UCL Anthropology


Environmental Anthropology MSc (formerly Anthropology, Environment and Development MSc)


Drawing on academic expertise in human ecology, social anthropology, political ecology, conservation science, and socio-ecological systems, this MSc equips graduates with an interdisciplinary perspective on topics relating to global environmental change, sustainable development, biodiversity conservation and social justice. Many of our graduates go on to become leaders in academic, international agency, government and third sector organisations.

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Find out more about studying the Environmental Anthropology MSc programme, from content, structure and entry requirements to life in the Department of Anthropology, career prospects and support and wellbeing provisions.


The opportunity to conduct independent fieldwork (examining the use of communal forests in rural France) was challenging but immensely rewarding.
George Smith, AED MSc, 2018-19



  • Become part of the Human Ecology Research Group (HERG), whose pioneering work in integrating social and natural science approaches to address environmental issues is internationally recognised. HERG runs a weekly term-time seminar series, which attracts world-leading academics as speakers.
  • Two new optional modules for 2024-25:
    • Conservation Science and Practice: field trip in the Amazon Forest, including a 5-day field trip in the Rio Negro region, Amazon Forest, Brazil. Students will be based on a riverboat and visit different Indigenous peoples and local communities (IPLCs) and explore conservation and development projects operating in the region.
    • Multispecies Ethnography in the Anthropocene introduces a range of anthropological ideas and approaches in the study of the current period of accelerated environmental change termed the Anthropocene and explores attempts to incorporate nonhuman agents (animals, plants, fungi, microbes etc.) into anthropological analysis.