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I'm looking to apply to university in the next few months for 2018 entry. I've gone between several subjects, from Law to English, and I've recently settled on the idea of doing Social (or just regular) Anthropology. I really like the look of a degree like this because I'm very interested in the study of societies, cultures and people in general. The unis that I'm looking at are LSE (AAB), SOAS (AAB-ABB), Bristol (ABB), Manchester (ABB) and another one which I'm unsure of. I'm going to be predicted at least AAB for my A-Levels but potentially AAA. For anyone who's studied/are studying these courses at these universities, how have your experiences been with them? Is Social Anthropology a good degree to study? What other unis (besides Oxbridge) have good Anthropology departments? How are my chances at getting into them with these grades, and if you've done one of these courses, what grades did you get in with? I know LSE is very prestigious, but if my predicted grades match is it worth applying anyway? (I got relatively good GCSEs, mostly As). If anyone has any thoughts on these courses/unis I'd love to hear, and insight from anyone who's applied to and/or taken one of these courses would be particularly valuable. Thanks in advance
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(Original post by rachelizabethh)
I'm looking to apply to university in the next few months for 2018 entry. I've gone between several subjects, from Law to English, and I've recently settled on the idea of doing Social (or just regular) Anthropology. I really like the look of a degree like this because I'm very interested in the study of societies, cultures and people in general. The unis that I'm looking at are LSE (AAB), SOAS (AAB-ABB), Bristol (ABB), Manchester (ABB) and another one which I'm unsure of. I'm going to be predicted at least AAB for my A-Levels but potentially AAA. For anyone who's studied/are studying these courses at these universities, how have your experiences been with them? Is Social Anthropology a good degree to study? What other unis (besides Oxbridge) have good Anthropology departments? How are my chances at getting into them with these grades, and if you've done one of these courses, what grades did you get in with? I know LSE is very prestigious, but if my predicted grades match is it worth applying anyway? (I got relatively good GCSEs, mostly As). If anyone has any thoughts on these courses/unis I'd love to hear, and insight from anyone who's applied to and/or taken one of these courses would be particularly valuable. Thanks in advance
Go and look at a copy of this book

University offers by Heap.

It will show you who offers the course and what they ask, then you can match that with your predicted grades. It helps you target the appropriate course.

Library, careers library, large bookshop.

You can apply one predicted grade under imo with a chance of getting an offer as they know people tend to improve. They also know about inflated predicted.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/HEAP-2018-U.../dp/1911067486
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Anthropology in the UK usually refers to Social/Cultural Anthropology - Physical/Biological Anthropology specialist courses are rare, and even ones that cover that in part are unusual, with Oxbridge, UCL, Liverpool, Oxford Brookers, and possibly Exeter being the only ones I can think of offhand (this type content is more common in Archaeology courses).

Durham has an Anthropology department, and is well reputed in itself - I'm not sure how the individual department fares however. UCL does some aspects of anthropology in their Human Sciences course, although this is more biologically flavoured (although I'm not sure if a science subject is a requirement - it's not for Oxford's version of the course).

I don't think Exeter's Anthropology course is great - they don't even have a separate department for it. However their Archaeology course is well regarded and depending on options can cover a great deal of human remains Archaeology and Biological/Physical Anthropology. Edinburgh, Glasgow, and St Andrews are all very well regarded and I imagine offer a related course if not Anthropology itself.
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Anthropology in the UK usually refers to Social/Cultural Anthropology - Physical/Biological Anthropology specialist courses are rare, and even ones that cover that in part are unusual, with Oxbridge, UCL, Liverpool, Oxford Brookers, and possibly Exeter being the only ones I can think of offhand (this type content is more common in Archaeology courses).

Durham has an Anthropology department, and is well reputed in itself - I'm not sure how the individual department fares however. UCL does some aspects of anthropology in their Human Sciences course, although this is more biologically flavoured (although I'm not sure if a science subject is a requirement - it's not for Oxford's version of the course).

I don't think Exeter's Anthropology course is great - they don't even have a separate department for it. However their Archaeology course is well regarded and depending on options can cover a great deal of human remains Archaeology and Biological/Physical Anthropology. Edinburgh, Glasgow, and St Andrews are all very well regarded and I imagine offer a related course if not Anthropology itself.
To piggy back on artful_lounger's excellent response

Both Edinburgh and St Andrews has a Social Anthropology course. Don't think Glasgow has one. The advantage of the Scottish system (Or at least for St Andrews, but I think Edinburgh's system is similar) is that you can take 3 different subjects in your first year (as it is a four year degree), therefore you can choose a combination that fits your needs e.g. Social Anthropology, Biology, and History etc... Then you can graduate with a joint honours in Social Anthropology and Biology etc...

In terms of Human Sciences (as a former applicant for this course in the last application round ), For UCL, a science subject is required, preferably Biology and yes the course is more biologically oriented like the previous post pointed out. The Oxford and Exeter Human Sciences courses are more interdisciplinary and less rigid in some senses. The Durham course doesn't really have any biology at all.

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Go and look at a copy of this book

University offers by Heap.

It will show you who offers the course and what they ask, then you can match that with your predicted grades. It helps you target the appropriate course.

Library, careers library, large bookshop.

You can apply one predicted grade under imo with a chance of getting an offer as they know people tend to improve. They also know about inflated predicted.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/HEAP-2018-U.../dp/1911067486
I'll be sure to have a look. Thanks a lot!
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Anthropology in the UK usually refers to Social/Cultural Anthropology - Physical/Biological Anthropology specialist courses are rare, and even ones that cover that in part are unusual, with Oxbridge, UCL, Liverpool, Oxford Brookers, and possibly Exeter being the only ones I can think of offhand (this type content is more common in Archaeology courses).

Durham has an Anthropology department, and is well reputed in itself - I'm not sure how the individual department fares however. UCL does some aspects of anthropology in their Human Sciences course, although this is more biologically flavoured (although I'm not sure if a science subject is a requirement - it's not for Oxford's version of the course).

I don't think Exeter's Anthropology course is great - they don't even have a separate department for it. However their Archaeology course is well regarded and depending on options can cover a great deal of human remains Archaeology and Biological/Physical Anthropology. Edinburgh, Glasgow, and St Andrews are all very well regarded and I imagine offer a related course if not Anthropology itself.
This is really helpful, thank you so much! I'm definitely more interested in the social/cultural side of things as opposed to biological/physical, which is why I didn't really look into courses that appeared more to do with that. I did look at Durham, but I'm not a huge fan of the college system (the same goes for Oxbridge) and I'm not sure about Exeter because of the location. I've visited UCL, but I actually preferred KCL (it's a shame they don't do an anthro course!) and due to the higher entry requirements I decided against it. I haven't really considered studying in Scotland because it's so far away from where I live, but I think I will look into it because I've heard a lot of good things. Thanks again for your response!
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To piggy back on artful_lounger's excellent response

Both Edinburgh and St Andrews has a Social Anthropology course. Don't think Glasgow has one. The advantage of the Scottish system (Or at least for St Andrews, but I think Edinburgh's system is similar) is that you can take 3 different subjects in your first year (as it is a four year degree), therefore you can choose a combination that fits your needs e.g. Social Anthropology, Biology, and History etc... Then you can graduate with a joint honours in Social Anthropology and Biology etc...

In terms of Human Sciences (as a former applicant for this course in the last application round ), For UCL, a science subject is required, preferably Biology and yes the course is more biologically oriented like the previous post pointed out. The Oxford and Exeter Human Sciences courses are more interdisciplinary and less rigid in some senses. The Durham course doesn't really have any biology at all.

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The Scottish system does sound appealing as I'm going between several subjects right now and can't seem to settle on one! I will definitely look into it. I did suspect some might require a science A-Level - I'm taking English, History and Psychology so that's a few more I can rule out. Thanks so much for your help
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