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Durham University

Department of Anthropology

Student Life

"The breathtaking beauty of Durham city further makes postgraduate studies at Durham University a memorable and enjoyable experience.

More importantly, a degree from Durham is a universal passport to employment."

Collins Zamawe
MSc in Medical Anthropology (2011 - 2012)

Life in Durham

Described by Bill Bryson as "a perfect little city", Durham is small but steeped in history and tradition. Students enjoy many outdoors activities, from university-organised sporting events to rambles in one of the nearby National Parks and the university itself is at the heart of much of the activity in the city. For those with more urban tastes, the bustling city-life of Newcastle is just a 15 minute train ride away.

Durham University Anthropology Society

Durham University Anthropology Society is a student-led group run by and for enthusiasts of the subject. The society strives to provoke thought and interaction regarding all aspects of and perspectives on human science, society and culture, beyond the department and within the wider circle of our university. This is achieved through the diverse fun and challenging activities organised by the society, such as social events, discussion groups, film showings and trips as well as engagement with the other societies in the university. Input by members in the running of the society is welcomed, with elected positions on the exec committee available for those who wish to take a larger role in running their community. To learn more or join the society contact DurAnthSoc or visit the group's Facebook Page.

Department Seminar Series

The department organises an extensive programme of seminars with both internal speakers and guests of international renown. The weekly Durham Anthropology Seminar Series is a forum for presentation and debate by world-leading anthropologists that is cross-disciplinary in its focus. All students are welcome to attend these stimulating meetings. In addition, each of the research groups organises its own fortnightly seminars at which staff, postgraduates and visiting speakers present the fruits of their latest work, or discuss work of contemporary interest in the relevant sub-field.


Durham Anthropology Postgraduate Conference

Each spring the postgraduate community of the Department of Anthropology organises a conference at which postgraduate students present their research. PhD students present their ongoing work, while MSc and MA students present research plans for their dissertations, either as an oral presentation or as a poster. Often postgraduates from other universities also contribute. In 2017 the theme of the conference was ‘People in Context: Anthropological Reflections in a 'Post Truth' World’. The conferences are always engaging and stimulating events, attended by all postgraduates and staff of the Department, and usually take place in one of Durham's colleges or in the department itself. In addition to providing valuable experience of presentation for participants, membership of the organising committee offers an opportunity to develop organisational and administrative skills that are valued by future employers.