Social Anthropology

Study mode:On campus Study type:Full-time Languages: English
Local:$ 4.16 k / Year(s) Foreign:$ 13.4 k / Year(s) Deadline: Jan 15, 2024
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At Queen’s, we aim to deliver a high-quality learning environment that embeds intellectual curiosity, innovation and best practice in learning, teaching and student support, to enable you to achieve your full academic potential.

On the BA in Social Anthropology we do this by providing a range of learning experiences which enable our students to engage with subject experts, develop attributes and perspectives that will equip them for life and work in a global society and make use of innovative technologies and a world class library that enhances their development as independent, lifelong learners. Examples of the opportunities provided for learning on this course:

  • Lectures: introduce basic information about new topics and outline theoretical and methodological concepts as a starting point for further study. Lectures may also provide opportunities to ask questions, and receive advice on assessments.

Degree Plus and other related initiatives: Recognising student diversity, as well as promoting employability enhancements and other interests, is part of the developmental experience at Queen’s. Students are encouraged to plan and build their own, personal skill and experiential profile through a range of activities including; recognised Queen’s Certificates, placements and other work experiences (at home or overseas), Erasmus study options elsewhere in Europe, learning development opportunities and involvement in wider university life through activities, such as clubs, societies, and sports.

Queen’s actively encourages this type of activity by offering students an additional qualification, the Degree Plus Award (and the related Researcher Plus Award for PhD and MPhil students). Degree Plus accredits wider experiential and skill development gained through extra-curricular activities that promote the enhancement of academic, career management, personal and employability skills in a variety of contexts. As part of the Award, students are also trained on how to reflect on the experience(s) and make the link between academic achievement, extracurricular activities, transferable skills and graduate employment. Participating students will also be trained in how to reflect on their skills and experiences and can gain an understanding of how to articulate the significance of these to others, e.g. employers.

Overall, these initiatives, and Degree Plus in particular, reward the energy, drive, determination and enthusiasm shown by students engaging in activities over-and-above the requirements of their academic studies. These qualities are amongst those valued highly by graduate employers.

  • Seminars/tutorials: Significant amounts of teaching are carried out in small groups (rarely more than 15 students). The majority of seminars and tutorials are taught by permanent members of the academic staff. Such small-group teaching provides opportunities for students to engage with active researchers who have specialist knowledge of the topic, to ask questions and to assess their own progress and understanding with the support of peers. Students should also expect to make presentations and other contributions to these groups.
  • E-Learning technologies: Most information associated with lectures and assignments is communicated via a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) called Queen’s Online. A range of e-learning experiences are also embedded in the degree, through (e.g.) interactive group workshops, online discussions, and web-based learning activities.
  • Self-directed study: This is an important part of life as a Queen’s student, when private reading, engagement with e-learning resources, reflection on feedback to date, and research and preparation work for assignments is carried out. Academic staff will provide tailored bibliographies for research projects and self-directed reading.
  • Work-Related learning/Field Trips: Students have a variety of opportunities to participate in work-related learning and field trips; there are also meetings with alumni to advise students on opportunities for graduate employment.
  • Supervised projects and dissertations: In final year, students have the opportunity to undertake these. If they do so, they receive support from a supervisor who guides them in terms of how to carry out research and who will provide feedback on drafts of work. All supervision is undertaken by permanent members of staff, many of whom are world-class experts in their field.
  • Personal Tutor: Every undergraduate has a Personal Tutor who is a member of the academic staff. The Personal Tutor meets with his/her students throughout their academic career and provides advice on personal development, employment opportunities, and their general progress through university.


Our graduates have found our degree life-enhancing and intellectually challenging. It has given them a good grounding in a multitude of workplaces, and is attractive to employers as it indicates an ability to closely analyse cultural and social issues and develop coherent arguments in written and verbal form. Moreover, the subject matter studied in pursuit of an anthropology degree is invariably related to a wide range of contemporary issues, and shows that social, political and economic processes developing in the present need be understood in a proper cross-cultural perspective.

Employers of all kinds wish to employ the social anthropology graduates who have developed their employability skills and have sought work experience beyond the university. There is an awareness throughout the School of History and Anthropology that students need every opportunity to engage with employability issues, and we work very closely with the Careers Service in order to achieve this.

Graduates from this degree at Queen’s are thus well regarded by many employers (local, national and international) and over half of all graduate jobs are now open to graduates of any discipline, including Social Anthropology.

Although the majority of our graduates are interested in pursuing careers in Social and Community Development work, significant numbers develop careers in a wide range of other sectors. The following is a list of the major career sectors (and some starting salaries) that have attracted our graduates in recent years:

  • Management Consultancy: £20,000 - £30,000
  • Voluntary Sector/ Charities: £15,000 - £18,000
  • Advertising: £25,000 - £40,000
  • Publishing, Media and Performing Arts: £16,000 - £25,000
  • Fast Stream Civil Service: £25,000
  • Varied graduate programmes (Times Top 100 Graduate Recruiters/ AGR, Association of Graduate Recruiters UK)

Employer Links – Consultations: We regularly consult and develop links with a large number of employers via the School of History and Anthropology’s Employers’ Forum. Members of this forum include senior figures from: the Northern Ireland Civil Service; PricewaterhouseCoopers; the British Council; Bank of Ireland; Chambre Public Affairs; and from the NGO sector such as Arts Care and the NI Institute for Conflict Research.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline January 15 Tuition fee
  • EUR 4160 Year (EEA)
  • EUR 13380 Year (Non-EEA)

England, Scotland and Wales £9,000; EU £3,575; International: £11,500

Start date September 2015 Duration full-time 36 months Languages Take an IELTS test
  • English
Delivery mode On Campus Educational variant Full-time

Course Content

Year 1

The following modules are offered in first year:

  • A World on the Move: Anthropological and Historical Approaches to Globalisation
  • Culture and Society: the Social Anthropological Perspective
  • Expressive Cultures: Interpreting Text, Image and Sound
  • Power, Ritual and Symbol: the View from Anthropology

Years 2 and 3

In second and third year the combinations of compulsory and optional modules vary according to the degree of specialisation in Social Anthropology. Note: Only some of the modules are available each year.

  • An Ethnography of Political Violence in Ireland
  • Anthropology of Art
  • Contemporary Classics in Ethnographic Writing
  • Human-Animal Relations: an Anthropological Perspective
  • Japanese Society
  • Key Debates in Anthropology
  • Leisure, Tourism and Culture
  • Love, Hate and Beyond: Emotions, Culture, Practice
  • Music of Brazil
  • Music, Medicine and Culture
  • Performance, Power and Passion
  • Religion and Ritual
  • Sex and Gender
  • The Anthropology of Modern Dance
  • Dissertation on an approved subject

English Language Requirements

IELTS band : 6.5

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  • A-level: BBB. There are no specific subject requirements at A-level.
  • Irish Leaving Certificate: B2B2B2B2CC/B2B2B2B2B2

BA Joint Requirements

For BA Joint Honours the requirements are stated separately under each programme.

Work Experience

No work experience is required.

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