Languages: English
Local:$ 9 k / Year(s) Foreign:$ 14.9 k / Year(s) Deadline: Jan 15, 2024
StudyQA ranking:1959 Duration:48 months You need IELTS certificate

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Anthropology addresses the big question what makes us human? It is the study of human beings: how we evolved, why we live in different sorts of societies around the world, and how we interact with one another and the environment. An exciting and varied subject, anthropology covers a huge number of topics including human evolution, primatology, genetics, reproduction, nutrition, religion, kinship, politics, and development.

At Kent, we offer a BSc degree in Anthropology that integrates the biological and social sides of the discipline; one of the very few departments in the UK to do so. Ours is a broad-ranging degree, both flexible and modular you get to shape your own course through your choice of modules but designed to ensure that whatever your choices, you receive a top quality education and the skills you need to succeed in the workplace.

This is an ideal degree whether you have an arts, humanities, or science background. Anthropology draws on each of these and, by the end of your degree, you will have a thorough understanding of your own species.


Studying anthropology gives you an exciting range of career opportunities. We work with you to help direct your module choices to the career paths you are considering. Through your studies, you learn how to work independently, to analyse complex data and to present your work with clarity and flair.

Our graduates have gone on to careers in advertising; education and teaching; social work; town and country planning; housing and personnel management; journalism, specialised film production, or research for radio and television programmes; consultancy in overseas development and relief agencies; science journalism; museum work; forensic science; business and the Civil Service.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline January 15 Tuition fee
  • GBP 9000 Year (EEA)
  • GBP 14860 Year (Non-EEA)

Start date September 2015 Credits (ECTS) 180 ECTS
Duration full-time 48 months Languages Take an IELTS test
  • English
Delivery mode On Campus Educational variant Full-time More information Go To The Course Website

Course Content

The course structure below gives a flavour of the modules that will be available to you and provides details of the content of this programme. This listing is based on the current curriculum and may change year to year in response to new curriculum developments and innovation. Most programmes will require you to study a combination of compulsory and optional modules, you may also have the option to take ‘wild’ modules from other programmes offered by the University in order that you may customise your programme and explore other subject areas of interest to you or that may further enhance your employability.

Stage 1

Possible modules may include:

  • SE301 - Social Anthropology
  • SE302 - Foundations of Biological Anthropology
  • SE307 - Thinkers and Theories: An Introduction to theHistory and Development of
  • SE308 - Skills for Anthropology and Conservation

You have the opportunity to select wild modules in this stage

Stage 2

Possible modules may include:

  • SE567 - Methodology in Anthropological Science
  • SE581 - Biological Anthropology: The Human Animal
  • SE582 - Comparative Perspectives in Primate Biology
  • SE588 - Advanced Social Anthropology I
  • SE589 - Advanced Social Anthropology II
  • LA304 - Learning Japanese 1A: An Introduction to Elementary Japanese
  • LA305 - Learning Japanese 1B: An Introduction to Upper Elementary Japanese

Year abroad

You spend a year between Stages 2 and 3 taking courses in anthropology at a university in Japan. Students are required to have obtained a Stage 2 average of 60% or above, before commencing their year abroad.

Possible modules may include:

  • SE571 - Anthroplogy Year Abroad Mark One
  • SE572 - Anthropology Year Abroad Mark Two
Stage 3

Possible modules may include:

  • SE533 - Project in Anthropological Science
  • SE541 - The Evolution of Hominin Behaviour
  • SE565 - Sex Evolution and Human Nature
  • SE566 - Human Osteology
  • SE580 - Primate Behaviour and Ecology
  • SE570 - Current Issues in Evolutionary Anthropology
  • SE593 - Evolution of Human Diversity
  • SE594 - Anthropology and Development
  • SE595 - Social Computing
  • SE601 - European Societies
  • SE752 - Anthropology of Creativity
  • DI503 - Evolutionary Genetics and Conservation
  • SE569 - Palaeopathology
  • SE573 - Ethnicity and Nationalism
  • SE575 - Medicinal Plants: Home Remedy, Pharmaceutical, Illicit Drug
  • SE579 - The Anthropology of Amazonia
  • SE591 - Southern Mediterranean Societies: Mashriq andMaghreb
  • SE592 - The Ethnography of Central Asian Societies
  • SE584 - The Anthropology of Business
  • SE585 - From the Raw to the Cooked: The Anthropology of Eating
  • SE542 - Human Ecology
  • SE547 - South East Asian Societies
  • SE549 - The Anthropology of Health, Illness and Medicine
  • SE550 - The Anthropology of Gender
  • SE551 - Anthropology and Language
  • SE552 - Culture and Cognition
  • SE554 - Visual Anthropology Theory
  • SE555 - Project in Visual Anthropology
  • SE556 - Social Sciences in the Classroom

English Language Requirements

IELTS band : 6 CAE score : 75(Grade B) TOEFL paper-based test score : 580 TOEFL iBT® test : 85

To study at this university, you have to speak English. We advice you to

take an IELTS test.


The University will consider applications from students offering a wide range of qualifications, typical requirements are listed below, students offering alternative qualifications should contact the Admissions Office for further advice. It is not possible to offer places to all students who meet this typical offer/minimum requirement.

Qualification Typical offer/minimum requirement A level



Mathematics grade C, single or double science grade B

Access to HE Diploma

The University of Kent will not necessarily make conditional offers to all access candidates but will continue to assess them on an individual basis. If an offer is made candidates will be required to obtain/pass the overall Access to Higher Education Diploma and may also be required to obtain a proportion of the total level 3 credits and/or credits in particular subjects at merit grade or above.

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (formerly BTEC National Diploma)

The university will consider applicants holding BTEC National Diploma and Extended National Diploma Qualifications (QCF; NQF;OCR) on a case by case basis please contact us via the enquiries tab for further advice on your individual circumstances.

International Baccalaureate

34 points overall or 16 points at HL including 4 in mathematics at HL or SL (Mathematics Studies 5 at SL) and 4 in a HL science subject.

International students

The University receives applications from over 140 different nationalities and consequently will consider applications from prospective students offering a wide range of international qualifications. Our International Development Office will be happy to advise prospective students on entry requirements.

Work Experience

No work experience is required.

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