Taught course

Environmental Anthropology

University of Kent · School of Anthropology and Conservation

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Entry requirements

A good honours degree (2.1 or above) in anthropology or other associated fields, including environmental studies.

All applicants are considered on an individual basis and additional qualifications, professional qualifications and relevant experience may also be taken into account when considering applications.

Months of entry


Course content

Environmental Anthropology is an interdisciplinary study that focuses on changing human-environment relationships the world over and throughout time.

This programme offers you the opportunity to acquire advanced knowledge of the dynamics of human-environment relationships in time and space, with a focus on how people both understand and influence the environment. You study issues such as:

• Biocultural diversity
• Ethnobiological knowledge systems
• Historical and Political Ecology
• Multispecies ethnography
• Anthropology and Conservation
• Life in the Anthropocene
• Human adaptation to environmental and climatic change

There is an option to study this programme as an MA or an MSc, with students who opt for the MSc being offered the opportunity to take conservation modules taught by researchers from the Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology (DICE) and the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew.

As well as study in the classroom, the programme also offers an extensive range of field trips, which in the past have included:

• The ancient woodland of Blean
• The National Fruit Collection at Brogdale
• The Bird of Prey Centre at Leeds Castle
• The Powell-Cotton Museum
• The Canterbury Cathedral Library
• Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
• The Eden Project

As a graduate of this programme, you will have a range of both practical and evaluative skills, and experience of conducting empirical and applied research. This allows you to pursue doctoral research, or a career in fields as diverse as:

• Environmental policy and management
• Biodiversity conservation
• International journalism
• Environmental advocacy
• Research and Education
• Sustainable development

Information for international students

Please see our International Student website for entry requirements by country and other relevant information. Please note that international fee-paying students cannot undertake a part-time programme due to visa restrictions.

English language entry requirements

The University requires all non-native speakers of English to reach a minimum standard of proficiency in written and spoken English before beginning a postgraduate degree. Certain subjects require a higher level.

For detailed information see our English language requirements web pages.

Need help with English?

Please note that if you are required to meet an English language condition, we offer a number of pre-sessional courses in English for Academic Purposes through Kent International Pathways.

Fees and funding

Please visit our funding web pages for the most current opportunities.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

School of Anthropology and Conservation
+44 (0)1227 827013