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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.

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.

English language requirement: Advanced

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

International equivalencies

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.

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Degree Information

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.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme for the MSc in Human Evolution and Behaviour consists of:

<b>Compulsory core components</b> (45 credits)

  • Dissertation project presentation
  • Palaeoanthropology
  • Postgraduate Methods/Statistics 1 (term 1)
  • Human Behavioural Ecology
  • Primate Socioecology
  • Two of the following:

<b>Three optional courses</b> (45 credits)

  • Occasional attendance at non-departmental seminars
  • Evolution of the Human Brain and Behaviour
  • Dental Anthropology
  • Variation and Evolution of the Human Skull
  • Archaeology of Hunter-gatherers from the Emergence of Modern Humans
  • Practical Ethnographic and Documentary Filmmaking
  • Primate Evolution
  • Anthropological and Archaeological Genetics
  • Statistics 2
  • Advanced Human Evolution
  • <b>MSc Dissertation</b> (90 credits)
  • Weekly departmental seminars (2-hour)
  • <b>Involvement in the Department's Research Environment</b>
  • Archaeology of Early Human Origins

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.

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

Many gradute students of the HEB programme progress to doctoral studies and many of our graduates have been successful in entering fully funded doctoral programmes 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.

Top career destinations for this degree

  • Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, PhD, 2012,
  • Stephen Maynard and Associates , Researcher, 2011,
  • Support Services Partnership , Administrator, 2011,
  • Office for National Statistics , Research Officer, 2010,

Employability

Graduates of the HEB programme will be trained in the fundamentals of scientific inquiry including hypothesis generation, data collection and statistical analysis, data synthesis and reporting of results. Additionally, they acquire advanced training in computer-based quantitative methods, presentation techniques, and the public understanding of science. Students will also gain skills specific to their dissertation research that can include behavioural observation techniques, field data collection, computer modelling, advanced shape analysis, etc.

Why 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.

Student / staff ratios › 35 staff › 150 taught students › 150 research students

Department: Anthropology

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 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.

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 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.

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