The bachelor's degree in Social and Cultural Anthropology studies the variability and diversity of human cultures and their myriad forms of social, cultural and economic organization through the use of ethnography as a tool for research in the field. 
The bachelor's degree in Social and Cultural Anthropology examines the fundamental issues affecting today's society, such as socioeconomic inequality, ethnic, religious, class, gender and age identities; immigration and social policies; cultural variations in interactions and social flows, and the analysis of complex cultural manifestations.It provides broad-based knowledge of the social sciences and in-depth preparation in the theoretical and applied fields of the discipline, as well as on methodology and research techniques.The degree consists of four academic years: the first year presents an introduction to anthropology and related basic subject areas; the second and third year provide students with in-depth training in the fields of study and the emphases and applications of anthropology; while the fourth year is devoted to specializations based on optional subjects and the completion of a final project.

Basic information

TypeBachelor's degrees
Faculty or schoolFaculty of Geography and History
Branch of knowledge
  • Social Sciences
  • Arts and Humanities
Mode of delivery


Number of places available


Length of course4 academic years
Language(s) of instructionCatalan 72,3%, Spanish 27,7%
Admission grade

5,000 (July 2023, start of process, via official entrance examinations/vocational training)


Approximate price per credit17,69 €
Compulsory placementsNo
Course detailsIndicators

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Objectives and competences


What you will learn

  • The principles of diversity in human society and culture, both today and with a view to the future, and a comparative approach to its causes and results.
  • A detailed understanding of the disciplines of social and cultural anthropology, including economics and ecology, parenting systems and gender, politics and law, belief systems, religion and ritual and the social and cultural uses of symbolism and thought as these relate to cultural diversity, social conflict and the emergence of new social and cultural models.
  • The uses of empirical field work and data retrieval for generating anthropological theory.
  • The knowledge and skills to practise in the field of social and cultural anthropology.


Access and admission

Applicant profile and access requirements

Recommended applicant profile

What you will need Personal interest in the study of social and cultural diversity across and within society and in the challenges this diversity raises. Personal interest in acquiring a critical understanding of new social realities, and the desire to practise in area of activity related to these. Applicants will need successfully completed school leaver studies in humanities or social sciences, and should have strong reading skills and discursive ability. A fair knowledge of English is recommended for the course's specialist reading list and all applicants must have basic IT skills for the course curriculum and online resources.

Access requirements and conditions

Admission for students with studies completed outside Spain.

Applicants holding higher educational qualifications from a university outside Spain should consult the page Admission with foreign qualifications to find out about specific admission requirements.


Students that have studied abroad and who wish to study at the University of Barcelona may be admitted to EHEA bachelor's degree courses. Procedures for gaining admission will depend on the qualifications held by each applicant.

For further information about admission, consult the page Admission with foreign qualifications.


As a general rule, at the UB you will be required to enrol online via the Món UB portal. To find out the date and time you have been assigned, check the specific information for your course. Remember that you can lose your place if you do not enrol on the day you have been assigned.

Academic information


Support and guidance

Pre-enrolment information and events

Course curriculum

Subjects and course plans

Distribution of credits

Basic training 60
Compulsory 126
Optional 42
Compulsory placements 0
Compulsory final project 12

List of subjects

Subject Language Type Credits
Final Project Annual Compulsory final project 12
Seminar Workshop Annual Compulsory 6

Pathways and specializations

Social and Cultural Anthropology
Check the planning of the different pathways of the degree

Previous years


Placements in a company or another type of organization are an integral part of university studies, providing first-hand experience of working methodologies in students' chosen professional fields.They offer invaluable practical experience for the transition into work after graduation.

Placements are supervised by tutors and subject to assessment.They are therefore included in the academic record.  There is also an option to complete non-curricular placements of up to 500 hours, which can be extended to 900 hours. For both curricular and non-curricular placements, an educational cooperation agreement is signed between the UB and the company, institution or other organization at which the placement will be carried out.

Institutional information

Career opportunities

What can you work on ?

  • In intercultural relations and cultural diversity, including mediation, consultancy (in specific areas of cultural or language difference), liaison with community and social projects, and health care.
  • In activities related to ethnological heritage, including conservation, consultancy, publishing, knowledge management and cultural promotion.
  • In land development and international cooperation, including social development consultancy, project management and assessment, help organizations, intercultural mediation, and ethnological research and project assessment in indigenous communities and local community programs.
  • In cultural promotion and management, including consultancy, project assessment in policy programs, sociocultural liason and cultural promotion.
  • In education and research, including secondary school teaching, training in cultural diversity, and mass media support.
  • In applied research, consultancy and social work.

Access to the labour market

Data from the university system in Catalonia

Contact us

Faculty of Geography and History

Montalegre, 6 - 08001 Barcelona

Secretary: 934 037 728 - 934 037 729

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