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Durham University

Department of Anthropology

Department of Anthropology

We aim for our research and teaching to transform people, giving them new ways of seeing and understanding the world. Our graduates are citizens of the world in the truest sense. They understand the value of diverse and alternative prospectives and are equipped with practical and analytical skills honed through empirical research.

World Rankings

Durham is one of the world’s leading universities as shown by our world top 100 position in the QS World University Rankings 2021, where we are ranked 86th.

A record 19 Durham subjects are also in the world top 100 of the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020, including 11 in the world top 50 and three in the world top ten.


What is Anthropology?

Anthropology asks what it means to be human, a social animal capable of extraordinary imagination, in a rapidly-changing world.



Undergraduate Study

Anthropology is an exciting discipline that challenges us to rethink who we are, where we came from and what our place in the world is today. The discipline ranges from the natural and social sciences to the arts and humanities. We cover most aspects here, allowing students to specialise or study for a broad degree.



Postgraduate Study

Join our postgraduate community and be part of one the largest Anthropology departments in the UK. REF2014 results confirmed our position as a highly successful integrated Anthropology Department combining academic excellence and top ranked public benefit.