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Sustainability, Culture and Development

This course enables students to learn how anthropological ideas and approaches are vital for understanding the environmental, social and economic crises of the contemporary world. It teaches how to engage with local knowledge and community-based approaches, rather than rely on global blueprints for sustainable development. The course is taught by an active, interdisciplinary team involved in world-class research on development issues. We offer comparative knowledge about achieving environmental and social sustainability through participatory approaches and active collaborations with projects for empowerment in the Global South. Geographical areas of expertise include Sub-Saharan Africa, South America, South Asia, South-East Asia, the Middle East, Europe and Melanesia. Staff also help students connect with Durham's excellent research communities such as the Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience, and the Durham Energy Institute.

Entry requirements

MSc: A minimum 2:1 Honours degree from a UK institution (or the overseas equivalent) in a relevant subject. Please email us on study@durham.ac.uk for advice on relevant topics. References play an important part in the admissions process.

Course modules

The MSc is based around core modules focusing on the challenges of pro-poor transitions to sustainability, aided by culturally informed perspectives on new themes in development such as resilience, and energy justice. Options allow you to pursue subject interests with specialist guidance. The dissertation enables you to conduct independent research under the supervision of an expert, and become a master of your chosen topic.

Assessment methods

Students work closely with leading academics to develop an original piece of research for their dissertation, and guidance on the dissertation is also provided by the dissertation leader.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time October 2019 8,500 per Year 1 (Channel Islands) 1 Years
MSc Full-time October 2019 8,500 per Year 1 (EU) 1 Years
MSc Full-time October 2019 8,500 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 Years
MSc Full-time October 2019 18,300 per Year 1 (International) 1 Years
MSc Full-time October 2019 8,500 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 Years
MSc Full-time October 2019 8,500 per Year 1 (England) 1 Years
MSc Full-time October 2019 8,500 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 Years
MSc Part-time October 2019 4,700 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 2 Years
MSc Part-time October 2019 4,700 per Year 1 (Scotland) 2 Years
MSc Part-time October 2019 10,100 per Year 1 (International) 2 Years
MSc Part-time October 2019 4,700 per Year 1 (EU) 2 Years
MSc Part-time October 2019 4,700 per Year 1 (Channel Islands) 2 Years
MSc Part-time October 2019 4,700 per Year 1 (Wales) 2 Years
MSc Part-time October 2019 4,700 per Year 1 (England) 2 Years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Durham University DH1 3LG North East

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