Study Anthropology in a top UK department
Anthropology is the study of human diversity around the world. In studying anthropology, you will learn how different societies live together and think about such topics as family, gender, religion, art, war and economics and gain skills increasingly in demand in a globalized and automated world.
Your degree in Anthropology at Queen’s will allow you to examine some of the deepest and most pressing questions about human beings, such as:
- Does globalisation mean the end of cultural difference?
- Can a post-conflict society heal?
- How do ritual traditions, musical performances, and art shape cultural identities?
- How do some people become willing to die for a group?
Studying for a BA in Anthropology is a great way to get involved in contemporary issues, and gain a range of critical and applied skills, relevant to significant issues in a globally interconnected world.
Anthropologists at Queen’s University teach on areas including the island of Ireland, the UK, and cultures across the world, in places such as India, Pakistan, Australia, Africa, the Middle East, Japan, the Czech Republic, Greece, Cyprus and Turkey.
We offer a Single Honours Degree in Anthropology, as well as eight Joint Pathways:
- POSTGRADUATE STUDY
Our MA in Anthropology explores current debates in the study of cultures and societies, and offers specialised knowledge and advanced skills for a range of competitive careers or further study at PhD level.
Studying anthropology at postgraduate level combines an in-depth understanding of human diversity and critical social theory, with hands-on training in carrying out grounded ethnographic research. MA students in Anthropology can choose between four strands of specialisation: Social Anthropology, Ethnomusicology, Cognition and Culture, Anthropology of Conflict, and Anthropology of Ireland.
Our Postgraduate Courses
MA Anthropology PgDip Anthropology MA Irish Studies
- POSTGRADUATE RESEARCH
Anthropology Studies at Queen's is internationally renowned and a long established and rapidly expanding centre for postgraduate teaching and research training.
Examine human behaviour and relationships under expert research supervision and join a vibrant interdisciplinary postgraduate research community that includes students from all over the world.
Our programme, collaborations with other departments and institutions, and excellent resources mean that whatever your area of interest, there is the anthropological expertise to match. We offer supervision in a wide range of topics, including aspects of social and economic change, borders and migration, conflict transformation and human rights, emotions and the senses, gender, kinship and marriage, environmentalism, tourism, new religions and political movements, ethnomusicology, and performance, art and culture.
A flourishing programme of events, seminars, and research groups complements our postgraduate courses and doctoral supervision.
Our world-class academics provide research students with excellent supervision. Learn more about our expertise and click here to find a Phd supervisor and explore research areas.
PhD Anthropological Studies Course Details
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See what makes studying Anthropology at Queen's so unique.
According to the Irish Independent, Anthropology is number 2 in the top 50 jobs of the future: “The study of people can take you into almost any career path, anywhere in the world, including education, health care, museum curation, social work, international development, government, organisational psychology, non-profit management, marketing, publishing and forensics.”
In the 2018 Guardian League Tables, Anthropology at Queen’s was ranked 1st for teaching satisfaction (97.5%) and 3rd in the UK for overall course satisfaction.
Our programme values student achievements and offers opportunities for placements and internships. Our course in public anthropology as well as our dissertation module invite students to participate in work activities at home or overseas. Top results are rewarded with opportunities to publish in the Irish Journal of Anthropology. We have a strong track record of graduate employability with 85% of students in work after 6 months.
Studying Anthropology at Queen’s gives you the opportunity to design and carry out field research anywhere in the world, with funding provided by the School. Under the guidance of experienced supervisors, students develop original projects among diverse groups of people across the globe. Doing ethnographic fieldwork will give you real-world skills that are uniquely valued among employers, and offer you unforgettable cultural and social experiences.
"Doing an anthropology dissertation is great for allowing you to use your own creativity and actually apply your knowledge rather than simply learning from others. It is a fantastic way of building confidence for any future career as it gives you the opportunity to expand on something independently and looks great on the CV!" Genevieve Bigger