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COURSE OVERVIEW

  • Explore what it means to be human by developing an understanding of the biological aspects of humanity and delving into a wide array of human societies, both past and present.
  • Get up close and hands-on with a range of materials, from primate skeletons to religious relics, in our University’s cutting-edge departmental laboratory
  • Become a sought-after employee by diverse industries, from medicine and museums to academia and advertising
  • Develop intercultural understanding – a key asset in today’s job market

Anthropology delves into the bare bones of what it means to be human. It takes the whole world as its canvas and brings you into close contact with an eye-opening array of human behaviours from both the past and present.

Our Anthropology programme is a fascinating exploration of human societies, looking at present-day western and non-western groups, the biological aspects of humanity, and social development through time as seen in material culture.

This three-year course enables you to get to grips with questions commonly posed by anthropologists: How has evolution shaped us? What is culture? Do any universals of human behaviour exist?

Due to the broad nature of the topic, anthropologists are highly valued by employers in many industries for their cross-cultural communication skills and their ability to analyse human behaviour. As Margaret Mead, the great American anthropologist, once said: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.”

The course strikes a balance between academic learning and hands-on application. You can tinker with extensive archaeological materials, from primate skeletons to religious relics, in our University’s cutting-edge departmental laboratory.

Our programme uses a wide range of assessment methods including fieldwork projects and work placements. You will build experience with anthropological fieldwork techniques and will be encouraged to develop your own fieldwork interests through the course.

Classes are taught by passionate and highly-respected leaders in the field who specialise in varied aspects of the anthropological study of humanity, from investigating the evidence for health and disease in ancient human populations to migration and transnationalism in contemporary European societies.

The degree consists of three strands which extend throughout the entire course: social anthropology, biological anthropology and archaeology/material culture.

In Year 1, you receive an introduction to social and biological anthropology as well as material culture. You will also take modules in world prehistory and primate and human evolution.

Year 2’s core modules focus on research methods, theory, the relationship between biology and society, art and visual culture. A wide range of possible optional modules are available to introduce you to key geographic regions or themes such as religion and ritual, conflict, the archaeology of death and burial, human bioarchaeology, or gender and sexualities.

The third and final year you will undertake a research dissertation or a work placement. Third year modules allow for more in-depth specialisation in social and biological antrhopology, as well as optional topics such as the Archaeology of Medieval Religion and Belief, Intangible Heritage, or the study of different religious traditions.

As an anthropology student, you learn how to understand, interpret and respond to human behaviour. Alongside such specialist skills, you also develop valuable transferable skills highly prized by employers, including the ability to think critically, communicate your ideas and opinions clearly and work both independently and collaboratively.

Find out more about the Department for Archaeology, Anthropology and Geography.

Careers

Anthropology graduates work in a wide range of careers such as international development, Government, NGOs, Business (especially cross-cultural communication), museums, or health and tourism.

94% of our 2016/17 graduates (first degree and other undergraduate courses) were in employment and/or further study six months after completing their course (Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey).

Pre-approved for a Masters

If you study a Bachelor Honours degree with us, you will be pre-approved to start a Masters degree at Winchester. To be eligible, you will need to apply by the end of March in the final year of your degree and meet the entry requirements of your chosen Masters degree.

ABOUT THIS COURSE

Suitable for applicants from:

UK, EU, World

Work placements

You have the option to undertake a work placement in Year 3 instead of a dissertation. You can also undertake a volunteering placement in Year 2.

Study abroad

Our BA (Hons) Anthropology course provides an opportunity for you to study abroad in the United States of America (USA) or Canada.

For more information see our Study Abroad section.

Learning and teaching

Our aim is to shape 'confident learners' by enabling you to develop the skills needed to excel in your studies here and as well as onto further studies or the employment market. 

You are taught primarily through a combination of lectures and seminars, allowing opportunities to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups.

In addition to the formally scheduled contact time such as lectures and seminars etc.), you are encouraged to access academic support from staff within the course team and the wide range of services available to you within the University.

Independent learning

Over the duration of your course, you will be expected to develop independent and critical learning, progressively building confidence and expertise through independent and collaborative research, problem-solving and analysis with the support of staff. You take responsibility for your own learning and are encouraged to make use of the wide range of available learning resources available.

Overall workload

Your overall workload consists of class contact hours, independent learning and assessment activity.

While your actual contact hours may depend on the optional modules you select, the following information gives an indication of how much time you will need to allocate to different activities at each level of the course

Year 1 (Level 4): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*

Teaching, learning and assessment: 252 hours
Independent learning: 948 hours

Year 2 (Level 5): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*

Teaching, learning and assessment: 216 hours
Independent learning: 972 hours
Placement: 12 hours

Year 3 (Level 6): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*

Teaching, learning and assessment: 264 hours
Independent learning: 912 hours
Placement: 24 hours

*Please note these are indicative hours for the course.

Location

Taught elements of the course take place on campus in Winchester.

Teaching hours

All class based teaching takes places between 9am – 6pm, Monday to Friday during term time. Wednesday afternoons are kept free from timetabled teaching for personal study time and for sports clubs and societies to train, meet and play matches. There may be some occasional learning opportunities (for example, an evening guest lecturer or performance) that take places outside of these hours for which you will be given forewarning.

Assessment

Our validated courses may adopt a range of means of assessing your learning. An indicative, and not necessarily comprehensive, list of assessment types you might encounter includes essays, portfolios, supervised independent work, presentations, written exams, or practical performances.
We ensure all students have an equal opportunity to achieve module learning outcomes. As such, where appropriate and necessary, students with recognised disabilities may have alternative assignments set that continue to test how successfully they have met the module's learning outcomes. Further details on assessment types used on the course you are interested in can be found on the course page, by attending an Open Day or Open Evening, or contacting our teaching staff.

The assessment balance between examination and coursework depends to some extent on the optional modules you choose. The approximate percentage of the course assessed by different assessment modes is as follows:

Year 1 (Level 4)*:

62% coursework
25% written exams
13% practical exams

Year 2 (Level 5)*:

77% coursework
17% written exams
6% practical exams

Year 3 (Level 6)*:

66% coursework
28% written exams
6% practical exams

*Please note these are indicative percentages and modes for the programme.

Feedback

We are committed to providing timely and appropriate feedback to you on your academic progress and achievement in order to enable you to reflect on your progress and plan your academic and skills development effectively. You are also encouraged to seek additional feedback from your course tutors.

Further information

For more information about our regulations for this course, please see our Academic Regulations, Policies and Procedures

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

2021 Entry: 104-120 points

A GCSE C or 4 pass in English Language is required.

International Baccalaureate: 104-120 points to include a minimum of 2 Higher level IB certificates at grade 4 or above.

If English is not your first language: Year 0/Level 3: IELTS 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in writing or equivalent

Course Enquiries and Applications

Telephone: +44 (0) 1962 827234
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International Students

If you are living outside of the UK or Europe, you can find out more about how to join this course by emailing our International Recruitment Team at International@winchester.ac.uk or calling +44 (0)1962 827023

Visit us

Explore our campus and find out more about studying at Winchester by coming to one of our Open Days.

Year 1 (Level 4)

Modules Credits

Introduction to Social Anthropology 15

This module forms an introduction to the principles and methods upon which the study of social, or cultural, anthropology is based. No prior knowledge of the subject is assumed or expected. The philosophical distinctiveness of the subject in relation to other disciplines is outlined, and the location within anthropology of social anthropology is examined. This leads on to an assessment of the different approaches to social anthropology (e.g. ethnography, historical anthropology, material culture studies) and how they differ. These thematic lectures are buttressed by the use of sessions looking at case studies of the different approaches, especially ethnographies. These are located within comparative and critical anthropological traditions. Parallel study skills sessions alongside this lecture series allow you to develop quickly the key skills needed in an HE environment.

Introduction to Biological Anthropology 15

This module forms an introduction to the principles and methods upon which biological anthropology is based. A background in science is not assumed or required.  The module provides an overview of human adaptation to different environmental and other stresses, covering human nutritional requirements, epidemiology and the evolution of infectious diseases relevant to the study of human ecology.  We will also explore primates and primate behaviour, elementary genetics, human reproduction and sexuality, demography, human growth and development, and changing perceptions of race and its validity as a concept. Students will develop skills in synthesising information from a range of sources and learn to critically evaluate various hypotheses about human behaviour and culture.

The History of Anthropology 15

This module is a linking introductory survey covering both the major figures who have shaped the discipline of anthropology (both social and biological) and the main theoretical approaches in relation to key areas within social and biological anthropology. It spans the period from the early modern roots of anthropology until the present day. We will critically examine the schools of thought that have dominated the discipline at different times and examine a selection of ethnographies and other major works that represent them. Thus we will briefly consider developments within a historical framework of major schools of thought within anthropology – evolution, diffusionism, functionalism, structuralism, postmodernism, socio-biology, evolutionary psychology – in Britain and beyond, and examine the relationship between social anthropology and biological anthropology (in areas such as sexuality, race and medicine) from an historical perspective up to the present day.

Introduction to Primate and Human Evolution 15

The module provides an introduction to the biological evidence for primate and human evolution, as well as to the ways in which this evidence has been analysed and interpreted.  The anatomy of various primate and hominid species is considered from the perspective of reconstructing both primate and human evolutionary history and the evolution of primate and human behaviour.  We will examine key fossil discoveries with reference to reconstructions of the environment and the archaeological record.  We will thereby produce a synthesis of primate and evolution and human origins, which covers the period from the Eocene to Homo sapiens, and considers fossil evidence from the African Rift Valley to Europe and Asia and species from Adapidae to Homo, providing anatomical and evolutionary background to the emergence of a tool-using hominid species.

Themes in Social Anthropology 15

This module will introduce students to several key themes within social anthropology, which have been the subject of debate for decades.  In each case the boundaries of the debate will be established and the key readings (especially ethnographies) considered, and the relationship of these debates to other disciplines.  They will then be considered in a group discussion.  Themes will be drawn from a broad list of possible topics.  These include: kinship; gender, material culture and technology, globalisation, landscape and environment, ‘anthropology at home’, belief, magic and ritual, culture, or politics.  The emphasis will be on contestation and recent ethnography.

World Prehistory 15

This module provides an introduction to the development of humans from hominid origins to the development of written forms of communication. Therefore, although the module has a single chronological starting point (c 7.5 my BP), it has a variable end point depending upon the part of the world under discussion. The module addresses the main stages of human evolution and development, starting with the separation from the Honinidae (the human family) from the Pongidae (the apes), the transition from Australopithecines to Homo and eventually to modern humans, and covering the origins and development of crucial human processes such as technology, social systems, art, farming and urbanisation. The significance of the independent invention of key developments (such as agriculture) in different parts of the world will be stressed. By these means, the student will gain a greater awareness of the main sequences of human development on a world scale, be able to better appreciate the 'time lines' of the prehistoric periods and will understand how the prehistory of the British Isles is a connected sub-set of that of both continental Europe and the world as a whole.

Introduction to Material Culture 15

Archaeologists deal with things. These things (material culture or artefacts) are a way of understanding the lives of the humans who made them. This course presents you with a detailed background to the main categories of material culture that you might encounter on any archaeological sites; these items include: stone tools, pottery, coins, metalwork etc. You will learn about the technology behind these artefacts, and crucially how things that we make do not just have a simple function, but also encode important symbolic information as well. By the end of this course you will look afresh at the way humans make and give meaning to even the most mundane and everyday items.

Anthropological Questions 15

Year 2 (Level 5)

Modules Credits

Biology and Society 15

This module develops a number of themes within biological anthropology. These include the argument that human behaviour evolves as a response to different ecological circumstances. Topics will include behavioural ecology and landscape (as applied to both animal and human behaviour) and evolutionary psychology.  Specific consideration is given to mate choice, life history evolution and kinship in humans, and the study of human cognition in cultural and cross-cultural contexts.  We will also cover approaches to the human body: in the past, the body was often perceived as a biological fact with straightforward strengths and limitations, but for modern anthropology, bodies are far more complex.  Similarly, we critically examine the construction of ‘race’, its modern critiques and its continuing use in public discourse.

Anthropology of Art and Visual Culture 15

The module explores representation, art and visual culture in anthropology and the importance of its role in western and non-western cultures, especially art produced by small-scale societies. The forms of visual culture and art and, in particular, the representation of the human body, are examined in relation to evidence such as pottery, sculpture, painting, photography and film.  The anthropology of art considers art to be a social process, and therefore not only analyses the artistic artefacts themselves and the aesthetic values attributed to them, but also their production processes, and the wider social and historical contexts within which this occurs.  The module focuses on issues of representation, collection, and museum practice, and critically discusses various anthropological theories of art and visual culture.  The module also investigates the possibility of cross-cultural aesthetics, the anthropology of art in museums, and provides an anthropological overview of the contemporary art world.  Specific objects and examples of visual culture are examined closely and their interpretation linked to larger questions relating to gender, embodiment, technology and representation.

Using Theory and Method in Anthropology 15
Thinking Through Theory 15
Year 2 Optional Modules
  • Period Study: Early Prehistoric Europe - 15 Credits
  • Theme Study: The Archaeology of Conflict - 15 Credits
  • Theme Study: The Archaeology of Religion and Ritual - 15 Credits
  • Applied Technique: Human Bioarchaeology - 15 Credits
  • Theme Study: The Archaeology and Anthropology of Death - 15 Credits
  • Archaeology and Popular Culture - 15 Credits
  • Community Volunteering Placement - 15 Credits
  • Anthropology Fieldtrip - 15 Credits
  • Global Environmental Change - 15 Credits
  • Political and Religious Themes in the Modern Near and Middle East - 15 Credits
  • Southern Cultures - 15 Credits
  • Religion, Ritual and Society - 15 Credits
  • Indigenous Religions - 15 Credits
  • Hinduism and Modernity - 15 Credits
  • Aspects of Islam - 15 Credits
  • Buddhism: Traditions and Transformations - 15 Credits
  • Exploring Judaism - 15 Credits
  • Gender and Sexualities - 15 Credits
  • Value Studies: One VA option may be taken in either semester - 15 Credits

 

Optional Credits

Biology and Society 15

This module develops a number of themes within biological anthropology. These include the argument that human behaviour evolves as a response to different ecological circumstances. Topics will include behavioural ecology and landscape (as applied to both animal and human behaviour) and evolutionary psychology.  Specific consideration is given to mate choice, life history evolution and kinship in humans, and the study of human cognition in cultural and cross-cultural contexts.  We will also cover approaches to the human body: in the past, the body was often perceived as a biological fact with straightforward strengths and limitations, but for modern anthropology, bodies are far more complex.  Similarly, we critically examine the construction of ‘race’, its modern critiques and its continuing use in public discourse.

Anthropology of Art and Visual Culture 15

The module explores representation, art and visual culture in anthropology and the importance of its role in western and non-western cultures, especially art produced by small-scale societies. The forms of visual culture and art and, in particular, the representation of the human body, are examined in relation to evidence such as pottery, sculpture, painting, photography and film.  The anthropology of art considers art to be a social process, and therefore not only analyses the artistic artefacts themselves and the aesthetic values attributed to them, but also their production processes, and the wider social and historical contexts within which this occurs.  The module focuses on issues of representation, collection, and museum practice, and critically discusses various anthropological theories of art and visual culture.  The module also investigates the possibility of cross-cultural aesthetics, the anthropology of art in museums, and provides an anthropological overview of the contemporary art world.  Specific objects and examples of visual culture are examined closely and their interpretation linked to larger questions relating to gender, embodiment, technology and representation.

Using Theory and Method in Anthropology 15
Thinking Through Theory 15
Year 2 Optional Modules
  • Period Study: Early Prehistoric Europe - 15 Credits
  • Theme Study: The Archaeology of Conflict - 15 Credits
  • Theme Study: The Archaeology of Religion and Ritual - 15 Credits
  • Applied Technique: Human Bioarchaeology - 15 Credits
  • Theme Study: The Archaeology and Anthropology of Death - 15 Credits
  • Archaeology and Popular Culture - 15 Credits
  • Community Volunteering Placement - 15 Credits
  • Anthropology Fieldtrip - 15 Credits
  • Global Environmental Change - 15 Credits
  • Political and Religious Themes in the Modern Near and Middle East - 15 Credits
  • Southern Cultures - 15 Credits
  • Religion, Ritual and Society - 15 Credits
  • Indigenous Religions - 15 Credits
  • Hinduism and Modernity - 15 Credits
  • Aspects of Islam - 15 Credits
  • Buddhism: Traditions and Transformations - 15 Credits
  • Exploring Judaism - 15 Credits
  • Gender and Sexualities - 15 Credits
  • Value Studies: One VA option may be taken in either semester - 15 Credits

 

Year 3 (Level 6)

Modules Credits

Extended Independent Study in Anthropology* 30

*Students will choose either the Extended Independent Study in Anthropology module or the Placement (Extended Independent Study) module.

Placement (Extended Independent Study)* 30

*Students will choose either the Extended Independent Study in Anthropology module or the Placement (Extended Independent Study) module.

Specialism in Social Anthropology 15

Study will involve an in-depth exploration of a particular theme or area in the study of anthropology in line with the lecturing staff’s research expertise. Key controversies and problems will be considered and methodologies analysed. A focus will lie on independent study on the part of the students to explore particular themes, texts, figures, or areas around the subject, which will be based in contemporary scholarly resources. Students will be required to take the initiative on devising their assessment projects, and to exhibit strong communication skills in the delivery of their findings.

Specialism in Biological Anthropology 15
Communicating and Applying Anthropology 15
Year 3 Optional Modules
  • Depth Study: The Celts - 15 Credits
  • Depth Study: Later Prehistoric Wessex - 15 Credits
  • Depth Study: Caribbean peoples and cultures - 15 Credits
  • Depth Study: Archaeology of Buddhism - 15 Credits
  • Depth Study: The Archaeology of the Southern Caucasus - 15 Credits
  • Depth Study: Medieval Religion and Belief - 15 Credits
  • Depth Study: Battlefield Archaeology - 15 Credits
  • Depth Study: Maritime Archaeology - 15 Credits
  • Depth Study: Intangible Heritage - 15 Credits
  • Fieldwork - 15 Credits
  • Field Research - 15 Credits
  • China - 21st Century Challenges - 15 Credits
  • Sexual Violence and Politics: A political, historical, and cultural investigation - 15 Credits
  • Religion, Ritual and Society - 15 Credits
  • Indigenous Religions - 15 Credits
  • Hinduism and Modernity - 15 Credits
  • Aspects of Islam - 15 Credits
  • Buddhism: Traditions and Transformations - 15 Credits
  • Exploring Judaism - 15 Credits
  • Disability and Society - 15 Credits
  • Value Studies: One VA option may be taken in either semester - 15 Credits

Optional Credits

Extended Independent Study in Anthropology* 30

*Students will choose either the Extended Independent Study in Anthropology module or the Placement (Extended Independent Study) module.

Placement (Extended Independent Study)* 30

*Students will choose either the Extended Independent Study in Anthropology module or the Placement (Extended Independent Study) module.

Specialism in Social Anthropology 15

Study will involve an in-depth exploration of a particular theme or area in the study of anthropology in line with the lecturing staff’s research expertise. Key controversies and problems will be considered and methodologies analysed. A focus will lie on independent study on the part of the students to explore particular themes, texts, figures, or areas around the subject, which will be based in contemporary scholarly resources. Students will be required to take the initiative on devising their assessment projects, and to exhibit strong communication skills in the delivery of their findings.

Specialism in Biological Anthropology 15
Communicating and Applying Anthropology 15
Year 3 Optional Modules
  • Depth Study: The Celts - 15 Credits
  • Depth Study: Later Prehistoric Wessex - 15 Credits
  • Depth Study: Caribbean peoples and cultures - 15 Credits
  • Depth Study: Archaeology of Buddhism - 15 Credits
  • Depth Study: The Archaeology of the Southern Caucasus - 15 Credits
  • Depth Study: Medieval Religion and Belief - 15 Credits
  • Depth Study: Battlefield Archaeology - 15 Credits
  • Depth Study: Maritime Archaeology - 15 Credits
  • Depth Study: Intangible Heritage - 15 Credits
  • Fieldwork - 15 Credits
  • Field Research - 15 Credits
  • China - 21st Century Challenges - 15 Credits
  • Sexual Violence and Politics: A political, historical, and cultural investigation - 15 Credits
  • Religion, Ritual and Society - 15 Credits
  • Indigenous Religions - 15 Credits
  • Hinduism and Modernity - 15 Credits
  • Aspects of Islam - 15 Credits
  • Buddhism: Traditions and Transformations - 15 Credits
  • Exploring Judaism - 15 Credits
  • Disability and Society - 15 Credits
  • Value Studies: One VA option may be taken in either semester - 15 Credits

Please note the modules listed are correct at the time of publishing, for full-time students entering the programme in Year 1. Optional modules are listed where applicable. Please note the University cannot guarantee the availability of all modules listed and modules may be subject to change. For further information please refer to the terms and conditions at www.winchester.ac.uk/termsandconditions.
The University will notify applicants of any changes made to the core modules listed above.

Progression from one level of the programme to the next is subject to meeting the University’s academic regulations.

2020 Course Tuition Fees

 UK/EU

International

Year 1 £9,250 £13,500
Year 2 £9,250 £13,500
Year 3 £9,250 £13,500
Total £27,750 £40,500
Optional Sandwich Year £700 £700
Total with Sandwich Year £28,450 £41,200

If you are a UK or EU student starting your degree in September 2020, the first year will cost you £9,250*. Based on this fee level, the indicative fees for a three-year degree would be £27,750 for UK and EU students.

Remember, you don't have to pay any of this upfront if you are able to get a tuition fee loan from the UK Government to cover the full cost of your fees each year. If finance is a worry for you, we are here to help. Take a look at the range of support we have on offer. This is a great investment you are making in your future, so make sure you know what is on offer to support you.

UK/EU Part-Time fees are calculated on a pro rata basis of the full-time fee for a 120 credit course. The fee for a single credit is £77.08 and a 15 credit module is £1,156. Part-time students can take up to a maximum 90 credits per year, so the maximum fee in a given year will be the government permitted maximum fee of £6,935.

International part-time fees are calculated on a pro rata basis of the full-time fee for a 120 credit course. The fee for a single credit is £112.50 and a 15 credit module is £1,687.

*The University of Winchester will charge the maximum approved tuition fee per year. 

ADDITIONAL COSTS

As one of our students all of your teaching and assessments are included in your tuition fees, including, lectures/guest lectures and tutorials, seminars, laboratory sessions and specialist teaching facilities. You will also have access to a wide range of student support and IT services.

There might be additional costs you may encounter whilst studying. The following highlights the mandatory and optional costs for this course:

Mandatory

Printing and Binding
The University is pleased to offer our students a free printing allowance of £20 each academic year. This will print around 500 A4 mono pages. If students wish to print more, printer credit can be topped up by the student. The University and Student Union are champions of sustainability and we ask all our students to consider the environmental impact before printing. Our Reprographics team also offer printing and binding services, including dissertation binding which may be required by your course with an indicative coast of £1.50-£3

Optional

Field study
Students can opt to take a module and join approved research projects. Students may have to cover project-specific costs. At the highest end of this spectrum are the projects in Barbados (indicative cost is £1200 for two weeks); and Georgia (indicative cost is £1500 for four weeks) where the costs include flights, food and accommodation for the duration of the project. 

Scholarships, Bursaries and Awards

We have a variety of scholarship and bursaries available to support you financially with the cost of your course. To see if you’re eligible, please see our Scholarships and Awards page.

Key course details

UCAS code
LL60
Duration
3 years full-time; 6 years part-time
Typical offer
104-120 points
Location
On campus, Winchester