Taught course

Evolutionary Anthropology

Durham University · Department of Anthropology

Entry requirements

A minimum 2:1 Honours degree from a UK institution (or the overseas equivalent) in a relevant subject. Please email us on anth.postgrad-studies@durham.ac.uk for advice on relevant topics. References play an important part in the admissions process. English Language requirements Please check requirements for your subject and level of study.

Months of entry


Course content

This course is designed to provide expertise in the study of evolutionary and adaptive processes in primates, both human and non-human, in relation to both extinct and living species. There is a particular focus on primate behaviour, evolutionary psychology, cultural evolution and palaeoenvironments, drawing on the world-class expertise of members of our large Evolutionary Anthropology Research Group.

All students take the following modules, which provide an essential foundation in theory and methods for Evolutionary Anthropology.

Compulsory modules
  • Dissertation
  • Evolutionary Theory
  • Statistical Analysis in Anthropology.

Student will then choose 90 credits from a selection of the following.

Previous optional modules have included:
  • Academic and Professional Skills in Anthropology
  • Evolutionary Perspectives on Western Diseases
  • Primate Behaviour
  • Cultural Evolution
  • Evolutionary Psychology
  • Palaeoanthropology and Palaeoecology
  • Evolutionary and Ecological Topics in Medicine and Health
  • Foreign language option.

Please seewww.durham.ac.uk/anthropology/postgraduatestudy/taughtprogrammes/evolutionaryanthropology for further information.

Information for international students

English Language requirements Please check requirements for your subject and level of study.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Scholarships and funding


Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Department of Anthropology
(0)191 334 1612