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Societies across the globe vary enormously, socially, culturally, and politically. The study of these variations and the common humanity that underlies them is at the heart of social anthropology.
Social Anthropology at Edinburgh is a major international centre of undergraduate and postgraduate training. We're ranked in Europe’s top 10 universities for anthropology in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2022.
You can select from single or joint-degree undergraduate options, choosing to study another closely related area of social science in addition to the core degree.
At postgraduate level, we have a range of choice for research and taught programmes.
You can choose from a wide range of courses covering regional specialisations from Africa to Latin America, and thematic specialisations such as happiness, medical anthropology, the invention of history, or anthropology of food.
Across all our programmes, we offer hands-on research-led teaching, independent creativity, and interpersonal and group-based learning.
Choose to study social anthropology with us and it could change the way you think about the world.
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Social Anthropology and Politics
This popular joint degree programme provides a grounding in both social anthropology and politics.
The MA Social Anthropology studies human conduct and thought, exploring the variations and the common humanity of people across the globe.
Social Anthropology and Social Policy
Our programme will equip you with the knowledge to understand how policies affect society and the economy.