Taught course

Anthropology of Development and Social Transformation

University of Sussex · Anthropology

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

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.


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.

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.

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 tab.

Autumn term: Anthropologists and Development • Understanding Processes of Social Change.

Spring term: you are given the chance to adapt the course to your interests by choosing two of the spring-term modules listed for the MA in Anthropology.

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.

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Fees and funding

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Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

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