Brunel University London

Course Introduction

Anthropology has played a key role in the emergence of new perspectives on humanitarian assistance and the livelihoods of populations caught up in extreme circumstances such as famines, natural disasters and wars. On the one hand, this has led to a radical re-thinking of what has been happening, but on the other hand, it has led to anthropologists sometimes playing controversial roles in agendas associated with the "war on terror". This course examines these contemporary issues and debates, and explores their implications. It also sets them in the context of anthropology as a discipline. The course will appeal to graduates from a variety of backgrounds, including: anthropology, sociology, economics, politics, geography, law and development studies. It is suited for those interested in critically assessing the policies and practices of international development and humanitarian assistance to war-affected regions from an anthropological perspective.

You will discover how the apparent insights and skills of anthropologists have a long history associated with ethnographic work on economics, education, health, deprivation and conceptions of suffering dating back to the origins of the discipline.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 year
Full Time
MSc £8,000 Home Fees
1 year
Full Time
MSc £8,000 European Fees
1 year
Full Time
MSc £15,400 Overseas Fees
3 years
Part Time
MSc £4,000 Home Fees
3 years
Part Time
MSc £4,000 European Fees
3 years
Part Time
MSc £7,700 Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Domestic entry requirements: Applicants need to have 2:2 (or above) UK Honours degree or an equivalent internationally recognised qualification; Applicants with other degrees along with relevant experience will be considered on an individual basis.
  • International entry requirements: Applicants need to have an IELTS: 6.5 (min 6 in all areas); Pearson: 58 (51 in all subscores); BrunELT: 65% (min 60% in all areas).
  • IELTS score: 6.5