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Mr James Emmanuel

Email: james.emmanuel@ucl.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)20 7679 1040

Fees and funding

UK/EU 2013/14:

£8,250 (FT)

Overseas 2013/14:

£16,250 (FT)

Full details of funding opportunities can be found on the UCL Scholarships website

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Prospectus Entry

Anthropology

Key facts

Research Assessment Rating

60% rated 4* (world-leading) or 3* (internationally excellent)
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The programme information on this page relates to 2013 entry. 2014 content to appear here shortly. 

Human Evolution and Behaviour MSc

Darwinian theory has radically altered our understanding of human life. The Human Evolution and Behaviour MSc at UCL is designed to provide students with a solid practical and theoretical grounding in issues relevant to the evolution of humans and non-human primates.

Degree summary

What will I learn?

Students develop the ability to generate, assess and synthesise empirical evidence and hypotheses related to human evolution and behaviour. They gain subject-specific skills, such as measuring skeletal material, interpreting and generating data related to human ecology, reproduction and genetics, and generating behavioural data of humans and non-human primates through observation.

Why should I study this degree at UCL?

UCL Anthropology was the first in the UK to integrate biological and social anthropology with material culture into a broad-based conception of the discipline. It is one of the largest anthropology departments in the UK in terms of both staff and research student numbers, offering an exceptional breadth of expertise.

Our excellent results in the 2001 and 2008 Research Assessment Exercises show that we are the top broad-based anthropology department in the UK.

Students are encouraged to take full advantage of the wider anthropological community in London and the department's strong links with European universities and international institutions.

See subject website for more information:

Degree structure

Availability: Full-time 1 year; Part-time 2 years

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of one core module (45 credits), three optional modules (45 credits) and a research dissertation (90 credits).

Core Modules

  • Human Evolution and Behaviour

Options

  • Primate Socioecology
  • Palaeoanthropology
  • Human Behavioural Ecology
  • Advanced Human Evolution
  • Anthropological and Archaeological Genetics
  • Human Skeletal and Dental Biology (counts as two options)
  • The Archaeology of Pre-Modern Humans
  • Other options from the Institute of Archaeology (by arrangement)

Dissertation/report

All MSc students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a 16,000-word dissertation.

Teaching and Learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, small group presentations and discussion, tutorials, laboratory and practical work, and independent directed reading. Assessment is through take-home examination, essays, lab-books, practical tests, and presentation. The research project is assessed by a research proposal, poster presentation and the dissertation.

Further details available on subject website:

Entry and application

Entry requirements

A minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

For overseas equivalencies see the relevant country page.

How to apply

You may choose to apply online or download application materials; for details visit www.ucl.ac.uk/gradapps

Applications should be received by 30 June in any given year. Late applications will be considered, but students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

Who can apply?

The programme is suitable for students with a background in anthropology who wish to gain a training and qualification in this field as a foundation for higher research and professional work, and for graduates from other fields or careers wishing to supplement their existing knowledge and experience.

What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Human Evolution and Behaviour at graduate level
  • why you want to study Human Evolution and Behaviour at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to this programme
  • how your personal, academic and professional background meets the demands of a challenging academic environment
  • where you would like to go professionally with your degree
Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.

Career

First destinations of recent graduates include:

  • Stephen Maynard and Associates: Researcher
  • Support Services Partnership: Administrator
  • Office for National Statistics: Research Officer
  • Imperial College: PhD: Social Determinants of Health
  • Environment Agency: Assistant Scientist
  • Polish Academy of Science: Researcher
  • House of Commons: Senior Office Clerk
  • Research Now PLC: Project Executive
  • Future Science Group: Assistant Commissioning Editor
  • National Trust: Deputy Warden

Find out more about London graduates' careers by visiting the Careers Group (University of London) website:


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