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Birkbeck, University of London: International Development and Social Anthropology

Institution Birkbeck, University of London View institution profile
Department Geography
Web http://www.bbk.ac.uk/
Telephone 0203 907 0700
Study type Taught

Summary

Our MSc/PgDip International Development and Social Anthropology will be of particular interest if you wish to study global development, policy and practice and their local impacts from an anthropological perspective. It will help you to understand issues, processes and institutions central to global poverty, inequality and development, and to apply anthropological theories and methods to the field of international development.

The course provides a solid base if you are planning a career in development agencies, the non-governmental sector and other international organisations, and if you work in such institutions and wish to take a larger role in the direct provision of services or policy development. It is also relevant if you are interested in policy research, in journalism and in undertaking advanced research in international development, anthropology and related fields.

The compulsory modules will improve your skills in evaluation and analysis, enabling you to participate critically in debates on the changing nature of the multilateral, bilateral and non-governmental institutions designed to address development issues, the context in which they operate and the constraints they face. You will also have the opportunity to choose from a range of thematic option modules which allow you to tailor your course according to your personal or career interests.

The transferable skills you will develop include the capacity to analyse debates and issues in development, team-working, and written and oral communication. You will also learn to locate and analyse qualitative and quantitative data on development from printed and electronic sources.

The PgDip is ideal if you are interested in studying international development and social anthropology at postgraduate level for personal or professional reasons, but you don't yet want to commit to the full MSc.

Highlights

  • The Department of Geography offers multiple approaches to the study of societies and cultures, human geography, and sustainability, poverty and development, as well as community and citizenship, at local, regional and global levels.

  • One of the unique strengths of our department is the breadth of research interests of our staff. Subsequently, we offer a very wide range of courses that reflect the disciplinary breadth of development and globalisation, while also allowing you to engage with other disciplines, such as anthropology and sociology.

  • Ours is a vibrant research culture, powered by a shared passion for learning and intellectual engagement among our academics and students. We have a strong commitment to social justice, which informs and shapes much of our cutting-edge research.

  • In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF), Sociology at Birkbeck was ranked 13th in the UK.

  • We have strong links with the London International Development Centre, which can enhance your employability.

  • If you are taking this course part time, you may be eligible for a Bonnart Trust Master’s Studentship which will cover the cost of your tuition fees. You must have received an offer of a place on the course by 31 May 2022 to apply.

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Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip

Birkbeck, University of London

 

 

Introduction
Birkbeck, part of the University of London, offers nearly 300 taught and research postgraduate programmes across arts and humanities, business and economics, law, science and social science. As an evening teaching specialist, Birkbeck offers its taught postgraduate courses between 6-9pm, with some courses available through distance learning. As with undergraduate courses, postgraduates can study full-time or part-time.

Home to 44 research and specialist institutes, Birkbeck is the sixth largest provider of taught postgrad courses for UK and EU students - some 44% of its 11,000-plus students are on postgrad programmes. Around 90% of its academics …

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