Taught course

Social Anthropology of the Global Economy

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

Sussex is a world leader in the anthropological study of economic life, one of the most dynamic and fast-growing areas of the discipline. This MA will teach you how to analyse and explain the complex relationship between local realities and global processes of economic transformation using anthropological theories and research.

Research placements

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.

Course Structure

You take modules and options and have the opportunity to take a research placement.

Modules are assessed via term papers, concept notes, book reviews, essays and case studies. You also write a 10,000-word dissertation.

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. Modules may be subject to change.

Autumn term:

  • Anthropology of Global Capitalism
  • Understanding Processes of Social Change

Spring term: you choose two of the following options (one of which can be swapped for another module in the Department or the School of Global Studies):

  • Activism for Development and Social Justice
  • Fair Trade, Ethical Business and New Moral Economies
  • Knowledge, Power and Resistance
  • Poverty and Vulnerability in the Global Economy.

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

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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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