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Durham University

Department of Anthropology

What Our Students Say


Pursuing MSc at Durham University was the best thing that ever happened to my academic life. The University has world class facilities to support learning and excellent academic staff that are capable of bringing out the best in students.

The breathtaking beauty of Durham city further makes postgraduate studies at Durham University a memorable and enjoyable experience. More importantly, a degree from Durham is a universal passport to employment.

Collins Zamawe
MSc in Medical Anthropology (2011 - 2012)


Taking a year out of medical school to study Medical Anthropology at Durham University is one of the best decisions I have made.

One of the highlights of the course is that it is incredibly flexible, which allows you to tailor what you study to your interests. For example, I have always been interested in Maternal and Child Global Health. The course allowed me to elect an optional module in evolutionary perpectives on maternal and child health and also facilitated me to travel to The Gambia and undertake fieldwork regarding children's access to healthcare.

Ana Liddie Navarro
MSc Medical Anthropology (2011-2012)


It is such a richly rewarding experience studying with students from different professional and academic backgrounds as each of us brings rich and diverse cultural dynamics into conversations that will help shape our futures within our equally diverse heritages.

The different methods of teaching, including class lecturers, student presentations, seminars, group discussions, conference organizing and a readily available online and onsite libraries, all encourage a collaborative effort amongst the staff and students.

The intellectual stimulation that I continuously receive in this environment is an amazing and unquantifiable experience, whose rewards I can already feel – as I grow with confidence, the skills that will help me contribute to the local and global community at large.

Barbara Mutedzi
MSc Medical Anthropology (2013-2014)



The MSc is one of a kind in the UK. It is focused around debating energy issues through different disciplines, which truly reflect the interdisciplinary nature of the energy studies.

We are taught by leading academics in the field and benefit from the cutting edge research developed in the anthropology department and in the Durham Energy Institute. The way the course is organized gives students the opportunity to research and read about topics that are relevant to their interest.

Besides that, I feel equipped to go to the job market or to continue with further research as the skills acquired are highly sought after by employers, energy agencies and governments. The interdisciplinary nature of the course makes us graduates highly employable.

Pedro Martins-Coais
MSc Energy and Society (2013-2014)



The MSc program was an incredible opportunity to immerse myself in anthropological theory and ethnography, specifically as they pertain to current issues in the developing world. It provided fantastic courses in research methods, and offered great fieldwork opportunities; for me that involved three weeks of fieldwork in Kenya.

My experience has put me in a competitive position to pursue work with various international development NGOs and think tanks.

Rose Tobiassen
MSc Sustainability, Culture and Development (2012-2013)


From knowledgeable, experienced professors, I learned about anthropological contributions to development theory, and how to put that knowledge into practice through fieldwork.

Leah Rush
MSc Sustainability, Culture and Development (2010-2011)


Through my study I grasped more clearly the theoretical foundations of Western thought and the dramatic implications of its universal application. I took from this course was the idea of sustainability as a social space, one where all people are mutual stakeholders.

Claudia Abbott-Barish
MSc Sustainability, Culture and Development (2011-2012)



This course gave me confidence and knowledge of different cultures. Learning about social systems & structures enabled me to consider consider problems faced by immigrants and Indigenous peoples around the world. My research also allowed me to fulfil a lifelong dream to work with the First People's of Australia - the Aboriginal community in the Northern Territory.My experience at Durham gave me the opportunity to work with professional lecturers & Professors, and receive supervision from a wonderful man that shared my love of Aboriginal Australia and encouraged my love and trip to Alice Springs.

Learning about power & governance, health, ways of life and environmental anthropology were particularly beneficial for building my skills & knowledge for my particular research. I found the Personal & Professional Development module to be an invaluable tool to my career choice; I highly recommend this module for all students!

Nicky Graves
Socio-Cultural Anthropology MA 2012-2013


My Anthropology course equipped me extremely well to work for a global humanitarian charity that works to help people affected by conflict and disaster. To this day I rely on the analytic discipline of anthropology to help better understand the many crises in the world. I previously worked for a human rights organisation and found anthropology again helped me better understand exploitative and abusive practices that exist across the world. I personally found my MA incredibly interesting and useful and encouraged me to go and spend two years living abroad in Japan.

I am also convinced that anthropology would be a worthwhile addition to the GCSE syllabus to help equip the next generation for life in an ever changing and increasingly multicultural world.

Paul Donohoe
Socio-Cultural Anthropology MA 1999-2000


The MA in Socio-Cultural Anthropology was challenging in the best way possible. The staff in the department are incredibly supportive, and provide tailored direction and advice in a wide range of research fields.
Studying Anthropology at Durham is a unique opportunity to work with cutting-edge researchers, in a friendly and enjoyable environment.

The students and staff in the Anthropology department made this MA an enriching and rewarding experience.

Susanna Baker
Socio-Cultural Anthropology MA 2012-2013