Modes and duration
- Full-time: 1 year
- Part-time: 2 years
Tuition Fees (2015/16)
- £8,755 (FT) £4,375 (PT)
- £17,250 (FT) £8,755 (PT)
- All applicants:
- 30 June 2015
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.
The English language level for this programme is: Advanced
Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.
Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.
International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.
Select your country:
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 and the environmental and welfare impacts of changing patterns of resource use with development.
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).
- Resource Use and Impacts
- Postgraduate Research Methods
- Personal and Professional Development Programme (not credit bearing)
- Choose two options from within the department (and in some cases outside the department)
- including at least one of the following that have been designed specifically for this course
- The Ecology of Human Groups
- Population and Development
- Anthropology of Development
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.
There are a number of departmental scholarships and awards available each academic year. Please refer to the departmental funding page for further information.
- Full fees, flights, stipend, and other allowances
- 1 year
- Prospective Overseas Master's students on one of the 10 eligible programmes, who are nationals of (or permanently domiciled in) a Commonwealth developing country, and not currently living or studying in a developed country. The students must hold a first degree at either first- or upper second-class level and be sufficiently fluent in English to pursue the programme. Applicants must not have previously studied for one year or more in a developed country, nor have been employed by a government department (at national level) or a parastatal organisation (employees of universities are normally acceptable). Students must be be willing to confirm that they will return to their home country as soon as their period of study is complete.
- Partial fee waivers of between £1,070–£4,400
- 1 year
- Eligibilty: Prospective Anthropology students on one of the eligible programmes are considered.
More scholarships are listed on the scholarships website
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 Master's 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
Why 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.
Student / staff ratios › 35 staff › 150 taught students › 150 research students
"I think the most valuable aspect of my degree programme has been the helpfulness of my dissertation supervisor and the departmental community. My supervisor has been invaluable with regards to shaping my research and challenging me to push the bounds of my academic inquiry. My fellow students along with the departmental staff and faculty have also created a safe and academically stimulating space centered around the communcal room provided for student use in the building."
Lily RubinoSubject: Anthropology, Environment and Development MSc
Application and next steps
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 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.
- All applicants
For more information see our Applications page.Apply now
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