MA
1 year full time, 2 years part time
Starts September 2017

Migration and Global Development

Do you want to know more about the reasons why people migrate from the Global South? Is it because aid and development initiatives fail to meet their stated goals?

Our interdisciplinary approach gives you a distinctive and critical grounding in international development and migration studies. Learning from our faculty who have detailed and extensive knowledge from working in the field, you’ll gain an advanced understanding of the complex relationship between migration and development.

You’ll benefit from our extensive, world-renowned expertise in international development and migration studies. You’ll become part of the research community of the internationally recognised Sussex Centre for Migration Research, located within the School of Global Studies.

Key facts

  • Sussex is ranked 1st in the world for Development Studies (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017). The activities of our migration scholars and postgraduate community come together in the Sussex Centre for Migration Research.
  • True to the Sussex tradition, our approach to teaching is interdisciplinary, drawing insights from sociology, human geography, anthropology, development studies, politics, law, psychology, education, economics and demography.
  • We have strong links with government bodies, international organisations, and NGOs addressing the issues of migration and refugees – including DFID, the International Organization for Migration and Refugee Action.

How will I study?

Across the autumn and spring terms, you learn through core modules and options. You also take a module that prepares you for further research and a professional career. This is delivered as a series of workshops including one that prepares you for your dissertation.

In the summer term, you undertake supervised dissertation work or a dissertation with placement.

You are assessed by term papers, unseen exams, a case analysis on research methods and a 10,000-word dissertation, or a dissertation with placement.

Placements

You can apply to take a placement with this course. On placement, you gain work experience related to your subject and practical skills in preparation for a professional career. Research placements run for up to 12 weeks in the summer term and vacation. You can also write your dissertation based on your experience.

The School of Global Studies and the Careers and Employability Centre will help you with your applications.

Find out more about Global Studies postgraduate placements

Full-time and part-time study

You can choose to study this course full time or part time. For details about the part-time course structure, contact us at globalstudiespg@sussex.ac.uk

What will I study?

  • Module list

    Core modules

    Core modules are taken by all students on the course. They give you a solid grounding in your chosen subject and prepare you to explore the topics that interest you most.

    • Migrants and Society: Global Transformations

      30 credits
      Autumn Teaching, Year 1

      This introductory core module examines a wide range of theoretical and conceptual frameworks for studying migration and ethnic relations. Starting from the perspective that migration is one of the key drivers of globalisation and the transformation of contemporary societies, it examines the consequences of migration for people in both sending and receiving societies. Topics covered include:

      • general theories of migration
      • migration and development
      • transnationalism
      • return migration
      • sending and receiving state policies for migration
      • international migration governance
      • citizenship and integration
      • political mobilisation by migrants
      • migrants' social capital and networks
      • culture, identification and migrants' group rights. 
    • Migration and Global Development

      30 credits
      Autumn Teaching, Year 1

    • Research Methods and Professional Skills (Int Dev)

      15 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

      This module provides you with training in social science research methods (generic as well as specific to your dissertation research) as well as with a set of professional skills that prepare you for a professional career. The module is run as a series of half-day workshops from which you select three workshops to match your specific needs depending on disciplinary orientation, previous training and experience, future employment plans and personal interests. The workshops will cover a wide range of topics. The social research methods workshops will include interviewing, ethnographic methods, participatory research techniques and questionnaire design. The professional skills workshops will include, for example, stakeholder engagement, sustainable livelihoods analysis, environmental impact assessment, project planning and private sector consulting. The professional skills will also help to prepare you if you plan to take a work placement over the summer. As part of the module, you will also receive a workshop on dissertation planning and design.

    • Dissertation (Migration Studies)

      45 credits
      Summer Teaching, Year 1

      This module provides the opportunity to complete under expert supervision a dissertation of 10,000 words on a topic of your choosing relevant to the field of migration. You may wish to conduct fieldwork for your dissertation or chose to work on secondary sources. In order to prepare for this work, you will have been given a training workshop in dissertation writing and you will be allocated a supervisor, who will help them prepare for your research, develop your problematic and supervise your independent research and writing through 4 half hour one-on-one supervisions in the summer term.

    Options

    Alongside your core modules, you can choose options to broaden your horizons and tailor your course to your interests.

    • Activism for Development and Social Justice

      30 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

      On this module, you will address the ways in which activists and activism have sought to engage in development and social justice. You'll explore and evaluate different approaches to activism, grounding this in theories of social mobilisation and citizenship, and will work through a series of practical examples, drawing on empirical material produced by anthropologists and others, to explore how activism has been used to address issues of development and social justice. In doing so, you will seek to build on the material introduced in previous terms on theories of social change and approaches to development and social justice, to explore how different kinds of activisms seek to bring about change.

      The module will explore the contributions that imaginative, insurgent, disruptive and chaotic forms of social action have to make to development, and will cover a range of forms of collective action from the use of petitions and lobbying of representatives, to the use of the arts in "interrupting" everyday life to bring some of its elements into question, to mobilisation for protests and peaceful demonstrations, to non-violent direct action and info-activism.

    • Anthropology of Reconciliation and Reconstruction

      30 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

      In their ethnographies, anthropologies have studied 'intra-cultural' conflict resolution practices. As activists, they have contributed to the emergence of generic approaches to conflict resolution. They have, however, raised important questions regarding the contextuality of generic practices and whether they can capture the complexity of local circumstances.

      In the first part of this module, you critically assess the relationship between local ('intra-cultural') and generic approaches to conflict resolution (as practiced by INGOs and other third-parties) - asking whether the latter can be tempered with a sense of context-specificity. You also consider the sociology of mediation and peace negotiations and the power relations and dynamics involved.

      In the second part of the module, you explore the desire to 'reconstruct' society in the aftermath of violent conflict. You critically assess 'truth acknowledging' exercises (such as truth commissions), and explore issues of memory and ways in which a psychologised 'nation' can be 'healed'. You contrast this with arguments in favour of 'retributive' exercises (such as international criminal tribunals and domestic trials).

      The module is structured as follows:

      1. 'Traditional' conflict resolution
      2. Re-traditionalising conflict resolution
      3. The international 'peacebuilding' discourse
      4. Memory and narrative in post-violence contexts
      5. Memorialisation
      6. 'Reconciliation' or 'co-existence'?
      7. 'Truth commissions'
      8. International criminal tribunals
      9. Case study 1; post-genocide Rwanda
      10. Case study 2; post-war Sierra Leone
      11. Case study 3; post-war Guatemala
      12. One-to-one term paper tutorials
    • Critical Debates in Environment and Development

      30 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

      The aim of this module is to gain familiarity with cutting edge debates linking environment and development. A subsidiary aim is to develop research skills and in particular to develop skills in establishing analytical frameworks and the use of evidence. You should think critically about cutting edge topics. Current research has questioned much of the mainstream analysis of environmental problems and their social causes that now informs development policy and practice. This research emerges from environmental history, anthropology, remote-sensing, geography and non-equilibrium ecology, and from methods reflecting different social values (eg taking a pro-poor or politically marginalised perspective). It forces us to expose relations between power, environmental knowledge and environmental policy. This module considers and evaluates these challenges. We explore their significance for understanding the relationship between poverty, environmental science and policy, and consider how these relations are changing given the globalisation of environmental science and policy. 

      Topics vary each year as different issues arise. Issues addressed by the module are currently: forest policy and REDD+; biofuels and the land grabs; neoliberal approaches and ecosystem services; conflict and environmental change; coastal hazards and pollution; biotechnology and food security; 9 billion people and the resource crunch; and low carbon technology.

    • Livelihoods, Inequalities and Rural Change

      30 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

      This module considers the impacts of globalisation on rural livelihoods. Attention is paid to the interconnectedness of the global, national and local levels in causing change in rural societies. We consider the influence of social relations on rural economic life and, conversely, the influence of rural economic life on social relations. The module explores the effects of population mobility and working for global markets on rural economic and social life, the future of agriculture and the role of non-agricultural activities for livelihoods.

    • Refugees, Displacement and Humanitarian Responses

      30 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

      The aim of this module is to gain knowledge and understanding of the complexity of forced migration issues in developing countries, and of the range of ideological and practical perspectives which inform policy concerning the reception and settlement of refugees, and the resolution of conflicts which give rise to forced migration flows. At the end of the course, you will be expected to have a conceptual and intellectual grasp of the principle components of the growing literature on forced migration and development, and specific understanding of the practical experience of, and lessons learnt from refugee assistance programmes over the past 50 years.

    • Dissertation with Placement (Global Studies)

      45 credits
      Summer Teaching, Year 1

      This module is designed to allow you to apply theories and concepts, as well as practical and research skills learned during the MA programme, to a work context in the UK or internationally. It takes the form of a 12-week work placement with an organisation working in a field relevant to the degree programme, normally undertaken from May-July after assessments on other courses are completed.

Entry requirements

An upper second-class (2.1) undergraduate honours degree or above in a relevant social science (e.g., anthropology, development studies, geography, international relations, politics, sociology, law). Applicants with lower qualifications and/or from other disciplines should possess relevant professional experience or engagement in migration-related activities.

English language requirements

Standard level (IELTS 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each section)

Find out about other English language qualifications we accept.

English language support

Don’t have the English language level for your course? Find out more about our pre-sessional courses.

Additional information for international students

We welcome applications from all over the world. Find out about international qualifications suitable for our Masters courses.

Visas and immigration

Find out how to apply for a student visa


Fees and scholarships

How much does it cost?

Fees

Home: £7,700 per year

EU: £7,700 per year

Channel Islands and Isle of Man: £7,700 per year

Overseas: £15,100 per year

Note that your fees may be subject to an increase on an annual basis.

How can I fund my course?

Postgraduate Masters loans

Borrow up to £10,280 to contribute to your postgraduate study.

Find out more about Postgraduate Masters Loans

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 Masters Scholarship (2017)

Open to students with a 1st class from a UK university or excellent grades from an EU university and offered a F/T place on a Sussex Masters in 2017

Application deadline:

1 August 2017

Find out more about the Chancellor's Masters Scholarship

Einhorn Oestreicher Masters Scholarship (2017)

A £10,000 scholarship for students of any nationality wishing to pursue the MA in Gender, Violence and Conflict commencing full-time in September 2017

Application deadline:

31 May 2017

Find out more about the Einhorn Oestreicher Masters Scholarship

Sussex Graduate Scholarship (2017)

Open to Sussex students who graduate with a first or upper second-class degree and offered a full-time place on a Sussex Masters course in 2017

Application deadline:

1 August 2017

Find out more about the Sussex Graduate Scholarship

Sussex India Scholarships (2017)

Sussex India Scholarships are worth £3,500 and are for overseas fee paying students from India commencing Masters study in September 2017.

Application deadline:

1 August 2017

Find out more about the Sussex India Scholarships

Sussex Malaysia Scholarships (2017)

Sussex Malaysia Scholarships are worth £3,500 and are for overseas fee paying students from Malaysia commencing Masters study in September 2017.

Application deadline:

1 August 2017

Find out more about the Sussex Malaysia Scholarships

Sussex Nigeria Scholarships (2017)

Sussex Nigeria Scholarships are worth £3,500 or £5,000 and are for overseas fee paying students from Nigeria commencing a Masters in September 2017.

Application deadline:

1 August 2017

Find out more about the Sussex Nigeria Scholarships

Sussex Pakistan Scholarships (2017)

Sussex Pakistan Scholarships are worth £3,500 and are for overseas fee paying students from Pakistan commencing Masters study in September 2017.

Application deadline:

1 August 2017

Find out more about the Sussex Pakistan Scholarships

The Jesse White Jr Masters Scholarship in International Relations (2017)

Approximately £3,000 for a student from the USA.

Application deadline:

31 May 2017

Find out more about the The Jesse White Jr Masters Scholarship in International Relations

How Masters scholarships make studying more affordable

Living costs

Find out typical living costs for studying at Sussex.


Faculty

Meet the people teaching and supervising on your course.

  • Faculty profiles

    Dr Stephanie Berry
    Lecturer in Public Law
    S.E.Berry@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Freedom of Religion, International human rights, Minority Rights, Public international law, The European convention on human rights

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    Dr Odul Bozkurt
    Senior Lecturer in International Human Resource Management
    O.Bozkurt@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: employment studies, globalization and work, Green Economy, international human resource management, Japan, repair work, retail employment, skills and employment, social class and employment, Sociology of work and organizations, UK retailing, vintage sector

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    Prof Rupert Brown
    Professor of Social Psychology
    R.Brown@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Acculturation, hate crime, Identity, Immigration, Intergroup relations, post-conflict reconciliation, Prejudice, Prejudice reduction, refugees, Social psychology, team-building in organisations

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    Dr Grace Carswell
    Senior Lecturer in Human Geography
    G.Carswell@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Land Use

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    Dr Susan Collard
    Senior Lecturer in French Politics & Contemporary European Studies
    S.P.Collard@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: History

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    Prof Michael Collyer
    Professor of Geography
    M.Collyer@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: european union, Geopolitics, Migration, Refugees and asylum

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    Prof Jane Cowan
    Professor of Social Anthropology
    J.Cowan@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: anthropology of gender and masculinity, Balkans, Dance Performance, Diplomacy & International Relations, Ethnography And Anthropology, Feminist theory, Gender and Sexuality, Greece, Human Rights, International Organization, Minority Rights, Social and political theory, Social anthropology

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    Dr Elizabeth Craig
    Senior Lecturer
    Elizabeth.Craig@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Bills of Rights, Constitutional Law, Culture, Identity, International human rights, Language rights, Minority Rights

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    Dr Geert De Neve
    Professor of Social Anthropology & SouthAsian Studies
    G.R.De-Neve@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Anthropology of Development, anthropology of South Asia, Anthropology of the Global Economy, Corporate Social Responsibility and Ethical Trade, India, Poverty and inequality, Social Protection, Social transformation, Tamil Nadu

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    Dr Priya Deshingkar
    Research Director/Senior Research Fellow
    P.Deshingkar@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Agriculture, IInernational Development, Internal Migration, Migration, Precarious Occupations, Rural Livelihoods

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    Prof Mairead Dunne
    Professor of Sociology of Education
    mairead.dunne@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Education

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    Dr Naureen Durrani
    Senior Lecturer in International Education and Development
    N.Durrani@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Citizenship and youth, Curriculum and textbooks, Education, Education & peacebuilding, International education & development, Pakistan, pedagogy, South Asia, Teacher Education

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    Dr June Edmunds
    Lecturer in Sociology
    J.A.Edmunds@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Asylum seeking, citizenship, Cosmopolitanism, Ethnic Politics, Generations, Human Rights, Migration, Muslims and European Politics, Racism

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    Dr Nigel Eltringham
    Senior Lecturer in Anthropology
    N.P.Eltringham@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Africa, Conflict and violence, ethnicity, Film, Genocide, Human Rights, international criminal court, International Criminal Law, International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, Political violence, Post conflict reconstruction, Rwanda, Transitional justice

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    Dr Anne-Meike Fechter
    Senior Lecturer in Anthropology
    A.Fechter@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Aid, Aid Workers, Cambodia, childhood and youth, Development, Expatriates, gender, Indonesia, Migration, Mobility, Morality and Ethics, southeast asia, Transnationalism

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    Dr James Hampshire
    Reader in Politics
    J.A.Hampshire@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: british politics, citizenship, comparative politics, european union, governance, Immigration, immigration policy, liberalism, Migration, political theory, Politics of asylum and migration, race and racism

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    Dr Elizabeth Harrison
    Reader in Anthropology and International Development
    E.A.Harrison@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Anthropology and ethnography, Anti-corruption, community, gender, International Development, Irrigation, Moralities, Natural Resource Management, Participation and engagement, Political anthropology, Sub-Saharan Africa, United Kingdom

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    Dr Rumy Hasan
    Senior Lecturer
    R.Hasan@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Critique of multiculturalism and multifaithism, East Asia, Eastern Europe, Political economy of Russia, The conflict in the Middle East and its impact on the West (including ‘dual identities’)

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    Prof Raminder Kaur Kahlon
    Professor of Anthropology & Cultural Studies
    R.KaurKahlon@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Aesthetics and Politics, censorship, Conflict and violence, creative arts, culture and health, cultures of sustainability, diaspora, digital anthropology, environmental movements, gender, health risk perceptions, heritage, identity-based conflict, indian cinema, migration studies, nuclear power and politics, public culture, public engagement, race and ethnicity, religion and media, Religion and ritual, South Asia, Visual Anthropology and Media, visual cultures

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    Dr Pamela Kea
    Senior Lecturer In Anthropology
    P.J.Kea@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Anthropology of West Africa, Asylum and FGM, childhood and youth, Decolonial critique and the arts, Feminist theory, gender, Home-making practices, Intimacy and transnational kinship relations, Migration and Mobility, Postcolonial/Decolonial theory, race and ethnicity, The aesthetics of migration, The household moral economy, Transnational networks and subjectivities, Visual and Material Culture

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    Dr Evan Killick
    Senior Lecturer in Anthropology and International Development
    E.Killick@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Amazonia, Climate & Climate Change, Conservation, Development studies, ethnography, Friendship, indigenous peoples, International Development, Kinship, Latin America, REDD

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    Prof Russell King
    Professor of Geography
    R.King@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Ageing and the lifecourse, ageing care and migration, Albania, Children and migration, Cultural Geography, Generations, geographies of socialist and postsocialist development, Greece, higher education, Human Geography, International Student Migration/Mobility, Island studies, Italy, Migration, migration studies, social geography, Southern Europe, The Mediterranean, Youth

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    Prof Dominic Kniveton
    Professor of Climate Science & Society
    D.R.Kniveton@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Africa, Climate change, Development, Migration, South Asia

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    Dr Mark Leopold
    Lecturer in Social Anthropology
    M.A.Leopold@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Anthropology and espionage, Anthropology and Literature, Biography, Borders, Conflict and violence, Embodiment, Forced migration, History, History of Anthropology, Masculinities, north east Africa, Peacemaking, Political anthropology, psychoanalysis, South Sudan, Uganda

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    Prof JoAnn McGregor
    Professor Of Human Geography
    J.Mcgregor@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: African diasporas, Conflict and violence, Development studies, Migration, Refugees and asylum, Southern Africa social history, Ur

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    Dr Lyndsay Mclean Hilker
    Lecturer in Anthropology and International Development
    L.C.Mclean-Hilker@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Africa, Anthropology and ethnography, Anthropology of Development, Development Practice, DRC, ethnicity, Gender and Sexuality, gender-based violence, identity-based conflict, reconciliation, Rwanda, Social transformation, Violence, youth and violence

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    Dr Jon Mitchell
    Professor of Social Anthropology
    J.P.Mitchell@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Alternative Spiritualities/New Religious Movements, Anthropological Controversies, Anthropology of Catholicism, Anthropology of Religion, Anthropology of Sport, Anthropology of the Body, Anthropology of the Senses, Atheism/Secularism, Darkness in El Dorado, Experiential Anthropology, Football, Human Terrain, Malta, Marathon Running, material culture, Neoliberal subjectivities, Performance, Politics of Europeanisation, Religion and Cognition, Ritual, Statues, The Impact Agenda, UK

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    Dr Laura Morosanu
    Lecturer in Sociology
    L.Morosanu@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: intra-European mobility, Migration, Sociology, Transnationalism

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    Dr Linda Morrice
    Senior Lecturer In Education
    L.M.Morrice@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: citizenship, Education, Gender and Sexuality, Learning, Migration, refugees, Social cohesion, Social exclusion, Social identities

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    Prof Filippo Osella
    Professor Of Anthropology And South Asian Studies
    F.Osella@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: anthropology of gender and masculinity, anthropology of Islam and Hinduism, anthropology of migration, anthropology of South Asia, anthropology of trade and entrepreneurship, charity & philanthropy, Economic anthropology, India, Pakistan, Persian/Arab Gulf GCC countries, Sri Lanka

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    Prof Ben Rogaly
    Professor of Human Geography
    B.Rogaly@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: class, community, employment in agriculture and food, Identity, labour geography, migration studies, place, race and racism, social geography, work migration

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    Prof Ronald Skeldon
    Professorial Teaching Fellow
    R.Skeldon@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Demography

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    Prof Paul Statham
    Professor of Migration
    Paul.Statham@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: ageing care and migration, Comparative Studies, Domestic Politics of European Integration, Immigration, Islam, Media & Communication Studies, Multiculturalism, Public sphere theory, Social movements, Sociology

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    Prof Maya Unnithan
    Professor Of Social And Medical Anthropology
    M.Unnithan@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: caste and kinship, childbirth and infertility, gender and development, health and migration, human rights and reproductive health, maternal health inequalities, reproductive technologies, Social anthropology

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    Dr Katie Walsh
    Senior Lecturer in Geography
    Katie.Walsh@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Ageing and the lifecourse, Belonging, British diaspora, Britishness, Domestic material culture, Dubai, Expatriate migration, family studies, Highly Skilled migration, Home, Home-making practices, Intimacy, Intimacy and transnational kinship relations, Migration and diaspora, The politics of domesticity

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    Prof L. Alan Winters
    Professor of Economics
    L.A.Winters@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Developing Countries, Economics, International Trade, Migration

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Careers

Graduate destinations

93% of students from the School of Global Studies were in work or further study six months after graduating. Recent Department of Geography students have gone on to roles including:

  • climate change specialist, World Bank
  • project associate, GTE Carbon
  • refugee support caseworker, British Red Cross.

(HESA EPI, Destinations of Post Graduate Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2015)

Your future career

This course prepares you for careers in the areas of:

  • international organisations and NGOs
  • local government authorities
  • charities with a migration focus.

You could also continue your studies with a PhD.

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

Contact us