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The Department of Anthropology

People generally think that social anthropology is an extremely niche subject, but the converse is true. We explore various broad topics such as gender and sexuality, human nature, race and culture, and witchcraft. The Anthropology Department is a tight-knit community of dedicated teachers, enthusiastic seniors and fun-loving peers who bring the subject to life.

Berenice Low, BA Social Anthropology

Welcome to the Department of Anthropology and congratulations on your offer to study with us. Here you can meet our students and staff virtually and find out more about the Department and your programme. Take your time to watch our videos, read our stories and blogs on life at LSE, follow the links to our Department webpages and really get to know us.

We hope you can get a sense of the warm and welcoming community that you would be joining from the comfort of your home and hope to have you join us in September.

An introduction to Anthropology at LSE An introduction to Anthropology at LSE
Watch this video for an introduction to studying anthropology as an undergraduate at LSE

If you have any questions regarding your application then please contact the undergraduate admissions team.

Visit the Department webpages

Top three reasons why you should study anthropology at LSE

  1. Learn from the best – the most recent REF rated us the best anthropology department in the UK for the quality of our research outputs.
  2. Our courses offer a truly comprehensive overview of how social life is shaped by religious, political, legal, economic, kinship and gender systems.
  3. Take optional courses with world-renowned experts in the anthropology of childhood, activism, health and welfare, migration, development and cognition.

For even more reasons why you should pick anthropology at LSE, read on here.

Take a look at our handout on why you should make LSE your firm choice.

Hear from anthropology students

To find out more about what it is like to be a student in the Department take a look at the videos below and find out more about the LSESU Anthropology society.

Anthropology student Zoe Anthropology student Zoe
Zoe describes her programme BA Anthropology and Law and talks about her time at LSE generally.
Anthropology student Hannah Anthropology student Hannah
Hannah describes what the community and social life is like in the Department
Day in the life of an LSE student Day in the life of an LSE student
Follow social anthropology student Hannah on a typical day

Virtual Undergraduate Offer Holders' Day 2021

Watch the Department of Anthropology offer holders' session from our Virtual Undergraduate Offer Holders' Day in April 2021: 

Anthropology offer holders' session - Virtual Undergraduate Offer Holders' Day 2021 Anthropology offer holders' session - Virtual Undergraduate Offer Holders' Day 2021
Anthropology offer holders' session - Virtual Undergraduate Offer Holders' Day 2021

Listen to talks and taster sessions from previous events

Here you will find various talks which we have recorded at past events which you can listen to at your leisure:

Find out more details about your programme

Click on the programme you have received an offer for to remind yourself about the detail of the course you have applied for including information on careers, programme structure, course choices and teaching at LSE.

Our research and events

As a department we are always busy. Explore our research, as well as the events and seminars we put on below.

You can play The Long Day of Young Peng here. Take a look at our interactive digital ethnography research overview and presentation summarising this.

Explore our research

Take a look at our events

Stay in touch with us between now and September

Follow us on social media before your arrival to see what we’re up to and how you can get involved! 

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