Birkbeck, University of London

Course Introduction

This degree will be of particular interest to anyone wishing to develop an anthropological understanding of global development, policy and practice and their local impacts. Its combination of anthropology with other development studies disciplines provides a good grounding for anyone wishing to use an anthropological perspective when working in multidisciplinary teams. It 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 development studies, anthropology and related fields. The programme will help you to develop a critical and theoretical understanding of the issues, processes and institutions central to global poverty, inequality and development. It will help you to develop a thorough understanding of theories and methods in anthropology and to apply these to the field of development studies. It will enable you to contrast anthropological perspectives on development with those of other disciplines. The option modules and dissertation allow you to tailor your programme according to your personal or career interests.

Course Modules

You take 2 core modules, 2 option modules and write a dissertation. Options may vary from year to year. Relevant options may also be taken from other Birkbeck programmes, subject to agreement with the programme director. Core modules: Anthropology, culture and development; development studies: theoretical approaches. Option modules may include: Development management; gender and development; international political economy of childhood; material and visual cultures of development; war, conflict and development; MSc development studies and social anthropology dissertation.

Course Additional Entry

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. 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 not less than 6.5 in each of the sub'tests.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
1 year
Full Time
MSc (Postgraduate) £13,750  Academic year. First year overseas fees
1 year
Full Time
MSc (Postgraduate) £6,950  Academic year. First year home fees
2 years
Part Time Evening
MSc (Postgraduate) £6,875  Academic year. First year overseas fees
2 years
Part Time Evening
MSc (Postgraduate) £3,975  Academic year. First year home fees
1 year
Full Time
PgDip £13,750  Academic year. First year overseas fees
1 year
Full Time
PgDip £6,950  Academic year. First year home fees
2 years
Part Time Evening
PgDip £6,875  Academic year. First year overseas fees
2 years
Part Time Evening
PgDip £3,975  Academic year. First year home fees