Durham University

Durham University

MSc in Sustainability, Culture and Development


School of Modern Languages and Cultures

Palace Green

Durham, England

United Kingdom

Program Information

Degrees Offered:

One year full-time

Format: Campus

Program Description:

This advanced course provides an integrated and comprehensive programme in development anthropology covering key issues in: participatory research, participatory methods, indigenous knowledge, subsistence and economics, human ecology and health, demography, gender, poverty reduction, environmental anthropology, sustainable development, livelihoods, natural resource extraction, global economic systems, dissemination (including use of visual media), and corporate developmental models. We place a strong emphasis on research training. As well as studying the principle theories, students learn research methods and develop key research techniques which they can apply to their own project, and write up in a dissertation. In addition to providing knowledge of the subject, this programme is intended to lead to the acquisition of a wide range of interdisciplinary skills in research, planning, communication of complex material, and analytical skills. The MSc in Sustainability, Culture and Development program provides an advanced understanding of the principal ways that anthropological enquiry and methods can be effectively applied to development activities. The MSc program is taught by an active, interdisciplinary research group involved in world-class research on development-related issues with a focus on achieving sustainability through participation, mediation, evaluation and improved dissemination. Geographical areas of expertise include Europe, Melanesia, Sub-Saharan Africa, South America, South Asia, South-East Asia and the Middle East. The program is designed for those interested in applying the subject-specific skills, methods and knowledge of anthropology to solve global problems and is appropriate for those with a background in anthropology, sociology, human geography, economics, law, development or a related field. The MSc program provides the theoretical background, subject-specific knowledge and practical training to acquire an advanced understanding of development in the current socio-political climate whilst providing the perfect foundation for PhD research and/or a career in applied development anthropology, especially in international development contexts. In addition to promoting subject knowledge, the program aims to develop critical, analytical, interpretative, intergrative and presentation skills and to provide the opportunity, through the dissertation, to pursue original research under expert supervision. An MSc graduate will be well equipped to embark on a career in the development sphere, or to engage in further doctoral research.


Approved graduate programme at Durham University

International Student Requirements:

For non-English speakers - IELTS 6.5 (no element below 6)
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