The MSc Anthropology & Development offers students an integrated and up-to-date course in the two fields, which draws on the breadth of research expertise and practical experience in the Department of Anthropology and International Development.
When to Apply
We recommend that students apply as early as possible in order to ensure that they receive full consideration both for places on the MSc and for financial assistance from the School.
The twelve-month programme consists of two units of compulsory courses, one unit optional courses, and a dissertation.
The first compulsory half unit course is Anthropology of Development which explores how anthropologists have evaluated, criticised and contributed to development.
In addition, in order to make up the compulsory unit of Anthropology, students must take either Anthropology of Economy (1): Production and Exchange or Anthropology of Economy (2): Development, Transformation and Globalisation.
Students choose between Development: Theory, History and Policy, and Key Issues in Development Studies plus another half unit of Development.
Students must also select, from an approved list, courses to the value of one unit in Anthropology or Development.
After examinations in June in the courses above, students write an essay (dissertation) of not more than 10,000 words on an approved topic of their own choice, which is submitted in mid-September.
Please bear in mind that each year we are only able to offer a selection from our range of optional courses. Owing to the introduction of new courses and possible academic staff changes, information about optional courses available next year is not necessarily final. The following courses are offered by the Anthropology Department every year: Anthropology: Theory & Ethnography (AN404); Anthropology of Religion (AN402); Kinship, Sex & Gender (AN405); The Anthropology of Learning & Cognition (AN437); Anthropology of Politics (AN451); Anthropology of Economy (1): production and exchange (AN456; Anthropology of Economy (2): development, transformation and globalisation (AN457). Click here to see the current Option Availability in Anthropology.
Please click here for the home page of the online Graduate Prospectus, which contains further information and an application form. Follow this link for the prospectus page on the MSc Anthropology and Development.
If you have questions beyond those addressed in the Graduate Prospectus, please check the Department's FAQ page before contacting the Department.