• Anytime
    Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration

About

This International Development and Social Anthropology (Part-Time) programme at Birkbeck, University of London 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 programme provides a solid base for those planning a career in development agencies, the non-governmental sector and other international organisations, and for those working in such institutions who wish to take a larger role in the direct provision of services or policy development. It is also relevant for people interested in policy research, in journalism and in undertaking advanced research in international development, anthropology and related fields.

Core 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 programme 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 Postgraduate Diploma 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.
  • You will be surrounded by committed fellow students from all cultures, backgrounds and career stages who are eager to share their experience and expertise with their peers.
  • 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 2014 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.

Careers and Employability

Graduates go into careers in local government, international aid/development, social work and human resources. Possible professions include international aid/development worker, local government officer, or social researcher. This degree may also be useful in becoming a journalist, an equality and diversity officer, or a human resources officer.

Programme Structure

Courses Include:
  • Anthropology, Culture and Development
  • Development Studies: Theoretical Approaches
  • 'Race', Ethnicity and Development
  • Culture and Development: postcolonial perspectives
  • Development Management
  • Gender and Development
  • International Political Economy of Childhood

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:

    You are strongly advised to apply now, to ensure there are still places on your chosen course and to give you time to complete the admissions process.

  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 24 months
    • Part-time variant
      Evening
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:

    7.5

    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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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Upper Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • A second-class honours degree (2:1) in social sciences or humanities. Other applicants will also be considered.
  • Previous experience or study of development issues and/or social anthropology may be an advantage.
  • An entrance task may be required once the Admissions Tutor has reviewed the applications.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    10150 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 10150 GBP per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    5600 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5600 GBP per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for London

  • 1137 - 2160 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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

Funding

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