|Study location||United Kingdom, Birmingham|
|Type||Bachelor courses, full-time|
|Nominal duration||3 years|
|Tuition fee||To be confirmed|
High school / secondary education (or higher)
A Level History, Medieval History or Ancient History at grade A.
The entry qualification documents are accepted in the following languages: English.
Often you can get a suitable transcript from your school. If this is not the case, you will need official translations along with verified copies of the original.
IELTS: 6.5 (with a minimum of 6.0 in each skill)
At least 1 reference(s) must be provided.
A motivation letter must be added to your application.
Our Joint Honours degree in Anthropology and History are two complementary subjects that can be studied alongside each other at degree level.
Anthropology is the study of humans, past and present. If you want to understand the past to prepare for your future in a changing world, studying History is the way forward. The teaching of History and Anthropology provide valuable skills in analysis, research, reasoning, time-management and being able to present yourself confidently orally and in writing.
Staff at Birmingham teaching in both Anthropology and History have an outstanding international reputation for excellence in both teaching and research. Times Higher Education ranked the Department of History 1st in the country for its performance in the latest Research Excellence Framework exercise, whilst the Department of African Studies and Anthropology was ranked 2nd.
In your first year you take five compulsory modules. Focus on Studying Societies (20 credits) is concerned with core study skills, taking you through all the steps of researching, planning and editing an essay, and enabling you to pursue a group investigation and present your findings orally. Thinking Anthropologically (20 credits) takes a series of core questions (e.g. What is work? What is dirt?) and shows how anthropologists study societies around the world, explaining how people can think very differently about questions that might initially appear simple or obvious. The Anthropology of Africa module (20 credits) examines the social, economic, and political organisation of a number of African societies and their recent historical transformations. Practising History (A): Skills in History (10 credits) and Practising History (B): Approaches to History (10 credits) look more closely at the techniques of the historian and at the nature and evolution of key historical debates.
You then choose one out of the following two modules: Discovering the Middle Ages (20 credits) or Reformation, Rebellion and Revolution: the Making of the Modern World 1500-1800 (20 credits). You also choose one out of the following four modules: Living in the Middle Ages or The Making of the Contemporary World: Modern History c. 1800 to the Present or War and Society or United States History 1865-2000 (each module is 20 credits). These explore fundamental themes and issues focused on key periods and indicate the kinds of questions historians explore and some of the methods they employ in answering them.Compulsory modules
Focus on Studying Societies
Anthropology of Africa
Practising History A: Skills in History
Practising History B: Approaches to History
Choose one out of these two modules:
Discovering the Middle Ages
Reformation, Rebellion and Reformation: the Making of the Modern World 1500-1800
Choose one out of these four modules:
Living in the Middle Ages
The Making of the Contemporary World: Modern History c.1800 to the Present
War and Society
United States History 1865-2000 (please note that numbers on this module may be capped)
Detailed descriptions of first year Anthropology modules
Detailed descriptions of first year History modules
In the second year you study the Theory, Ethnography and Research module (40 credits). This module explains the history of anthropology and its major theories. It finishes with an ethnographic project in which students behave like anthropologists, and engage in close observation and analysis of the social behaviour around them. In addition, students choose 20 credits of Anthropology optional modules.
You engage in a Group Research module (20 credits) and extend your historical knowledge through a History Option (20 credits) chosen from a wide range available. You can also choose one module from History in Theory and Practice (20 credits), Research Methods (20 credits) and you may also be able to take a Professional Skills module (20 credits) .
Theory, Ethnography and Research
Option module in the Department of African Studies and Anthropology with an anthropological focus
Choose from one of the following:-
History in Theory and Practice
Students may also be able to take the Professional Skills module (please note that places on this module are limited)
Detailed descriptions of second year Anthropology modules
Detailed descriptions of second year History modules
You can apply to study abroad for a year in an approved university around the world. If you achieve a grade of 2.1 or above in your first year then you will be invited to apply for a Year Abroad in your second year. If your application is successful, you will go abroad in your third year and return to us for your final year. Find out more.
The final year represents the culmination of undergraduate study and the final stage of your transition to an independent learner. You may write an Anthropology Dissertation (10,000 words, 40 credits) or take an Independent Study module (5,000 words, 20 credits). However, if you are undertaking independent research in your History credits, we allow you to choose mainly taught modules in Anthropology so as to guarantee a reasonable amount of contact time.
You hone your historical skills in Advanced Option A or Advanced Option B (20 credits). You can choose between an in-depth Special Subject module (20+20 credits), which is chosen from a variety of available subjects or a History Dissertation (40 credits). Joint Honours students taking a Special Subject can substitute an Advanced Option for a Joint Honours History Dissertation (20 credits).
Detailed descriptions of Anthropology final year modules
Our graduates have gone on to careers such as:
Graduate Research Executive