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Anthropology of Development and Social Transformation

12 months
18975 GBP/year
9500 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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Sussex is an internationally recognised centre for teaching and research in international development in the UK. This Anthropology of Development and Social Transformation degree at University of Sussex 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 Anthropology of Development and Social Transformation MA at University of Sussex 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.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Current Practices in Anthropology and Development
  • Historical Engagements of Anthropology and Development
  • Understanding Processes of Social Change
  • Anthropological Research Methods
  • Dissertation (Anthropology)
  • Critical Debates in Environment and Development

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General 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 another humanities or social sciences subject; alternatively, you should have relevant professional experience or engagement. 

Tuition Fee

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    9500 GBP/year
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Living costs for Brighton

815 - 1383 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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