Africa and Development MA

Key information

Duration:
1 year full time, 2 years part time
Start date:
September 2018
Apply by:
1 August (International), 1 September (UK/EU)

Combine development theory and practice with an in-depth understanding of African political and cultural dynamics.

You’ll gain a grounding in the specific issues that development work in African contexts demands. You’ll receive applied and theoretical training in development and explore interdisciplinary debates about African politics, society and ethnography.

Why choose this course?

  • Development Studies at Sussex is ranked 1st in the world in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017.
  • Global Studies is a unique interdisciplinary school, with a vibrant mix of students and practitioners from around the world working on cutting-edge research.
  • The Sussex Africa Centre hosts seminar series and brings together one of the UK's largest concentrations of Africanist researchers and postgraduate students.

Entry requirements

Degree requirements

You should normally have an upper second-class (2.1) undergraduate honours degree or above.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant social sciences or humanities subject area such as anthropology, development studies, geography, international relations, politics, sociology or law. If you don’t have the academic qualifications for the course, or you have a qualification from a different subject area, you may still be considered if you can show evidence of professional experience or engagement in African development activities. 

Please select your country from the list.

Argentina

Degree requirements

Licenciado/Titulo with a final mark of 7.5-8.5 depending on your university. 

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant social sciences or humanities subject area such as anthropology, development studies, geography, international relations, politics, sociology or law. If you don’t have the academic qualifications for the course, or you have a qualification from a different subject area, you may still be considered if you can show evidence of professional experience or engagement in African development activities. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Australia

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with second-class upper division.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant social sciences or humanities subject area such as anthropology, development studies, geography, international relations, politics, sociology or law. If you don’t have the academic qualifications for the course, or you have a qualification from a different subject area, you may still be considered if you can show evidence of professional experience or engagement in African development activities. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Azerbaijan

Degree requirements

Magistr or Specialist Diploma with a minimum average mark of at least 4 or 81%

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant social sciences or humanities subject area such as anthropology, development studies, geography, international relations, politics, sociology or law. If you don’t have the academic qualifications for the course, or you have a qualification from a different subject area, you may still be considered if you can show evidence of professional experience or engagement in African development activities. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Bahrain

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA 3.0/4.0 (Grade B).

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant social sciences or humanities subject area such as anthropology, development studies, geography, international relations, politics, sociology or law. If you don’t have the academic qualifications for the course, or you have a qualification from a different subject area, you may still be considered if you can show evidence of professional experience or engagement in African development activities. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Bangladesh

Degree requirements

Masters degree with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant social sciences or humanities subject area such as anthropology, development studies, geography, international relations, politics, sociology or law. If you don’t have the academic qualifications for the course, or you have a qualification from a different subject area, you may still be considered if you can show evidence of professional experience or engagement in African development activities. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Brazil

Degree requirements

Bacharel, Licenciado or professional title with a final mark of at least 7.5 or 8 depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant social sciences or humanities subject area such as anthropology, development studies, geography, international relations, politics, sociology or law. If you don’t have the academic qualifications for the course, or you have a qualification from a different subject area, you may still be considered if you can show evidence of professional experience or engagement in African development activities. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Brunei

Degree requirements

Bachelors (Honours) degree with second class upper division or GPA 3.1/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant social sciences or humanities subject area such as anthropology, development studies, geography, international relations, politics, sociology or law. If you don’t have the academic qualifications for the course, or you have a qualification from a different subject area, you may still be considered if you can show evidence of professional experience or engagement in African development activities. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Canada

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA 3.3/4.0 (grade B+).

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant social sciences or humanities subject area such as anthropology, development studies, geography, international relations, politics, sociology or law. If you don’t have the academic qualifications for the course, or you have a qualification from a different subject area, you may still be considered if you can show evidence of professional experience or engagement in African development activities. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Chile

Degree requirements

Licenciado with a final mark of 5-5.5/7 depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant social sciences or humanities subject area such as anthropology, development studies, geography, international relations, politics, sociology or law. If you don’t have the academic qualifications for the course, or you have a qualification from a different subject area, you may still be considered if you can show evidence of professional experience or engagement in African development activities. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

China

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree from a leading university with overall mark of 75%-85% depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant social sciences or humanities subject area such as anthropology, development studies, geography, international relations, politics, sociology or law. If you don’t have the academic qualifications for the course, or you have a qualification from a different subject area, you may still be considered if you can show evidence of professional experience or engagement in African development activities. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Colombia

Degree requirements

Licenciado with ‘Acreditacion de alta calidad' and a GPA of 3.5.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant social sciences or humanities subject area such as anthropology, development studies, geography, international relations, politics, sociology or law. If you don’t have the academic qualifications for the course, or you have a qualification from a different subject area, you may still be considered if you can show evidence of professional experience or engagement in African development activities. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Cyprus

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree or Ptychion with a final mark of at least 7.5.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant social sciences or humanities subject area such as anthropology, development studies, geography, international relations, politics, sociology or law. If you don’t have the academic qualifications for the course, or you have a qualification from a different subject area, you may still be considered if you can show evidence of professional experience or engagement in African development activities. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Ecuador

Degree requirements

Licenciado with a final mark of at least 17/20.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant social sciences or humanities subject area such as anthropology, development studies, geography, international relations, politics, sociology or law. If you don’t have the academic qualifications for the course, or you have a qualification from a different subject area, you may still be considered if you can show evidence of professional experience or engagement in African development activities. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Egypt

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree from a university with an overall grade of 75%

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant social sciences or humanities subject area such as anthropology, development studies, geography, international relations, politics, sociology or law. If you don’t have the academic qualifications for the course, or you have a qualification from a different subject area, you may still be considered if you can show evidence of professional experience or engagement in African development activities. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

France

Degree requirements

Licence with mention bien or Maîtrise with final mark of at least 13.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant social sciences or humanities subject area such as anthropology, development studies, geography, international relations, politics, sociology or law. If you don’t have the academic qualifications for the course, or you have a qualification from a different subject area, you may still be considered if you can show evidence of professional experience or engagement in African development activities. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Germany

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree or Magister Artium with a final mark of 2.4 or better.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant social sciences or humanities subject area such as anthropology, development studies, geography, international relations, politics, sociology or law. If you don’t have the academic qualifications for the course, or you have a qualification from a different subject area, you may still be considered if you can show evidence of professional experience or engagement in African development activities. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Ghana

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree from a public university with second-class upper division.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant social sciences or humanities subject area such as anthropology, development studies, geography, international relations, politics, sociology or law. If you don’t have the academic qualifications for the course, or you have a qualification from a different subject area, you may still be considered if you can show evidence of professional experience or engagement in African development activities. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Greece

Degree requirements

Ptychion from an AEI with a final mark of at least 7.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant social sciences or humanities subject area such as anthropology, development studies, geography, international relations, politics, sociology or law. If you don’t have the academic qualifications for the course, or you have a qualification from a different subject area, you may still be considered if you can show evidence of professional experience or engagement in African development activities. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Hong Kong

Degree requirements

Bachelors (Honours) degree with second-class upper division.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant social sciences or humanities subject area such as anthropology, development studies, geography, international relations, politics, sociology or law. If you don’t have the academic qualifications for the course, or you have a qualification from a different subject area, you may still be considered if you can show evidence of professional experience or engagement in African development activities. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

India

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree from a leading institution with overall mark of 55-70% depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant social sciences or humanities subject area such as anthropology, development studies, geography, international relations, politics, sociology or law. If you don’t have the academic qualifications for the course, or you have a qualification from a different subject area, you may still be considered if you can show evidence of professional experience or engagement in African development activities. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Indonesia

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree from an 'A' accredited university with GPA 3.0/4.0. 

Bachelors degree from a 'B' accredited university with GPA 3.2/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant social sciences or humanities subject area such as anthropology, development studies, geography, international relations, politics, sociology or law. If you don’t have the academic qualifications for the course, or you have a qualification from a different subject area, you may still be considered if you can show evidence of professional experience or engagement in African development activities. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Iran

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree (Licence or Karshenasi) with a final mark of at least 15.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant social sciences or humanities subject area such as anthropology, development studies, geography, international relations, politics, sociology or law. If you don’t have the academic qualifications for the course, or you have a qualification from a different subject area, you may still be considered if you can show evidence of professional experience or engagement in African development activities. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Italy

Degree requirements

Diploma di Laurea with an overall mark of at least 105.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant social sciences or humanities subject area such as anthropology, development studies, geography, international relations, politics, sociology or law. If you don’t have the academic qualifications for the course, or you have a qualification from a different subject area, you may still be considered if you can show evidence of professional experience or engagement in African development activities. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Japan

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with a minimum C/GPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or equivalent.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant social sciences or humanities subject area such as anthropology, development studies, geography, international relations, politics, sociology or law. If you don’t have the academic qualifications for the course, or you have a qualification from a different subject area, you may still be considered if you can show evidence of professional experience or engagement in African development activities. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Jordan

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant social sciences or humanities subject area such as anthropology, development studies, geography, international relations, politics, sociology or law. If you don’t have the academic qualifications for the course, or you have a qualification from a different subject area, you may still be considered if you can show evidence of professional experience or engagement in African development activities. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Kazakhstan

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with an overall mark of 4 or better (on a scale of 1-5)/GPA 3,33.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant social sciences or humanities subject area such as anthropology, development studies, geography, international relations, politics, sociology or law. If you don’t have the academic qualifications for the course, or you have a qualification from a different subject area, you may still be considered if you can show evidence of professional experience or engagement in African development activities. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Kenya

Degree requirements

Bachelors (Honours) degree with second-class upper division.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant social sciences or humanities subject area such as anthropology, development studies, geography, international relations, politics, sociology or law. If you don’t have the academic qualifications for the course, or you have a qualification from a different subject area, you may still be considered if you can show evidence of professional experience or engagement in African development activities. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Kuwait

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or B+

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant social sciences or humanities subject area such as anthropology, development studies, geography, international relations, politics, sociology or law. If you don’t have the academic qualifications for the course, or you have a qualification from a different subject area, you may still be considered if you can show evidence of professional experience or engagement in African development activities. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Lebanon

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA 3.5/4.0 or 14/20.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant social sciences or humanities subject area such as anthropology, development studies, geography, international relations, politics, sociology or law. If you don’t have the academic qualifications for the course, or you have a qualification from a different subject area, you may still be considered if you can show evidence of professional experience or engagement in African development activities. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Malawi

Degree requirements

Masters degree, depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant social sciences or humanities subject area such as anthropology, development studies, geography, international relations, politics, sociology or law. If you don’t have the academic qualifications for the course, or you have a qualification from a different subject area, you may still be considered if you can show evidence of professional experience or engagement in African development activities. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Malaysia

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant social sciences or humanities subject area such as anthropology, development studies, geography, international relations, politics, sociology or law. If you don’t have the academic qualifications for the course, or you have a qualification from a different subject area, you may still be considered if you can show evidence of professional experience or engagement in African development activities. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Mexico

Degree requirements

Licenciado with a final mark of at least 8.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant social sciences or humanities subject area such as anthropology, development studies, geography, international relations, politics, sociology or law. If you don’t have the academic qualifications for the course, or you have a qualification from a different subject area, you may still be considered if you can show evidence of professional experience or engagement in African development activities. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Nepal

Degree requirements

Masters degree with overall mark of 80%

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant social sciences or humanities subject area such as anthropology, development studies, geography, international relations, politics, sociology or law. If you don’t have the academic qualifications for the course, or you have a qualification from a different subject area, you may still be considered if you can show evidence of professional experience or engagement in African development activities. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Nigeria

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with second-class upper division or CGPA of at least 3.5/5.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant social sciences or humanities subject area such as anthropology, development studies, geography, international relations, politics, sociology or law. If you don’t have the academic qualifications for the course, or you have a qualification from a different subject area, you may still be considered if you can show evidence of professional experience or engagement in African development activities. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Norway

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with an overall grade of B.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant social sciences or humanities subject area such as anthropology, development studies, geography, international relations, politics, sociology or law. If you don’t have the academic qualifications for the course, or you have a qualification from a different subject area, you may still be considered if you can show evidence of professional experience or engagement in African development activities. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Oman

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 3.3/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant social sciences or humanities subject area such as anthropology, development studies, geography, international relations, politics, sociology or law. If you don’t have the academic qualifications for the course, or you have a qualification from a different subject area, you may still be considered if you can show evidence of professional experience or engagement in African development activities. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Pakistan

Degree requirements

Four-year bachelors degree with overall grade of 65% or Masters with 60%

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant social sciences or humanities subject area such as anthropology, development studies, geography, international relations, politics, sociology or law. If you don’t have the academic qualifications for the course, or you have a qualification from a different subject area, you may still be considered if you can show evidence of professional experience or engagement in African development activities. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Palestine

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with GPA of at least 3.5/4.0 or B+

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant social sciences or humanities subject area such as anthropology, development studies, geography, international relations, politics, sociology or law. If you don’t have the academic qualifications for the course, or you have a qualification from a different subject area, you may still be considered if you can show evidence of professional experience or engagement in African development activities. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Paraguay

Degree requirements

Bachelors with a final mark of at least 7.5/10.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant social sciences or humanities subject area such as anthropology, development studies, geography, international relations, politics, sociology or law. If you don’t have the academic qualifications for the course, or you have a qualification from a different subject area, you may still be considered if you can show evidence of professional experience or engagement in African development activities. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Peru

Degree requirements

Licenciado with a final mark of 14/20 depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant social sciences or humanities subject area such as anthropology, development studies, geography, international relations, politics, sociology or law. If you don’t have the academic qualifications for the course, or you have a qualification from a different subject area, you may still be considered if you can show evidence of professional experience or engagement in African development activities. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Philippines

Degree requirements

Masters degree with 1.5/5.0 (where 1 is the highest) or 3.7/4.0

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant social sciences or humanities subject area such as anthropology, development studies, geography, international relations, politics, sociology or law. If you don’t have the academic qualifications for the course, or you have a qualification from a different subject area, you may still be considered if you can show evidence of professional experience or engagement in African development activities. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Qatar

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with an overall CPGA of at least 3 (on a scale of 4).

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant social sciences or humanities subject area such as anthropology, development studies, geography, international relations, politics, sociology or law. If you don’t have the academic qualifications for the course, or you have a qualification from a different subject area, you may still be considered if you can show evidence of professional experience or engagement in African development activities. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Russia

Degree requirements

Magistr or Specialist Diploma with a minimum average mark of at least 4.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant social sciences or humanities subject area such as anthropology, development studies, geography, international relations, politics, sociology or law. If you don’t have the academic qualifications for the course, or you have a qualification from a different subject area, you may still be considered if you can show evidence of professional experience or engagement in African development activities. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Saudi Arabia

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with a CGPA 3.5/5.0 or 3/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant social sciences or humanities subject area such as anthropology, development studies, geography, international relations, politics, sociology or law. If you don’t have the academic qualifications for the course, or you have a qualification from a different subject area, you may still be considered if you can show evidence of professional experience or engagement in African development activities. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Singapore

Degree requirements

Bachelors (Honours) degree with second-class upper division or CAP 4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant social sciences or humanities subject area such as anthropology, development studies, geography, international relations, politics, sociology or law. If you don’t have the academic qualifications for the course, or you have a qualification from a different subject area, you may still be considered if you can show evidence of professional experience or engagement in African development activities. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

South Africa

Degree requirements

Bachelors (honours) degree with second-class division 1.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant social sciences or humanities subject area such as anthropology, development studies, geography, international relations, politics, sociology or law. If you don’t have the academic qualifications for the course, or you have a qualification from a different subject area, you may still be considered if you can show evidence of professional experience or engagement in African development activities. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

South Korea

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree from a leading university with CGPA of at least 3.5/4.0 or B+

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant social sciences or humanities subject area such as anthropology, development studies, geography, international relations, politics, sociology or law. If you don’t have the academic qualifications for the course, or you have a qualification from a different subject area, you may still be considered if you can show evidence of professional experience or engagement in African development activities. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Spain

Degree requirements

Licenciado with a final mark of at least 2/4.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant social sciences or humanities subject area such as anthropology, development studies, geography, international relations, politics, sociology or law. If you don’t have the academic qualifications for the course, or you have a qualification from a different subject area, you may still be considered if you can show evidence of professional experience or engagement in African development activities. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Sri Lanka

Degree requirements

Bachelors Special degree with upper second honours.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant social sciences or humanities subject area such as anthropology, development studies, geography, international relations, politics, sociology or law. If you don’t have the academic qualifications for the course, or you have a qualification from a different subject area, you may still be considered if you can show evidence of professional experience or engagement in African development activities. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Switzerland

Degree requirements

Licence or Diplôme with 5/6 or 8/10.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant social sciences or humanities subject area such as anthropology, development studies, geography, international relations, politics, sociology or law. If you don’t have the academic qualifications for the course, or you have a qualification from a different subject area, you may still be considered if you can show evidence of professional experience or engagement in African development activities. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Taiwan

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with overall mark of 70%-85% depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant social sciences or humanities subject area such as anthropology, development studies, geography, international relations, politics, sociology or law. If you don’t have the academic qualifications for the course, or you have a qualification from a different subject area, you may still be considered if you can show evidence of professional experience or engagement in African development activities. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Thailand

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or equivalent.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant social sciences or humanities subject area such as anthropology, development studies, geography, international relations, politics, sociology or law. If you don’t have the academic qualifications for the course, or you have a qualification from a different subject area, you may still be considered if you can show evidence of professional experience or engagement in African development activities. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Turkey

Degree requirements

Lisans Diplomasi with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or equivalent depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant social sciences or humanities subject area such as anthropology, development studies, geography, international relations, politics, sociology or law. If you don’t have the academic qualifications for the course, or you have a qualification from a different subject area, you may still be considered if you can show evidence of professional experience or engagement in African development activities. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

United Arab Emirates

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or equivalent.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant social sciences or humanities subject area such as anthropology, development studies, geography, international relations, politics, sociology or law. If you don’t have the academic qualifications for the course, or you have a qualification from a different subject area, you may still be considered if you can show evidence of professional experience or engagement in African development activities. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

USA

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA 3.3-3.5/4.0 depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant social sciences or humanities subject area such as anthropology, development studies, geography, international relations, politics, sociology or law. If you don’t have the academic qualifications for the course, or you have a qualification from a different subject area, you may still be considered if you can show evidence of professional experience or engagement in African development activities. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Vietnam

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree (with a Graduate Thesis/research component) with CGPA of at least 3.3/4.0 or 7.5/10.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant social sciences or humanities subject area such as anthropology, development studies, geography, international relations, politics, sociology or law. If you don’t have the academic qualifications for the course, or you have a qualification from a different subject area, you may still be considered if you can show evidence of professional experience or engagement in African development activities. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Zambia

Degree requirements

Masters degree with GPA of 2.0/2.5 or equivalent.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant social sciences or humanities subject area such as anthropology, development studies, geography, international relations, politics, sociology or law. If you don’t have the academic qualifications for the course, or you have a qualification from a different subject area, you may still be considered if you can show evidence of professional experience or engagement in African development activities. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Zimbabwe

Degree requirements

Bachelors (Honours) degree with second-class upper division.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant social sciences or humanities subject area such as anthropology, development studies, geography, international relations, politics, sociology or law. If you don’t have the academic qualifications for the course, or you have a qualification from a different subject area, you may still be considered if you can show evidence of professional experience or engagement in African development activities. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

My country is not listed

If your country is not listed, you need to contact us and find out the qualification level you should have for this course. Contact us at pg.enquiries@sussex.ac.uk

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant social sciences or humanities subject area such as anthropology, development studies, geography, international relations, politics, sociology or law. If you don’t have the academic qualifications for the course, or you have a qualification from a different subject area, you may still be considered if you can show evidence of professional experience or engagement in African development activities. 

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic)

Standard level (6.5 overall, including at least 6.0 in each component).

Check your IELTS qualification meets all of our entry requirements and find out more about IELTS

Alternative English language qualifications

Proficiency tests

Cambridge Advanced Certificate in English (CAE)

For tests taken before January 2015: grade B or above.

For tests taken after January 2015: 176 overall, including at least 169 in each skill

We would normally expect the CAE test to have been taken within two years before the start of your course.

You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about Cambridge English: Advanced

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)

For tests taken before January 2015: grade C or above.

For tests taken after January 2015: 176 overall, including at least 169 in each skill.

We would normally expect the CPE test to have been taken within two years before the start of your course.

You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about Cambridge English: Proficiency

Pearson (PTE Academic)

62 overall, including at least 56 in all four skills.

PTE (Academic) scores are valid for two years from the test date. Your score must be valid when you begin your Sussex course. You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about Pearson (PTE Academic)

TOEFL (iBT)

88 overall, including at least 20 in Listening, 19 in Reading, 21 in Speaking, 23 in Writing.

TOEFL (iBT) scores are valid for two years from the test date. Your score must be valid when you begin your Sussex course. You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about TOEFL (iBT)

The TOEFL Institution Code for the University of Sussex is 9166.

English language qualifications

AS/A-level (GCE)

Grade C or above in English Language.

Hong Kong Advanced Level Examination (HKALE)/ AS or A Level: grade C or above in Use of English.

French Baccalaureat

A score of 12 or above in English.

GCE O-level

Grade C or above in English.

Brunei/Cambridge GCE O-level in English: grades 1-6.

Singapore/Cambridge GCE O-level in English: grades 1-6.

GCSE or IGCSE

Grade C or above in English as a First Language.

Grade B or above in English as a Second Language.

German Abitur

A score of 12 or above in English.

Ghana Senior Secondary School Certificate

If awarded before 1993: grades 1-6 in English language.

If awarded between 1993 and 2005: grades A-D in English language.

Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE)

 Level 4, including at least 3 in each component in English Language.

Indian School Certificate (Standard XII)

The Indian School Certificate is accepted at the grades below when awarded by the following examination boards:

Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) – English Core only: 70%

Council for Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) - English: 70% 

International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB)

English A or English B at grade 5 or above.

Irish Leaving Certificate

Grade C (Honours) or above in English.

Malaysian Certificate of Education (SPM) 119/GCE O-level

If taken before the end of 2008: grades 1-5 in English Language.

If taken from 2009 onwards: grade C or above in English Language.

The qualification must be jointly awarded by the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate (UCLES).

West African Senior School Certificate

Grades 1-6 in English language when awarded by the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) or the National Examinations Council (NECO).

English language support

If you don’t meet the English language requirements for your degree, you may be able to take a pre-sessional course.

Visas and immigration

Find out how to apply for a student visa

Admissions information for applicants

How to apply

You apply to Sussex using our postgraduate application system.

Personal statement

Yes. You must submit a personal statement as part of your application. 

Find out how to write a personal statement

If your qualifications aren’t listed or you have a question about entry requirements, email pg.enquiries@sussex.ac.uk

Application deadlines

1 August (International), 1 September (UK/EU)

Course details

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 globalstudiespg@sussex.ac.uk

How will I study?

You take core modules and choose options, which can also be from other Global Studies courses. Research methods and professional skills training prepares you for further research and a professional career. In the summer, you work on your dissertation, or on a dissertation with a placement.

Most modules are assessed through term papers. You also write a 10,000-word dissertation, or a dissertation with placement. The dissertation with placement gives you the opportunity to gain work and research experience with grass roots African organisations or international agencies in Africa.

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.

Please note

If you’re receiving – or applying for – USA federal Direct Loan funds, you can’t undertake your placement/internship in the USA. Find out more about American Student Loans and Federal Student Aid 

Our experts

Dr Nigel Eltringham

Dr Nigel Eltringham

Senior Lecturer in Anthropology

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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Prof James Fairhead

Prof James Fairhead

Professor of Social Anthropology

Research interests

Ebola, Environmental Anthropology, Green Economy, Health, Historical Anthropology, International Development, New Guinea, West Africa

View James Fairhead's profile

Prof Elizabeth Harrison

Prof Elizabeth Harrison

Professor of Anthropology and International Development

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

View Elizabeth Harrison's profile

Dr Pamela Kea

Dr Pamela Kea

Senior Lecturer In Anthropology

Research interests

Anthropology of West Africa, Asylum and FGM, childhood and youth, Feminist theory, gender and generation, Intimacy and transnational kinship relations, Mobility and relatedness, Photography art and politics, Postcolonial/Decolonial theory, race and ethnicity, The aesthetics of migration, The household moral economy, The politics of domesticity, Transnational networks and subjectivities, Visual and Material Culture, Well being

View Pamela Kea's profile

Dr Mark Leopold

Dr Mark Leopold

Lecturer in Social Anthropology

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

Prof JoAnn McGregor

Professor Of Human Geography

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

Dr Lyndsay Mclean Hilker

Lecturer in Anthropology and International Development

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

View Lyndsay Mclean Hilker's profile

Dr Elizabeth Mills

Dr Elizabeth Mills

Lecturer in International Development

Research interests

Biopolitics, Biosocial Research, Critical Gender Studies, Ebola, Embodiment and Technologies, Gender and Sexuality, HIV, HIV medicine, International Development, medical anthropology, Philosophy of Science, Photography art and politics, Political anthropology, Science and technology policy, Theories of Gender, Visual Anthropology and Media

View Elizabeth Mills's profile

Course enquiries

+44 (0)1273 877686
globalstudiespg@​sussex.ac.uk

Find out about the School of Global Studies

Fees and scholarships

How much does it cost?

Fees

UK/EU students:
£7,900 per year
Channel Islands and Isle of Man students:
£7,900 per year
International students:
£15,500 per year

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

If you’re studying part time over two years, you’ll be charged 50% of the equivalent 2018 full-time fee in each year of study. The fee in your second year – if you continue your studies without a break – will be subject to a 2.5% increase (subject to rounding).

Living costs

Find out typical living costs for studying at Sussex

How can I fund my course?

Postgraduate Masters loans

You can borrow up to £10,280 to help with fees and living costs if your course starts on or after 1 August 2017. Loans are available from the Student Loans Company if you’re from the UK or if you’re an EU national studying for a Masters.

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.

How Masters scholarships make studying more affordable

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

This degree prepares you for careers in development work in African contexts and acts as a pathway for a PhD.

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