The School of Anthropology and Conservation prides itself on its inclusive and interdisciplinary focus. We takes a holistic approach to human society, combining biological and social perspectives. We maintain an active research culture, with staff working in many different parts of the world.
Our postgraduate programmes cover a broad range of topics in social and biological anthropology, ethnobiology, and biodiversity conservation. You will discover the extent of our international reach, the quality and reputation of our research, and the outstanding facilities we are able to offer.
Taught and Research Degrees
As a postgraduate student you can choose to study either on a taught Master's programme or take one of our research degrees. Taught programmes are usually 1 year full-time or 2 years part-time and are made up of both a taught and research component. The first part of the programme will involve attending lectures and seminars to build on your exisiting knowledge and skills in the field. The second part of the programme involves conducting independent research and compiling a dissertation of your work.
Research degrees allow students to conduct independent research and to understand its relationship to a wider field of knowledge. In the School of Anthropology and Conservation we offer both Master's by research (MA/MSc) usually taken over one year full-time or two years part-time and PhD (doctorate) taken over three or four years full-time and a minimum of five to a maximum of six years part-time.
Kent is an excellent environment in which to undertake postgraduate study within the field of Anthropology, offering programmes that expose students to unique experiences and opportunities. We offer taught Master's programmes in Social Anthropology, Environmental Anthropology, Ethnobotany and Evolution and Human Behaviour. Students have access to first class facilities including specialised research laboratories for genetics, ecology, biological anthropology, osteology, visual anthropology and ethnobiology.
More information on all our anthropology programmes can be found in our postgraduate brochure.
Conservation at Kent is managed by members of the Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology (DICE) which is housed within the School. DICE is the largest academic institute dedicated to conservation in the UK and has a thriving and research-active postgraduate community. Students benefit from first class facilities both within the School and at our various long-term study sites around the world. DICE students join a global network of conservationists who are conducting projects with significant impact across the world. The focus of our taught programmes is to train and equip conservationists with the skills they need to manage projects, engage with local communities and conceive of creative solutions to biodiverstiy conservation problems.
More information on all our conservation programmes can be found in our postgraduate brochure.