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BSocSc Social Anthropology / Overview

Year of entry: 2017

Degree awarded
3 or 4 years
Typical A-level offer
Typical International Baccalaureate offer

32 points overall. 6,5,5 at Higher Level. No lower than 5 in English.

Full entry requirements

Number of places/applicants

In 2015 there were 386 applications for 70 places for this degree.

How to apply

All applications for undergraduate courses are made through UCAS

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Course description

  • 98% of students on our BSocSc Social Anthropology are satisfied with their course (National Student Survey 2016) 
  • Are you interested in how people behave and organise their economic, social and political lives?
  • Are you fascinated with the diversity in human societies and cultures?
  • Would you like to develop analytical and communication skills for your next career move?
  • Would you like to study abroad in one of our partner institutions for your third year?
  • Take the right course units and you can apply for a paid summer internship through Manchester's Q-Step programme .

Contemporary Social Anthropology is a critical discipline that tackles an enormous variety of topics.

These range from the social and cultural implications of new reproductive and information technologies through the analysis of ritual, kinship, and material culture to the study of violence, poverty and the means for resolving conflicts and alleviating human suffering.

Although anthropological studies are now conducted everywhere, from middle class suburbs and inner cities, to rural settlements, boardrooms and labour camps, what all our studies have in common is an awareness of, and attention to, human diversity.

The programme provides a comprehensive knowledge of the diversity of cultural, social and material aspects of human existence in contemporary societies.

It has both regional and global scope, focusing on particular peoples and areas, while considering much wider issues, including current processes of globalisation and migration.

Social Anthropology at Manchester draws on ethnographic expertise in Melanesia, South Asia, Eastern, Southern and Western Europe, East Africa, the Andes, Latin America and Amazonia.

Students who choose to study with us are interested in the diverse ways in which human beings live in the world today.

They are interested, amongst other things, in cultural difference and similarity, in the social and economic relationships between different parts of the world and in the varied ways in which people make families, communities and societies.

What better way to expand the understanding of cultural diversity that you gain in studying Social Anthropology by also spending a year overseas?

Therefore, Social Anthropology at Manchester offers a pathway for this course: BSocSc (Hons) in Social Anthropology with International Study .

Students on this pathway have the opportunity to study in one of our partner universities in the third year of their studies.

By the end of your degree programme you will have gained practical cross-cultural experience of another student culture, as well as acquiring knowledge, through experience and participation, of the society in which it is embedded.

You can find more information about this on our 'Study abroad' page .

Open days

  • Find out more and register for an Open Day

Post-offer visits

If you are made an offer we will email you an invitation to visit us late January, February or early March. These afternoons are organised by the School of Social Sciences and include a tour, a talk, refreshments and a chance to talk to students, lecturers and recruitment staff.

If you are visiting Manchester and would like to visit our admissions office please make an appointment in advance. (Call +44 (0)161 275 4470/1473 or email )


Tuition fees for home/EU students commencing their studies in September 2017 will be £9,250, subject to government regulations on fee increases. Future inflationary increases will be applied to each subsequent year of the course, subject to government regulations on fee increases. Tuition fees for international students will be £17,000 per annum. For general information please see the undergraduate finance pages.

Contact details

Academic department
School of Social Sciences
Contact name
Amanda Grimshaw
+44 (0)161 275 1473
+44 (0)161 275 4751
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