M.A. Anthropology & Development

  • On Campus
  • 24 months
  • EUR13500 Year (Non-EEA)
  • English (IELTS accepted)
Maynooth University | Maynooth, Ireland
The MA in Anthropology & Development is a one year taught masterís programme designed for development and humanitarian aid professionals (and those who envisage such a career) who would like to add an anthropological perspective to their development expertise. The course provides a holistic and critical approach to culture, the inevitable context of all relief and development activity.

Description of Anthropology & Development

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The MA in Anthropology & Development is a one year taught masterís programme designed for development and humanitarian aid professionals (and those who envisage such a career) who would like to add an anthropological perspective to their development expertise. The course provides a holistic and critical approach to culture, the inevitable context of all relief and development activity. The MA course is quite intensive and is designed for students with a background in anthropology. Students with no background in anthropology are encouraged to pursue the Postgraduate Certificate in Anthropology & Development.

Career Options

An anthropology degree provides an excellent preparation for a wide variety of fields in both public and private sectors, and is an especially good foundation for an international career. Anthropology has become increasingly important as a job skill in the context of globalisation, where a deeper understanding of cultural difference is crucial, both locally and internationally. Our graduates go on to employment in a wide variety of careers in community work, education, the health professions, product design, international aid and development projects, NGO work, business and administration, and more. The MA course in Anthropology & Development in particular prepares graduates for careers in international development and NGO work.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline May
Tuition fee
  • EUR 13500 Year (Non-EEA)
  • EUR 5356 Year (EEA)
Start date September  2015
Duration full-time 24 months
Languages
  • English
Take an IELTS test
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Full-time

Course Content

Course Structure

Students complete an intensive course of four 6-week compulsory modules in anthropological theory (10 credits each) alongside four compulsory modules in Anthropology and Development (5 credits each), as well as two Saturday workshops. Students develop a proposal for a research project during the taught year in consultation with a member of the anthropology faculty, who will advise the student and mark the project. In the summer, students register for the 30-credit Thesis, which must be completed by early September.

Courses Include:
  • Topics in anthropology and development - part I
  • Introduction to anthropology & development
  • Theory & ethnographic practice II
  • Theory and ethnographic practice IV
  • Thesis
  • Topics in anthropology and development - part II
  • Topics in anthropology and development - part III
  • Theory and ethnographic practice I
  • Theory and ethnographic practice III

Requirements for Anthropology & Development

BA degree (2.2 or higher) in Anthropology or cognate discipline, or a recognised international equivalent.

Minimum English language requirements:

  • IELTS: 6.5 minimum overall score
  • TOEFL (Paper based test): 585
  • TOEFL (Internet based test): 95
  • PTE (Pearson): 62

Work Experience for Anthropology & Development

No work experience is required.

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