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Anthropology of International Development and Humanitarian

Brunel University London
On campus
 3749 Points
1 Year
Apply date
Jul 2024
Start date
Sep 2024

International Scholarships for September 2024 (Brunel)

Brunel University London offers scholarships for this postgraduate program. Apply through Brive until 31st July.

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Program Description

This master in Anthropology of International Development and Humanitarian Assistance (MSc) will provide you with insight into contemporary issues and debates and explores their implications. It also sets them in the context of anthropology as a discipline.

The master in Anthropology of International Development and Humanitarian Assistance (MSc) will appeal to graduates from a variety of backgrounds, including anthropology, sociology, economics, politics, geography, law, and development studies. It is suited for those interested in critically assessing the policies and practices of international development and humanitarian assistance to war-affected regions from an anthropological perspective.

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Course Content

You will study a set of modules focussed on your anthropology specialism alongside others that provide a greater understanding of anthropology and how to conduct ethnographic research.

Further into the master in Anthropology of International Development and Humanitarian Assistance (MSc), you have a choice of options from within anthropology such as childhood and education, medical anthropology, ethnicity and culture, as well as others from related disciplines like human rights law and globalisation.

While there is no placement, you have the opportunity to conduct your own dissertation fieldwork anywhere in the world according to your anthropological interests.


Teaching and Learning

You will learn through a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops and tutorials as well as through your own reading. You will also be encouraged to attend the department’s calendar of lunchtime research meetings where guest speakers share insight from their own research and experience.

The master in Anthropology of International Development and Humanitarian Assistance (MSc) is taught by a team of experts who have worked in many countries across the globe, including South, West and East Africa, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, India and Sri Lanka, as well as Britain.



Ethnographic Research Methods

This module will introduce you to the methods employed by anthropologists when undertaking ethnographic research in preparation for your own fieldwork research on which your dissertation will be based.

Critical Perspectives on International Development

Gain a theoretical and historical overview of the changing relationship between anthropology and international development as you learn to understand the multiple ways in which anthropological research can enhance our understanding of contemporary policies and practices in international development.

Dissertation in Anthropology of International Development and Humanitarian Assistance

The opportunity to carry out a major research project in the subject of your degree based around your own fieldwork experience.

Anthropological Perspectives on War and Humanitarian Assistance

In this subject you will analyse the social and economic consequences of contemporary warfare and the rebuilding war-torn societies from an anthropological perspective and by doing so, understand the different ways anthropological research can enhance the understanding of contemporary warfare.

Jobs - Careers

  • NGOs
  • International Agencies (e.g. the World Health Organisation, the World Food Programme)
  • Civil Service (the UK Department for International Development)
  • Private Sector

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