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Undergraduate BA (Hons)

Sociology and Social Anthropology

Discover how societies work, develop and transform.

2023 entry

This is an archived course for 2023 entry.

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Course overview

Are you curious about the origins, formation and development of modern societies? Do you wonder about how societies work, develop and transform? Our sociology and social anthropology programme, through a blend of the sciences and the humanities, provides a comprehensive and engaging approach to answering these questions.

Examine how we evolved, why we live in different societies, and how we interact with one another and the environment. You’ll develop insight into social and cultural difference, understand the history, behaviour, and evolution of our species and gain a unique perspective invaluable to employers across a wide range of industries.

Get practical with our brand new micro CT-scanner within the Imaging Centre for Life Sciences, the Ethnobiology Laboratory for identification of useful plants, and the Charles Darwin Lab with its impressive fossil cast collection. Field trips present another opportunity for you to learn beyond your lectures at zoos, museums, religious sites, and the financial district. Explore the areas that you care about and prepare for a career effecting change in the place you want to see it.

Why study Sociology and Social Anthropology at Kent?

Learn beyond lectures.

Bring your learning to life with field trips at zoos, museums, religious sites and the financial district.


of final-year Anthropology students were satisfied with the quality of teaching on their course in The Guardian University Guide 2023.  

Career mentoring scheme.

Kent Career Mentoring pairs Kent alumni with undergraduate students to help them gain an insight into professional life.    

Enhanced employability.

Our graduates are highly sought-after. 95% of our graduates are in work or further study 15 months after graduating (Discover Uni).   

Add a 'year in'.

Boost your degree with a year in professional practice, data analytics, computing or more to expand your skills and apply your knowledge.    

Everything you need to know about our Sociology and Social Anthropology course

Entry requirements

Typical A level offer
The University will consider applications from students offering a wide range of qualifications. Click below to find out more.

Course structure

During all stages of your studies, you have the opportunity to choose specialist modules that suit your interests and include topics like the anthropology of business, environmentalism, gender, political change, crime, race, violence and work.

How you'll study

Taught by world-leading experts, you'll learn concepts and theories which help you to understand social structures and how they affect daily life from a variety of perspectives. Training in research methods will allow you to collect, understand, analyse and interpret different kinds of data.
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Industry-standard environment.

Our state-of-the-art facilities include field ecology labs, anthropology labs, genetics labs, a light scanner and dedicated lab, as well as a video editing suite and computer studios.

Your future

As a sociology and social anthropology student at Kent, you will benefit from being taught by academics and researchers who are leaders in the field, both for teaching and research. So not only will you be taught by people who are at the forefront of development and debate around issues relating to social anthropology and society, you can be assured that they are also excellent teachers. Meaning they can keep you in touch with the leading debates around issues that matter most to you.

This means that when you graduate, you are well informed on the areas you want to effect change in and well placed to kickstart your career. You’ll be ready to enter a dynamic and diverse labour market with key skills that appeal to employers. These include the ability to analyse information, excellent communication and negotiation skills, planning, teamwork and leadership, as well as an understanding of, and sensitivity to, the values and interests of others, which is increasingly important if you want to start a global career.

Ultimately, the skills and confidence you graduate from Kent with put you in the perfect position to realise your ambition. The adaptability of the skills you develop, and the degree programme itself gives you the autonomy to make your degree and your career your own. From education or social work to marketing and the charity sector, wherever you want to go, sociology and social anthropology at Kent is a great first step to get there.

Get a different perspective.
"Before I went to Japan, I didn’t really know entirely what I wanted to do. Now, after coming back, I’m confident in wanting to do photojournalism."

Hear from Selina

It’s been going really well this year and has been engaging throughout. I have been able to take optional modules in the areas that interest me.

Selina is in her first year studying Sociology and Social Anthropology. Find out how she is getting on.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for 2023 entry

The 2023/24 annual tuition fees for this course are:

  • UK
  • EU
  • International
  • UK
  • EU
  • International

For details of when and how to pay fees and charges, please see our Student Finance Guide.

For students continuing on this programme, fees will increase year on year by no more than RPI + 3% in each academic year of study except where regulated.* 

Your fee status

The University will assess your fee status as part of the application process. If you are uncertain about your fee status you may wish to seek advice from UKCISA before applying.

Find out more about accommodation and living costs, plus general additional costs that you may pay when studying at Kent.

Kent offers generous financial support schemes to assist eligible undergraduate students during their studies. See our funding page for more details. 

The Kent Scholarship for Academic Excellence

At Kent we recognise, encourage and reward excellence. We have created the Kent Scholarship for Academic Excellence. 

The scholarship will be awarded to any applicant who achieves a minimum of A*AA over three A levels, or the equivalent qualifications (including BTEC and IB) as specified on our scholarships pages.


We have a range of subject-specific awards and scholarships for academic, sporting and musical achievement.

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Next steps

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We are no longer taking applications for the 2023/24 academic year. Please visit the 2024 online prospectus for a list of current undergraduate courses.

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