Birkbeck, University of London

Birkbeck, University of London

International Development and Social Anthropology

This Master's degree will be of particular interest to anyone wishing to develop an anthropological understanding of global development, policy and practice and their local impacts. Its combination of anthropology with other international development disciplines provides a good grounding for anyone wishing to use an anthropological perspective when working in multidisciplinary teams. It provides a solid base for those planning a career in development agencies, the non-governmental sector and other international organisations, and for those working in such institutions who wish to take a larger role in the direct provision of services or policy development. It is also relevant for people interested in policy research, in journalism and in undertaking advanced research in international development, anthropology and related fields. The programme will help you to develop a critical and theoretical understanding of the issues, processes and institutions central to global poverty, inequality and development. It will help you to develop a thorough understanding of theories and methods in anthropology and to apply these to the field of international development. It will enable you to contrast anthropological perspectives on development with those of other disciplines. The programme's core modules aim to improve your skills in evaluation and analysis, enabling you to participate critically in debates on the changing nature of the multilateral, bilateral and non-governmental institutions designed to address development issues, the context in which they operate and the constraints they face.

Entry requirements

Good degree (2.1 or above) in social sciences or humanities. Other applicants will also be considered; previous experience or study of development issues and/or social anthropology may be an advantage. If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, the requirement for this programme is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 7.0, with not less than 6.5 in each of the sub-tests.

Course modules

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PgDip

You take 2 core modules and 2 option modules.

Options may vary from year to year. Relevant options may also be taken from other Birkbeck programmes, subject to agreement with the programme director.
Core modules:

Anthropology, Culture and Development;
Development Studies: Theoretical Approaches .

Option modules:

'Race', Ethnicity and Development;
'Race', Ethnicity and Development;
Development Management;
Gender and Development;
International Political Economy of Childhood;
Material and Visual Cultures of Development;
South:South Development;
The Political Economy of Aid;
War, Conflict and Development .

MSc

You take 2 core modules, 2 option modules and write a dissertation.

Options may vary from year to year. Relevant options may also be taken from other Birkbeck programmes, subject to agreement with the programme director.
Core modules:

Anthropology, Culture and Development;
Development Studies: Theoretical Approaches .

Option modules:

'Race', Ethnicity and Development;
'Race', Ethnicity and Development;
Development Management;
Gender and Development;
International Political Economy of Childhood;
Material and Visual Cultures of Development;
South:South Development;
The Political Economy of Aid;
War, Conflict and Development .

MSc International Development and Social Anthropology dissertation .

Assessment methods

PgDip

By coursework, including a reflective learning journal, critical surveys of relevant literature and essays.

MSc

By coursework, including a reflective learning journal, critical surveys of relevant literature and essays. You also complete a dissertation of 12,000 words.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time October 2017 - 1 years
MSc Part-time October 2017 - 2 years
PgDip Full-time October 2017 - 1 years
PgDip Part-time October 2017 - 2 years

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Contact: 
Department of Geography, Environment and Development Studies
Telephone number: 
020 3073 8000