Anthropology & Development

The MA in Anthropology and Development is an advanced degree in Socio-Cultural Anthropology with a particular emphasis on the Critical Anthropology of Development. During their studies students shall be provided with a sophisticated introduction to the theoretical underpinnings of socio-cultural anthropology, together with a block of modules that open up and explore the conceptual and methodological core of the discipline, and a series of specialized modules in the Critical Anthropology of Development. Students are also asked to write a thesis in the Anthropology of Development. This Masters programme is primarily a scholarly degree that aims to equip students for later doctoral research or for work in third sector roles that demand academic social-scientific knowledge or the particular skills of trained ethnographic researchers.

Entry requirements

A degree (2.2 or higher) in Anthropology or cognate discipline, or a recognised international equivalent.

Applicants must have a recognised primary degree which is considered equivalent to Irish university primary degree level.

Minimum English language requirements: please visit Maynooth University International Office website for information about English language tests accepted and required scores. The requirements specified are applicable for both EU and non-EU applicants.

National University of Ireland Maynooth's TOEFL code is 8850.

Subjects taught

Students take a total of 90 credits over 1 year.

Compulsory Modules (70 credits)
AN651 Social Thought (10 credits)
AN653 Writing Cultures (10 credits)
AN649 Foundations of Anthropology & Development (5 credits)
AN652 Key Concepts in Anthropology (10 credits)
AN669 Topics in Anthropology & Development (5 credits)
AN634T Thesis (30 credits)

Optional Modules (subject to availability)
AN646 Foundations of Linguistic Anthropology (5 credits)
AN647 Foundations of Medical Anthropology (5 credits)
AN648 Foundations of Material Culture and Design (5 credits)
AN862 Ethnography Winter School (5 credits)
AN630 Creole Culture (5 credits)
AN666 Topics in Linguistic Anthropology (5 credits)
AN667 Topics in Medical Anthropology (5 credits)
AN668 Topics in Material Culture & Design (5 credits)
PD602 People, Society and Design (5 credits)
PD606 Design Ethnography (7.5 credits)
GY619 Public Engagement Research and Practice (10 credits)
GY625 Spaces of Algorithmic Governance (10 credits)
GY627 Places, Landscapes, Mappings (10 credits)
GY629 Spatial Justice: Geographies of Social & Environmental Change (10 credits)
MD622 Critical & Creative Media Research
MD624 Irish Media History
MD626 Media Archives
MD629 Screen Production: Formats & Genres
MD630 Creative Interactive Computing
MD631 Writing for Screen Media
MD632 Media Publics: Digital Media, Public Discourse and Political Formations

Students complete an intensive course of four 6-week compulsory modules in anthropological theory (10 credits each) alongside four compulsory modules in Anthropology and Development (5 credits each), as well as two Saturday workshops. Students develop a proposal for a research project during the taught year in consultation with a member of the anthropology faculty, who will advise the student and mark the project. In the summer, students register for the 30-credit Thesis.


MHC62 1 year Full-time
MHC63 2 years Part-Time


In general, there are two levels of fees payable. EU students from EU countries including Ireland pay a subsidised level of fees for both taught courses and research programmes. Tuition fees for students from outside the EU are not subsidised and are thus somewhat higher than for EU students.

Enrolment dates

Commences September

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An anthropology degree provides an excellent preparation for a wide variety of fields in both public and private sectors, and is an especially good foundation for an international career. Anthropology has become increasingly important as a job skill in the context of globalisation, where a deeper understanding of cultural difference is crucial, both locally and internationally. Our graduates go on to employment in a wide variety of careers in community work, education, the health professions, product design, international aid and development projects, NGO work, business and administration, and more.

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