Welcome to the School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography. The School is renowned for its contributions to anthropological theory, its commitment to long-term ethnographic fieldwork, and its association with the Pitt Rivers Museum and the anthropology of visual and material culture. Home to over forty academic staff, over a hundred doctoral students, eight Master’s programmes, and two undergraduate degrees (Human Sciences; Archaeology and Anthropology), Oxford anthropology is one of the world’s largest and most vibrant centres for teaching and research in the discipline. It came top of the Power (research excellence + volume) rankings for anthropology in the UK both in RAE 2008 and in the 2014 REF. In this last research assessment exercise, the department submitted 56 people, making it by some way the largest in the country, with the highest number of top-rated publications, an excellent research environment, and very strong research 'impact'. Whatever aspect of anthropology interests you, you will probably find it here: please browse the links below to explore the wide range of research and teaching available.


    The Centre for Anthropology and Mind (CAM) serves as the laboratory facility for the Institute of Cognitive and Evolutionary Anthropology (ICEA), conducting controlled studies to investigate the shaping and constraining effects of human cognition on cultural regularity and variation.


    The School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography is served with three libraries. These include the Tylor Library, the Balfour Library and the Bodleian Social Sciences Library (SSL).


    Drawing on well over a century of experience in teaching and research, outstanding museum and library resources and the cumulative knowledge of literally dozens of academics, Oxford’s Arch & Anth course offers a comprehensive guide to the richness and diversity of human cultural experience throughout space and time.


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