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Congratulations and Welcome to Anthropology

We are delighted you have chosen to join us for the next few years, and are looking forward to meeting and getting to know you soon. Anthropology staff are busy preparing events for the start of term to help you get to know us, and each other, and find out more about what Anthropologists do, and why we do it. We are excited to have you arrive, and are keen to involve you in all aspects of Department life.

Anthropology is a transformative discipline - it will change the way you think, and maybe even who you want to be! We strongly believe that everyone should take at least one Anthropology course in their lifetime, and so we open some of our modules to students from across the University. This means our Department is a busy and vibrant place, where you will also find friendly postgraduates and staff. We conduct research on all manner of topics imaginable (from energy to evolution, and reproduction to rhetoric), so we are sure you will find plenty to interest and enthuse you here, and we are excited to be able to share it all with you.

See you in welcome and orientation week!Portrait picture of Prof Jamie Tehrani

Professor Jamie Tehrani
Head of Department

University student
I’m Eric, one of your peer mentors for BA Anthropology. I remember the time I had my first lecture when I saw a hundred of us sitting in the same theatre. I could not imagine the journeys we would take to discover specific areas and topics we enjoyed. Although these interests may lead you to different paths during your study, the course mates, and lecturers you met will still be around you. And I am sure regardless of our interests, you will seek great discussions and advice from them in your academic journey. Indeed, I hope that your mind is prepared and open to all the possibilities you have for exploring in the Anthropology department. See you all around in Durham and the Dawson Building!

Eric Yip
Level 3, BA Anthropology

Department Information

Once you have completed enrolment you can access Learn Ultra & the Anthropology Student Community Sharepoint site, which are key resources for your Anthropology studies at Durham.

Next steps

Enrol online

Enrolment opens eight weeks before the start of your programme.
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Registering for your programme and specific modules

Module registration guidance for your programme will be provided via Anthropology Induction on Blackboard Learn Ultra.
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Your first week in Durham – University Induction Week Events Timetable

The Timetable has been designed so College events don’t clash with any of your academic departmental events, but offer you lots of opportunities to meet your fellow Freshers, find your way around and settle into student life.

To help you keep track of where you need to be, and what you need to do during your first busy days at university, in your College and your Department, we have created a day-by-day University Induction Planner. This should help you to plan your schedule, so you don't miss anything - from being issued with your Campus Card or meeting the staff in your Department, to trying out for a sports team or joining a student society.
Your Personal Induction Planner
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Student updates

Check out our student blogs to read more about life at Durham from our students. Don't forget to follow us on social media!


Anthropology field trip to Gibraltar

Read about Hannah's field trip experience to Gibraltar for a week to study human-primate interactions.

Welcome to Durham – and stop worrying!

Moving to University can be a daunting prospect but there’s no need to worry, you’ll feel right at home here.
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Get in touch

If you have any queries about any of this information or any aspect of coming to Durham please contact us.

Anthropology Department

Durham University
Dawson Building
South Road
Durham, DH1 3LE

Tel: 0191 334 1612