Social anthropology is the study of human conduct and thought. Societies around the world vary enormously socially, culturally and politically. The study of these variations, and the common humanity that underlies them, is at the heart of social anthropology. There are close links between social anthropology and sociology, human geography, development studies, history, archaeology, and philosophy. You will take a broad range of courses in your first two years and have the opportunity to specialise in your final two years. You will spend up to four months on an individual research project that will form the basis of your dissertation. Fieldwork for your project can be done both within and outside the UK. Our international teaching staff are leaders in their field meaning you will learn from those working at the cutting edge of anthropological research. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), 70 per cent of our research was rated world-leading or internationally excellent, placing us amongst the top three anthropology departments in the UK.