Anthropology, Environment and Development MSc
Contemporary concerns with environment and development require a combination of biological and social anthropological approaches to examine the ecology of resource use in developing societies. This MSc evaluates the environmental implications and outcomes of these activities in terms of human subsistence and welfare via a systematic, theoretical and methodological training.
Mode of study
- Full-time 1 year
- Part-time 2 years
- UK/EU Full-time: £8,500
- UK/EU Part-time: £4,250
- Overseas Full-time: £16,750
- Overseas Part-time: £8,500
- All applicants: 30 June 2014
More details in Application section.
What will I learn?
Drawing on the strengths of our broad-based department and expertise in human ecology, social anthropology and demography, key areas of investigation include: The implications of changing environments for production systems and human welfare; the sustainable use of natural resources in developing countries; the environmental and welfare impacts of changing patterns of resource use with development.
Why should I study this degree at UCL?
UCL Anthropology is one of the largest anthropology departments in the UK offering an exceptional breadth of expertise. Our results in the 2001 and 2008 Research Assessment Exercises show that we are the top broad-based anthropology department in the UK.
Staff teaching this MSc are all actively engaged in research or consultancy work in the area of environment and development and combining this with a strong alumni network within the Human Ecology Research Group and dedicated programmes of invited speakers, allows for significant networking opportunities.
Students are also encouraged to take advantage of the wider anthropological community in London.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of three core modules (60 credits), two optional modules (30 credits) and a research dissertation (90 credits).
All MSc students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 15,000 words.
Teaching and Learning
The programme is delivered through lectures, seminars, group presentations, tutorials, interactive teamwork, video, and film and web based courses. It includes a non-examined weekly seminar series with both internal and invited speakers. Assessment is through essays, seen and unseen examinations, and the research dissertation.
Further details available on subject website:
Scholarships available for this department
This scholarship is to assist prospective Master's students from developing Commonwealth countries who are of excellent academic calibre but for financial reasons would not otherwise be able to afford to study in the United Kingdom. Students must not have previously studied for one year or more in a developed country and must hold the equivalent of a UK first- or upper second-class undergraduate degree. Students must have applied to study one of the 10 eligible Master's programmes. Students must return to their home country on completion of their degree.
For female prospective full-time Master's students in the Faculty of Arts & Humanities or the Faculty of Social & Historical Sciences. Successful applicants are normally required to hold or expect to achieve a UK first-class honours undergraduate degree or equivalent. This award is based on academic merit.
Further information about funding and scholarships can be found on the Scholarships and funding website.
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.
Select your country for equivalent alternative requirements
English language proficiency level: Good
How to apply
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.
The deadline for applications is 30 June 2014.
Who can apply?
The programme is suitable for students who wish to gain a training and qualification integrating natural and social science approaches to environment and development 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 Anthropology, Environment and Development at graduate level
- why you want to study Anthropology, Environment and Development 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
Students from this course have gone on to a wide range of relevant careers in research, teaching, consultancy, policy and advocacy work in Universities, Governmental bodies, National and International NGO's and International Research Organisations (such as the CGIAR's).
The Masters integrates both natural and social science approaches and combines this with training in the methodological and practical dimensions of field work. The interdisciplinary perspective and demonstrable research skills obtained are an ideal training ground for, students wishing to work with government, national or international NGOs or conduct further PhD research in the fields of environment and/or development. In addition to specialist knowledge and fieldwork experience, other skills obtained on this course include presentation and IT, research design and development, qualitative and quantitative analysis, project management, team building and leadership, fundraising and critical analysis and evaluation
For queries relating to this programme, please contact:
Mr James Emmanuel
T: +44 (0)20 7679 1040
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