Anthropology Reaffirms its Top 10 Position in the Guardian University Guide
The School of Anthropology and Conservation has reaffirmed its position as one of the top Anthropology departments in the UK earning 6th place in the Guardian University Guide 2015, maintaining our competitive position.
What Our Students Say
Our students are an inspiring group of people from home and abroad. We are delighted that we have a supportive and collaborative culture within the School which enhances the student experience and encourages everyone to excel.
Developing our students employability skills is a high priority. We offer students the opportunties to develop these skills through taught lectures, practical experience and also by hearing from SAC graduates.
10 reasons why you should study with us
These are some of the reasons why our students love it here ...
Research Led Teaching
Our academic staff are all research active scholars who bring their specialist knowledge and passion into the teaching context ensuring learning is relevant and stimulating. Students receive quality teaching (as student feedback and the National Student Survey attests) and all lectures are given by our experienced academic staff.
Good Employment Prospects
The percentage of our graduates who enter employment or further study continues to increase; recent statistics show 85%. This is above the national average and is directly influenced by our dedication to integrate skills sought by employers into the teaching of our programmes. Many of our graduates go on to really interesting work related to their degree, including James Wong who has his own TV series, Grow your Own Drugs, or have become leaders in their fields such as Edwin Matokwani (DICE MSc in Conservation Biology) who has recently been appointed as Director General of the Zambian Wildlife Authority or Sarah Pink who is a renowned academic innovator in the field of Visual Anthropology.
Due to the reputation for excellence the school has internationally, it attracts students from 73 countries. It also provides opportunities for students to undertake elements of their study abroad. A number of our programmes include Years Abroad in Japan, Spain, the USA, Italy, Finland, Germany, the Netherlands and Denmark. Other programmes include project work, field trips, and research oversees: MSc Ethnobotany students spend two weeks in Barcelona; BSc Wildlife Conservation students conduct 6-week research projects abroad (current destinations include Amazonian Peru and Southern Africa) and have the opportunity to join a tropical fieldcourse to Borneo; and MA Social Anthropology, Visual Anthropology, and Anthropology of Ethnicity, Nationalism, and Identity carry out Master's thesis fieldwork in sites as far afield as Columbia, West Bank Palestine, Cyprus, and India.
World Leading Research
In the 2001 and 2008 Research Assessment Exercises over 50% of our research was rated as 'internationally excellent' and some work identified as being 'world leading'. Staff publish their research regularly, often in leading academic journals including Science and Nature.
Specialist Facilities, Equipment & Resources
Students benefit from access to a state-of-the-art visual anthropology lab, ecology field trials area and laboratory, research laboratories for ethnobotany, biological anthropology and conservation genetics as well as a student computer suite. The school has close links to a number of external organisations which benefit our students including the Powell-Cotton Museum, the Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew, the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust, the International Union for Conservation of Nature, and the Royal Anthropological Institute. The School also utilises contacts from around the world, bringing students together with renown practitioners, policy makers, and leading researchers through seminar and lecture series.
Focus on Excellent Student Experience
Seeing students flourish as a result of a supportive, challenging and inspiring experience is high on the agenda of the School. The school provide all students with subject specific tutors to support them with their academic progress. Students have regular meetings with their programme convenor which cultivates strong group dynamics and provides opportunities for difficulties to be discussed and resolved. Student representatives also sit on many of our committees to ensure student matters are raised and discussed. In response to student feedback this year we have increased the amount of free printer credit, implemented electronic submission of coursework, completely changed feedback documentation, and supported a new cross disciplinary student-led seminar series. Our research students receive quality dedicated supervision which far exceeds our competitors.
Unique Synergies between Anthropology and Conservation
We recognise that humans and the natural world are interconnected, and this is reflected in the wide range and integration of our intellectual interests. Students have opportunities to study across disciplines through flexible module choices and to relate socially through our multidisciplinary seminar series.
Dynamic School Community
Our students often comment on the strong sense of community in our school. Undergraduate and postgraduate students regularly work together through supported seminars, project consultations, and research groups. There are weekly seminars and social activities where staff and students gather for collaboration and fun!
The Canterbury campus is beautiful! The self-contained campus overlooks the city of Canterbury and has excellent transport links to London and Europe. The campus includes accommodation, shops, theatre, cinema, library, sports centre, a nightclub, LOTS of eateries, and many other facilities.
Experienced Administrative Support
Students benefit from being serviced by a very experienced administrative team. The friendly team is available every day to support students and forms an essential part of our secure learning environment.
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