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Department of Anthropology


Of those Anthropology students who graduated in 2016:

  • 82% are in paid employment or further study 6 months after graduation

Of those in employment:

  • 89% are in graduate level employment
  • Median salary £23,279 (compared to average UK salary for similar courses of £19,000)

(Source: Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey of 2015/16 graduates. The DLHE survey asks leavers from higher education what they are doing six months after graduation. Full definitions for the DLHE Record can be found here:



“To understand people in all their complexity is what Durham prepared me for and, as a maker of documentaries for national and international broadcast, there could be no better preparation for my career.”

 "My Anthropology course equipped me extremely well to work for a global humanitarian charity that works to help people affected bt conflict and disaster. To this day I rely on the analytic discipline of anthropology to help better understand the world at a time of multiple humanitarian crisis. I previously worked for a human rights organisation and found anthropology again helped me better understand exploitative and abusive practices that exist in a range of global cultures. I personally found my MA incredibly useful and am convinced that anthropology would be a worthwhile addition to the GCSE syllabus to help equip the next generation for life in a multicultural world."

"Studying at Durham University [John Snow College] has really shaped my career and given me an unending interest in the field of Anthropology. My dissertation topic of ‘Childbirth in the Czech Republic’ had a direct impact on my choice to go on and be a midwife. After 8 years of practicing as a midwife I am now in the process of combining my passion for midwifery and anthropology through a Masters in Medical Anthropology. I feel that the fantastic support and guidance of the staff in the Department of Anthropology enabled me to reach my potential as a student and has given me the confidence to strive for continual personal and professional development. I am forever grateful for my time at Durham University."