This course attracts students from a variety of backgrounds. It will develop your professional skills in development research and practice. You'll go on a unique placement-based dissertation that combines work experience with academic research. You'll also carry out hands-on research during an overseas field class. Our graduates have gone on to work for a wide variety of organisations, including the World Bank, the British Red Cross, UNDP, WildAid, World Vision and Save the Children. This MA draws on our research strengths and internationally-recognised expertise in the areas of social and environmental justice, rural and urban development, governance, citizenship and sustainability. Our teaching involves industry and sector specialists, which means you can make connections and contacts with a global network of expertise beyond the University.
Graduate Institute (IHEID) Our two-year Master’s program offers rigorous training in anthropology and sociology through a combination of coursework in small class settings, opportunities for independent field research, and close mentoring. During the program students acquire a breadth and depth of disciplinary and cross-disciplinary knowledge, as well as research skills across a variety of methodological approaches.
We aim to foster in our students the analytical, methodological, and conceptual capacities needed to develop nuanced understandings of, and responses to, the transnational and globalized dimensions of many of today’s most urgent social, cultural, political, and economic problems. Students complete our program well prepared for careers in the international, public, private, and nonprofit sectors. A number of our MA students also go on to pursue PhDs in ANSO or other internationally competitive doctoral programs.