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.

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

IMPORTANT NOTE: Per 6 April 2015 only the English language tests from IELTS and Trinity College London are accepted for Tier 4 Visa applications to the United Kingdom. Other tests (including TOEFL, TOEIC, Pearson, City & Guilds) 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. Since the Trinity College London language tests must be taken in one of their exam centres in the UK, IELTS is now the only language test accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK that can be taken worldwide.

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


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