Undergraduate Study in the Department of African Studies and Anthropology

The Department of African Studies and Anthropology is the only one of its kind in the world and is ranked in the top 10 for Anthropology and Archaeology in the UK (The Guardian League Table 2023). Benefit from more than 50 years’ experience of teaching and research, including particular strengths in social and cultural anthropology. Your study will include theories from anthropologists working all over the world, the interplay with other academic disciplines, and developmental and humanitarian concerns. With opportunities to do fieldwork of your own, you will become an acute observer of the societies around you.  Tailor our programmes to suit your strengths and interests, and towards a wide range of careers. The skills you gain will help to make you a much sought-after graduate.


Over the last three years I have studied topics such as witchcraft and kinship in my first year, LGBT activism in my second year and the meaning of money and commodities in my third year. I even conducted my own anthropological research project on the social pressures that influence student fashion trends. By studying undergraduate anthropology at the University of Birmingham I have questioned all of my assumptions about what it means to be human.