Kent University

The School of Anthropology and Conservation is a multinational research community striving for real-world impact. Our creative lecturers, internationally recognised research, state-of-the-art laboratory facilities and welcoming student spaces create an inspiring learning environment.

Our Vision

We recognise the importance of the fundamental link between human society, human evolution and the natural environment. This is key to our strength: by breaking down the barriers between the natural and social sciences, we can fully explore the relationships between humans and the world we live in, and seek solutions to the challenges we face. We want to be world changers and we want you to join us on this adventure.

Inspirational teaching

We want to share our passion for our work with you. We highly value our inclusive and international school community, which creates a learning environment rich in culture, diversity and intellectual challenge. 

Our highly motivated academic staff teach a broad range of modules informed by the latest research.  Lecturers ensure that you develop practical, academic and professional skills and an international perspective alongside theory and foundational knowledge. We place a high value on learning through experience, and so most programmes offer field trips and, where relevant, teaching in our cutting-edge laboratory facilities  and campus-based field sites.

Supportive student environment

The School provides a welcoming environment. Our lecturers are keen to listen and offer advice, working with you to ensure you reach your full potential. Our students are a motivated and ambitious group who enjoy working together and supporting each other.

All students are allocated a personal academic advisor. You also have access to our Student Pastoral Support Co-ordinator, who offers support and guidance and can point you towards appropriate additional services for both personal welfare and academic issues.

Research excellence

We believe in the intimate link between teaching and research, which ensures our modules are inspiring, relevant and thought-provoking. Our lecturers and research students are engaged in exciting projects in the UK and around the world. We promote innovative and interdisciplinary research, facilitated by our research centres.

Our research staff are active at academic and professional conferences, both nationally and internationally, and publish in leading journals. Their work often attracts global media attention, and a number of our staff and students have received prestigious awards for their research and its contribution to science and real-world issues. These include Whitley Awards, RSPB Conservation Science Awards, Future of Nature Awards, Distinguished Ethnobotanist of the Year, and the Richard Evans Schultes Research Award. 

Exciting prospects

Studying with the School of Anthropology and Conservation equips you for a successful career. As well as providing a first-rate academic experience, we also develop your transferable skills such as communication, teamwork, problem-solving and computer literacy.

You benefit from the extensive research and business networks cultivated by our staff. With weekly seminars, annual lectures and employability fairs attracting world-renowned and field-leading experts, you have many opportunities to be inspired and develop your own contacts.

Our graduates have gone on to hold key roles in some of the world’s most innovative and successful sustainability initiatives and work in a wide range of organisations, including the Global Diversity Foundation, Harvard Economic Botany Museum and Porchlight homelessness charity.


Human Geography BSc Hons
Wildlife Conservation BSc Hons
Social Anthropology BA Hons
Anthropology BSc Hons
Environmental Social Sciences BA Hons
Biological Anthropology BSc Hons

Post Graduate

Anthropology (by Research) MA, PhD
Biodiversity Management (by Research) MSc, PhD
Biological Anthropology MSc
Biological Anthropology (by Research) MSc
Conservation & International Wildlife Trade MSc
Conservation & Rural Development MSc
Conservation Biology MSc
Conservation Project Management MSc
Environmental Anthropology MA, MSc
Ethnobiology (by Research) MSc, PhD
Ethnobotany MSc
Forensic Osteology & Field Recovery Methods MSc
Human Geography MSc, PhD
Social Anthropology MA
Social Anthropology & Conflict MA
Social Anthropology of Europe MA
Social Anthropology with Visual Ethnography MA