Entry requirements

A first- or upper second-class undergraduate honours degree in anthropology or another relevant humanities or social sciences discipline

Months of entry


Course content

This MA 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 first degree in anthropology to branch out into interdisciplinary areas such as gender studies, human rights, health or migration studies.


Anthropology and Ethnography is assessed by two 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.

Research placements

A research placement allows 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.

Course structure:

We continue to develop and update our modules for 2017 entry to ensure you have the best student experience. In addition to the course structure below, you may find it helpful to refer to the Modules list.

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 two 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, Displacement and Humanitarian Responses • Sexuality and Development • The Architecture of Aid • Transnationalism, Diaspora and Migrants’ Lives. Options may vary.

You also take a Research Methods and Professional Skills module, which provides training to prepare you for further research and a professional career. This module is delivered as a series of workshops, including one that prepares you for your dissertation.

Summer term: you undertake supervised work on your dissertation. There is also a dissertation with a placement option.

Information for international students

Please visit: International qualifications for Masters courses or Fees and Scholarships.

Fees and funding

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The University of Sussex aims to attract the most talented students to postgraduate study. For full details of our scholarships please visit: Masters Scholarships

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Student Recruitment Services
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