M.Sc. in Anthropology, Environment and Development
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Teaching comes from across the entirety of the UCL Anthropology department. This programme offers a rare opportunity for students to learn in an interdisciplinary setting with staff who work as advisors and consultants to outside organisations while simultaneously engaging in their own research. The degree is available either full-time over one calendar year or part-time over two calendar years (commencing September). It comprises a core course, both specialist and more general taught courses, research seminars and discussion groups. In addition all students will be assigned a supervisor to help them develop an individual research project that will culminate in a dissertation submitted at the end of the course.
Core Course: All students must take the following:
Resource Use and Impacts: Methods (Term 1)
For more information on the core course please click here
Option Courses: Students choose two further options from an wide range of Masters course options available at the UCL Department of Anthropology. Where timetabling permits, students are also able to take other relevant options from other departments. For this degree, some of the popular choices include:
- Anthropology of
- Population and Development (ANTHGE03)
- Ecology of Human Groups (ANTHGE02)
- Medical Anthropology (ANTHGD12)
- Documentary Film and the Anthropological Eye (ANTHGS17)
- Anthropology of the Built Environment (ANTHGC12)
- Social Construction of Landscape (ANTHGC21)
Methods Training: All students are required to attend two key postgraduate methods courses: Anthropological Methods and Statistics for Social Scientists. These complementary courses aim to meet the ESRC guidelines for research students training in social science methodologies. They are designed to equip students with the range of knowledge and skills needed to complete a substantive piece of independent social scientific research. Through a combination of lectures, seminars, practicals and in-depth training workshops, students will complete the courses being able to:
- Appreciate the contributions of different epistemologies to social scientific research theory and practice, and the place of anthropology within that context;
- Develop a research strategy which is appropriate to the nature of their research questions;
- Conduct research through deploying a range of quantitative and qualitative techniques of data collection and analysis;
- Understand the basic principles of statistical analysis and sampling (descriptive statistics; exploratory statistical data analysis; statistical inference) and measures of association and apply them appropriately in their own research; and,
- Raise the standard of their research practice, both in terms of personal skills and competencies and in relation to the work of others.
In addition to these highly regarded courses, students are encouraged to make full use of the Graduate School’s skills programme, open to students on this Masters programme given its ESRC research recognition. The purpose of the programme is to give students the opportunity to expand their generic research skills and personal transferable skills. These skills are intended to help UCL students’ research and also to enhance their life skills and employability.
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As well as the courses and training described above, students also attend weekly research seminars. These include the Human Ecology Research Group seminars which, every week, provide a forum for students (PhD and Masters students) as well as postdocs and academics to present and discuss work in progress, and an additional seminar chosen each week from across the wide range of departmental seminar series (Biological anthropology, Medical anthropology, Social anthropology) and beyond.
Dissertation: All students must complete a 15,000 word individual research project which is usually fieldwork based. For more detailed information on the specifics of the Anthropology, Environment and Development dissertation, please click here