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MSc Anthropology and Development Management

About the MSc programme

This programme is offered by the Department of Anthropology with the assistance of the Department of International Development. The programme is intended for graduates with a good first degree in any discipline who can demonstrate a genuine interest in anthropology and development.

The programme offers the following benefits:

  • A combination of theoretical and practical teaching on international development issues. The core course in development for this programme includes an introduction to organisational and institutional theory. This knowledge is then applied to a live consulting exercise with a development agency in the UK or abroad. Practical and theoretical issues are therefore fully integrated in a professional project.
  • The strong tradition of empirical research within both departments directly informs and enhances the teaching on the programmes.
  • This programme offers an excellent and intensive introduction to the disciplines of social anthropology and international development.
  • Both the Department of Anthropology and the Department of International Development have a strongly international character, and are situated in the only institution devoted solely to the social sciences in the UK.

Programme details

This programme will help you to understand how social theory and modern anthropological theory can be applied to the analysis of development and social change. You will explore theories about the emergence of states, how institutions impact on development and how these processes can be illuminated by anthropology. You will gain understanding of how political economy can be used to explain the causes of development and non-development. You will also examine the practical effects of different kinds of authority, incentives and accountability mechanisms. You will gain insight into best practice in designing state agencies, private firms and NGOs and/or implementing changes in these organisations. Though the programme is not a course in 'applied anthropology', it will be invaluable if you are planning a career in development work because of its consultancy project element. The programme also provides a good foundation for anthropological research on problems connected with development. 

Scheduled teaching normally includes three hours of lectures and three hours of seminars per week (depending on options selected), supplemented by regular academic tutorials.  In addition, as part of the course Development Management, students will take part in and be assessed on the Development Management Project, a live consultancy exercise for real development agencies in consultation with International Development staff.

You take two compulsory core courses (one in anthropology and one in development) and an optional course to the value of one unit, and complete an essay (dissertation) to be submitted by early September.

Compulsory courses

Students will be expected to choose courses to the value of one full unit from a range of options.

Please read the following important information before referring to full details of course options found in the Programme Regulations|.

The programme regulations available are for the current academic session and may be subject to change before the beginning of the next academic year. For more information about course availability in the next academic session, please contact the relevant academic department. The School reserves the right at all times to withdraw, suspend or alter particular courses and syllabuses, and to alter the level of fees. Courses are on occasion capped (limited to a maximum number of students) or subject to entry conditions requiring the approval of the course convenor. The School cannot guarantee that places on specific courses will be available.

Graduate destinations

The programme provides ideal preparation for research work in anthropology, international development and related fields.


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Application code: L6U7 (check availability|)

Start date: 2 October 2014

Duration:  12 months full-time, 24 months part-time 

Intake/applications in 2012: 6/35

Minimum entry requirement: 2:1 degree in any discipline, with genuine interest in anthropology and development, and in possible areas of overlap between the two (see entry requirements|)

English requirement: Standard (see English requirements|)

GRE/GMAT requirement: None

Fee level: £17,880

Financial support: Graduate Support Scheme (see Fees and financial support|)

Application deadline: None - rolling admissions. Apply early, however, as places will fill up quickly


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