Department of Anthropology

Undergraduate study

Anthropology is the comparative study of cultures and societies. At Sussex we ask big questions about what we all have in common but also about the differences between communities and groups of people across the world.

Key facts about Anthropology at Sussex
  • You can choose from our range of highly-ranked flexible courses, with Anthropology at Sussex rated 6th in the UK in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2016.
    You can study Anthropology on its own as a single-honours course, choose electives, or combine it with subjects including history, international relations and geography to broaden your studies and explore your areas of interest.
  • You'll be trained in research methods, techniques and skills used by anthropologists throughout your course. With the support of your lecturers, you’ll conduct research projects in a wide range of international and UK topics.
    See student projects for examples of previous projects.
  • You'll benefit from the department’s international outlook through the opportunity to do a work placement overseas. You can also study abroad for a term or year as part of your degree at a variety of worldwide destinations.
  • You will be prepared for a range of careers with 94% of our graduates working or in further study 6 months after graduating (DLHE Survey 2013).
    Not only will you gain a broad knowledge of anthropology, but you'll also learn research and analytical skills. These skills will prepare you for a range of jobs, including development work for NGOs and government organisations.
  • You will benefit from high quality, research-led teaching with the department receiving an overall satisfaction rate of 93% in the latest (2015) National Student Survey by our students.
  • You will study modules looking at the latest developments in anthropology with Anthropology at Sussex ranked joint 4th in the UK for research impact and joint 7th overall in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014.
    Find out more about our research.
Award-winning students

Camilla Devereux, a third year Anthropology student at Sussex recently won the Undergraduate Awards, an international competition recognising undergraduate excellence, for her coursework on the origins of hip-hop.

Find out more about her experiences in this short video.