Taught course

International Development and Social Anthropology

Institution
Birkbeck, University of London · Geography, Environment and Development Studies
Qualifications
MSc

Entry requirements

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.

Months of entry

October

Course content

This Master's degree 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.

Information for international students

If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, the requirement for this programme is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 7.0, with no less than 6.5 in each of the sub-tests.

Qualification and course duration

MSc

full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Name
Student Advice Service
Email
studentadvice@bbk.ac.uk
Phone
+44(0) 20 3907 0700