Birkbeck, University of London

Birkbeck, University of London

International Development and Social Anthropology

This programme will be of particular interest to anyone wishing to study global development, policy and practice and their local impacts from an anthropological perspective. It will help you to understand issues, processes and institutions central to global poverty, inequality and development, and to apply anthropological theories and methods to the field of international development. The programme 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. Core modules will 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. You will also have the opportunity to choose from a range of thematic option modules which allow you to tailor your programme according to your personal or career interests. The transferable skills you will develop include the capacity to analyse debates and issues in development, team-working, and written and oral communication. You will also learn to locate and analyse qualitative and quantitative data on development from printed and electronic sources.

Entry requirements

MSc: 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.

Course modules

For information about course structure and the modules you will be studying, please visit Birkbeck's online prospectus.

Assessment methods

MSc: By coursework, including a reflective learning journal, critical surveys of relevant literature and essays. You also complete a dissertation of 12,000-15,000 words. Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip: By coursework, including a reflective learning journal, critical surveys of relevant literature and essays.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time October 2019 8,350 per Whole course (Northern Ireland) 1 Years
MSc Full-time October 2019 8,350 per Whole course (Wales) 1 Years
MSc Full-time October 2019 8,350 per Whole course (England) 1 Years
MSc Full-time October 2019 15,200 per Whole course (International) 1 Years
MSc Full-time October 2019 8,350 per Whole course (EU) 1 Years
MSc Full-time October 2019 8,350 per Whole course (Scotland) 1 Years
MSc Part-time October 2019 8,350 per Whole course (Wales) 2 Years
MSc Part-time October 2019 15,200 per Whole course (International) 2 Years
MSc Part-time October 2019 8,350 per Whole course (Northern Ireland) 2 Years
MSc Part-time October 2019 8,350 per Whole course (EU) 2 Years
MSc Part-time October 2019 8,350 per Whole course (Scotland) 2 Years
MSc Part-time October 2019 8,350 per Whole course (England) 2 Years
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Full-time October 2019 5,600 per Whole course (Scotland) 1 Years
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Full-time October 2019 5,600 per Whole course (Wales) 1 Years
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Full-time October 2019 5,600 per Whole course (England) 1 Years
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Full-time October 2019 5,600 per Whole course (Northern Ireland) 1 Years
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Full-time October 2019 5,600 per Whole course (EU) 1 Years
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Full-time October 2019 10,150 per Whole course (International) 1 Years
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Part-time October 2019 5,600 per Whole course (EU) 2 Years
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Part-time October 2019 5,600 per Whole course (England) 2 Years
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Part-time October 2019 5,600 per Whole course (Northern Ireland) 2 Years
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Part-time October 2019 5,600 per Whole course (Scotland) 2 Years
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Part-time October 2019 10,150 per Whole course (International) 2 Years
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Part-time October 2019 5,600 per Whole course (Wales) 2 Years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Bloomsbury Campus WC1E 7HX London

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Key information

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Birkbeck Student Advice Service
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02039070700