The School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography is institutionally divided into units and teaching and research activity takes place within and across units. The intellectual strengthening of teaching through research is a key plank in the School's policy, with innovative research leading to debates and discussion among graduate and research students, and with various course options on some of these topics available to undergraduates in the two degrees to which the School contributes (Archaeology and Anthropology; and Human Sciences).
Research and teaching activities take place in the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology (ISCA), the Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS) and the Institute of Cognitive and Evolutionary Anthropology (ICEA). ICEA includes the research activities of the Centre for Anthropology and Mind (CAM). The Institute of Human Sciences, is primarily a teaching unit and the Institute for Science, Innovation and Society (InSIS) is purely research-focused, but staff there do take doctoral students.
Where research is carried out by individuals research clusters exist in which staff discuss, compare and collaborate on related projects. Research activity is arranged by research cluster, by research centre or project.