University College London

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Anthropology with a Year Abroad BSc

Course Description

UCL's Anthropology Department is one of the few in the country that combines Social Anthropology, Biological Anthropology, Material Culture and Medical Anthropology to give you a truly broad-based anthropology degree. Spend your third year abroad at one of our partner institutions, for example in Istanbul, Athens, Barcelona, Malta, Leiden, Oslo, Finland, Arizona or Paris. Access to excellent resources including extensive literature in the UCL Library and other nearby libraries, such as that of the Centre for Anthropology at the British Museum. We have an outstanding collection of ethnographic items and the Napier Primate Collection, and work closely with the ethnographic department of the British Museum and with the Horniman Museum. In the first year, you take compulsory courses covering the three branches of the programme: Biological Anthropology, Social Anthropology and Material Culture.Biological Anthropology focuses on contemporary human-environment interactions and human evolution. Social Anthropology explores social and cultural differences and their determinants, from indigenous groups to modern Western economies. Material Culture studies human, social and environmental relationships through the evidence of people's construction of their material world. Your first year also includes a three-day field trip to discover ethnographic research and participant observation in ritual, landscape, and techniques. Your second year includes both compulsory courses and options. Your third year will be spent abroad, where you take anthropology courses at a foreign university. In the final year, you return to UCL where you will have a free choice of five options alongside the individual-studies dissertation which constitutes just over a third of your final-year studies.

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Career outcomes

The broad range of methodological skills and analytical perspectives offered by the UCL anthropology programme gives our graduates an unusually wide range of career possibilities, many of them directly related to the discipline's cross-cultural focus and to our blending of the social and biological sciences. Former graduates work in diverse fields, such as journalism, film-making, TV, museums, social work, international development, NGOs and voluntary sector, police, probation, refugee work, wine tasting, market research, advertising, design, PR, marketing, music industry, accountancy, local government, HR, ESL teaching, and as cultural advisors for multi-nationals.

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