Taught by expert researchers, this innovative MSc combines evolutionary anthropology, focusing on the behaviour of human and non-human primates, with evolutionary, developmental and cognitive psychology.
You gain an interdisciplinary understanding of the origins and functions of human behaviour and can select from a range of advanced topics such as evolutionary anthropology, primatology, human behaviour, cognitive psychology, developmental psychology and intergroup relationships.
The programme places a strong emphasis on critical thinking and understanding of both the broad fields and the specialisms within. Core to the programme is the development of research methods, culminating in a piece of original research, written up in the form of a publication-ready journal article. The MSc in Evolution and Human Behaviour is a perfect foundation for PhD research: it provides theoretical background, discipline specific knowledge and advanced, quantitative research methods.
- A unique, interdisciplinary, combination of Evolutionary Anthropology and Psychology.
- Taught by expert, active researchers in evolutionary approaches to understanding behaviour.
- Select from a range of advanced topics such as Evolutionary Anthropology, Primatology, Human Behaviour, Developmental Psychology & Cognitive Neuroscience.
- Perfect foundation for future PhD research: theoretical background, discipline-specific knowledge and advanced research methods.
- For students with an undergraduate degree in anthropology, psychology, biology or a related discipline.
- A research component that results in a publication-ready journal article.
The programme places a strong emphasis on critical thinking and understanding of both the broad field and the specialisms within. Core to the programme is the development of research methods, culminating in a piece of original research, written up in the form of a publication ready journal article.
Please note that modules are subject to change. Please contact the School for more detailed information on availability.
SE992 - Advanced Topics in Evolutionary Anthropology (15 credits) SP801 - Statistics and Methodology (40 credits) SE993 - Advanced Topics in Primate Behaviour (15 credits) SE994 - Advanced Topics in HUman Behaviour (15 credits) SP844 - Advanced Topics in Group Processes (20 credits) SP851 - Advanced Topics in Cognitive Development (20 credits) SP856 - Groups and Teams in Organisations (15 credits) SP827 - Current Issues in Cognitive Psychology and Neuropsychology (40 credits) SP842 - Advanced Developmental Social Psychology (20 credits) SE855 - Research Project (Evolution & Human Behaviour) (60 credits)
Assessment is by computing tests, unseen examinations, coursework and a project report.
This programme aims to:
- provide the opportunity for advanced study of human behaviour from an evolutionary perspective, combining approaches from both evolutionary anthropology and evolutionary psychology
- provide teaching that is informed by current research and scholarship and that requires you to engage with aspects of work at the frontiers of knowledge
- help you to develop research skills and transferable skills in preparation for entering academic or other careers as an evolutionary scientist
- enable you to manage your own learning and to carry out independent research
- help you develop general critical, analytic and problem-solving skills that can be applied in a wide range of settings.
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 our 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.
Higher degrees in anthropology create opportunities in many employment sectors including academia, the civil service and non-governmental organisations through work in areas such as human rights, journalism, documentary film making, environmental conservation and international finance. An anthropology degree also develops interpersonal and intercultural skills, which make our graduates highly desirable in any profession that involves working with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures.