School of Global Studies

Prospective students

The School of Global Studies provides a vibrant and international learning environment for students interested in global issues, whether you are just completing your A-levels in the UK, already have professional experience, or are coming from another country or continent.

Studying in the School of Global Studies

We are committed to excellent teaching that is research-led, internationally-focused, and leads to worthwhile and stimulating careers.

You are encouraged to think ‘outside the box’ by taking elective courses from other subjects in your first and second years, studying abroad at one of our international partner institutions, and by linking your studies to practical activites including research programmes and work placements.

The School’s undergraduate teaching is focused on five major programmes (BA Anthropology, BA/BSc GeographyBA International Relations and BA International Development). Across all of these programmes, you can: 

  • Study a language including Chinese, French and Spanish
  • Study abroad at partner institutions in the EU, US, Canada, Mexico, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Singapore. Find out more on the Study Abroad for Sussex Students page
  • Undertake a professional placement in the UK or overseas.  Apply your knowledge to relevant work  experience, develop new or existing skills and improve your employability.  Find out more on the Professional Placements pages
  • Gain practical experience through School-based schemes such as the Geography Ambassadors Scheme and the Nicola Anderson Bursary.
    You can also get experience as part of our ‘Junior Research Bursaries' with previous students involved in volunteering in schools, establishing new community projects and enterprises, and collaborating in faculty research.

We also offer taught postgraduate programmes in International Relations, International SecurityAnthropologyClimate change, Development studiesMigration studies and Human Rights.

We also co-convene two other MAs: Sexual Dissidence (with the School of English) and Media Practice for Development and Social Change (with the Department of Media and Film).

Shaping the world

Sussex is a top UK university whose research and teaching really does shape the world we live in. In the words of our first Vice-Chancellor, John Fulton, we help our students to ‘make the future.’

We offer a range of postgraduate courses. Fourteen of these are based wholly in Global Studies and a further six are taught in partnership with other schools and units on campus.

Search for courses: Masters courses

See also: Research degrees

Get a global outlook at Sussex

“What global companies look for are people who we think can take a global perspective”. 
Sonja Stockton of PricewaterhouseCoopers

The School of Global Studies enhances your employability with a range of study abroad options, internationally recognised research which underpins our teaching, and a cohort of students recruited from across the globe.  By encouraging intellectual curiosity and cultural agility, Global Studies at Sussex enables graduates to achieve a truly global career.


Global Studies students acquire a broad range of skills, knowledge and experiences which provide them with the ability to follow a wide variety of interesting career paths.