University of Sussex

University of Sussex

Social Anthropology

We welcome enquiries from students wishing to undertake research in any areas of faculty interest. We also provide interdisciplinary doctoral supervision in subject areas such as development studies, migration studies and cultural studies. Students are allocated 2 academic supervisors with whom they work for the duration of their course.

Entry requirements

A Master's degree in anthropology although those with a Master's degree in a closely related discipline may also be admitted. In exceptional circumstances, candidates with other backgrounds may be considered. Applicants must submit an outline research proposal of 2 to 3 pages indicating the nature, ambitions and primary questions of the project. English language requirements: IELTS 6.5, with not less than 6.5 in writing and 6.0 in the other sections; internet TOEFL with 90 overall including 24 in speaking and 25 in writing.

Course modules

All research students are required to complete an appropriate programme of research methods training; this may involve enrolling on the MSc in social research methods before proceeding to the PhD. This is known as a 1+3 course. Recent thesis titles include: Conflicts of a 'peaceful' diaspora: identity, power and peace politics among Cypriots in the UK and Cyprus; negotiating educational desire: migrant youths and aspirations in Shanghai, China; of the earthquake and other stories: the continuity of change in Pakistan-administered Kashmir; 'our brother's keeper': moralities of transformation at YMCA Centres in the UK and Gambia; producing beauty: the social politics of mass production at a special economic zone in South India.

Sponsorship information

Anthropology has full 1+3 and +3 recognition from the ESRC; this includes access to 5interdisciplinary research studentships; there are financial opportunities for research students to contribute towards undergraduate teaching.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PhD Part-time October 2016 - 6 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Sussex House Brighton BN1 9RH South East

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