Fundamentally interdisciplinary: connecting anthropology, botany, natural resource management and environmental history.
Ethnobotany is the study of the interrelationship between people and plants, particularly the way in which plants impact on human culture and practices, and how humans have used and modified plants, and how they represent them in their systems of knowledge. It is fundamentally interdisciplinary: connecting anthropology, botany, natural resource management and environmental history, to mention only the most central of the contributing subjects.
The Kent MSc is an intensive 12 month programme. Students take 6 coursework modules over the first 6 months, and then undertake a project and write a dissertation in the second 6 months.
The course will be supplemented with practical work, field visits to local sites of ethnobotanical interest (Blean woodland, national fruit collection at Brogdale, Canterbury Cathedral Library, phytomedical suppliers and practitioners), and through guest speakers involved in research in various parts of the world.
Ethnobotany at Kent
- Established since 1998, with over 100 graduates
- First and only graduate course of its kind in the UK
- Situated in a combined School of Anthropology and Conservation
- Largest research group for ethnobotany in Europe
- Excellent career outcomes
- Wide geographical expertise of staff
- Integrates field methods with theoretical perspectives
- Jointly taught with the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
Since 1998 we have trained nearly 100 students through our MSc Programme. Most of these have moved on to undertake research degrees in some area of ethnobotany (e.g. Oxford, Kent, Vienna, Florida, McGill), or have taken-up positions which utilize their training and knowledge, for example in NGOs such as the Global Diversity Foundation, at the Harvard Museum of Economic Botany, conservation education (e.g. Dublin Botanic Gardens and the Eden Project) and in the pharmaceutical industry.
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