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MSc in Anthropology and Development Management

About the MSc programme

The MSc Anthropology & Development Management offers students an integrated and up-to-date course in the two fields. This programme is also designed to provide insights from each discipline that can be used to transform institutions in order to support development. To achieve this aim it includes a live consultancy exercise with a development agency in the UK or abroad. More generally, it draws on the breadth of research expertise and practical experience in the Departments 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 Programme

The twelve-month programme consists of two units of compulsory courses, one unit of optional courses, and 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.
  • The compulsory Development course is Development Management. This focuses on the study of institutional and managerial structures and how they act to support or impede development. Public sector and private sector organisations from NGOs to social enterprises are critically assessed. This course includes a practical consultancy exercise with a development agency as part of its assessment.
  • 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). 

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 Management.|