M.Sc. Anthropology and Development

  • On Campus
  • 12 months
  • GBP18600 Year (Non-EEA)
  • English (IELTS accepted)
London School of Economics and Political Science | London, United Kingdom
The programme 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 thorough understanding of the history of development policy and practice and their theoretical underpinnings, and of the ways in which these are illuminated by anthropology.

Description of Anthropology and Development

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This programme is offered by the Department of Anthropology with the assistance of the Department of International Development and offers the following benefits:

  • Both the Department of Anthropology and the Department of International Development 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 both departments directly informs and enhances the teaching on the programme.

  • The programme offers an excellent and intensive introduction to the disciplines of social anthropology and international development.

The programme is intended for graduates with a good first degree in any discipline who can demonstrate a genuine interest in anthropology and development.

Programme details

The programme 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 thorough 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 invaluable if you are planning a career in development work. The programme also provides a good foundation for anthropological research on problems connected with development.

Scheduled teaching normally includes three hours of lectures and three hours of seminars per week (depending on options selected), supplemented by regular academic tutorials.

You take compulsory core courses to the value of two units, one each in anthropology and in international development. You take further courses to the value of one full unit, and complete a dissertation to be submitted by early September.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline None rolling admissions
Tuition fee
  • GBP 18600 Year (Non-EEA)
  • GBP 12024 Year (EEA)
Start date September  2015
Credits (ECTS) 90 ECTS
Duration full-time 12 months
Languages
  • English
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Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Part-time, Full-time
Intensity Flexible

Course Content

Compulsory courses

(* half unit)

  • Anthropology of Development* explores how anthropologists have evaluated, criticised and contributed to development. Covering a range of key topics in fine-grained ehtnographic detail, it assesses how far the work of practitioners/insiders working on practical projects can be reconciled with critiques of development theory and practice by anthropologists.

  • EitherAnthropology of Economy (1): Production and Exchange* examines 'the economy' as an object of social scientific analysis and a domain of human action; exploring how this domain was conceived of, measured, described and modeled, and the form economic institutions take cross-culturally. Topics covered include the relationship between gifts and commodities, the social organisation of production and exchange, and the links between economic, political and kinship domains orAnthropology of Economy (2): Development, Transformation and Globalisation* addresses topics in the anthropology of globalisation, exploring how scholars have understood new forms of production, consumption, exchange and financial circulation. Some emphasise post-Fordist methods of flexible production and neo-liberal elite projects; some focus on trans-state processes of globalisation; some analyse shifts in state policies such as austerity, decentralised planning, public-private partnerships and the deregulation of financial markets; while others address new forms of consumer society, popular desires for social mobility and transnational migration.

  • EitherDevelopment: History, Theory and Policy focuses on the major trends of development and change in modern history and interpretations of them in the social sciences; and contemporary economic and social theory and their bearing on the policy and practice of development orKey Issues in Development Studies* provides an overview of the key issues and debates in international development. It features lectures from leading LSE experts on subjects such as climate change, conflict, poverty, the financial crisis, demography, democratisation, health, migration, human rights and trade and a half unit in development.

  • Dissertation.

Students will choose courses to the value of one full unit from a range of options.

Please read the following important information before referring to full details of course options found in the Programme Regulations.

The programme regulations available are for the current academic session and may be subject to change before the beginning of the next academic year. For more information about course availability in the next academic session, please contact the relevant academic department. The School reserves the right at all times to withdraw, suspend or alter particular courses and syllabuses, and to alter the level of fees. Courses are on occasion capped (limited to a maximum number of students) or subject to entry conditions requiring the approval of the course convenor. The School cannot guarantee that places on specific courses will be available.

Graduate destinations

The programme provides ideal preparation for research work in anthropology, international development and related fields.

English Language Requirements

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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.

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Requirements for Anthropology and Development

Minimum entry requirement: 2:1 degree in any discipline, with genuine interest in anthropology and development, and in possible areas of overlap between the two

Work Experience for Anthropology and Development

No work experience is required.

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