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UCAS code:L601

BA Social Anthropology

Explore what makes us human. Learn about different rituals, belief systems and cultural practices. Study in the UK's top-rated anthropology research department.
BA/BSc Social Anthropology at LSE



If you’re an imaginative, critical thinker who wants to understand why the world is as it is, our BA Social Anthropology is the perfect choice.

You’ll examine the variable and universal aspects of human culture and society and the political, economic, family, and religious systems that influence people’s beliefs, values and practices. At every stage, we’ll encourage you to look at the world in new ways and challenge your own perceptions.

Rated the top anthropology department in the UK for research, LSE has pioneered anthropology fieldwork methodologies used worldwide. The programme provides full training in anthropological research methods and you’ll complete an in-depth ethnographic study.

You can take part in our Summer fieldwork projects scheme and apply to spend a year abroad with one of our global partners. All students have the option to add a language specialism to their degree – see the "Programme content" section for details.

Entry requirements

Here, you can check our entry requirements for GCSEs, A-levels (please read them alongside our information about subject combinations) and the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma. We also consider applications from students with a range of other UK qualifications and from overseas. Please select the overseas button below and choose your country from the dropdown list to find the equivalency to A-levels of your qualification.


We welcome students from all walks of life at LSE. We want to recruit students with the very best academic merit, potential and motivation. So, whatever your background, please do apply. Get all the details on our general entry requirements.

Competition for places at LSE is high. We cannot guarantee you an offer of a place even if you’re predicted or achieve our standard entry requirements.

Our standard offer requirements are intended only as a guide and, in some cases, you’ll be asked for different grades.

Programme content

Why study with us

Discover more about our students and department.

Student stories

Student Hannah Kearsey
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The Department of Anthropology is a tight-knit community of dedicated teachers, enthusiastic seniors and fun-loving peers who bring the subject to life.
Berenice Low, Singapore
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I enjoy being part of a diverse body of students in the heart of London, with access to research facilities and academics in a world centre of excellence.
Daniel Maxwell Okoro, London, UK

Your application


We consider each application carefully, taking into account all the details you’ve included on your UCAS form, such as:

You may also have to provide evidence of your English proficiency, although this is not needed at the application stage. See our English language requirements page.


Fees and funding

The table of fees shows the latest tuition fees for all programmes.

You're charged a fee for each year of your programme. Your tuition fee covers registration and examination fees payable to the School, lectures, classes and individual supervision, lectures given at other colleges under intercollegiate arrangements and, under current arrangements, membership of the Students' Union. It doesn't cover living costs or travel or fieldwork.


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Graduate destinations


Social anthropology is not a vocational degree, but the capacities for critical analysis and lateral thinking you gain will provide an excellent foundation in many careers. What really makes our anthropology graduates stand out is their ability to simultaneously see the big picture and appreciate how a policy or idea will play out on the ground. Recent graduates have gone on to work in journalism, development, medicine and counselling, law, human rights, nursing, teaching, business, theatre and film.

Further information on graduate destinations for this programme

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