The School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography is renowned for its contributions to anthropological theory, its commitment to long-term ethnographic fieldwork, and its association with the Pitt Rivers Museum.
Home to over forty academic staff, over a hundred doctoral students, eight master’s programmes and two undergraduate degrees, the school is one of the world’s largest and most vibrant centres for teaching and research in the discipline.
The school is divided into a number of constituent parts. The Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology is a leading centre for anthropological teaching and research in the UK and the world. This is complemented by its relationship with the Pitt Rivers Museum, which houses one of the world's great ethnographic collections. The Institute of Cognitive and Evolutionary Anthropology at Oxford brings together evolutionary anthropology and cognitive science with the aim of developing understanding of the evolution of human behaviour. The Institute for Science, Innovation and Society (InSIS) researches and informs the key processes of social and technological innovation that are critical to business, governments and civil society in the 21st century and beyond. The Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS) provides a strategic, integrated research approach to understanding contemporary and future migration dynamics in the UK and EU. The Centre for the Study of Social Cohesion (CSSC) conducts research on the causes and consequences of social cohesion – the bonds that hold groups together, from families and gangs to nations and world religions.