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Take on a defining challenge for humanity in the 21st century – creating a global low-carbon economy while providing modern energy services to the world’s population. Read more
Take on a defining challenge for humanity in the 21st century – creating a global low-carbon economy while providing modern energy services to the world’s population.

This MSc is unique in combining ideas from economics, innovation studies and policy studies while requiring no prior training in these fields. The course provides a broad-based, social science training in energy policy, focusing in particular on the role of technological innovation.

You learn from internationally recognised faculty from SPRU – Science Policy Research Unit, a world-leading research centre on science, technology and innovation policy, and the Sussex Energy Group, one of the largest energy policy research groups in the world.

You gain the skills to analyse policy problems and to propose and evaluate viable policy solutions. The course provides an essential foundation for careers in government, international organisations, the private sector and NGOs.

How will I study?

Teaching is via small, highly interactive lectures and seminars that foster a culture of knowledge sharing, ideas generation, critical thinking and enthusiastic debate.

You’ll study a combination of core modules and options, assessed through:
-Coursework
-Group projects
-Examinations
-Extended essays
-Presentations
-Policy briefs

In the summer, you work on a research-based dissertation. We encourage interaction, collaboration and creativity. You’re invited to participate in our programme of research seminars as well as conferences and workshops.

Scholarships

Our aim is to ensure that every student who wants to study with us is able to despite financial barriers, so that we continue to attract talented and unique individuals.

SPRU 50th Anniversary Scholarship (2017)
- £10,000 towards fees with any remaining funds to be used to support maintenance.
- Application deadline: 1 July 2017
- Further information: http://www.sussex.ac.uk/study/masters/fees-and-scholarships/scholarships/view/754

Chancellor's International Scholarship (2017)
- up to 100 £5,000 Masters scholarships
- Application deadline: 1 August 2017
- Further information: http://www.sussex.ac.uk/study/masters/fees-and-scholarships/scholarships/view/711

Sussex India Scholarships (2017)
- scholarships worth £3,500 for all overseas fee paying students from India
- Application deadline: 1 August 2017
- Further information: http://www.sussex.ac.uk/study/masters/fees-and-scholarships/scholarships/view/714

Sussex Malaysia Scholarships (2017)
- scholarships worth £3,500 for all overseas fee paying students from Malaysia
- Application deadline: 1 August 2017
- Further information: http://www.sussex.ac.uk/study/masters/fees-and-scholarships/scholarships/view/715

Sussex Nigeria Scholarships (2017)
- scholarships to overseas fee paying students from Nigeria
- Application deadline: 1 August 2017
- Further information: http://www.sussex.ac.uk/study/masters/fees-and-scholarships/scholarships/view/717

Sussex Pakistan Scholarships (2017)
- scholarships worth £3,500 for all overseas fee paying students from Pakistan
- Application deadline: 1 August 2017
- Further information: http://www.sussex.ac.uk/study/masters/fees-and-scholarships/scholarships/view/716

For more information on any Scholarships: http://www.sussex.ac.uk/study/masters/fees-and-scholarships/scholarships

Careers

With the growing importance of energy on political, corporate and even social agendas around the world, there is increasing demand for energy policy professionals.

All our graduates have successfully obtained employment in a variety of sectors. For example, recent MSc graduates have gained employment in:
-International organisations (such as the OECD, UNDP, UNEP, IEA, and IREAN)
-Government departments (such as the UK Department of Energy and Climate Change, Government of British Columbia, Canada)
-Local authorities (such as the Brighton & Hove Council sustainability team)
-Businesses (such as RWE npower, Ecofys, EDF, Unilever, Southern Solar, Renaissance Re, Centro de Apoio a Inovação Social-CAIS)
-NGOs (such as the International Social Science Council, Green Jobs Alliance, People and Planet)

Other graduates have gone on to work for independent consultancies, or to study for PhDs in this area.

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This course gives you a solid foundation in the language, logic and tools of policy analysis. This allows you to investigate specific science and technology issues arising across public policy, industrial innovation and strategy, and to recommend policy solutions. Read more
This course gives you a solid foundation in the language, logic and tools of policy analysis. This allows you to investigate specific science and technology issues arising across public policy, industrial innovation and strategy, and to recommend policy solutions.

These skills, together with the high-level connections and global networks enjoyed by SPRU – Science Policy Research Unit, will equip you for working in organisations that seek to tackle society’s most important social and environmental challenges.

How will I study?

You’ll study through a combination of core modules and options.

Modules are assessed through a variety of means such as analysis assignments, project presentations and extended essays. You also work on a supervised 20,000-word dissertation.

Scholarships

Our aim is to ensure that every student who wants to study with us is able to despite financial barriers, so that we continue to attract talented and unique individuals.

SPRU 50th Anniversary Scholarship (2017)
- £10,000 towards fees with any remaining funds to be used to support maintenance.
- Application deadline: 1 July 2017
- Further information: http://www.sussex.ac.uk/study/masters/fees-and-scholarships/scholarships/view/754

Chancellor's International Scholarship (2017)
- up to 100 £5,000 Masters scholarships
- Application deadline: 1 August 2017
- Further information: http://www.sussex.ac.uk/study/masters/fees-and-scholarships/scholarships/view/711

Sussex India Scholarships (2017)
- scholarships worth £3,500 for all overseas fee paying students from India
- Application deadline: 1 August 2017
- Further information: http://www.sussex.ac.uk/study/masters/fees-and-scholarships/scholarships/view/714

Sussex Malaysia Scholarships (2017)
- scholarships worth £3,500 for all overseas fee paying students from Malaysia
- Application deadline: 1 August 2017
- Further information: http://www.sussex.ac.uk/study/masters/fees-and-scholarships/scholarships/view/715

Sussex Nigeria Scholarships (2017)
- scholarships to overseas fee paying students from Nigeria
- Application deadline: 1 August 2017
- Further information: http://www.sussex.ac.uk/study/masters/fees-and-scholarships/scholarships/view/717

Sussex Pakistan Scholarships (2017)
- scholarships worth £3,500 for all overseas fee paying students from Pakistan
- Application deadline: 1 August 2017
- Further information: http://www.sussex.ac.uk/study/masters/fees-and-scholarships/scholarships/view/716

For more information on any Scholarships: http://www.sussex.ac.uk/study/masters/fees-and-scholarships/scholarships

Careers

Our graduates have gained employment in governments, and a wide range of businesses and NGOs all over the world, often in ministries for:
-Science and technology
-Development
-Industry
-Trade
-Education
-Employment
-Environment

Employers of our graduates include:
-The UK’s Government Office for Science, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, Environment Agency, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
-The European Commission
-The European Environment Agency
-The Royal Society of London
-The Council of Canadian Academies
-The Chinese Academy of Engineering

This course is also an ideal grounding for further study at PhD level.

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This MA builds on Sussex’s long tradition of innovation and expertise in intellectual history. Exploring the major transformations and discourses in intellectual life since 1500, you’ll focus on. Read more

This MA builds on Sussex’s long tradition of innovation and expertise in intellectual history.

Exploring the major transformations and discourses in intellectual life since 1500, you’ll focus on:

  • the history of political ideas
  • religious and economic thought
  • the Enlightenment
  • the history of science.

Democracy and rights, war and empire, and toleration and persecution are all studied historically. You explore the ideas of thinkers through their literary texts and their practical contexts.

Genuinely interdisciplinary in approach, the course examines the interrelations between philosophy, politics, science, religion and literature in Britain, Europe, North America and China.

Full-time and part-time study

Choose to study this course full time or part time, to fit around your work and family life. Modules for the full-time course are listed below.

For details about the part-time course, contact us at 

How will I study?

Modules are taught in seminars, while specialist lectures, workshops and conferences organised by the Centre for Intellectual History give you access to cutting-edge historical research and debate.

A lunchtime seminar series provides training in research methodologies. Modules are assessed by term papers. You’ll also write a 20,000-word dissertation, supervised by an expert in the field.

Academic activities

History at Sussex has a thriving and animated research culture, with regular seminars, workshops and conferences on interdisciplinary research, and specific modules on research methods and skills. 

You’ll attend the Department of History’s weekly work-in-progress seminar throughout the academic year. 

Our postgraduate students run the well-established University of Sussex Journal of Contemporary History, an innovative online journal of creative and interdisciplinary historical research. 

Scholarships

Our aim is to ensure that every student who wants to study with us is able to despite financial barriers, so that we continue to attract talented and unique individuals.

Working while you study

Our Careers and Employability Centre can help you find part-time work while you study. Find out more about career development and part-time work

Careers

An Intellectual History MA at Sussex will develop your skills in attention to detail, research, written communication and teamwork. Many of our graduates have gone on to careers in areas such as:

  • teaching, research and publishing
  • law and the Civil Service, 
  • museums, libraries and archives.

A number of our graduates opt to undertake further study.

Graduate destinations

92% of students from the Department of History were in work or further study six months after graduating. Our students have gone on to roles including:

  • visitor services, Harewood House Trust
  • data analyst, Deloitte
  • management consultant, InterConnect Communications.

(EPI, Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2015 for postgraduates)



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Sussex is an internationally recognised centre for teaching and research in international development in the UK. Sussex Anthropology pioneered the anthropological critique of development. Read more
Sussex is an internationally recognised centre for teaching and research in international development in the UK. Sussex Anthropology pioneered the anthropological critique of development.

We examine the impact of economic and social change on local practices, meanings and identities.

This MA has a strong focus on issues of anthropological engagement, development policy and activism, and will be of interest to you if you have experience, or are considering a career, in the development field.

How will I study?

Modules are assessed by a range of methods, including coursework and essays. You also write a 10,000-word dissertation.

Scholarships

Our aim is to ensure that every student who wants to study with us is able to despite financial barriers, so that we continue to attract talented and unique individuals.

Chancellor's International Scholarship (2017)
-25 scholarships of a 50% tuition fee waiver
-Application deadline: 1 May 2017

ESRC 1+3 and +3 Scholarships (2017)
-A number of ESRC-funded standalone PhD and PhD with Masters scholarships across the social sciences.
-Application deadline: 30 January 2017

HESPAL Scholarship (Higher Education Scholarships Scheme for the Palestinian Territories) (2017)
-Two full fee waivers in conjuction with maintenance support from the British Council
-Application deadline: 1 January 2017

USA Friends Scholarships (2017)
-A scholarship of an amount equivalent to $10,000 for nationals or residents of the USA on a one year taught Masters degree course
-Application deadline: 3 April 2017

Faculty

Sussex is the largest centre for teaching and research in international development in the UK. Sussex Anthropology pioneered the anthropological critique of development, examining the impact of economic and social change on local practices, meanings and identities.

We have particular research expertise in sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia and Europe, but also cover the Caribbean, Latin America, South-East Asia and China.

Our faculty and students are members of:
-Centre for Colonial and Postcolonial Studies
-Centre for World Environmental History
-Sussex Centre for Cultural Studies
-Centre for Cultures of Reproduction, Health and Technologies
-Africa Centre
-Asia Centre
-Sussex Centre for Migration Research
-Sussex Centre for Photography and Visual Culture
-Centre for Security and Conflict Research Centre for Global Political Economy
-Centre for the Study of Sexual Dissidence

Careers

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 and aid agencies, 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

A number of our graduates go on to study for a PhD.

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This innovative and thematically diverse MA focuses on key themes in the contemporary history of Europe, North America, Asia and the Middle East. Read more

This innovative and thematically diverse MA focuses on key themes in the contemporary history of Europe, North America, Asia and the Middle East. The roots of modern human rights, religious conflict and political resistance are studied historically.

You also take part in our world-leading work on contemporary Britain. Our approach places everyday experiences within their social, cultural, economic and political contexts.

You gain the skills necessary to conceptualise projects in contemporary history. You immerse yourself in the field’s literature and integrate the historical perspective with that of other social sciences. You leave equipped to undertake doctoral research of the highest quality and significance.

Full-time and part-time study

Choose to study this course full time or part time, to fit around your work and family life. Modules for the full-time course are listed below.

For details about the part-time course, contact us at 

How will I study?

Modules include training in specialist research techniques, including digital, cultural and transnational history. Specialist lectures, workshops and conferences give you access to the latest historical research and debate.

You are encouraged to use Sussex’s unique resources such as Observing the 80s, the Archive of Resistance Testimony and the Mass Observation Archive, located at The Keep. 

You are assessed by:

  • a portfolio consisting of a group submission
  • a research proposal
  • term papers.

You’ll also write a 20,000-word dissertation, supervised by an expert in the field.

Academic activities

History at Sussex has a thriving and animated research culture, with regular seminars, workshops and conferences on interdisciplinary research, and specific modules on research methods and skills. 

You’ll attend the Department of History’s weekly work-in-progress seminar throughout the academic year. 

Our postgraduate students run the well-established University of Sussex Journal of Contemporary History, an innovative online journal of creative and interdisciplinary historical research. 

Scholarships

Our aim is to ensure that every student who wants to study with us is able to despite financial barriers, so that we continue to attract talented and unique individuals.

Careers

Studying for a Contemporary History MA at Sussex will develop your skills in attention to detail, research, written communication and teamwork. Many of our graduates have gone on to careers in areas such as:

  • teaching, research and publishing
  • law and the Civil Service,
  • museums, libraries and archives.

Others have gone on to further study.

Graduate destinations

92% of students from the Department of History were in work or further study six months after graduating. Our students have gone on to roles including:

  • visitor services, Harewood House Trust
  • data analyst, Deloitte
  • management consultant, InterConnect Communications.

(EPI, Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2015 for postgraduates)



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Learn to speak and write confidently about museums and curatorship, with a focus on photography, together with hands-on experience in a museum setting. Read more

Learn to speak and write confidently about museums and curatorship, with a focus on photography, together with hands-on experience in a museum setting. You consider the future of museums and how you can contribute to it.

You visit museums in Sussex and in London, allowing you to learn first-hand about institutional histories, collections, permanent galleries and temporary exhibitions. You’re taught by Sussex tutors and external specialists. In the past, these have included senior staff from the Brighton Museum & Art Gallery, the V&A, and the Metropolitan Museum in New York.

Why choose this course?

  • 100% of our research was rated world leading, internationally excellent or internationally recognised in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF).
  • You’ll be taught by academics who have long-standing relationships with museums across the UK and direct experience of curating exhibitions and permanent collections in the museums and galleries sector.
  • You’ll benefit from our long-standing partnerships with local and national museums and collections – including the V&A, the National Portrait Gallery, Historic Royal Palaces, the National Trust, Brighton Museum & Art Gallery and Charleston – providing access to expertise, art objects and research materials.

Full-time and part-time study

Choose to study this course full time or part time, to fit around your work and family life. Modules for the full-time course are listed below.

For details about the part-time course, contact course co-ordinator Sophie Heath at 

How will I study?

In the autumn and spring terms, you take museum skills modules and an option based on photography at Sussex. You also visit local and national collections. With your tutors and classmates, you debate a range of ethical concerns facing museum curators. The summer term is taken up with a work placement.

This MA introduces you to:

  • curatorial scholarship and its methodologies
  • the histories of museums and their collections
  • the ethical and legal frameworks within which curators and museums work
  • the nature and politics of museum displays.

Assessed work includes term papers, practical assignments, a learning journal (written during the placement as a reflection on that experience) and a 12,000-word dissertation.

Work placement

In the summer term, you undertake a work placement in one of our partner museums or galleries, working with photographic collections. You'll gain vocational skills and practical experience.

Scholarships

Our aim is to ensure that every student who wants to study with us is able to despite financial barriers, so that we continue to attract talented and unique individuals.

Working while you study

Our Careers and Employability Centre can help you find part-time work while you study. Find out more about career development and part-time work

Careers

You gain knowledge about objects and collections, specifically in the context of photography, and develop a critical awareness of museum practices.

You develop communication and project management skills. These skills provide the practical and theoretical foundation for careers in:

  • museums
  • galleries
  • heritage at curatorial level
  • the cultural sector more broadly.

Graduate destinations

100% of students from the Department of Art History were in work or further study six months after graduating. Our students have gone on to roles including:

  • archaeologist, Museum of London Archaeology (MOLA)
  • exhibition director, Soka Art Centre
  • project curator, British Museum.

(EPI, Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2015 for postgraduates)



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Come and study the most contemporary and interdisciplinary perspectives on the United States at the . Sussex Centre for American Studies. Read more

Come and study the most contemporary and interdisciplinary perspectives on the United States at the Sussex Centre for American Studies.

You’ll use:

  • materials from the American Special Collections at The Keep, the world-class centre for archive on our doorstep
  • information from our exceptional digital resources
  • ideas developed from stimulating seminars on subjects including race, empire, democracy, transnationalism and identity.

The MA combines hands-on research with cutting-edge theoretical training. This helps you understand a globally situated North America in the 21st century and its longer historical context. You’ll work with experts in the field towards a dissertation or an archive-based final project.

Why choose this course?

  • We’re maintaining our place in the UK’s top 5 for American Studies: we’re ranked 3rd in The Complete University Guide 2018 and 4th in The Guardian University Guide 2018.
  • You’ll benefit from digital resources unavailable elsewhere outside the US, including African-American newspapers, mainstream and alternative print media, protest movement history, 1940s government policy, and the New Masses collection.
  • You’ll gain skills for a career in the cultural heritage sector – including museums, libraries and archives – or PhD research. Sussex is a co-ordinating institution for CHASE (AHRC doctoral funding consortium), in which American Studies is a prominent field.

Full-time and part-time study

Choose to study this course full time or part time, to fit around your work and family life. Modules for the full-time course are listed below.

For details about the part-time course, contact us at 

How will I study?

You have the opportunity to develop your specialism or broaden your intellectual repertoire as you choose. You’ll be part of our enthusiastic scholarly community, attending research talks and events.

In the autumn term, you’ll take core modules exploring the latest methodologies and archival practices in American Studies.  

In the spring term, you’ll complement those studies with a range of small-group options on historical, literary or political topics. You’ll visit other institutions, such as the British Library, and you’ll work with a diverse range of people.

In the spring and summer terms, you’ll research your dissertation or archival project, supervised by a specialist tutor.

This course is currently subject to validation, in line with our procedures for assuring the quality of our degrees. This means that some course detail may change. The validation process will be concluded before the course starts.

Scholarships

Our aim is to ensure that every student who wants to study with us is able to despite financial barriers, so that we continue to attract talented and unique individuals.

Working while you study

Our Careers and Employability Centre can help you find part-time work while you study. Find out more about career development and part-time work

Careers

Your Critical American Studies MA will help develop your self-confidence as well as your attention to detail, written communication and teamwork skills. 

As a graduate, you’ll be well prepared for PhD research or to undertake work in a variety of sectors, including:

  • teaching, law and publishing
  • libraries and archives
  • public history and museums.


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Gain the skills to take part in the exciting world of museums, galleries and the cultural heritage sector. . Read more

Gain the skills to take part in the exciting world of museums, galleries and the cultural heritage sector. 

On this MA, you’ll work with academics and museum professionals – these have previously included senior staff from the Brighton Museum & Art Gallery, the V&A, the National Trust, the Science Museum, and the Metropolitan Museum and Museum of Modern Art in New York – to explore the history, theory and politics of art institutions and to build a critical framework for the practice of curating. 

You visit a number of museums in Sussex and in London, allowing you to learn first-hand about institutional histories, collections, permanent galleries and temporary exhibitions. 

Why choose this course?

  • 100% of our research was rated world leading, internationally excellent or internationally recognised in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF).
  • You’ll be taught by academics who have long-standing relationships with museums across the UK and direct experience of curating exhibitions and permanent collections in the museums and galleries sector.
  • You’ll benefit from our long-standing partnerships with local and national museums and collections – including the V&A, the National Portrait Gallery, Historic Royal Palaces, the National Trust, Brighton Museum & Art Gallery and Charleston – providing access to expertise, art objects and research materials.

Full-time and part-time study

Choose to study this course full time or part time, to fit around your work and family life. Modules for the full-time course are listed below.

For details about the part-time course, contact course co-ordinator Sophie Heath at 

How will I study?

In the autumn and spring terms, you take museum skills modules at Sussex and visit local and national collections. With your tutors and classmates, you debate a range of ethical concerns facing museum curators. The summer term is taken up with a work placement.

This MA introduces you to:

  • curatorial scholarship and its methodologies
  • the histories of museums and their collections
  • the ethical and legal frameworks within which curators and museums work
  • the nature and politics of museum displays.

Assessed work includes term papers, practical assignments, a learning journal (written during the placement as a reflection on that experience) and a 12,000-word dissertation.

Work placement

In the summer term, you undertake a work placement in one of our partner museums or galleries, acquiring vocational skills and practical experience.

Scholarships

Our aim is to ensure that every student who wants to study with us is able to despite financial barriers, so that we continue to attract talented and unique individuals.

Working while you study

Our Careers and Employability Centre can help you find part-time work while you study. Find out more about career development and part-time work

Careers

You gain knowledge about objects and collections, and develop a critical awareness of museum practices.

You develop communication and project management skills. These skills provide the practical and theoretical foundation for careers in:

  • museums
  • galleries
  • heritage at curatorial level
  • the cultural sector more broadly.

Graduate destinations

100% of students from the Department of Art History were in work or further study six months after graduating. Our students have gone on to roles including:

  • archaeologist, Museum of London Archaeology (MOLA)
  • exhibition director, Soka Art Centre
  • project curator, British Museum.

(EPI, Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2015 for postgraduates)



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Sussex is a world leader in the anthropological study of economic life – one of the most dynamic and fast-growing areas within anthropology. Read more
Sussex is a world leader in the anthropological study of economic life – one of the most dynamic and fast-growing areas within anthropology.

This course helps you to develop a critical understanding of:
-Equality and inequality
-Labour in the global economy
-The impacts of corporate social responsibility (CSR) and social enterprise
-Precarious employment and post-industrialisation
-Petty capitalism and informal trade
-The marketisation of poverty
-Financialisation and microfinance
-New social movements for social and economic justice (including the Occupy movement and mass public protests by ‘the 99%’)

This MA is for you if you want to deepen your existing knowledge of anthropology but it also offers professional training if you’re new to the field.

How will I study?

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.

Scholarships

Our aim is to ensure that every student who wants to study with us is able to despite financial barriers, so that we continue to attract talented and unique individuals.

Chancellor's International Scholarship (2017)
-25 scholarships of a 50% tuition fee waiver
-Application deadline: 1 May 2017

ESRC 1+3 and +3 Scholarships (2017)
-A number of ESRC-funded standalone PhD and PhD with Masters scholarships across the social sciences.
-Application deadline: 30 January 2017

HESPAL Scholarship (Higher Education Scholarships Scheme for the Palestinian Territories) (2017)
-Two full fee waivers in conjuction with maintenance support from the British Council
-Application deadline: 1 January 2017

USA Friends Scholarships (2017)
-A scholarship of an amount equivalent to $10,000 for nationals or residents of the USA on a one year taught Masters degree course.
-Application deadline: 3 April 2017

Faculty

Sussex is a world leader in the anthropological study of economic life – one of the most dynamic and fast-growing areas of the discipline. We have particular research expertise in sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia and Europe, but also cover the Caribbean, Latin America, South-East Asia and China.

Our faculty and students are members of:
-Centre for Colonial and Postcolonial Studies
-Centre for World Environmental History
-Sussex Centre for Cultural Studies
-Centre for Cultures of Reproduction, Health and Technologies
-Africa Centre
-Asia Centre
-Sussex Centre for Migration Research
-Sussex Centre for Photography and Visual Culture
-Centre for Security and Conflict Research Centre for Global Political Economy
-Centre for the Study of Sexual Dissidence

Careers

This MA is ideal for you if you are working in, or planning to work in:
-International development (including fair trade and social enterprise)
-Socially responsible business
-The charity sector
-Trade unions or labour rights organisations
-Activist movements for social and economic justice nationally or internationally

This MA is also excellent preparation for a PhD in Anthropology.

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Building on the longstanding tradition of interdisciplinary research and teaching at Sussex, the Literature and Philosophy MA exemplifies the fruitful co-operation between Philosophy and English. Read more

Building on the longstanding tradition of interdisciplinary research and teaching at Sussex, the Literature and Philosophy MA exemplifies the fruitful co-operation between Philosophy and English.

You’ll study in a stimulating environment for creative thinking, open discussion and critical engagement. You'll draw on ideas from literature, philosophy (analytic and continental), psychology and intellectual history.

You have the opportunity to examine central topics at the intersection of philosophy and literature, such as: 

  • the autonomy of the work of art 
  • literature as philosophy
  • ethics and literature
  • the experience of reading
  • style and narrative
  • modernism and modernity.

Why choose this course?

  • Ranked 5th in the UK for Philosophy (The Guardian University Guide 2018), and our research quality in English and Drama was ranked in the top 10 in the UK in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (2014 REF).
  • English at Sussex is ranked in the top 15 in the UK (The Guardian University Guide 2018 and The Complete University Guide 2018) and in the top 100 in the world (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017).
  • You’ll benefit from activities organised by the Literature and Philosophy Research Network.

Full-time and part-time study

Choose to study this course full time or part time, to fit around your work and family life. Modules for the full-time course are listed below.

For details about the part-time course, contact Philosophy Postgraduate Convener Dr Gordon Finlayson at 

How will I study?

You’ll study core modules and options in the autumn and spring terms. In the summer term, you undertake supervised work on your dissertation.

You’ll be assessed through term papers and a 15,000-word dissertation.

Scholarships

Our aim is to ensure that every student who wants to study with us is able to despite financial barriers, so that we continue to attract talented and unique individuals.

Working while you study

Our Careers and Employability Centre can help you find part-time work while you study. Find out more about career development and part-time work

Careers

Our graduates have gone on to careers in:

  • education, the charity sector and NGOs
  • writing, journalism, and libraries and archives
  • publishing, website production and marketing.

A number of our graduates go on to further study and careers in academia.

Graduate destinations

90% of students from the School of History, Art History and Philosophy were in work or further study six months after graduating. Our Philosophy students have gone on to jobs including:

  • editorial assistant, Pavilion Books
  • media officer, Wickham Youth Action
  • assistant, Gareth Thomas MP.

(EPI, Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2015 for postgraduates)



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Deepen your understanding of the history of art and gain the skills necessary for advanced research and critical analysis. You can take advantage of local sites of art-historical interest such as: . Read more

Deepen your understanding of the history of art and gain the skills necessary for advanced research and critical analysis.

You can take advantage of local sites of art-historical interest such as: 

  • extensive collections in the Royal Pavilion and the museums of Brighton & Hove
  • local historic houses and collections such as Charleston and Petworth
  • contemporary art galleries along the South Coast, such as Towner (Eastbourne), the De La Warr Pavilion (Bexhill-on-Sea) and the Jerwood Gallery (Hastings). 

You’ll work with the rich array of sources held in The Keep, a world-class centre for archives on our doorstep. We encourage you to take part in our regular research seminars and events involving curators, scholars and artists.

Why choose this course?

  • 100% of our research was rated world leading, internationally excellent or internationally recognised in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF).
  • You are taught by leading academics with established reputations for research in their fields, who will help you to devise and deliver your original research to the highest levels.
  • You will benefit from our long-standing partnerships with local and national museums and collections – including the V&A, the National Portrait Gallery, Historic Royal Palaces, the National Trust, Brighton Museum & Art Gallery and Charleston – providing access to expertise, art objects and research materials.

Full-time and part-time study

Choose to study this course full time or part time, to fit around your work and family life. Modules for the full-time course are listed below.

For details about the part-time course, contact course co-ordinator Sophie Heath at 

How will I study?

This MA offers you a wealth of in-depth taught modules, ranging from the classical to the contemporary, and supports you in developing a specialist dissertation on a subject of your choice.

Modules and options are assessed by term papers. You also write a 20,000-word dissertation.

Scholarships

Our aim is to ensure that every student who wants to study with us is able to despite financial barriers, so that we continue to attract talented and unique individuals.

Working while you study

Our Careers and Employability Centre can help you find part-time work while you study. Find out more about career development and part-time work

Careers

An Art History MA at Sussex will develop your skills in attention to detail, research, written communication and teamwork. Many of our graduates have gone on to careers in areas such as:

  • teaching, research and publishing
  • law and the Civil Service, 
  • museums, libraries and archives.

Our graduates have gone on to pursue careers at the V&A, the Charleston Trust, the National Trust and at the BBC. 

Graduate destinations

100% of students from the Department of Art History were in work or further study six months after graduating. Our students have gone on to roles including:

  • archaeologist, Museum of London Archaeology (MOLA)
  • exhibition director, Soka Art Centre
  • project curator, British Museum.

(EPI, Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2015 for postgraduates)



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On this MA, you’ll gain an advanced general grounding in philosophy, forming a good basis for further research. This course includes innovative modules in both the analytic and continental traditions of philosophy, reflecting the wide range of interests within the Department of Philosophy. Read more

On this MA, you’ll gain an advanced general grounding in philosophy, forming a good basis for further research.

This course includes innovative modules in both the analytic and continental traditions of philosophy, reflecting the wide range of interests within the Department of Philosophy. In assessments, you may concentrate on just one of these traditions, or both.

Why choose this course?

  • Philosophy at Sussex is ranked 5th in the UK (The Guardian University Guide 2018).
  • We encourage a wide range of approaches to philosophical issues, allowing you to specialise in either the analytic or continental traditions, or to combine both.
  • Our faculty have a wide variety of research interests, with strengths in various traditions of European and analytic philosophy including aesthetics, philosophy of mind, logic, language, phenomenology, Kant, Hegel, Marx, and social and political philosophy.

Full-time and part-time study

Choose to study this course full time or part time, to fit around your work and family life. Modules for the full-time course are listed below.

For details about the part-time course, contact Philosophy Postgraduate Convener Dr Gordon Finlayson at 

How will I study?

Taught modules are assessed by term papers of 5,000 words. At the end of the year, you also submit a dissertation of up to 15,000 words.

Scholarships

Our aim is to ensure that every student who wants to study with us is able to despite financial barriers, so that we continue to attract talented and unique individuals.

Working while you study

Our Careers and Employability Centre can help you find part-time work while you study. Find out more about career development and part-time work

Careers

Our graduates have gone on to careers in:

  • arts administration and management
  • business, investment and banking
  • charities and non-governmental organisations
  • HR, recruitment and management consultancy
  • IT, journalism and publishing 
  • law, local government and the Civil Service
  • the media, sales and advertising
  • NHS management and social services
  • teaching and university lecturing.

Graduate destinations

90% of students from the School of History, Art History and Philosophy were in work or further study six months after graduating. Our Philosophy students have gone on to jobs including:

  • editorial assistant, Pavilion Books
  • media officer, Wickham Youth Action
  • assistant, Gareth Thomas MP.

(EPI, Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2015 for postgraduates)



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Our MA brings together social theory, political theory and philosophy. You learn about the history of social and political thought, and study political and social movements. Read more

Our MA brings together social theory, political theory and philosophy. You learn about the history of social and political thought, and study political and social movements. Our course covers both historical traditions and contemporary developments.

Our research strengths include: 

  • social theory (especially Marxism, Hegel, hermeneutics and critical theory) 
  • recent democratic, socialist and environmentalist thought and practice 
  • the history of political, social and economic thought 
  • the philosophy of social science and the sociology of knowledge 
  • contemporary political philosophy 
  • cosmopolitanism.

Why choose this course?

  • Philosophy at Sussex is ranked 5th in the UK (The Guardian University Guide 2018).
  • Study on a genuinely interdisciplinary course that bridges subject boundaries, and uses both empirical and normative analysis, while benefiting from our specialised knowledge of selected areas in contemporary thought and the major European historical tradition.
  • Take the opportunity to get involved with our in-house journal Studies in Social and Political Thought.

Full-time and part-time study

Choose to study this course full time or part time, to fit around your work and family life. 

For details about the part-time course, contact Philosophy Postgraduate Convener Dr Gordon Finlayson at 

How will I study?

There are core modules taught in the autumn term, and in the spring term you choose from a list of options.

The largest assessed element in the MA is the 15,000-word dissertation. In addition, the core modules and options are assessed by 5,000-word term papers.

Scholarships

Our aim is to ensure that every student who wants to study with us is able to despite financial barriers, so that we continue to attract talented and unique individuals.

Working while you study

Our Careers and Employability Centre can help you find part-time work while you study. Find out more about career development and part-time work

Careers

Many of our graduates have gone on to have successful careers in:

  • law
  • the media
  • non-governmental organisations
  • government and administration
  • teaching.

Others have gone on to research degrees. Over the last 30 years, a substantial number of leading academics in the UK and elsewhere have graduated from the course. Among our alumni we count professors of sociology, philosophy and politics, working at universities in the UK and beyond.

Graduate destinations

90% of students from the School of History, Art History and Philosophy were in work or further study six months after graduating. Our Philosophy students have gone on to jobs including:

  • editorial assistant, Pavilion Books
  • media officer, Wickham Youth Action
  • assistant, Gareth Thomas MP.

(EPI, Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2015 for postgraduates)



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The Further Education and Teaching PGCE provides a formal teaching qualification for people working, or wishing to work, in the further education sector. Read more
The Further Education and Teaching PGCE provides a formal teaching qualification for people working, or wishing to work, in the further education sector. This could include a college of further education, a sixth form college or an organisation such as a private training company.

The programme has an excellent reputation and in 2007 we became the first post-compulsory teacher education provider in the country to be awarded an Ofsted Grade 1.

The programme is delivered through a partnership stretching across East and West Sussex that includes full-time courses at the University of Brighton (Falmer campus) and Northbrook Metropolitan College, and part-time courses at Brighton Metropolitan College, Sussex Downs College in Lewes and Eastbourne and Sussex Coast College in Hastings.

If you already hold a degree, it is anticipated that you will graduate with a Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE), and there may also be an opportunity to gain masters-level credits. Applicants without a first degree will graduate with a Certificate in Education.

Course structure

Students who opt for the part-time route must be working in the post-16 sector, and are normally expected to continue teaching for at least 50 hours per academic year for the duration of the course.

For the part-time in-service route you will be required to attend one half-day session per week during college term times, in addition to your regular teaching commitments. The full-time route is aimed at those who are not currently teaching and is a combination of taught sessions at the university and a teaching placement at an appropriate institution.

The full-time route is taught on our Falmer campus. The part-time route takes place at our partner colleges; Sussex Coast College Hastings, Sussex Downs College (Lewes and Eastbourne) and Brighton Metropolitan College.

Areas of study

The programme is delivered through seven modules on generic teaching and learning issues relevant to the post-compulsory sector, and reflecting the key areas identified in the new standards. It is endorsed under the Equipping our Teachers regulations 2007 originally managed by the Standards Verification UK (SVUK) but now under the control of the Institute for Learning (IfL). It meets the new Professional Standards for Teachers, Trainers and Tutors in the Lifelong Learning (post-compulsory) sector.

Syllabus

• Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector
• Planning and Enabling Learning in the Lifelong Learning Sector
• Theories and Principles for Planning and Enabling Learning
• Enabling Learning and Assessment
• Curriculum Design for Inclusive Practice
• Action Learning for Subject Specialist Pedagogy
• Professional Development and Wider Professional Practice
• An introduction to teaching, learning and assessment in Education and Training
• Contemporary Issues in Education and Training
• Teaching Practice in Education and Training
• Reflective Practice in Education and Training
• Action Research to Support Subject Pedagogy

Careers and employability

The course is part of the university's continuing professional development provision, designed to enhance the knowledge and skills of teachers and others involved in training or development, whether professional or voluntary.

Credit-rated routes to the various awards enable students to build from certificate-level through diploma, first degree, postgraduate certificate and postgraduate diploma to masters level.

The teachers we train are:

• highly committed to their pupils’ learning and ambitious in what they want to help them achieve
• inquisitive, critically reflective and motivated to keep learning and improving their own practice
• quick to adapt to different learning contexts and confident to challenge inequalities
• an asset to the profession, willing to share their knowledge and experience and to collaborate with others
• well-prepared for the realities of teaching, with the confidence, resilience and skills to be innovative, to take risks and be creative.

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This MA offers an exciting blend of theory, practice and research. You’ll. visit heritage sites and archives. explore the histories and theories of heritage. Read more

This MA offers an exciting blend of theory, practice and research. You’ll:

  • visit heritage sites and archives
  • explore the histories and theories of heritage
  • take part in student-led debates and presentations.

Heritage studies at Sussex is approached as a form of critical practice, preparing you for career in the cultural heritage sector. You’ll look at a range of materials and topics – including buildings, craft practice, popular culture, language, labour, industry, sound and music, youth, slavery and migration – across a range of global contexts.

You’ll learn from expert faculty and heritage professionals, and benefit from our relationships with museums and collections, including The Keep, the V&A, Science Museum, Tate, The National Trust and Historic Royal Palaces.

Why choose this course?

  • Learn from experienced curators and heritage professionals, as well as internationally renowned scholars engaging with the global challenges of the heritage sector.
  • Gain the skills for a career in the heritage sector, managing cultural artefacts – from buildings and craft practice to industry and migration.
  • Benefit from our long-standing partnerships with local and national museums and collections – including the V&A, Historic Royal Palaces, the National Trust and The Keep.

Full-time and part-time study

Choose to study this course full time or part time, to fit around your work and family life. Modules for the full-time course are listed below.

For details about the part-time course, contact us at 

How will I study?

In the autumn and spring terms, you explore heritage concepts modules and choose options from History and Art History.

Between January and July, you choose a topic for your dissertation, which can be inspired by what you’ve studied in the autumn and spring terms or by heritage history, theory and/or practice in countries around the world.

Assessed work includes term papers, practical assignments and a 12,000-word dissertation.

This course is currently subject to validation, in line with our procedures for assuring the quality of our degrees. This means that some course detail may change. The validation process will be concluded before the course starts.

Scholarships

Our aim is to ensure that every student who wants to study with us is able to despite financial barriers, so that we continue to attract talented and unique individuals.

Working while you study

Our Careers and Employability Centre can help you find part-time work while you study. Find out more about career development and part-time work

Careers

You gain knowledge about diverse cultural artefacts, explore challenging political and ethical debates about how heritage should be treated, and develop a critical awareness of the heritage industry.

You develop communication and project management skills. These skills provide the practical and theoretical foundation for careers in:

  • museums
  • galleries
  • heritage at curatorial level
  • the cultural sector more broadly
  • tourism.


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