UCL Anthropology


Careers and Professional Development AED MSc

Students from the Anthropology, Environment and Development MSc have gone on to a wide range of careers in environment and development, working in research, teaching, consultancy, policy development and advocacy across a range of sectors, from universities and research institutions, to NGOs and intergovernmental agencies, private firms and national governments.

Our graduates have held positions at institutions such as:

Other MSc alumni have continued on to PhD Research either within this department or beyond. PhD topics of AED alumni include:

  • Identifying and understanding consumers of wild animal products in Hanoi, Vietnam: implications for conservation management. (Rebecca Drury, UCL Anthropology; ESRC studentship. MSc AED title:  ‘Wildlife use by Ethnic Phnong, North East Cambodia’. Presently  Head of Wildlife Trade, Fauna & Flora International).
  • Land, people and post-socialist policies in southern Siberia. (Tatyana Intigrinova, UCL Anthropology; Dorothy Hodgkin Award)
  • Conservation and development; the search for synergies around an MPA on the coast of Kenya (Christine Carter, UCL Anthropology; ESRC Studentship)
  • Roads, rights and resources: Environment and development in southern Belize (Sophie Haines, UCL Anthropology, ESRC Studentship)

Skills Training, Personal and Professional Development

All students on the Masters course are expected to take full advantage of the Skills Programme offered by UCL. Students, in consultation with the Masters tutor, are expected to choose a suite of courses that are important for the successful completion of the Masters programme and that meet their own particular needs and those of prospective future employers.

General research skills and personal development and employment related skills are catered for through courses in the following areas:

  • library/electronic and archive resources
  • IT skills
  • languages; writing/reading/thesis preparation
  • research environment; presenting and publishing your research
  • entrepreneurship and the management of innovation
  • teaching skills
  • personal and professional development
  • career management and employability skills

There is no specific assessment for these courses. However, students are expected to give a presentation of their intended research project in the second term to staff and their peers (see the information on attendance at research seminars) and they are expected to produce a presentation of professional standard, with the use of PowerPoint and/or other visual aids.