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Sustainability, Culture and Development

This course provides you 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 world-class 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. The MSc is based around core modules focusing on sustainability, culture and development. Options allow you to pursue special interests. The dissertation offers the opportunity to conduct independent research under the supervision of an expert in your chosen topic.

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. Previous optional modules have included: 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 October 2017 GBP 16,500 per Year 1 (International) 1 Years
MSc Full-time October 2017 GBP 7,400 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 1 Years
MSc Part-time October 2017 GBP 9,100 per Year 1 (International) 2 Years
MSc Part-time October 2017 GBP 4,100 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 2 Years

Campus details

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

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Department of Anthropology
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