Anthropology and Development, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
  • English (book IELTS)


Anthropology and development are tightly entwined: this programme brings together essential elements of both. It combines crucial anthropological insights into - and critiques of - economic globalisation and social transformation with the study of theories about development: both historical experiences and cutting-edge policy debates. 

The core Anthropology components of the programme offer a comprehensive study of how anthropologists, from their unique vantage point, have understood globalisation and other economic transformations, as well as giving crucial insights into how they evaluate, criticise and contribute to development. Focussing on both 'Big D' development (schemes of improvement or projects) and 'little d' development (change which occurs as the result of economic growth or modernisation), the programme shows how anthropologists have both changed practices from within as well as critiqued them from the outside. It offers anthropological insights into new forms of production, consumption, exchange and financial circulation that have emerged since the 1980s.

The core International Development component of the programme provides students with key insights into the processes involved in overcoming poverty and creating healthy, wealthy and sustainable social change. The programme uses cutting-edge theory in the social sciences to understand the processes, policy and practice of development.

Programme Structure

Courses Included:

    • The Anthropology of Religion
    • Anthropology: Theory and Ethnography
    • The Anthropology of Kinship, Sex and Gender
    • The Anthropology of Christianity 
    • The Anthropology of South-East Asia 
    • The Anthropology of Industrialisation and Industrial Life 
    • The Anthropology of Melanesia 
    • Anthropology of Learning and Cognition 
    • Anthropology and Human Rights
    • Investigating the Philippines- New Approaches and Ethnographic Contexts 
    • China in Comparative Perspective
    • Anthropology of Politics (H)
    • Children and Youth in Contemporary Ethnography
    • Anthropology and Media 

                              Detailed Programme Facts

                              • Programme intensity

                                You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

                                • Full-time duration 12 months
                                • Average part-time duration 24 months
                                • Intensity Flexible
                              • Credits
                                90 ECTS
                              • Languages
                                • English
                              • Delivery mode
                                On Campus

                              English Language Requirements

                              You only need to take one of these language tests:

                              • Minimum required score:


                                The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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                              • Minimum required score:


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                              Academic Requirements

                              Minimum entry requirement: 2:1 degree in any discipline,

                              Documents Required:

                              • Application form
                              • Application assessment fee
                              • Two academic references 
                              • Transcripts/mark sheets and proof of existing qualifications
                              • Personal statement
                              •  CV
                              • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general test and Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT)

                              Tuition Fee

                              • International Applies to you

                                20112 GBP/year
                                Tuition Fee
                                Based on the original amount of 20112 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
                              • EU/EEA Applies to you

                                13008 GBP/year
                                Tuition Fee
                                Based on the original amount of 13008 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
                              We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

                              Living costs for London

                              • 1000 - 2600 GBP/month
                                Living Costs

                              The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


                              LSE Graduate Bursaries 2015/16

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                              Student Finance for 2015/16

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                              Application Deadlines

                              Student Finance England - New students 31 May, Continuing students 30 June

                              Student Finance Wales - New students 15 May, Continuing students 5 June

                              Student Finance Northern Ireland - New students 17 April, Continuing students 30 June

                              The application service for EU Students will launch on 23 February

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                              Lent Term

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                              The scheduled payment dates are:

                              Michaelmas Term, Friday 17 October 2014

                              Lent Term, Friday 23 January 2015

                              Summer Term, Monday 11 May 2015

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