Taught course

Sustainability, Culture and Development

Durham University · Department of Anthropology

Entry requirements

A minimum 2:1 Honours degree from a UK institution (or the overseas equivalent) in a relevant subject. Please email us on anth.postgrad-studies@durham.ac.uk for advice on relevant topics. References play an important part in the admissions process. English Language requirements Please check requirements for your subject and level of study.

Months of entry


Course content

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 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.

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.

Information for international students

English Language requirements Please check requirements for your subject and level of study.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Scholarships and funding


Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Department of Anthropology
(0)191 334 1612