Undergraduate African Studies and Anthropology at Birmingham

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We've taught African Studies and Anthropology at the University of Birmingham for over 50 years. The Guardian ranks us in the top 10 for Anthropology and Archaeology in the UK (2023), and we have particular strengths in social and cultural anthropology. 

As an anthropology student you will look at theories from anthropologists working all over the world, the interplay of anthropology 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.  Your degree can be tailored to include modules that suit your strengths and interests, and positions you for a wide range of careers. The University of Birmingham is the 3rd most targeted university by the country’s top graduate employers according to The Graduate Market 2023 report.

Welcome to African Studies and Anthropology at Birmingham

Welcome to African Studies and Anthropology


Dr Jessica Johnson, Head of the Department welcomes you and gives you an insight into our research, the small group teaching and the sense of community you can expect to experience as an African Studies or Social Anthropology student at Birmingham.

Meet your fellow Social Anthropology students

A beach at sunset

Lydia: My year in Ghana

BA Anthropology and African Studies student Lydia took the opportunity to study at the University of Cape Coast in Ghana.

Find out about Lydia's year abroad

Ash and other Social Anthropology students learning to cook Sudanese food

Ash: My top 5 moments as a Social Anthropology and Politics student

Ash tells us why Sudanese Kitchen night is one of her Birmingham highlights. 

Find out about Ash's top 5 moments

Social Anthropology student Emily sitting on the steps of the University of Birmingham's redbrick building

Q&A about Social Anthropology and History with Emily

Wondering what it's like to study a Joint Honours programme in Social Anthropology?

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