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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.

Key Information

Modes and duration

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

Tuition Fees (2015/16)

UK/EU:
£8,755 (FT) £4,375 (PT)
Overseas:
£17,250 (FT) £8,755 (PT)

Application deadlines

All applicants:
30 June 2015

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.

The English language level for this programme is: Advanced

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

International students

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.

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Degree Information

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).

Core Modules

  • Resource Use and Impacts
  • Postgraduate Research Methods
  • Personal and Professional Development Programme (not credit bearing)

Options

  • 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

Dissertation/report

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 information on modules and degree structure available on the department web site Anthropology, Environment and Development MSc

Funding

There are a number of departmental scholarships and awards available each academic year. Please refer to the departmental funding page for further information.

Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme (CSSS)

Value:
Full fees, flights, stipend, and other allowances
Duration:
1 year
Eligibility:
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.

Dame Mary Douglas Awards

Value:
Partial fee waivers of between £1,070–£4,400
Duration:
1 year
Eligibility:
Eligibilty: Prospective Anthropology students on one of the eligible programmes are considered.

More scholarships are listed on the scholarships website

Careers

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).

Employability

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

Department: Anthropology

Degree reviews

Student review

"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 Rubino

Subject: Anthropology, Environment and Development MSc

Application and next steps

Applications

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.

Application deadlines

All applicants
2015-06-30

For more information see our Applications page.

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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
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.

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