Find a Degree Postgraduate Taught Programmes People and Environment

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Full-time (12 months)
Part-time (24 months)
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Programme Details

MSc: 12 months full-time or 24 months part-time 


Human beings now live in what an increasing number of environmental scientists call the Anthropocene – a stage in the Earth’s geological and climate development that is dominated by the activities of humankind. Increasingly, it is clear that no effective study of environmental issues can proceed without an understanding of human behaviour on both the large and the small scale.

The MSc in People and Environment draws on the expertise of leading anthropologists to develop an understanding of the human dimensions that are inherent in all environmental issues. The programme focuses on areas such as conservation, landscape, human-animal relations and indigenous rights, and is designed to furnish students with an informed and nuanced understanding of the issues. More than this, it also examines and questions the underlying assumptions about the inevitability of human behaviour, about how we perceive and relate to non-humans, about our place within the world.  Graduates of the programme will thus be able to contribute to environmental issues and debates from a position that is knowledgeable, distinctive and critical.

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Postgraduate Office                                                                                               School of Social Science                                                                  


Study involves a series of core courses (Understanding People and Environment, Reading Environmental Ethnography; Field Trips for People and Environment) and electives, which include a work placement with an environmental organisation. Masters students will be expected to carry out a substantial research project for their Dissertation (12,000 words).

Applicants should have an Upper Second Class Honours Degree or equivalent.  A background
in anthropology is not required for entry to the programme.

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