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Many believe that international human rights law is one of our greatest moral achievements. However, there remain huge gaps between the theory and the practice of human rights implementation. . Read more

Many believe that international human rights law is one of our greatest moral achievements. However, there remain huge gaps between the theory and the practice of human rights implementation. 

On this degree course you engage critically with many of the international human rights issues that feature strongly in public debate today. You gain a deep understanding of international human rights law, as well as its interconnection with national, regional and European systems of human rights protection.

You will be encouraged to develop a critical perspective on international human rights law, with opportunities also for more practical experience through the Human Rights Law Clinic. Many of our staff engage in interdisciplinary human rights research, which is reflected in our teaching. This is an area of research strength at Sussex. The Sussex Centre for Human Rights Research was established in 2015.

Why choose this course?

  • Engage with a growing team of established human rights researchers and get involved with the Sussex Centre for Human Rights Research.
  • Prepare for your future career and take advantage of the opportunities provided by the Human Rights Law Clinic.
  • Discover what interests you most – Sussex Law School provides a truly international, stimulating and engaging learning environment for you to build a rich base of knowledge in human rights.

How will I study?

You’ll learn through core modules and options in the autumn and spring terms. In the summer, you undertake supervised work on the LLM dissertation. Find out more about core modules and options here.

You will be assessed through coursework, a portfolio, essays and a 10,000-word dissertation.

Human Rights Law Clinic

When you’ve successfully completed the International Human Rights law core module, you can apply for The Human Rights Law Clinic option. 

The Clinic gives you the chance to build on law and theory through the preparation of pro bono legal opinions for real clients. You’ll gain practical insights, work on research, and formulate advice and recommendations on contemporary human rights challenges.

Sussex Centre for Human Rights Research

The Sussex Centre for Human Rights Research was established to foster a vibrant research culture for human rights researchers within the Sussex Law School. 

Our work has a global as well as national focus and we adopt a range of different approaches to human rights research, for example: 

  • Doctrinal 
  • Critical 
  • Theoretical 
  • Practical 
  • Interdisciplinary 

We hold regular research seminars, workshops and debates, which all students are welcome to attend.

Funding opportunities

The University of Sussex is proud to offer a range of postgraduate funding awards up to £5000, in order to help talented students to come and study at Sussex.  Find out more about funding awards available to you by visiting our funding database.

Careers

This LLM is ideal if you wish to achieve a law-oriented postgraduate qualification in human rights and want to go on to a career in law or human rights advocacy. 

The international and comparative nature of this course means that you will be well placed to seek employment in the UK and overseas in organisations such as: 

  • International law firms 
  • Governments 
  • International organisations 
  • NGOs


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Corruption damages economic development and the health of civil society, nationally and internationally. Read more

Corruption damages economic development and the health of civil society, nationally and internationally.

Our innovative LLM in Corruption, Law and Governance brings Sussex’s expertise to Qatar, offering a challenging insight into issues of corruption, law and governance with a particular focus on the problems being encountered in the Gulf region.

You will be introduced to the latest research in the subject giving you an overview of the legislative and regulatory strategies which have proved effective in both the domestic and international struggle against corruption.

Why Choose Sussex?

  • Sussex is known for its world-leading research in this area, especially within the Sussex Centre for the Study of Corruption.
  • By studying the LLM in Corruption, Law and Governance you will gain a strong understanding and expertise in how to understand what causes corruption, how to recognise it in its many forms and how to tackle it.
  • We have worked with Governments and organisations around the world and bring these learnings and experience to the course in Qatar.

How Will I Study?

You will learn through core modules and options. Over the two years of your course you plan and work on your dissertation.

Teaching will take place at the Rule of Law and Anti-Corruption Centre (ROLACC) in Qatar, and will consist of week-long intense teaching blocks with classes typically held Sunday to Thursday from 3pm onwards. Find out more about your core modules and options here.

Knowledge and hands-on training will be provided on all corruption related fields including: anti-corruption and anti-bribery, compliance, risk management, public and private sector anticorruption policies and procedures, integrity ethics, compliance investigations and audits, and sports integrity.

Rule of Law and Anti-Corruption Centre

This course is taught by Sussex faculty at the Rule of Law and Anti-Corruption Centre (ROLACC) in Doha, Qatar. ROLACC is a not-for-profit organisation, established in 2013 by the Emir of Qatar. 

The Centre aims to build knowledge and raise individual and institutional competencies that promote the rule of law and fight corruption in line with international standards. 

It plans to create a permanent framework for the exchange of experiences and expertise through the establishment of strategic partnerships with offices and agencies of the United Nations – particularly the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime – as well as the most prominent studies and research centres in the world.

Funding Opportunities

The University of Sussex is proud to offer a range of postgraduate funding awards up to £5000, in order to help talented students to come and study at Sussex.  Find out more about funding awards available to you by visiting our funding database.

Careers

This course prepares you to take leading roles in supporting anti-corruption strategies in government, non-government and commercial organisations, and in a variety of domestic, regional and international anti-corruption agencies. 

“As a practising lawyer aspiring to leadership in the sphere of legal research and practice, this LLM program, with its unique content, was the best option to achieve my goal.”

Dr Izeldin Elamin

Corruption, Law and Governance LLM 2017



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With a focus on practical application as well as theoretical knowledge, you’ll develop in a way that will take your career to new heights. Read more

With a focus on practical application as well as theoretical knowledge, you’ll develop in a way that will take your career to new heights.

Under the guidance of experts with extensive business experience, you will:

-Develop your management and leadership skills

-Improve your understanding of the importance of creativity and innovation

-Learn effective strategies for presenting and selling your ideas

Our MBA will help you to bring new skills and ideas to your business to compete more effectively within your business sector.

You’ll look at transformational skills – focusing on attitudes, behaviours and communication, and including creativity and innovation, negotiation, presentation, collaboration and teamwork, pro-active behaviour, critical thinking and problem-solving – alongside the more traditional management and leadership areas.

How will I study?

The full-time MBA is taught over one year and consists of eight taught modules (seven core modules plus one option) with an MBA Final Project or report.

Each module uses a blend of learning methods consisting of:

-Two two-day blocks of teaching time (Friday to Saturday)

-Focused discussion

-Web-supported independent study

In between modules, you study independently and have the opportunity to work on real organisation projects.

Part of your assessment is based on the application of knowledge and skills to practical examples from your own working experience. Other assessment includes:

-Formal examinations/class tests

-Individual written work (such as essays, assignment reports or case analyses) and

-Group work including written reports and/or presentations

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.

Sussex MBA Scholarships of up to £5000 are available - please visit here: http://www.sussex.ac.uk/study/fees-funding/masters-scholarships/view/857-Sussex-MBA-Scholarships

For more information on all other Masters Scholarships visit: http://www.sussex.ac.uk/study/fees-funding/masters-scholarships

Careers

Our MBA is for you if you’re interested in mid-career development or want a general management qualification.

You’ll be able to:

-Understand different approaches to business administration

-Apply a critical evaluation of these approaches to current problems and/or new insights at the forefront of your field

-Apply these methods to make sound professional judgements, and to be able to communicate these clearly to specialist and non-specialist audiences

-Demonstrate originality, self-direction and autonomy in planning and implementing business administration in organisations



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With a focus on practical application as well as theoretical knowledge, you’ll develop in a way that will take your career to new heights. Read more

With a focus on practical application as well as theoretical knowledge, you’ll develop in a way that will take your career to new heights.

Under the guidance of experts with extensive business experience, you will:

-Develop your management and leadership skills

-Improve your understanding of the importance of creativity and innovation

-Learn effective strategies for presenting and selling your ideas

Our MBA will help you to bring new skills and ideas to your business to compete more effectively within your business sector.

You’ll look at transformational skills – focusing on attitudes, behaviours and communication, and including creativity and innovation, negotiation, presentation, collaboration and teamwork, pro-active behaviour, critical thinking and problem-solving – alongside the more traditional management and leadership areas.

How will I study?

The part-time MBA is taught over two years and consists of eight taught modules (seven core modules plus one option) with an MBA Final Project or report.

Owing to its modular structure the start date is flexible. The part-time course allows you to balance study with work, family and other commitments.

Each module uses a blend of learning methods consisting of:

-Two two-day blocks of teaching time (Friday to Saturday)

-Focused discussion

-Web-supported independent study

In between modules, you study independently and have the opportunity to work on real organisation projects.

Part of your assessment is based on the application of knowledge and skills to practical examples from your own working experience. Other assessment includes:

-Formal examinations/class tests

-Individual written work (such as essays, assignment reports or case analyses)

-Group work including written reports and/or presentations

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.

Sussex MBA Scholarships of up to £5000 are available - please visit here: http://www.sussex.ac.uk/study/fees-funding/masters-scholarships/view/857-Sussex-MBA-Scholarships

For more information on all other Masters Scholarships visit: http://www.sussex.ac.uk/study/fees-funding/masters-scholarships

Careers

Our MBA is for you if you’re interested in mid-career development or want a general management qualification.

You’ll be able to:

-Understand different approaches to business administration

-Apply a critical evaluation of these approaches to current problems and/or new insights at the forefront of your field

-Apply these methods to make sound professional judgements, and to be able to communicate these clearly to specialist and non-specialist audiences

-Demonstrate originality, self-direction and autonomy in planning and implementing business administration in organisations



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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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This LLM, the longest running of its kind in the UK, gives you the opportunity to become an expert in the rapidly developing and influential area of international criminal law. Read more

This LLM, the longest running of its kind in the UK, gives you the opportunity to become an expert in the rapidly developing and influential area of international criminal law.

Our team of experienced and enthusiastic lecturers guide you through the institutions and politics of the international legal framework, emphasising the political and legal dynamics that are shaping tribunals such as the International Criminal Court. You will develop a full understanding of the elements of war crimes, crimes against humanity, genocide, and other serious violations of human rights

Our LLM combines a study of the legal doctrine underpinning the investigation and prosecution of international crimes with a critical analysis of the political context in which such prosecutions are undertaken.

Why Choose Sussex?

  • During LLM in International Criminal Law you will be taught by today’s leading lawyers.
  • A field trip to The Hague gives you the opportunity to meet professionals from the world of international criminal law.
  • By studying the LLM in International Criminal Law you will discover what interests you most - a truly interdisciplinary approach to understanding the subject thus exposing you to viewpoints from across the world.

 “Sussex absolutely transformed my career path.” Mohammad Ahmad Al Said LLM International Criminal Law (now Head of the Legal Department, Belhasa Group of Companies)

How Will I Study?

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

You will be assessed through coursework, an unseen examination, essays and a dissertation.

The School of Law and the University of Sussex play host to an ongoing series of guest lecturers, research seminars, and conferences which address pressing matters of contemporary concern.

Find out more about our core modules and modules you can choose from here.

Study visit

You’ll have the opportunity to experience the work of the international courts on our annual study visit to The Hague in the Netherlands.

Funding Opportunities

The University of Sussex is proud to offer a range of postgraduate funding awards up to £5000, in order to help talented students to come and study at Sussex. Find out more about funding awards available to you by visiting our funding database.

Careers

 This LLM is ideal if you want to work in any area of criminal law – from practising as a lawyer to policy review and reform – but particularly if you wish to pursue a career with an international angle. 

Our graduates have progressed to work and research with human rights NGOs, in education, as legal professionals, with several working and interning at the international criminal tribunals in The Hague. 

Several have also chosen to continue with doctoral-level study in the fields of human rights and international criminal law. 



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The LLM Law is unique for several reasons. It allows you to study on, and to gain research experience and expertise in, a diverse range of modules from any of our LLM degrees. Read more

The LLM Law is unique for several reasons. It allows you to study on, and to gain research experience and expertise in, a diverse range of modules from any of our LLM degrees. This means that you are able to specialise in a range of different areas of law and gives you an opportunity to investigate a broad range of legal subject areas and to choose different pathways.

Why Choose Sussex?

  • Students of the Law LLM learn from today’s leading lawyers – our world-leading research underpins our teaching.
  • By studying the Law LLM you will prepare for your future career – our courses are designed with skills training at their core, enabling you to think logically about legal problems.
  • Discover what interests you most – Sussex Law School provides a truly international, stimulating and engaging learning environment for you to build a rich base of knowledge.

How Will I Study?

You’ll learn through core modules and options in the autumn and spring terms. In the summer, you undertake supervised work on the LLM dissertation. 

You will be assessed through coursework, unseen examinations, essays and a 10,000-word dissertation. Find out more about our core modules and options here.

Law at Sussex has active research groups in its primary research fields, exploring legal conceptualisations of responsibility, and issues of citizenship and governance. These groups meet regularly for the presentation of work in progress, as reading groups, to host external speakers and to plan the organisation of research seminars, workshops and conferences.

Funding Opportunities

The University of Sussex is proud to offer a range of postgraduate funding awards up to £5000, in order to help talented students to come and study at Sussex.  Find out more about funding awards available to you by visiting our funding database.

Careers

Career options available after graduation are as wide as the course itself. Many of our graduates go on to qualify as law professionals, nationally and internationally. 

Others find employment in government or NGOs, or in commerce. Some choose to work in-house without qualifying in any particular jurisdiction or go on to further study. 

Graduates have gone on to enjoy careers as: 

  • Compliance Officer CFC, Stanbic Bank Limited 
  • Assistant Lecturer, Kampala International University 
  • Junior Legal Counsel, SES S.A 
  • Lawyer, City Immigration Legal Services England 
  • High Court Judge, Rivers State Judiciary 


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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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On this LLM in International Law, you’ll study international law from a theoretical perspective to enable you to fully understand and contextualise the law and the international legal system. . Read more

On this LLM in International Law, you’ll study international law from a theoretical perspective to enable you to fully understand and contextualise the law and the international legal system. 

You’ll gain a strong basis in the foundations of international law and the international legal system. 

You’ll have the opportunity to explore specialist areas of the law that seek to regulate: 

  • the use of force 
  • armed conflict 
  • international crimes and terrorism 
  • human rights and human migration 
  • the protection of the environment

Why Choose Sussex?

  • Learn from today’s leading lawyers – Our faculty have worked closely with NGOs and international organisations, so you will learn from expert tutors with both in-depth current knowledge and real-life practical experience.
  • Prepare for your future career – our courses are designed with skills training at their core, enabling you to think logically about legal problems.
  • Our LLM in International Law allows you to discover what interests you most – Sussex Law School provides a truly international, stimulating and engaging learning environment for you to build a rich base of knowledge.

How Will I Study?

You’ll learn through core modules and options over the autumn and spring terms. In the summer, you undertake supervised work on the LLM dissertation. 

You will be assessed through coursework, unseen examinations, essays and a 10,000-word dissertation.

Alongside your core modules, you can choose from a range of exciting options to broaden your horizons and tailor your course to your interests. Our options are taught by specialist academics, based upon their areas of expertise. Find out more about our modules here.

Study visit

You’ll have the opportunity to experience the work of the international courts on our annual study visit to The Hague in the Netherlands.

Funding Opportunities

The University of Sussex is proud to offer a range of postgraduate funding awards up to £5000, in order to help talented students to come and study at Sussex.  Find out more about funding awards available to you by visiting our funding database.

Careers

Our course will enhance your employability. You'll have acquired transferable methodological skills, equipping you to handle legal texts, international instruments and academic literature. 

The LLM's emphasis on comparative, international examples will help if you are interested in looking to work in both the UK and overseas in international law firms, agencies, governments, international organisations and NGOs. 

Our graduates have gone on to enjoy careers as: 

  • Bank Partnerships Relationship Manager, WorldPay 
  • Independent Contractor, United Nations ICTY 
  • EU Trainee, Council Of The European Union 


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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.

Positions held by recent graduates include:

  • HE Learning Mentor at Sussex Coast College (2010 graduate)
  • Lecturer in Fashion Management with Marketing at Southampton Solent University (2010 graduate)
  • Lecturer in Photography at Exeter College with Faculty responsibility for curriculum enhancement (2011 graduate)
  • Course coordinator of Level 2 BTEC Creative Media Production at Alton College. (2012 graduate)
  • ICT lecturer at Northbrook Metropolitan College in Worthing (2013 graduate)
  • Science lecturer at Brighton Metropolitan College, (2013 graduate)

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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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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