School of Anthropology & Conservation

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Why Study With Us?


Unique Study Environment

Students and staff come from all over the world to study and teach at the School of Anthropology and Conservation, which greatly enhances the learning environment for all our students. We are one of the only departments of Anthropology and Conservation in the country and recognise the unique synergies between the two subjects. Students have opportunities to study across disciplines through flexible module choices and to relate socially through our multidisciplinary seminar series.

"The course was intellectually stimulating, rich and interesting and allowed students to research effectively and independently"*

Field Trip Opportunities

A number of our programmes have the option to engage with project work and field trips overseas. Students can conduct six week research projects in destinations such as Amazonian Peru and Southern Africa, as well as embarking on a tropical field course to Borneo. Closer to home, students can undertake field trips to Paris, Jersey, and Slimbridge Wetland Centre.

"Going to the Peruvian Amazon was, by far, one of the most amazing things I’ve ever done and I would never have had the chance to do that if not for my course. It was just amazing."

Global Outlook

We are committed to developing international partnerships through research and student exchange. Our academics actively pursue fieldwork at globally iconic locations and field sites that directly benefits our diverse international postgraduate community. The School has extensive year abroad opportunities with the opportunity to spend a year studying in Japan, Spain, the USA, Italy, Finland, Germany, the Netherlands and Denmark.

"My Year Abroad was a brilliant opportunity and a highlight to my studies."

Specialist Facilities

Students benefit from access to a state-of-the-art visual anthropology suite, ecology field trials area and laboratory, research laboratories for ethnobotany, biological anthropology and conservation genetics as well as a student computer space. The school has close links to a number of external organisations including the Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew, the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust, the Royal Anthropological Institute and the Powell-Cotton Museum.

"Access to bone clones and real human skeletons (of which the School curates its own collection) allows engaged learning where you can actually look at what it is you are reading about and what your lecturers talk about."

Innovative Teaching

Our academic staff are all research active scholars who bring their specialist knowledge and passion into the teaching context ensuring learning is relevant and stimulating. Students receive quality teaching, and all our lectures are given by our experienced academic staff.

"Staff are enthusiastic and passionate about their job and have helped and inspired me for the entirety of my course"

Inspirational Student Experience

Seeing students flourish as a result of a supportive, challenging and inspiring experience is high on the agenda of the School. The school provide all students with academic advisors to support them with their academic progress, and a dedicated student support team to assist with any issues you may have. Students have regular meetings with their programme convenor which cultivates strong group dynamics and provides opportunities for difficulties to be discussed and resolved.

"[I found the programme] challenging and very rewarding. I feel I have achieved better results than I ever anticipated I would, and the course has given me a lot of self-confidence, not only in lectures and seminars but also outside university life."

Excellent Career Prospects

The School of Anthropology and Conservation is currently ranked 5th for graduate prospects, according to The Guardian University Guide 2017. Many of our graduates go on to really interesting work, related to their degree: James Wong has his own TV series, Grow your Own Drugs; Edwin Matokwani (DICE MSc in Conservation Biology) is a leader in his field, recently having been appointed as Director General of the Zambian Wildlife Authority; and Sarah Pink who have become a renowned academic innovator in the field of Visual Anthropology.

"My course has allowed me to gain many other skills besides those which are subject specific. I have had the opportunity to participate in projects which give me confidence in applying a range of skills in the workplace. Most positive for me is that the course encourages multi-disciplinary research and working; this widens the scope of possible future careers and has given me a good understanding of not only the academic side of my discipline but also its usefulness in application."


*Quotes are taken from the 2016 National Student Survey


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Last Updated: 02/02/2017