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.


Mode of study

  • Full-time 1 year
  • Part-time 2 years

Tuition fees

  • UK/EU Full-time: £8,500
  • UK/EU Part-time: £4,250
  • Overseas Full-time: £16,750
  • Overseas Part-time: £8,500

Application date

  • All applicants: 30 June 2014

More details in Application section.


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.


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:


Scholarships available for this department

Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme (CSSS)

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.

Dame Mary Douglas Awards

To be considered for one of these awards, you must apply to one of our eligible courses by Wednesday 14th May, 2014. There is no need for a separate application. The fee waivers will be awarded on academic merit. The awards are only available to those intending to start in September 2014, and do not already have a significant scholarship or award.

Further information about funding and scholarships can be found on the Scholarships and funding website.


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.

International equivalencies

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 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

Employability

Many gradute students of the HEB programme progress to doctoral studies and many of our graduates have been successful in entering fully-funded doctoral programs based on their training and achievements in the course. Our gradutes have also gone on to work in the media (TV, radio, publishing), in NGOs (community development, nature conservation), government organisartions (national statistics, health programmes), in zoos and museums (overseeing collections, coordinating research), or became teachers in a highschool.


Next steps

Contact

Mr James Emmanuel

T: +44 (0)20 7679 1040

Department

Anthropology

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