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Your programme of study

You study with leading anthropologists to understand a range of human-environment relations in contemporary environmental issues. The issues and challenges in the environment make daily news reading across the globe, yet there is a tension between environmental concerns and economic benefit, human rights, landscape value, the rights of species to survive and management of natural resources. This is a very current discipline which will only grow in relevance to the environmental issues of the 20th century and this is where you can understand the issues that affect our life on the planet, in communities and how we utilise resources extra to the environment.

Human beings now live in what an increasing number of environmental scientists call the Anthropocene – a stage in the Earth’s geological and climate development that is dominated by the activities of humankind. Whether in the realm of conservation, biodiversity, evolution or climatology, no effective study of environmental issues can proceed without an understanding of human behaviour on both the large and the small scale.

You may be interested in working for conservation and activism organisations to promote understanding of the environment and threats to it, you may want to work in nature conservation or human centred environmental consultancy work to improve quality of life or change issues before they affect people and the environment.

Courses listed for the programme

Semester 1

Understanding People and Environment

Semester 2

Compulsory courses

Reading Environment Ethnography

Field Trips for People and Environment

Optional Courses

Roads, Mobility, Movement, Migration

Anthropological Theory for MSc

The Museum Idea

More Than Human

Supervised Reading

Curating and Exhibition

Work Placement for MSc in People and Environment

Research Design and Practice in Anthropology

Culture and Society in Latin America

Semester 3

Dissertation in People and Environment


Visit the People and the Environment (MSc) page on the Aberdeen University website for more details!

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