Taught course

People and the Environment

University of Aberdeen · School of Social Science

Entry requirements

Applicants for admission will normally be expected to hold a relevant Honours degree with at least 2:1 standard from a recognised university or body. In exceptional circumstances applicants without this qualification may be admitted subject to having an alternative qualification, or an approved level of work experience, appropriate to the field of study.

Months of entry


Course content

The programme draws on the expertise of leading anthropologists to explore a wide range of human-environment relations and contemporary environmental issues. The programme fosters an understanding of how humans interact with their environment and how it becomes meaningful in different ways to different people, with a focus on areas such as conservation, landscape, relations with animals and plants and indigenous rights. There is a strong emphasis on how these different perceptions and meanings influence the political, economic and ecological dimensions of environmental issues, from conflicts over predators to debates over water management. In addition to building an informed understanding of the issues, the programme also encourages students to examine and question underlying assumptions about the possible causes and solutions to environmental problems, how people relate to other beings that share our environment and the contribution that social sciences can make to understanding environmental relations.

The programme is designed for students who seek to deepen their understanding of human-environment relations, who wish to develop vocational skills in the environmental field, or aim to carry out postgraduate research. The programme will be of interest to you if you are an anthropology graduate but will also be attractive if you have studied biology, ecology, environmental sciences or geography and wish to develop a social science dimension to your thinking and approach.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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