Bournemouth University
Anthropology BSc (Hons)
Bournemouth University

Course modalities offered

Key Course Facts

Student Reviews

Below you can see course specific reviews of 25 graduates of Anthropology BSc (Hons) and other courses in Anthropology at Bournemouth University for each of the survey questions in comparison to the average for all UK degree courses in Anthropology.

Overall student satisfaction
77 /100
25 total respondents

Primarily based on data from undergraduate degree students.

The NSS is commissioned by the Office for Students


Salary of Graduates in CAH15

Important: Salary data below is not course specific, but contains data of all students of Anthropology at the university. Due to data collection methodology, salary data is mainly based on data related to undergraduate students.

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £26000 £22500 £26500
25-75 percentile range £23000 - £30000 £17000 - £27000 £20000 - £32000

Salary of all UK Graduates of CAH15

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £25000 £22450 £26876
25-75 percentile range £21000 - £28000 £16925 - £28392 £20314 - £34845

Course Description

This degree - one of just a handful at UK universities to offer complementary units covering social anthropology alongside the core focus on biological anthropology – provides a firm foundation for understanding how societies work.

Why study BSc (Hons) Anthropology at BU?

  • Anthropology is the study of humans: what unites us as a species, and how and why individuals and groups vary both biologically and culturally across space and time.
  • With comprehensive study of the dual biological/social nature of humans and human societies, past and present - gain an understanding of human biological and cultural diversity.
  • Undertake hands-on practical and laboratory work, all delivered by leading academics with 92% of students studying Anthropology agreeing that staff made the subject interesting.
  • Anthropological theory and fieldwork, cultural ecology, human-environment interaction, human evolution, and material culture and technology are all key areas of study.
  • Select subject options from biological and social anthropology and allied disciplines, to build your study around your own interests, passions, and career aspirations.
  • Complete a five- or a 30-week placement to apply skills developed as well as build a network of professional contacts and a strong CV, enhancing your career prospects. With 15 months of graduating, 80% of our students are in employment or further study. (source DiscoverUni 2023)

Jobs & Career Perspectives

15 months after graduation, graduates of this course were asked about what they do and, if they are working, about their current job and their perspectives.

Current jobs

Required skill level of job after 15 months

Jobs of graduates of this course (15 months after graduation)

Example below based on all graduates of Anthropology BSc (Hons) at Bournemouth University

20% Business and public service associate professionals
20% Business, Research and Administrative Professionals
15% Science, engineering and technology associate professionals
15% Elementary occupations
10% Administrative occupations
5% Information Technology Professionals
5% Web and Multimedia Design Professionals
5% Science, engineering and technology associate professionals
5% Sales occupations

Grading & Study Time

Entry Requirements / Admissions

Minimum Required UCAS Tariff

The entry requirements for this course are 104-120 tariff points including a minimum of 2 A-levels or equivalent qualifications.

UCAS Tariff of Accepted Students for Anthropology

Qualification requirements

Scottish Higher qualifications are considered on an individual basis

31-30 overall or 665-655 in 3 HL subjects.

In a relevant subject/science (112 UCAS tariff points)

The Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate will be accepted in lieu of one A Level at the A Level grades specified, excluding any subject specific requirements.

If Mathematics is not taken beyond GCSE, a grade 7, (or A) in GCSE Mathematics, or Core Mathematics grade B is essential

AccessBU: AccessBU provides you with the opportunity to tell us about your circumstances that are not always evident in your UCAS application. This widening access initiative also considers relevant criteria such as being in care or if you live in an area with a low participation rate in Higher Education - if you are eligible, your offer could be up to 16 UCAS tariff points below the published tariff. Apprenticeships: We recognise the transferable knowledge and skills gained through apprenticeships and welcome applications from students with a Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship recognised by the Institute for Apprenticeships. Each application will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Deferred entry: We are happy to consider eligible applicants for deferred entry. If you have already submitted your application, please submit your deferral request through our website. Direct entry: We welcome applications from students who have previously studied at degree level at other institutions and wish to transfer onto a BU course. Our Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) procedure enables credit awarded from one institution to contribute to a BU award, subject to an application process. Please visit our RPL webpage for more information. Mature applicants: We recognise that mature applicants may have a wealth of experience rather than formal qualifications, so we’ll consider your application on these merits if included in your application. You’ll need to apply to BU in the usual way through UCAS and you may be invited to an interview to discuss your suitability for the course based on the experience you tell us about in your application.

English language requirements

test Grade Additional Details
IELTS (Academic) 6

IELTS (Academic) 6.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in either reading or writing and 5.5 in all other components, or equivalent.

IELTS (Academic) 6

IELTS (Academic) 6.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in either reading or writing and 5.5 in all other components, or equivalent.

Get advice on which foundation courses are best for you to still study Anthropology, BSc (Hons), if you do not meet the minimum requirements in terms of UCAS score, A levels, or English language requirements.


Tuition Fees Anthropology BSc (Hons)

England UK £9250 year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 year 1
Scotland £9250 year 1
Wales £9250 year 1
Channel Islands £9250 year 1
Ireland £9250 year 1
EU £17800 year 1
International £17800 year 1

Additional fee information

All fees are quoted in pounds sterling and are per year. Your tuition fees will be the same for each year of your course. Fees during your placement year (if applicable): £1,850.

Visit Bournemouth University's website for full details

Average student cost of living in the UK

Rent £518
Water, gas electricity, internet (at home) £50
Supermarket shopping £81
Clothing £35
Eating out £33
Alcohol £27
Takeaways / food deliveries £30
Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food) £24
Holidays and weekend trips £78
Transport within city £17
Self-care / sports £20
Stationary / books £13
Mobile phone / internet £13
Cable TV / streaming £7
Insurance £51
Other £95
Average student cost of living £1092

London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.

How to apply

Application deadline:

January 1, 2025

This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.

Possible Entry Points:

  • year 1 (Default entry point)
  • year 2
  • year 4

University Rankings

Positions of Bournemouth University in top UK and global rankings.

Rankings of Bournemouth University in related subject specific rankings.

Social Studies & Humanities

    • #17 
    • #21 
    The Times Good University Guide by Subject
    [Published 15 September, 2023]
    • #18 
    • #22 
    CUG The Complete University Guide - By Subject
    [Published 08 June, 2023]

See all 26 university rankings of Bournemouth University

About Bournemouth University

Established in 1976, Bournemouth University is located in the coastal town of Poole, South West England. Just 20 minutes away from Bournemouth Beach by bicycle, this university has earned itself numerous awards as both a provider of education and of employment. Apart from their reputable courses and programmes that they offer, Bournemouth University gives particular importance to their more than 130 student clubs on-site, which they believe are essential for keeping students happy, as well as giving them the means to add new skills and experiences to their resumes. Bournemouth University has plenty of restaurants, bars, and retail options nearby and the location is great for those who enjoy strolls near the seaside and a pleasant and different social life.

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