Durham University

Durham University

Sustainability and Culture and Development

This course provides students with the skills to apply anthropological theory and methods to the study of development. The programme is taught by an active, interdisciplinary team involved in research on development issues with a focus on 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.

Entry requirements

A minimum 2.1 Honours degree from a UK institution (or the overseas equivalent) in a relevant subject.

Course modules

Compulsory modules: dissertation; fieldwork and interpretation; society, energy, environment and resilience; thinking anthropologically; anthropology and development. Students will then choose 60 credits from a selection of the following: academic and professional skills in anthropology; art in ecological perspective; computational methods for social sciences; context and challenges in energy and society; key issues in sociocultural theory; public health anthropology; religion, contention and public controversy; anthropology of global health; body, politics and experience; energy society and energy practices; interrogating ethnography; statistical analysis in anthropology; foreign language option.

Assessment methods

Assessment includes a research proposal, projects, essays, critical reviews, written examinations and the dissertation.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time £ 6,600 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MSc Full-time £ 14,900 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
MSc Full-time £ 6,600 per Academic year (EU fees) 1 years

Campus details

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

Key information

Department of Anthropology
Telephone number: 
0191 334 1612