Entry requirements

MPhil in Social Anthropology: A first- or upper second-class undergraduate honours degree in any relevant social science but applicants from other backgrounds may be considered. Applicants must submit a short outline proposal of two to three pages in order to be considered

PhD in Social Anthropology: A Masters degree in anthropology although those with a Masters 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 two to three pages indicating the nature, ambitions and primary questions of the project

Months of entry

January, October, April

Course content

  • PhD in Social Anthropology
  • MPhil in 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.

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. Students who have already completed a programme of research methods training can apply for the three-year doctoral degree leading to a PhD.

Coursework and supervision

Whether you start the three-year PhD or the 1+3 MSc/PhD degree, you are normally required to complete some research methods training modules and possibly some specialist thematic modules drawn from the MA courses.

Students are allocated two academic supervisors with whom they work for the duration of their course. Supervisors are allocated according to their regional and thematic expertise, to provide a complementary match with your research.


Research courses usually involve fieldwork away from Sussex during the second year of the PhD. Supervision continues during fieldwork, while you gather data to be written up on your return. Students on the 1+3 degree usually start their fieldwork in the year following successful completion of the MSc dissertation.

Research training

The University’s Doctoral School runs a wide range of training courses covering the needs of students throughout all phases of their studies.

Visit the Doctoral School homepage

Recent thesis titles

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

Information for international students

For overseas entry requirements see: http://www.sussex.ac.uk/study/pg/2016/research/1651#qualifications

Fees and funding

UK students
£4,195 per year
International students
£15,100 per year

The University of Sussex aims to attract the most talented students to postgraduate study and offers one of the most generous scholarship programmes of any UK university. For full details of our scholarships please visit:www.sussex.ac.uk/study/money/scholarships/pgt2016/

Qualification and course duration


full time
36-48 months

Course contact details

Student Recruitment Services
+44 (0)1273 877107