Department of Anthropology

Careers

Career areas

Our postgraduate courses will prepare you for jobs in areas including: 

  • social research
  • international development
  • non-governmental organisations
  • international aid agencies.

Develop skills through placements

You can develop essential research skills through combining your Anthropology studies with a placement in the summer term.

These placements let you gain experience in Anthropology and run over a 12-week period. If you take a research placement, you have the opportunity to write a dissertation based on your experience.

You will be supported by staff in the School of Global Studies and the Careers and Employability Centre to help you find the best placement for you.

You can also develop your skills through regular researcher events held by the department

Preparing you for further study

Providing you with a thorough grounding in anthropological theories and methods, our Masters courses help to prepare you for a PhD in Anthropology.

Benefit from our departmental links

With our Anthropology faculty undertaking consultancy and commissioned work in the UK and internationally, many of our graduates have gone into work in areas including:

  • immigration and asylum
  • international development
  • reproductive rights and sexualities
  • bio-ethics and environmental policies.

Career perspectives from Sussex Anthropology Masters students

Executive Coordinator at Peacebuilding Academy  

Siad Darwish"I now lead a regional training and research institute on peacebuilding in the Middle East and North Africa region.

"My MA is central to the way I work with my awareness of power and a critical view of development policies and practices allowing me to spot potentially harmful practices that others might be insensitive to.

"Skills gained at Sussex that I use in my work include intercultural sensitivities, structuring a written argument and analysing organisational cultures of development organisations."

Siad Darwish
Executive Coordinator
Peacebuilding Academy

Manager at TIKO Foundation

Gemma Crowther"I am now a manager of a London-based Educational Foundation which supports disadvantaged young people who cannot fund higher education costs and explores where funding can help children from disadvantaged backgrounds improve their chances in life.

"My role involves developing a new educational grants project for UK individuals and organisations. 

"My anthropological training has been central to my career, as it has given me skills in theoretical debating and knowledge of the political and social fields many UK charities work in, such as human rights, migration and globalisation."

Gemma Crowther
Grants Manager
TIKO Foundation