Environmental Anthropology

Environmental Anthropology

Master degree
12 months
Application deadlines: 31 July
Processing time: 30 days
Intakes: September
International tuition: £16,200
Domestic tuition: £7,900

Program overview

This programme offers students the opportunity to acquire advanced knowledge of how different societies are influenced by the environment and manage natural resources and hazards, in relation to issues in human ecology, biodiversity management, sustainable development, environmental change and the practical applications of such knowledge. As a graduate of this programme, students will have a range of both practical and evaluative skills, and experience of conducting empirical or other applied research. This allows them to pursue work as a researcher and will inform whatever position they take up in the future. The expertise will be welcome in a range of organisations including national or international environmental bodies, governmental departments and nongovernmental organisations. Generally, students take assessed modules in Environmental Anthropology, Ethnobiological Knowledge Systems, Contemporary Issues in Ethnography, social anthropology, and Research Methods. These modules involve a combination of lectures, seminar discussions and practical laboratories. Additionally, you may opt to attend modules taught in DICE (the Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology) on conservation biology, nature and tourism and the international wildlife trade. There are also informal workshop series in practical methods in conservation social science (jointly held with DICE), cultural domain analysis, research design, and computer applications, as well as field trips.

Study options

Study options
This program can be done
On campus



  • PTE
A good honours degree (2.1 or above) in anthropology or other associated fields, including environmental studies. All applicants are considered on an individual basis and additional qualifications, professional qualifications and relevant experience may also be taken into account when considering applications.

Career opportunities

As a School recognised for its excellence in research we are one of the partners in the South East Doctoral Training Centre, which is recognised by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). This relationship ensures that successful completion of our courses is sufficient preparation for research in the various fields of social anthropology. Many of the students go on to do PhD research. Others use their Master’s qualification in employment ranging from research in government departments to teaching to consultancy work overseas. The School has a very good record for postgraduate employment and academic continuation. Studying anthropology, you develop an understanding of the complexity of all actions, beliefs and discourse by acquiring strong methodological and analytical skills. Anthropologists are increasingly being hired by companies and organisations that recognise the value of employing people who understand the complexities of societies and organisations. Many of our alumni teach in academic positions in universities across the world, while others work for a wide range of organisations. Examples of positions held by our alumni include: Project director for the Global Diversity Foundation; Curator at Beirut Botanic Gardens.

Campus location

Canterbury , United Kingdom

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