School of Humanities and Performing Arts

BA (Hons) Anthropology

Are you interested in working to solve human problems? BA Anthropology mixes cultural and applied anthropology as a unique offer within the UK that will allow you the opportunity to explore personal topics of interest and future employment, and learn while doing. You are encouraged to see the world holistically, taught how to hone your intercultural communication and people skills, and participate in work and study opportunities both home and abroad.

As a graduate, you’ll be equipped to analyse and impact on the ways in which human beings shape, and are shaped, by social, cultural and environmental contexts, and ready to work in a variety of professions including: development, education, health, government, heritage, social enterprise, business and finance, and cultural resource management.

Entry requirements may differ during Clearing, so please contact us on 0333 241 6929 to discuss an application.


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Clearing with Plymouth University

Call our friendly Clearing team on 0333 241 6929.

We will help you find the right course for you.

  • Clearing officially opens on results day, Thursday 17 August.
  • Clearing closes on Wednesday 20 September.

For opening times and further information, visit our Clearing page.

Careers with this subject

Employers of all kinds desire staff with intercultural awareness and communication skills, analytical and problem solving skills, and who are not afraid of working with others across sectors. The Plymouth degree in Anthropology will allow you to specialise within the curriculum, and prepare you for a range of jobs in a globalised world including: development, health, marketing, business, government, the creative industries, and cultural resource management.

Career opportunities

Key features

  • Build fieldwork skills and competence right from the beginning of your degree. 
  • Learn and understand how anthropology can be applied in real-world situations.
  • Take the opportunity to specialise in particular areas of interest including: development, health, museums, or social justice. 
  • Learn within a multidisciplinary environment – the programme, assessments and set projects are designed to allow you to benefit from, and make use of, a far-reaching range of disciplines. 
  • Work with staff who are leading experts in their field. 
  • Industry and professional connections – we work with you to identify your areas of specialisms and employ University and external networks to create contacts.

Course details

  • Year 1
  • In your first year, we introduce you to the core of the discipline, with a focus on social and applied anthropology. You will have the chance to start actually doing your own ethnographic fieldwork, not just reading about it, and learn how to interpret visual and material culture.

    ANTH401
    Introduction to Anthropology
    20 credits

    ANTH402
    Arts, Entertainment, and Visual Anthropology
    20 credits

    ANTH403
    Fieldwork & Ethnography
    20 credits

    ANTH403PP
    Humans, Art, Design and Objects
    20 credits

    ANTH404
    Understanding Yourself & Others Through Intercultural Communication
    20 credits

    ANTH405
    Understanding the Body
    20 credits

  • Year 2
  • During your second year, you will develop your anthropological methods and skills through continuing to engage in fieldwork, thinking about the politics and priorities in creating and exhibiting different cultural artefacts, and learning about marginalized communities in early modern Europe. You will have the opportunity to explore a specialist subject area to increase your interdisciplinary understanding and explore potential areas for work or further study.

    ANTH501
    Collecting & Exhibiting Cultures
    20 credits

    ANTH502
    From Oral Life Histories to Participant Observation; Applying Anthropological Methods
    20 credits

    Anth503
    Applying Anthropology
    20 credits

    ANTH504
    Ethics and Ethnography
    20 credits

    ANTH 505
    Different Ways of Knowing and Doing
    20 credits

    HIST515
    Other Voices–Marginalisation in Early Modern Europe
    20 credits

  • Final year
  • In your final year, you will be able to focus on those areas of anthropology that you have become most interested in. You will produce your own year-long dissertation on any topic of your choice, which you'll work on with the focused support of your personal supervisor. At the same time, you will also take on the role of live consultant to apply anthropology to solve a particular problem, ideally in an area in which you wish to work or pursue further study.

    ANTH601
    Current Issues in Cultural Anthropology
    20 Credits

    ANTH602
    Anthropological Dissertation Project
    40 Credits

    ANTH603
    Anthropology on the Ground
    40 Credits

    ANTH604
    Coastal Cultures
    20 credits

Entry requirements

UCAS tariff
120

IB
28 points overall

BTEC
Grade DDM

Access courses  
Pass a named Access to HE Diploma (including GCSE English and Maths grade C/4 or above or equivalent) with at least 33 credits at Merit and/or Distinction.

GCSE 
All applicants must have GCSE (or equivalent) Mathematics and English at Grade C/4 or above.

Other
14-19 Diplomas are accepted. Other combinations and non-A level qualifications also considered.

Short of the entry requirements for this course? Don’t worry you may be able to engage with an access course to prepare you for possible entry onto this programme for the following year.
 

For a full list of all acceptable qualifications please refer to our tariff glossary.

Fees, costs and funding

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How to apply

All applications for undergraduate courses are made through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). 

UCAS will ask for the information contained in the box at the top of this course page including the UCAS course code and the institution code. 

To apply for this course and for more information about submitting an application including application deadline dates, please visit the UCAS website.

Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office via our how to apply webpage or email international-admissions@plymouth.ac.uk.



Personalise Your Course

Ethnographic fieldwork opportunities are built into the curriculum to allow you to research your personal and professional interests, from crowd behaviour, ethnomusicology, health, or the surfing subculture. In your final year as well as a Dissertation, you’ll take on the role of consultant to solve a practical human problem.

Dr. Steve Butts is unique in the UK as an applied anthropologist, having a PhD in Applied Anthropology from the University of South Florida, and inducted as a Fellow of the Society for Applied Anthropology in 2002. His research and teaching background are in development, intercultural communication, and cultural experience management, and he has lived and worked in a range of environs including the US, The Netherlands, South Africa, Czech Republic and Denmark. He holds an award as a University of Plymouth Outstanding Lecturer, and in his Associate Dean: Teaching and Learning role enjoys the opportunities to inspire and motivate students across a range of disciplines. Having come to the University of Plymouth in 2001, he has stayed because of the great atmosphere and quality of people, staff and students alike.