University of Kent, School of Anthropology & Conservation

Introduction

About us

The School of Anthropology and Conservation is a multinational research community striving for real-world impact. Our creative lecturers, internationally recognised research, state-of-the-art laboratory facilities and welcoming student spaces create an inspiring learning environment.

  • Gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework, the highest possible rating
  • 15th for Anthropology in the Complete University Guide 2019
  • 88% of Anthropology students who responded to the National Student Survey 2018 were satisfied with their course overall

Our vision

We recognise the importance of the fundamental link between human society, human evolution and the natural environment. This is key to our strength: by breaking down the barriers between the natural and social sciences, we can fully explore the relationships between humans and the world we live in and seek solutions to the challenges we face. We want to be world changes and we want you to join us on this adventure.

Inspirational teaching

Our highly motivated academic staff teach a broad range of modules informed by the latest research. Lecturers ensure that you develop practical, academic, professional and internationalisation skills alongside theory and foundational knowledge. We place a high value on learning through experience, and so most programmes offer field trips and, where relevant, teaching in our cutting-edge laboratory facilities and campus-based field sites.

We want to share our passion for our work with you. We highly value our inclusive and international school community which creates a learning environment rich in culture, diversity and intellectual challenge.

Supportive student environment

The School provides a welcoming environment. Our lecturers are keen to listen and offer advice, working with you to ensure you reach your full potential. Our students are a motivated and ambitious group who enjoy working together and supporting each other.

All students are allocated a personal academic adviser. You also have access to our Student Pastoral Support Co-ordinator, who offers support, guidance and signposting to additional services for both personal welfare and academic issues.

Research excellence

We believe in the intimate link between teaching and research, which ensures our modules are inspiring, relevant and thought-provoking. Our lecturers and research students are engaged in exciting projects in the UK and around the world. We promote innovative and interdisciplinary research, facilitated by our research centres.

Our research staff are active at academic and professional conferences, both nationally and internationally, and publish in leading journals. Their work often attracts global media attention, and a number of our staff and students have received prestigious awards for their research and its contribution to science and real-world issues. These include Whitley Awards, RSPB Conservation Science Awards, Future of Nature Awards, Distinguished Ethnobotanist of the Year, and the Richard Evans Schultes Research Award.

State-of-the-art facilities

The School provides students and research groups with excellent facilities which are equipped with state-of-the-art equipment and resources. We have dedicated laboratories for animal postcranial evolution, ecology, ethnobiology, human osteology, genetics, virtual palaeoanthropology and visual anthropology.

Our teaching spaces are fully equipped with audio-visual capabilities and our computer suite is furnished with 32 PCs with HD resolution and premium hardware.

Exciting prospects

Studying with the School of Anthropology and Conservation equips you for a successful career. As well as providing a first-rate academic experience, we also develop your transferable skills such as communication, team working, problem-solving and computer literacy.

You benefit from the extensive research and business networks cultivated by our staff. With weekly seminars, annual lectures and employability fairs attracting world-renowned and field-leading experts, you have many opportunities to be inspired and develop your own contacts.

Over the past 25 years, our students have gone on to hold key roles in some of the world’s most innovative and successful sustainability initiatives, and work in a wide range of organisations, including the Global Diversity Foundation, Harvard Economic Botany Museum and Porchlight Homelessness Charity.

Location

The School of Anthropology and Conservation is based on our Canterbury campus with its first-class academic and leisure facilities. We are equipped with the latest resources and our beautiful setting offers plenty of tranquil spaces to study and relax.

Everything you need on campus is within walking distance, including a general store, a bookshop, bank, cinema, theatre, a medical centre and a pharmacy. You can go off campus to explore the city's medieval buildings, historic pubs and an array of shops; London and France are just an hour away by train.

This school offers programs in:
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Programs

This school also offers:

MA

MA in Social Anthropology

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2  September 2019 United Kingdom Canterbury + 1 more

This programme is designed as an advanced course in social anthropology and is for students who have already studied anthropology either as a degree course or as part of a degree course at undergraduate level. [+]

Anthropology prides itself on its inclusive and interdisciplinary focus. It takes a holistic approach to human society, combining biological and social perspectives.

Overview

This programme is designed as an advanced course in social anthropology and is for students who have already studied anthropology either as a degree course or as part of a degree course at undergraduate level. It provides in-depth generalist training in anthropology and is excellent preparation for those embarking on research degrees in anthropology or intending to enter professional fields in which anthropological training is advantageous.

Why Study With Us? One year Master's programme Committed to practice-led theory taught by active researchers. Hands-on methods training to prepare you for independent research. A wide choice of optional modules allows for further specialization in areas of expertise. Regional specialisms include Amazon, Southeast, and Southern Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Central America, New Guinea, and Polynesia. Opportunity to develop skills in visual anthropology through modules in the anthropological use of photography, film, and video. Specialism in the application of computers and IT to anthropological research and practice. Small groups and excellent facilities Opportunity to join our annual field trip to the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Cambridge. National ratings ... [-]

MSc

MSc in Conservation and International Wildlife Trade

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2  September 2019 United Kingdom Canterbury + 1 more

The MSc in Conservation and International Wildlife Trade provides you with the knowledge base to address trade regulation and management at both the national and international levels. [+]

Due to high levels of interest in 2018/19 applications for this programme will close on Sunday 17th June. Applications received beyond this date will be considered on an individual basis and applicants may be placed on a waiting list should further places become available.

Overview

The MSc in Conservation and International Wildlife Trade provides you with the knowledge base to address trade regulation and management at both the national and international levels.

International wildlife trade is big business and ranges from high volume timber and fishery products to the more traditional wildlife products from endangered species used in horticultural, pet, leather and medicinal trades. International trade and over-use are implicated in the decline of around one-third of threatened species.... [-]


MSc in Conservation and Rural Development

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2  September 2019 United Kingdom Canterbury + 1 more

The MSc in Conservation and Rural Development explores the issues underlying the conservation-rural development debate and offers practical and methodological tools for working at the interface between conservation and rural development. [+]

Due to high levels of interest in 2018/19 applications for this programme will close on Sunday 17th June. Applications received beyond this date will be considered on an individual basis and applicants may be placed on a waiting list should further places become available.

Overview

The MSc in Conservation and Rural Development explores the issues underlying the conservation-rural development debate and offers practical and methodological tools for working at the interface between conservation and rural development.

The relationship between conservation and rural development can best be described as an uneasy alliance: on the one hand, there is substantial common ground between them in terms of preventing environmental degradation, but on the other, they are often in direct conflict. This pathway explores the issues underlying the conservation/rural development debate and offers practical and methodological tools for working at the interface between the two.... [-]


MSc in Conservation Biology

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2  September 2019 United Kingdom Canterbury + 1 more

The MSc in Conservation Biology provides you with a knowledge base and the practical experience to address issues relating to biodiversity conservation and biodiversity management. [+]

Due to high levels of interest for 2018/19 applications for this programme will close on Sunday 17th June. Applications received beyond this date will be considered on an individual basis and applicants may be placed on a waiting list should further places become available.

Overview

The MSc in Conservation Biology provides you with a knowledge base and the practical experience to address issues relating to biodiversity conservation and biodiversity management.

Modern conservation science transcends the traditional boundaries of biology, ecology and environmental management. Today’s managers of biodiversity need to be versed in a broad range of specialist fields, from population ecology and human community development, through to international wildlife trade and the economics of conservation, as well as the latest techniques in endangered species recovery.... [-]


MSc in Ethnobotany

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2  September 2019 United Kingdom Canterbury + 1 more

Ethnobotany is quintessentially interdisciplinary, involving knowledge and use of plants and their ecology in the context of their cultural, social and economic significance. [+]

Ethnobotany is quintessentially interdisciplinary, involving knowledge and use of plants and their ecology in the context of their cultural, social and economic significance.

Overview

Ethnobotany is the study of the interrelationship between people and plants, historically and cross-culturally, particularly the role of plants in human culture and practices, how humans have used and modified plants, and how they represent them in their systems of knowledge.

This programme combines anthropological studies of human-environment interaction and sociocultural knowledge of plants in different parts of the world with ecology, conservation science, biodiversity management, and climate change science. It also covers medicinal plant use and ethnopharmacology, plant conservation and sustainable management practices, taxonomy, and economic botany. Students will receive practical training in mixed methods and learn to conduct interdisciplinary research in Ethnobotany, in preparation for doctoral research or a career in related fields.... [-]


MSc in Forensic Osteology and Field Recovery Methods

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2  September 2019 United Kingdom Canterbury + 1 more

Learn the practical skills needed to recover human remains in the field. Gain the theoretical knowledge needed to reconstruct biological profiles from hard tissue, supported by laboratory-based training. [+]

This new MSc programme equips you with the ability to excavate and analyze human remains.

Overview

Learn the practical skills needed to recover human remains in the field. Gain the theoretical knowledge needed to reconstruct biological profiles from hard tissue, supported by laboratory-based training.

You learn from a team of internationally respected academics with extensive professional experience. You have the opportunity to access one of the largest human skeletal collections in the UK, with extensive skeletal pathology and accompanying radiographs. The collection is curated by the Skeletal Biology Research Centre, in the School's Human Osteology Research Laboratory.

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Contact

Marlowe Building

Address School of Anthropology and Conservation, Marlowe Building, The University of Kent
CT2 7NR Canterbury, England, United Kingdom
Website http://www.kent.ac.uk/
Phone +44 1227 824689