University of Sussex

University of Sussex

Anthropology of Development and Social Transformation

Concerned with the anthropological study of the complex economic, political and cultural processes of social transformation in the developing world, this MA provides an entry into the anthropology of development and will be of interest to those with experience, or considering a career, in the development field. Research placements run over a 12-week period in the summer term and vacation. If you take a research placement, you have the opportunity to write a dissertation based on your experience.

Entry requirements

A 1st or upper 2nd Class undergraduate Honours degree in anthropology or another relevant humanities or social sciences discipline.

Course modules

Core modules include: Anthropologists and development; research methods and professional skills (anth); understanding processes of social change; option modules include: Activism for development and social justice; anthropology of childhood; anthropology of reconciliation and reconstruction; critical debates in environment and development; dissertation (anthropology); dissertation with placement (global studies); globalisation and rural change; knowledge, power and resistance; medical anthropology: cultural understandings of health and healing; migration, inequality and social change; poverty, vulnerability and the global economy; refugees, displacement and humanitarian responses; sexuality and development: intimacies, health and rights in global perspective; transnationalism, diaspora and migrants' lives. Summer term: you undertake supervised work on the dissertation, which normally includes both critical discussion and creative writing.

Assessment methods

Anthropologists and Development is assessed by coursework and a 3,000-word essay. Understanding Processes of Social Change is assessed by a 1,000-word concept note and a 4,000-word essay. Assessment of spring-term options varies. You also write a 10,000-word dissertation.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time October 2016 GBP 6,060 per Year 1 (England) 12 months
MA Full-time October 2016 GBP 14,800 per Year 1 (International) 12 months
MA Full-time October 2016 GBP 6,060 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 12 months
MA Full-time October 2016 GBP 6,060 per Year 1 (Scotland) 12 months
MA Full-time October 2016 GBP 6,060 per Year 1 (Wales) 12 months
MA Part-time October 2016 - 24 months

Campus details

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

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