Taught course

Social Anthropology

Birkbeck, University of London · Geography, Environment and Development Studies

Entry requirements

Ideally you will have a 2:2 degree, although other qualifications, professional training and experience will also be considered. Applicants may be asked to submit an entry-level assignment prior to being offered a place.

Months of entry


Course content

This programme will prepare you for further postgraduate study in social anthropology and development studies. It introduces you to anthropological methods and perspectives, and will equip you with the conceptual, theoretical and intellectual skills to produce high-quality written work from an anthropological perspective. These skills will be developed as you explore the key debates and issues in the anthropology of development and tourism, and in the anthropology of space, architecture and landscape.

Why study this course at Birkbeck?

  • Provides a conversion course if you want to go on to study social anthropology at postgraduate level but do not have a relevant social science degree.
  • Offers peer learning in a student body with direct experience of developing countries and the development sector.

Information for international students

If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, our usual requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests.

Fees and funding

UK students
Part-time home/EU students: £ 2325 pa
International students
Part-time overseas students: £ 4450 pa

Find out more about funding and financial support at postgraduate level.

Qualification and course duration


part time
6 months

Course contact details

Department of Geography, Environment and Development Studies
+ 44 (0)20 3073 8000