M.Sc. Anthropology and Development

London School of Economics and Political Science

Application deadline: None – rolling admissions
Tuition fee:
  • € 11,620 / Year (EEA)
  • € 17,973 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2015
Credits (ECTS): 90 ECTS
Duration full-time: 12 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Part-time, Full-time

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The programme is intended for graduates with a good first degree in any discipline and who can demonstrate a genuine interest in anthropology and development.
This MSc will help you to develop a good understanding of classical social theory and modern anthropological theory, with reference to a range of theoretical issues, including those of development and social change, and in relation to appropriate ethnography.

You will gain a good understanding of the history of development policy and practice and their theoretical underpinnings, and of the ways in which these are illuminated by anthropology. Though the programme is not a course in 'applied anthropology', it will be of use if you are planning a career in development work. It also provides a good foundation for anthropological research on problems connected with development.

This programme is offered by the Department of Anthropology with the assistance of the Development Studies Institute (DESTIN) and offers the following benefits:

* Both the Anthropology Department and the Development Studies Institute have a strongly international character, and are situated in the only institution devoted solely to the social sciences in the UK.
* The strong tradition of empirical research within the Anthropology Department and the Development Studies Institute directly informs and enhances the teaching on this course.
* The MSc is an excellent and intensive introduction to the disciplines of social anthropology and development studies.
* The course is an ideal preparation for research work in anthropology, development studies, and related fields.


Compulsory courses
* Anthropology: Theory and Ethnography
* Either Development: History, Theory and Policy or Development Management
* Dissertation

(* half unit)

One full unit from the following:

* The Anthropology of Religion
* The Anthropology of Kinship, Sex and Gender
* The Anthropology of Christianity*
* The Anthropology of South-East Asia*
* The Anthropology of South Asia*
* The Anthropology of Industrialisation and Industrial Life*
* The Anthropology of Melanesia*
* The Anthropology of Southern Africa*
* Anthropology of Development*
* Anthropology of Learning and Cognition
* Law in Society: a joint course in Anthropology and Law
* Anthropology and Human Rights*
* Investigating the Philippines New Approaches and Ethnographic Contexts*
* China in Comparative Perspective
* Anthropology of Politics*
* The Anthropology of India*
* Anthropology of Economy 1: Production and Exchange*
* Anthropology of Economy 2: Development, Transformation and Globalisation*
* Children and Youth in Contemporary Ethnography*
* Anthropology and Media*
* Anthropological Approaches to Questions of Being*
* The Anthropology of Post-Soviet Eurasia*
* The Anthropology of Borders and Boundaries*
* Ethnography of a Selected Region*
* Medical Anthropology*
* Poverty*
* Economic Development Policy
* Environmental Problems, Politics and Development*
* Global Environmental Governance*
* African Development*
* Complex Emergencies*
* Development, Diaspora and Migration*
* Managing Globalisation*
* Public Management of Development*
* Managing Humanitarianism*
* Global Civil Society*

Any other courses offered by Anthropology and Development Studies, as approved.

NB It is strongly recommended, though not compulsory, that you include Anthropology of Development in your degree programme.

Please note that only a limited selection of optional courses will be available every year; when you are offered a place you will be advised about availability for your year of study.


Minimum entry requirement:

* 2:1 degree in any discipline with genuine interest in subject

English requirement:

* TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) with a minimum score of 603 in the paper test, 250 in the computer-based test or 100 in the internet based test.
* IELTS (International English Language Testing System) with a minimum score of 6.5.
* LSE Language Test with a minimum score of 65

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5
CAE score: (read more)

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IELTS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever.

80 (Grade A)
TOEFL paper-based test score : 603
TOEFL iBT® test: 100

IMPORTANT NOTE: Since April 2014 the ETS tests (including TOEFL and TOEIC) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa.

The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.


Fee reductions and rewards
LSE undergraduates starting taught postgraduate study at the School are eligible for a fee reduction in the region of ten per cent of the fee. These reductions are available for UK, EU and non-EU students. The School offers a range of rewards for early payment of fees for all self-financed students.

Scholarships for study at LSE

LSE makes available over £12 million annually in financial support for its students via a range of scholarships, bursaries and award schemes, details of which can be found on these pages. LSE's world class programmes attract a consistently high calibre of applicants, many of whom seek financial support from the School, so there is always much competition for our awards. Securing the necessary funds to attend LSE can be a difficult and time consuming process so you should start to think about it as early as possible. Please be aware that the School will be unable to offer you any financial assistance if you knowingly register under funded. The relevant link on the left will take you to the awards available for your chosen level of study.

The School would like to thank the many donors who have contributed to the New Futures Fund, which provides funds for a number of discretionary scholarships.

Diploma, LLM, MA, MSc and MSc (Research) programmes

There are a range of awards available for study at this level. Approximately 19% of taught masters offer holders are successful in obtaining some form of financial support from the School. The value of support ranges in value from 10% of the tuition fee to a full fees and maintenance award.

Graduate Support Scheme

LSE's major financial support scheme for study at taught masters level is the Graduate Support Scheme (GSS). This scheme is open to all applicants, with the exception of those undertaking specific modular or executive programmes such as the MSc in Finance (Part time) or the MSc in Health Economics, Policy and Management. Around £2 million is available annually in the form of awards from the Graduate Support Scheme. The Scheme is designed to help students who do not have sufficient funds to meet all their costs of study. GSS awards range in value from £3,000 to a maximum of £10,000, and have an average value of £6,000. Application to the Graduate Support Scheme is via the LSE Graduate Financial Support Application form. This form will be made available to you once you have submitted an application for admission to the School. The form will then be available until 27 April 2011.


If you complete the LSE Graduate Financial Support Application form, and are made an offer of admission by 27 April 2011, you will also be automatically considered for any other awards being offered by LSE, for which you are eligible, with the exception of Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) funding where there are separate, department led processes in place. AHRC and ESRC funding is relevant to Home UK and Home EU applicants only, and there are also subject restrictions in place. We offer a range of awards based on different criteria such as a specific programme of study, nationality, or country of permanent domicile. In addition, a number of external organisations offer funding to support postgraduate study. We recommend that applicants follow up as many avenues as possible to find funding. Please be aware that if you accept funding from an external source, it is your responsibility to check the terms of the award. Some awards are accompanied by specific terms and conditions which you should be sure you able to meet before accepting the award. Information about other Awards offered by LSE or external organisations. Please take some time to look at all the other awards available to support your study at LSE. The details of these awards are updated each October, but new LSE awards may become available during the course of the admissions cycle. We will only write to successful applicants for these awards. Selection for these awards will take place between May and July 2011 and all successful applicants will be notified by 31 July 2011.

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