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Psychology and Anthropology

Entry requirements


A level

A,A,A

Specific subjects excluded for entry: General Studies and Critical Thinking. Information: Applicants taking Science A-levels that include a practical component will be required to take and pass this as a condition of entry. This refers only to English A Levels.

Access to HE Diploma

D:30,M:15

We require 60 credits with a minimum of 45 credits at level 3 (or equivalent). Applicants may be required to meet additional subject-specific requirements for particular courses at Durham.

Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal

D3,D3,D3

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

37

General information on subjects/grades required for entry: Eighteen points (6, 6, 6) from Higher Level subjects required. We accept Maths Analysis & Approaches and Maths Applications & Interpretation.

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H2,H2,H2,H2,H2

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DDD

Scottish Advanced Higher

A,A,A

Scottish Higher

A,A,A,A,B

Departments will normally make offers based on Advanced Highers. In the absence of 3 Advanced Highers, where these are not offered by the applicant’s school, offers comprising of Advanced Highers and Highers or a number of Highers may be made on a case by case basis.

UCAS Tariff

144-168

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About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2021

Subjects

Physical and biological anthropology

Psychology

Durham’s Psychology and Anthropology Departments pride themselves on excellence in both teaching and research. The breadth of complementary research strengths across the two Departments means that you are guaranteed to be taught by staff who are actively engaged in the interaction of psychological and anthropological approaches, and are leading figures in their field of research.

The joint honours degree is designed to enable you to understand what it means to be human in our rapidly changing world, including why we, and other animals, behave as we do and our interactions with each other and other animals.

In Psychology you will study people (and animals) in terms of their internal mental processes, the biological mechanisms that underlie their behaviour, and the social and developmental context in which they act.

In anthropology, you will use perspectives from human biology, cultural evolution, animal behaviour, and human evolution to illuminate inquiry into the mind and behaviour of past and present human and primate populations. You will learn how anthropology and psychology provide complementary and contrasting perspectives on what it is to be human, as well as a variety of quantitative and qualitative ways of addressing major questions. The interface of anthropology and psychology explicitly integrates intercultural, international and global issues. For example, in anthropology’s traditional focus on cultural diversity and the burgeoning recognition of psychology’s need to address cross-cultural issues and move away from studies biased by Western Educated Industrialised and Rich (WEIRD) samples.

The degree provides the opportunity to develop extensive subject-specific, interdisciplinary, and transferable skills. The course follows the British Psychological Society (BPS) guidelines with an extensive range of options in the final year, drawing both from work in fundamental scientific research and in applied areas of psychology and anthropology. You may choose to take modules that deepen your understanding of a smaller number of anthropologically and psychologically relevant topics or choose to take a more broad and varied selection. Several coherent pathways – for example in animal behaviour, infant and child development, and health – are possible, using complementary modules from the two departments.

Excellent research facilities are available, including a virtual reality suite, developmental testing facilities, and EEG labs (in psychology), as well as extensive collections of fossil hominin casts and material culture artefacts from around the globe, a sleep lab, hormone lab, and field station for primatology in South Africa (in Anthropology). You are encouraged to get involved in research being carried out by your lecturers, thus gaining a deeper and more hands-on understanding of the issues you are learning about in your degree, and adding to your contextual experience.

Modules

Year 1
Core modules give a broad introduction to methods, vital knowledge, and the most relevant theories in anthropology and psychology.

Anthropology (40 credits): Doing Anthropological Research
Human Evolution and Diversity
Psychology (40 credits): Introduction to Psychological Research
Optional modules allow the choice to follow and develop more specific interests. Examples include:

Anthropology (20 credits): Being Human or Health Illness & Society or Peoples & Cultures (or a language option if desired)
Psychology (20 credits): Introduction to Psychology 1 or Introduction to Psychology 2
Year 2
Modules continue to build on project design and quantitative skills, broaden theory and topical knowledge (ensuring British Psychological Society accreditation), and explore the interface between psychology and anthropology in preparation for the level 3 dissertation:

Conceptual Issues in Anthropology & Psychology (10 credits)
Research Project Design (10 credits)
Statistics and Project Design (10 credits) AND
Evolution Variation & Adaptation OR
Sex Reproduction & Love OR
Global Health & Disease
Psychology (50 credits): Cognitive Psychology, Social Psychology, Biological Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Abnormal Psychology
Year 3
Core modules include a dissertation that allows a deep, independently driven, exploration of a specific interdisciplinary research area, and the final psychology module required for British Psychological Society accreditation:

Dissertation: Interdisciplinary Psychology & Anthropology (40 credits)
Individual Differences (10 credits)
Optional 10 credit modules allow the choice to follow and develop more specific interests (e.g. animal behaviour, child development, health), or maintain broad interests. Modules on offer vary but usually include:

Anthropology (30 credits):
Forensic Anthropology
Homo Narrans (the Evolutionary Anthropology of Fiction)

Comparative Cognition and Culture

Cultural Evolution of Music

Primates in Peril
Evolution of Cooperation
Palaeoanthropology
El Sidron Neanderthals
Tool Use in Primates
Human Reproductive Ecology
Infant and Maternal Health
Global Health
Human Ecology
Western Diseases
Reproduction and Ethics
Medical Humanities
Critical Medical Anthropology.
Psychology (30 credits):
Animal Cognition
Foetal Development
Child Health in a Social Context
Cognitive Development
Human Evolutionary Psychology
Vision and Visual Neuroscience
The Multisensory Body
Mind, Brain and Consciousness
Forensic Psychology
Sport and Exercise Psychology
The Psychology of Illness
Psychology and Health Promotion
Social Perception
Psychology in the Workplace.

Tuition fees

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Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£27,350
per year
International
£27,350
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course locations:

Grey College

Collingwood College

University College

Hatfield College

Josephine Butler College

St Chad's College

St John's College

St Aidan's College

John Snow College

St Mary's College

Van Mildert College

College of St Hild and St Bede

Stephenson College

No college preference

St Cuthbert's Society

South College

Trevelyan College

Department:

Anthropology

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

82%
med
Physical and biological anthropology
91%
high
Psychology

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Anthropology

Teaching and learning

89%
Staff make the subject interesting
90%
Staff are good at explaining things
82%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
74%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

71%
Library resources
89%
IT resources
77%
Course specific equipment and facilities
61%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

83%
UK students
17%
International students
23%
Male students
77%
Female students
93%
2:1 or above
8%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

A
A
B

Psychology (non-specific)

Teaching and learning

89%
Staff make the subject interesting
95%
Staff are good at explaining things
87%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
63%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

87%
Library resources
84%
IT resources
94%
Course specific equipment and facilities
82%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

66%
UK students
34%
International students
18%
Male students
82%
Female students
92%
2:1 or above
7%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

A
A
A

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Anthropology

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£19,450
med
Average annual salary
96%
med
Employed or in further education
60%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

27%
Business, research and administrative professionals
9%
Welfare and housing associate professionals
8%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals

This is a pretty flexible degree and a good one if you want to keep your options open. Just over 1,250 graduates completed anthropology degrees last year, and they were well spread out across a whole range of jobs — many industries have jobs that can be done by anthropology graduates and unlike a lot of degrees, there aren't many jobs we can point to and say ‘graduates from this degree do that job’. Management, marketing, housing and recruitment jobs are the most popular, though, and many graduates go into the education or social care sectors. Graduates are also rather more likely than average to work in London, or to go overseas to work. This is quite a popular subject at postgraduate level, and if you want to go into research, you'll need to think about postgrad study - and it's one of the few where numbers are on the up at the moment.

Psychology

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£19,400
high
Average annual salary
94%
low
Employed or in further education
59%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

15%
Business, research and administrative professionals
11%
Teaching and educational professionals
9%
Caring personal services

20 years ago, this was a specialist degree for would-be psychologists but now it is the model of a modern, flexible degree subject. One of the UK's fastest-growing subject at degree level, and the second most popular subject overall (it recently overtook business studies), one in 23 of all graduates last year had psychology degrees. As you'd expect with figures like that, jobs in psychology itself are incredibly competitive, so to stand a chance of securing one, you need to get a postgraduate qualification (probably a doctorate in most fields, especially clinical psychology) and some relevant work experience. But even though there are so many psychology graduates — far more than there are jobs in psychology, and over 13,800 in total last year — this degree has a lower unemployment rate than average because its grads are so flexible and well-regarded by business and other industries across the economy. Everywhere there are good jobs in the UK economy, you'll find psychology graduates - and it's hardly surprising as the course helps you gain a mix of good people skills and excellent number and data handling skills. A psychology degree ticks most employers' boxes — but we'd suggest you don't drop your maths modules.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Sociology, social policy and anthropology

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£20k

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£27k

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Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

Psychology

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£20k

£20k

£26k

£26k

£30k

£30k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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