Anthropology at Queen’s is the centre for anthropological research and study in Northern Ireland. It is an internationally-leading unit, ranking 1st in the UK for research intensity in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (2014), and 1st in the UK for teaching satisfaction (97.5%) according to the 2018 Guardian League Tables.
Anthropology at Queen’s is unique in bringing together strong expertise in Conflict and Peacebuilding, Cognitive Anthropology, and Irish Studies, and being the only Anthropology unit in the UK that offers programmes in Ethnomusicology.
Why study Anthropology?
Anthropology seeks to understand what it is to be human, studying societies and cultures in order to grasp their similarities and differences. It studies and compares the lives and world-views of people across the globe, from hunter-gatherers to 'Western' city-dwellers, from settled agriculturalists to migrant workers. This is precisely one of the reasons that Anthropology featured 2nd in a newspaper article on ‘the top 50 Jobs of the future’ (Independent.ie 2014).
“Who are you - socially and culturally speaking? How similar to or different from people elsewhere are you and why? In our anthropology programme at Queen’s we offer students (at BA, MA and PhD levels) the chance to engage with these questions by learning about a range of human societies and cultures and to do so both in lecture halls/classrooms and by carrying out ethnographic fieldwork themselves.” Dr John Knight
Anthropology Disciplinary Lead