University of Sussex

University of Sussex


This course focuses on dealing with contemporary real-life issues such as social and economic transformation, and the politics of race, religion, rights and citizenship. The course may act as an introduction to anthropology for people coming from other disciplines. Alternatively, its combination of core modules and options enables those with a 1st degree in anthropology to branch out into interdisciplinary areas such as gender studies, human rights, health or migration studies. The School of Global Studies offers you support in finding a research placement, allowing you to gain experience in an area of work relating to your subject of study and to acquire practical skills in preparation for a professional career. 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

Autumn term: You are provided with a foundation in the discipline, taking: anthropology and ethnography; understanding processes of social change. Spring term: You adapt the course to your interests by taking 2 modules from: Activism for development and social justice; anthropology of reconciliation and reconstruction; anthropology of childhood; critical debates in environment and development; cultural understandings of health and healing; embodiment and institutionalisation of violence; fair trade, ethical business and new moral economies; globalisation and rural change; knowledge, power and resistance; migration, inequality and social change; poverty and vulnerability in the global economy; refugees and development; the architecture of aid; transnational migration and diaspora; research methods and professional skills module. Options may vary. Summer term: You undertake supervised work on your dissertation. There is also a dissertation with a placement option.

Assessment methods

Anthropology and ethnography is assessed by 2 2,500-word book reviews; understanding processes of social change is assessed by coursework and a 4,000-word term paper; assessment of spring-term options varies. You also write a 10,000-word dissertation.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MA Full-time £ 6,060 per Academic year (home fees) 12 months
MA Full-time £ 14,800 per Academic year (overseas fees) 12 months
MA Part-time - 24 months

Campus details

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

Key information

Telephone number: 
01273 877107