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Anthropology of Development and Social Transformation MA



What will I learn?

Sussex is recognised globally for teaching and research in international development. This course is for you if you have experience, or are considering a career, in the development field.

Sussex has the largest department in the UK focusing on social anthropology and pioneered the anthropological critique of development. We examine the impact of economic and social change on local practices, meanings, and identities.

The MA focuses on issues of anthropological engagement, development policy and activism. You will learn from experts. You can also connect with our global network of research partnerships, alumni, and professionals in the public, private, consultancy and not-for-profit sectors.


This MA provides an entry into the anthropology of development and is for you if you have experience of, or are considering a career in, the development field.

Over half of our graduates since 2008 have gone on to work for NGOs, aid agencies, while others are in different industries, for example:

  • international and national NGOs, such as Oxfam, Save the Children, Care International, Development Alternatives, ACTED, BRAC, Welthungerhilfe, and German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ)
  • UK Civil Service, UK’s Department for International Development, USAID, Peace Corps
  • independent filmmaking, freelance journalism, and socially responsible businesses
  • working as a researcher for government agencies, think tanks, or private consulting firms.

Several of our graduates go on to study for a PhD.

Which department am I in?


Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
£18,975.00 (US$ 22,890) per year
This is a fixed fee

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

Expected August 2023

Start date

Expected September 2023


University of Sussex

Sussex House,


Brighton & Hove,

BN1 9RH, England

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students need to have bachelors degree with CGPA 3.0/4.0 or 3.3-3.5/4.0 depending on your university.

For international students

Degree requirements: You should normally have an upper second-class (2.1) undergraduate honours degree or above. Subject-specific requirements: Your qualification should normally be in anthropology or other humanities or social sciences subject; alternatively, you should have relevant professional experience or engagement. English Language Requirements: IELTS (Academic) Standard level (6.0 overall, including at least 5.5 in each component); TOEFL (iBT) – 80 overall, including at least 17 in Listening, 18 in Reading, 20 in Speaking, 17 in Writing.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About University of Sussex

In the vibrant coastal city of Brighton, Sussex offers a world-class education, real-world employability and an unforgettable student experience.

  • Ranked 21st in the UK and 151th in the world (THE WUR 2022)
  • Outstanding research reputation & excellent job prospects
  • Continual investment in facilities & the student experience
  • Beautiful campus with a welcoming global community

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