University of Plymouth

Anthropology University of Plymouth Degree level: Undergraduate


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Are you interested in working to solve human problems? Anthropology is an exciting discipline to study as it encompasses all facets of human life. BA Anthropology at the University of Plymouth is grounded in both cultural and applied anthropology. Cultural anthropology, as the title suggests, considers all aspects of human culture, from human behaviour and culture change, from international development to acting as a culture broker. In simplest terms, applied anthropology is using anthropological thought and methods to solve human problems, be they in health, development, social justice, or virtually any other human arena. We mix core aspects of cultural anthropology with an applied approach to give students the opportunity to explore personal topics of interest and future employment, while learning by doing.

  • 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.

After the course:

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.
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.

Course details


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.

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.

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.

The modules shown for this course or programme are those being studied by current students, or expected new modules. Modules are subject to change depending on year of entry.

Assessment method

100% of assessment is by coursework.

How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

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Course code L610
Institution code P60
Campus name Main Site
Campus code -

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

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Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 104 - 112 points including a minimum of 2 A Levels. General Studies not accepted.
A level 104-112 UCAS points including a minimum of 2 A Levels. General Studies not accepted.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DMM Any subject is considered.
Access to HE Diploma Pass a named Access to HE Diploma with at least 33 credits at Merit and/or Distinction.
Scottish Higher Considered in combination with Advanced Highers
AS Considered in combination
Extended Project Considered in combination
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 26 - 28 points English and Mathematics accepted within as GCSE equivalent.
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) H3, H3, H3, H4, H4 - H2, H2, H3, H3, H3 English and Maths accepted within as GCSE equivalent.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) Considered in combination
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) D*D - D*D* Any subject is considered.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) Considered in combination
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) Considered in combination
Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015) Considered in combination

GCSE English and Maths at Grade C/4 or above is required.

English language requirements

Test Grade Additional details
IELTS (Academic) 6.0 With 5.5. in all elements.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9,250 * Year 1
EU £9,250 * Year 1
England £9,250 * Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 * Year 1
Scotland £9,250 * Year 1
Wales £9,250 * Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

* Please note fees are subject to change - for all information about tuition fees, please visit our fees and funding pages. ** International fees, please visit our fees and funding pages. *** ‘Islands’ refers to fees for both the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man.

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