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  • Tuition Fee:
  • Local: $ 9k / Year
  • Foreign: $ 12.5k / Year
  • Languages of instruction:
  • English
  • Deadline:
  • 15 January 2016

    January 15


    The BA in Social Anthropology is a distinctive degree programme allowing for the holistic study of people’s ideas, beliefs, practices and activities in a wide range of local, global, diasporic and transnational settings. Social anthropologists study how and why we do the things we do, for example, how we work, use technologies, and negotiate conflicts, relationships and change.

    As a research-led School we offer a wide range of modules, with a particular strength being the opportunity to study visual anthropology, with both theoretical and practical classes. The programme reflects staff research interests across the globe, which include: political struggle and resistance, post-conflict reconstruction, cultural transmission, indigenous knowledge, religious identity and transformation, mental illness, environmental politics, rural social transformation, law and legal pluralism, science and technology, public anthropology and advocacy. We explore communities and the systems and processes that link them together such as globalisation, migration, the media, businesses, financial markets and world politics. A further special feature of our programme is the application of computers and IT to anthropological research and practice.

    Anthropology is a friendly and cosmopolitan School where you are taught by leading authorities in their fields. Our Centre for Social Anthropology and Computing (CSAC) was one of the first in the country and our Centre for Biocultural Diversity (CBCD) is equally outstanding. Our degrees also offer the chance to study in Europe or Japan.

    Independent rankings

    Anthropology at Kent was ranked 6th in the UK for student satisfaction in the 2013 National Student Survey. And, in The Guardian University Guide 2014, Anthropology at Kent was ranked 5th for graduate employment prospects.

    Detailed Course Facts

    Application deadline January 15 Tuition fee
    • GBP 9000 Year (EEA)
    • GBP 12450 Year (Non-EEA)

    Start date September 2015 Credits (ECTS) 180 ECTS
    Credits Total Kent credits: 360
    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

    GE301 - Learning German 3 (Post A Level)

    SE308 - Skills for Anthropology and Conservation

    SE309 - Violence and Conflict in the Contemporary World

    Stage 2

    Possible modules may include:

    SE586 - Ethnographies 1

    SE587 - Ethnographies 2

    SE588 - Advanced Social Anthropology I

    SE589 - Advanced Social Anthropology II

    GE505 - Intermediate German

    GE507 - Learning German 4

    You have the opportunity to select wild modules in this stage

    Year abroad

    You spend a year between Stages 2 and 3 taking courses in anthropology at a university in Germany, (where the courses are taught in german). 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:

    SE596 - Theoretical Perspectives in Social Anthropology

    SE597 - Theoretical Topics in Social Anthropology

    SE547 - South East Asian Societies

    SE591 - Southern Mediterranean Societies: Mashriq andMaghreb

    SE592 - The Ethnography of Central Asian Societies

    SE579 - The Anthropology of Amazonia

    SE601 - European Societies

    SE752 - Anthropology of Creativity

    SE584 - The Anthropology of Business

    SE585 - From the Raw to the Cooked: The Anthropology of Eating

    SE573 - Ethnicity and Nationalism

    SE575 - Medicinal Plants: Home Remedy, Pharmaceutical, Illicit Drug

    SE593 - Evolution of Human Diversity

    SE594 - Anthropology and Development

    SE595 - Social Computing

    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

    SE565 - Sex Evolution and Human Nature

    SE534 - Special Project in Social Anthropology

    SE542 - Human Ecology

    You have the opportunity to select wild modules in this stage

    UK requirements for international applications

    Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).

    Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.

    All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.

    University requirements

    Program requirements

    English Language Requirements

    IELTS band : 6.5

    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: ABB including German, excluding General Studies/Critical Thinking
    • 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 German A1/A2/B at 4/5/5 HL or 5/6/6 SL

    Work Experience

    No work experience is required.

    Related Scholarships*

    • Academic Excellence Scholarship

      "The Academic Excellence Scholarship can provide up to a 50 % reduction in tuition per semester. These scholarships will be renewed if the student maintains superior academic performance during each semester of their 3-year Bachelor programme. The scholarship will be directly applied to the student’s tuition fees."

    • Access Bursary

      Bursary for UK students all subjects where the variable tuition fee rate is payable.

    • Alumni Bursary

      Alumni Bursary for UK Undergraduate students

    * The scholarships shown on this page are suggestions first and foremost. They could be offered by other organisations than University of Kent.

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