Brunel University London

Brunel University London

Anthropology of International Development and Humanitarian Assistance

The course will appeal to graduates from a variety of backgrounds, including: anthropology, sociology, economics, politics, geography, law and development studies. It will provide the necessary training to enable students to seek employment with NGOs (such as Oxfam and Save the Children Fund), international agencies (such as the World Health Organisation and the World Food Programme) and the civil service (such as the UK Department for International Development). It will also provide a useful stepping stone for those seeking to undertake doctoral research in international development.

Entry requirements

A UK Honours degree, an equivalent overseas qualification, or an equivalent professional qualification (e.g. from a health background); applicants not fully meeting these criteria may be considered; applicants whose 1st language is not English require: IELTS 6.5 (with at least 6 in writing, listening, reading and speaking); TOEFL paper-based test 580 (with at least 4.5 in the test of written English); TOEFL internet-based test 92 (with at least 20 in reading, listening, speaking and writing); Pearson 58 (with at least 51 in all subscores); BrunELT 65 per cent (with at least 60 per cent in all areas).

Course modules

Modules include: Dissertation in anthropology of international development and humanitarian assistance; ethnographic research methods; anthropology of international development; anthropological perspectives of humanitarian assistance; anthropological perspectives of war; political and economic issues in anthropology; contemporary anthropological theory. Optional modules: globalisation; minority and indigenous rights; the united nations human rights regime; the anthropology of childhood; the anthropology of youth; ethnicity, culture and identity; medical anthropology in clinical and community settings; young lives in the global south; international development, children and youth; the migrant, the state, and the law; theory and practice of human rights; international business ethics and corporate governance; anthropology of global health; applied medical anthropology in the arena of global health; anthropology of education; anthropology of learning; global agendas on young people, rights and participation.

Assessment methods

Assessment is variously by essay and practical assignment (e.g. analysis of a short field exercise); a final dissertation of approximately 15000 words, based on fieldwork in the UK or abroad, is also required.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time - 1 years
MSc Part-time - 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Brunel University London Uxbridge UB8 3PH South East

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