University of Sussex postgraduate prospectus section 7: Subjects
042 American studies
048 Art history
050 Astronomy and cosmology
062 Computing, artificial intelligence and IT
069 Contemporary European studies
072 Creative writing
074 Development studies
086 Education and teaching
091 Engineering and design
128 English language (see Linguistics and
098 English language teaching
099 English literature
103 Environmental science
099 French (see English literature)
106 Gender studies
099 German (see English literature)
114 Globalisation, ethnicity and culture
048 History of art (see Art history)
121 Human rights
122 International relations
128 Linguistics and English language
134 Media and film studies
138 Medicine and health studies
140 Migration studies
158 Policy studies (see Science and technology
policy and management)
099 Renaissance studies (see English literature)
158 Science and technology policy and management
162 Social and political thought
164 Social work and social care
086, 098 Teaching (see Education and teaching,
and English language teaching)
169 Visual arts and conservation studies
Essentials Programme structure
• Our faculty research achieved grade 5
Autumn and spring terms: all students take
Taught programme (recognising research of national and
Theory in Practice: Readings in Contemporary
MA American Literature: Critical Reading international excellence) in the most recent
Theory and Literature, plus three of the following
Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) and
Research programmes options: Anglo-American Modernism: Poetry
our publications have attracted a number of
MPhil, DPhil American History and Literature and Poetics; American Poetry after Modernism:
prestigious prizes and nominations for both
Retreat? Redirection? Rediscovery?;
Admissions requirements British and American awards.
Fictions of Capital: Case Studies in American
For information on overseas qualifications that • American studies at Sussex offers flexibility Narrative; Representing the Great Depression;
meet the admissions requirements, see pages and choice. For postgraduate students, we ImagiNation: Fiction and American History.
172-175 offer a taught MA in American Literature:
MA Up to two options may be taken from related MA
Critical Reading, an MPhil in American History
A literature-based upper second-class programmes.
and Literature, and a wide range of expertise
undergraduate honours degree for the supervision of doctoral research in Summer term and vacation: you undertake
MPhil supervised work on the MA dissertation.
all aspects of the subject: literary, cultural,
A first- or upper second-class undergraduate
political and historical. MA students may also Assessment
honours degree in history, literature or
take courses from MA programmes in English. You are assessed by four 5,000-word term
DPhil • We have an active and friendly research papers and a dissertation of 20,000 words, for
A Masters degree in a subject relevant to culture at all levels, including regular open which you will receive one-to-one supervision.
your chosen area of research. For advice seminars with guest speakers, and frequent
on research supervision, prospective DPhil symposia and academic conferences.
applicants are encouraged to look at the Research programmes
• Particular strengths include race and
research areas and faculty interests listed on the
ethnic relations, labour history and MPhil in American History and Literature
right, and to contact Doug Haynes at the address
slavery, discourses of migration, aesthetic 1-2 years full-time/up to 4 years part-time
modernism, modern poetry, popular culture An MPhil is a Masters-level research degree
English language requirements and 20th-century writing. on a topic of your choice, achieved through
IELTS 6.5, with not less than 6.5 in Writing and personal research and the close guidance of an
• American Studies houses the Cunliffe Centre
6.0 in the other sections. For more information academic supervisor with relevant expertise. A
for the Study of the American South and
and alternative English language requirements, highly flexible qualification, your MPhil can either
has close associations with the Centre for
see page 174 be ‘stand-alone’ or, via an upgrade examination,
Modernist Studies, based here at Sussex.
Fees We also have close associations with the can form part of doctoral-level work, extending
See pages 176-181 for information on fees leading literary journal Textual Practice. your thesis further and leading to a DPhil.
Further information • All degrees may be undertaken on a part- or To facilitate greater autonomy and develop a
Dr Doug Haynes, full-time basis. range of appropriate skills, all MPhil students are
American Studies, normally required to take one or more research
University of Sussex, Falmer, training courses during the first year of their
Brighton BN1 9QN, UK Taught programme study.
T +44 (0)1273 877304 Titles of recently completed theses include:
F +44 (0)1273 625972 MA in American Literature: Critical Reading
Selective Amnesia: Truth and Reconciliation
E firstname.lastname@example.org 1 year full-time/2 years part-time
in the American South and Savage Desert,
www.sussex.ac.uk/americanstudies Designed for those with a critical interest in or
American Garden: Popular Imagery in the Selling
informed curiosity about modern American
of California, 1876-1929.
literature, this programme explores key topics in
primarily 20th-century fiction and poetry. Assessment
You are assessed by a 40,000-word thesis.
Beginning with questioning how contemporary
literary theory might inform all our readings, DPhil
you will go on to investigate subjects such as Research applications are actively sought in
modernism and its legacy in Anglo-American the following areas: 20th-century American
writing, the relation between economic poetry and fiction; literature and migration;
structures and narrative form, literary and autobiographical studies; popular culture;
filmic representations of nationhood, or the African-American history; Southern history;
relationship between culture, language and and Atlantic world topics. Proposals on other or
politics during the Great Depression. related topics are welcome.
This MA is associated with the Centre for Funding
Modernist Studies (www.sussex.ac.uk/ EU applicants may apply to the AHRC (see Fees
modernist). and funding on pages 176-186).
Funding There are opportunities for research students to
EU applicants may apply to the AHRC. For teach undergraduate courses.
information on AHRC funding, see Fees and
funding on pages 176-186.
Recent thesis titles Faculty research interests
Technology, the public sphere and American
writing since 1960 Stephen Burman International political
economy; class and race in the US; international
Colonialism 1590-1730: the racialisation foreign policy. Author of The Black Progress
of space Question: Explaining the African-American
Selective amnesia: truth and reconciliation in the Predicament (1995). Currently working on a
American South book on US foreign policy in the 1990s.
Myth and sites of resistance: the structuring of Professor Robert Cook Political and social
identity in contemporary US counter-discourse of history; the American Civil War; civil rights. Author
race and gender of Troubled Commemoration: The American
Civil War Centennial, 1961-1965 (2007) and
‘Slavish pleasures and mechanical leisures’: the Baptism of Fire: The Republican Party in Iowa,
problem of leisure in America during the 1930s 1838-1878 (1993).
Blank fiction: culture, consumption and the Sue Currell American literature and culture
contemporary American novel 1890-1940; the emergence and production
Do you see what I mean? An ‘inner law of form’ in of 20th-century mass culture; the thirties;
Susan Howe’s historicism Taylorism/Fordism in relation to identity, language
and the self; eugenics and popular culture; self-
‘City of refuge’: Harlem and the urban aesthetic
help literature of the inter-war era. Author of The
in 20th-century American literature
March of Spare Time: The Problem and Promise
of Leisure in the 1930s (2005).
Specialist facilities Richard Follett 19th-century US social
and economic history; slavery; antebellum
American subjects have formed an important southern history; comparative slavery and race
part of the humanities at Sussex since the relations; demography; agricultural and rural
University was founded. Consequently, the history. Author of Louisiana’s Sugar Country
University’s Library has large holdings of serials (2005). Currently working on slave demography
and printed books relating to the US, plus and fertility patterns.
electronic resources such as ECHO, and Early
American Imprints. Doug Haynes European and American
modernism, postmodernism and avant-garde
Manuscript collections include: the Harvey writing and culture, particularly as these intersect
Matusow Papers, covering the McCarthy Dorothea Lange’s Migrant Mother is an icon both
with critical theory. Publications on Thomas of the endurance of Depression Americans and of
hearings in the 1950s; the Kenneth Allsop Pynchon, William Burroughs, surrealism, and the documentary mode itself, subjects covered in
Papers, reflecting that author’s interest in Nathanael West. the courses Representing the Great Depression,
American society, literature and popular culture; and Fictions of Capital: Case Studies in American
and a series of letters from Margaret Mead to Daniel Kane 20th-century American literature; Narrative
Geoffrey Gorer, exploring aspects of their shared the avant-garde; the beats; poetry since the
interest in American national identity. 1960s. Author of All Poets Welcome: The Lower
East Side Poetry Scene in the 1960s (2003) and
For the more advanced or specialised graduate What Is Poetry: Conversations with the American
student, the incomparable American holdings of Avant-Garde (2003).
the British Library and the Institute of Historical
Studies – as well as London’s other repositories Maria Lauret American feminist fiction and
of books, serials, manuscripts, films and the theory; the American 1960s; gender, language
fine arts – are all within easy commuting distance and migration; race and ethnicity; women’s
of the University. autobiography. Author of Liberating Literature:
Feminist Fiction in America (1994), and Alice
Walker (2000). Working on race and ethnicity in
Academic activities women’s writing; narratives of migration.
Open seminars in subjects related to the various Professor Peter Nicholls International
Americanist disciplines – history, critical theory, modernism; literary radicalism of the 1930s
English literature, lesbian and gay studies, and 1960s; contemporary American poetry and
international relations, post-colonialism – are poetics. Author of Modernisms: A Literary Guide
scheduled in addition to the regular American (1995). Currently working on contemporary
studies seminar. experimental poetry in America.
Website information Jarod Roll Race, work and protest in the political
The American studies web pages are regularly economy of rural America, especially in the
updated and are the most reliable source of 20th century. Publications on African-American
information for faculty research interests, grassroots radicalism, American farmers and
as well as programme changes. Visit labour relations in the New Cotton South, 1890-
Clive Webb Race and ethnic relations in the
19th and 20th centuries, particularly in the
southern states; racial and religious prejudice,
racial violence, and the civil rights movement.
Author of Fight Against Fear: Southern Jews
and Black Civil Rights (2001); (ed) Massive
Resistance: Southern Opposition to the Second
MA in Anthropology (Africa)
Anthropology 1 year full-time/2 years part-time
MA students are eligible to apply for a Sasakawa
Scholarship (see Fees and funding on pages
Autumn term: you are provided with a foundation
in the discipline, taking Anthropology and
Ethnography; and Understanding Processes of
Spring term: you take Culture and Society
in Africa and an option from the other MA
Essentials • Anthropology at Sussex received a grade 5 anthropology programmes.
Taught programmes (recognising research of national and
international excellence) in the most recent Summer term and vacation: you undertake
MA degrees supervised work on your dissertation.
Anthropology Research Assessment Exercise (RAE).
Anthropology (Africa) • Anthropology was also awarded a grade of See below for assessment methods.
Anthropology (Europe) ‘excellent’ in an earlier assessment of teaching Contact the programme convenor Jon Mitchell
Anthropology (South Asia) quality. (email@example.com) for further
Anthropology of Conflict, Violence information
and Conciliation • We maintain a concern with the traditional
Anthropology of Development and categories of British social anthropology MA in Anthropology (Europe)
Social Transformation (political and economic anthropology, kinship, 1 year full-time/2 years part-time
Medical Anthropology religion and ritual), while developing research Funding
that focuses on contemporary global society. MA students are eligible to apply for a Sasakawa
MSc degree Scholarship (see Fees and funding on pages
Comparative and Cross-Cultural Research • We have a long-standing involvement in the
issues surrounding policy-making and applied 176-186).
anthropology, and in the anthropological critique Programme structure
Research programmes of development. Autumn term: you are provided with a foundation
MPhil, DPhil Social Anthropology
• Faculty have undertaken consultancy and in the discipline, taking Anthropology and
New Route DPhil Social Anthropology
commissioned work, and many of our graduates Ethnography; and Understanding Processes of
Admissions requirements have found employment in these fields. Social Change.
For information on overseas qualifications that We also have a significant commitment to the
meet the admissions requirements, see pages Spring term: you take European Transformations
ethnographic exploration of cultural phenomena and an option from the other MA anthropology
172-175 such as religious ritual, music, dance
performance, heritage and film.
An upper second-class undergraduate Summer term and vacation: you undertake
honours degree in anthropology or any other supervised work on your dissertation.
relevant subject area Taught programmes
MSc, MPhil and New Route DPhil See below for assessment methods.
An upper second-class undergraduate honours These programmes combine a thorough Contact the programme convenor Jon Mitchell
degree in anthropology or a related discipline, grounding in the history, theory and methodology (firstname.lastname@example.org) for further
but applicants from other backgrounds may be of anthropology. They permit you to specialise in information
considered. Applicants should submit an outline a region or specific focus if you wish, or to
(two to three pages) of their research interests MA in Anthropology (South Asia)
maintain a more general interest in the
DPhil 1 year full-time/2 years part-time
A Masters degree in anthropology, although Funding
those with a degree in a closely related MA in Anthropology MA students are eligible to apply for a Sasakawa
discipline may also be considered. Applicants 1 year full-time/2 years part-time Scholarship (see Fees and funding on pages
should submit an outline research proposal Funding 176-186).
indicating the nature, ambitions and primary MA students are eligible to apply for a Sasakawa
questions of the research project Scholarship (see Fees and funding on pages
Autumn term: you are provided with a foundation
English language requirements in the discipline, taking Anthropology and
IELTS 6.5, with not less than 6.5 in Writing and Programme structure Ethnography; and Understanding Processes of
6.0 in the other sections. For more information Autumn term: you are provided with a foundation Social Change.
and alternative English language requirements, in the discipline, taking Anthropology and
Spring term: you take Society and Economy in
see page 174 Ethnography; and Understanding Processes of
South Asia and an option from the other MA
Fees anthropology programmes.
See pages 176-181 for information on fees Spring term: you are given the chance to adapt
Summer term and vacation: you undertake
the programme more to your interests. You take
Further information supervised work on your dissertation.
one of Culture and Society in Africa; European
Contact the degree convenors indicated for each
Transformations; and Society and Economy in See below for assessment methods.
taught programme, or for general inquiries:
South Asia, plus one course from another of the
Professor Simon Coleman, Contact the programme convenor Jon Mitchell
Department of Anthropology, University of (email@example.com) for further
Sussex, Falmer, Brighton BN1 9SJ, UK Summer term and vacation: you undertake information.
E firstname.lastname@example.org supervised work on your dissertation.
Assessment for the four programmes above
www.sussex.ac.uk/anthropology/postgrad Courses are assessed by a 5,000-word term
See below right for assessment methods.
paper, except for Anthropology and Ethnography,
Contact the programme convenor Jon Mitchell which is assessed through two 2,000-word book
(email@example.com) for further reviews. The dissertation is 10,000 words.
MA in Anthropology of Conflict, MA in Medical Anthropology
Violence and Conciliation 1 year full-time/2 years part-time
1 year full-time/2 years part-time This MA is concerned with cross-cultural
This MA is concerned with modern conflicts understandings of medicine, health and
and violence, ranging from war to domestic healing, with the experience of pain and illness,
violence, and with conciliation, whether local and with the political economy of health. It will
or international. It will be of interest to those be of interest to both anthropologists and those
concerned with research into these fields as well with experience, or considering a career, in the
as those with experience, or considering a career, medical or health professions, social services, or
in conflict prevention, relief and conciliation. development. Contact the programme convenor
Contact the programme convenor Mark Leopold Maya Unnithan (firstname.lastname@example.org) for
(email@example.com) for further more information.
Funding MA students are eligible to apply for a Sasakawa
MA students are eligible to apply for a Sasakawa Scholarship (see Fees and funding on pages
Scholarship (see Fees and funding on pages 176-186).
176-186). Programme structure
Programme structure Autumn term: you take Medical Anthropology
Autumn term: you take Researching and and one of Anthropologists and Development;
Reporting Conflict: Anthropological Perspectives; Researching and Reporting Conflict:
and Understanding Processes of Social Change. Anthropological Perspectives; and Understanding
Spring term: you take Embodiment and Processes of Social Change.
Institutionalisation of Violence, Conflict and Spring term: you take Cultural Understandings of
Conciliation and an option from another MA Health and Healing and one of Anthropology of
programme. Childbirth and Reproductive Health; Embodiment
Summer term and vacation: you take and Institutionalisation of Violence, Conflict
Anthropology of Reconciliation and and Conciliation; Households, Rural Livelihoods
Reconstruction and undertake supervised work and Development Intervention; and Knowledge,
on your dissertation. Power and Resistance.
Assessment Summer term and vacation: you either take
Each course is assessed by a 5,000-word term Evaluation and Appraisal or Anthropology of
paper. The dissertation is 10,000 words. Reconciliation and Reconstruction, and write a Performance of a young men’s masquerade cult in
MA in Anthropology of Development short dissertation; or you undertake supervised south-eastern Nigeria
and Social Transformation work on a longer dissertation.
Autumn term: you take a research elective,
1 year full-time/2 years part-time Assessment Philosophy of Science and Social Science
Concerned with the anthropological study of Each course in the autumn and spring terms is Research Practice, and Research Design in a
the complex economic, political and cultural assessed by a 5,000-word term paper. Cross-Cultural Context.
processes of social transformation in the Where appropriate, you may also either write
developing world, this MA provides an entry into a 5,000-word term paper on your optional Spring term: you take courses in quantitative and
the anthropology of development and will be of summer-term course followed by a 10,000- qualitative data collection and analysis.
interest to those with experience, or considering word dissertation, or write a 20,000-word Summer term: you choose from a selection of
a career, in the development field. For further dissertation. courses in cross-cultural and comparative data
information, contact Katy Gardner
MSc in Comparative and Cross-Cultural collection and analysis. The research elective
Research Methods (Anthropology) continues across all terms, culminating in the
Funding 1 year full-time/2 years part-time writing of a dissertation.
MA students are eligible to apply for a Sasakawa A Postgraduate Diploma and Certificate are also Assessment
Scholarship (see Fees and funding on pages available. See Routes to postgraduate study at Taught courses are variously assessed by term
176-186). Sussex on pages 14-15. papers of 3,000-5,000 words or equivalent
Programme structure This MSc provides an alternative route for coursework portfolios, depending on the courses
Autumn term: you take Understanding Processes doctoral candidates who require more focused chosen. The research elective is assessed by a
of Social Change; and Anthropologists and research skills training. 10,000-word dissertation that incorporates a
Development. research report and fieldwork proposal.
For further information, contact the MSc
Spring term: you take Households, Livelihoods Anthropology convenor Professor Simon
and Development Intervention; and Knowledge, Coleman (firstname.lastname@example.org). Specialist facilities
Power and Resistance.
Funding Extensive computing facilities are available, and
Summer term and vacation: you either take This programme qualifies for ESRC support
Evaluation and Appraisal and write a short office space is usually given to students taking
under its 1+3 system of doctoral support. For research degrees. Students have full access to
dissertation; or you undertake supervised work information on ESRC and other funding, see Fees
on a longer dissertation. the University’s main Library, and to the British
and funding on pages 176-186. Library of Development Studies at the Institute of
If available, an option from another MA can be Development Studies (IDS), which is located on
substituted for one of the spring- or summer- the Sussex campus.
There are three main elements to the MSc
programme that run concurrently through the There is close academic collaboration between
Assessment academic year: a research elective involving social anthropology faculty and other
Each course in the autumn and spring terms is supervised reading in your individual research departments and interdisciplinary research
assessed by a 5,000-word term paper. area and the writing of a dissertation; credited centres, notably history, migration studies,
Where appropriate, you may also either write courses in the philosophy and methodology of geography and gender studies. Particularly
a 5,000-word term paper on your summer- research; and training in both quantitative and important links have been developed with IDS
term option course followed by a 10,000- qualitative research skills. and the Sussex Law School.
word dissertation, or write a 20,000-word
Research programmes Paul Basu Scotland, India, Sierra Leone, visual Pam Kea Gambia, West Africa: gender relations,
anthropology, globalisation, transnationalism, migrant farm labour, politics of difference, social
We welcome students wishing to undertake migration, politics of identity, anthropology, relations of agrarian production; globalisation,
research in the main areas of faculty interests. memory and history. Author of Highland processes of accumulation, child labour and
Funding Homecomings: Genealogy and Heritage-Tourism education. Author of The Politics of Difference:
Anthropology has full 1+3 and +3 recognition in the Scottish Diaspora (2007). Female Farmers and Agrarian Transformation
from the ESRC. This includes access to five in a Gambian Political and Cultural Economy
Professor Simon Coleman Sweden, UK
interdisciplinary research studentships in (2007).
and US; religion and pilgrimage, identity,
2009. For further information on ESRC and human rights, globalisation, modernity; Mark Leopold Violence, peacemaking and
other funding, see Fees and funding on pages
space, movement and health. Author of The memory, Uganda, Sudan, history, conflict,
176-186. For further advice on funding, contact
Globalisation of Charismatic Christianity (2000), political culture and public morality. Author
Professor Simon Coleman at the address listed
and editor of (with M Crang) Tourism: Between of Inside West Nile: Violence, History and
Place and Performance (2003). Representation on an African Frontier (2005).
There are three modes of entry for research Professor Jane Cowan Greece; southern Peter Luetchford Costa Rica, Spain;
students. First is traditional entry to an MPhil or Balkans; nationalism, memory and identity; cooperatives, alternative trade organisations,
DPhil. Second is the MSc plus DPhil pathway, conceptualising and administering ‘difference’ alternative food provision. Author of Fair Trade
which is the 1+3 route required by the ESRC in Balkan contexts; culture and rights; minority and a Global Commodity: Coffee in Costa Rica
for their studentship support. Third is the New politics; gender relations; music and dance (2007).
Route DPhil offering an integrated four-year performance, embodiment and experience.
Jon P Mitchell Malta: history, memory, politics
programme of taught coursework in research Editor of (with M Dembour and R Wilson),
and national identity; religion and belief. Author
methods and professional skills together with Culture and Rights: Anthropological
of Ambivalent Europeans: Ritual, Memory and
supervised doctoral research. Perspectives (2001).
the Public Sphere in Malta (2001) and (with R
For those studying for an MPhil or DPhil, during Geert de Neve India; Tamilnadu; informal labour; Wilson) Rights, Claims and Entitlements (2002).
the autumn and spring terms of the initial training power; caste and kinship; industrialisation; social Co-editor of, with P Clough, Powers of Good and
year you normally take a social anthropology change; globalisation. Publications include The Evil (2001).
course, working closely with a designated Everyday Politics of Labour: Working Lives in
Filippo Osella Kerala, South India: social
supervisor. Where appropriate, you may take India’s Informal Economy (2005), and (with
reproduction and stratification; migration
courses from other specialist MA options as part Maya Unnithan-Kumar) Critical Journeys: The
and globalisation; masculinity; consumption.
of your research training. If you already have Making of Anthropologists (2006).
Author of, with C Osella, Social Mobility in
an MA degree, you are not necessarily required
Professor Marie-Bénédicte Dembour Central Kerala (2000), and (with C Osella) Men and
to take courses as part of your pre-fieldwork
Africa; Europe; colonialism; memory, life stories; Masculinities in South India (2007).
training. New research students will normally
law and human rights; (based in the Sussex
be required to take two or three courses in Jeffrey Pratt Italy, Europe: political movements
Law School). Author of Who Believes in Human
research methods from those offered within and ideologies; religious practice; rural
Rights? Reflections on the European Convention
the MSc in Comparative and Cross-Cultural transformations. Author of The Politics of
Research Methods (Anthropology). Each course Recognition (2001) and Class and Nationalist
is assessed, but assessment does not contribute Nigel Eltringham Human rights, conflict, Movements in Europe (2002).
to the award of the degree. genocide and the Great Lakes region of Africa.
Dinah Rajak South Africa, UK: intersection
Author of The Ethics of Anthropology Debates and
Fieldwork of the anthropology of development and
Dilemmas (2003), and Accounting for Horror:
Research degrees usually involve fieldwork. globalisation; and in the relationship between the
Post-Genocide Debates in Rwanda (2004).
After the first year, you usually spend the second state, business and civil society in the process
year in the field and return to Sussex to write Professor James Fairhead Africa south of of development. Author of ‘Uplift and Empower:
up your thesis in the third year. Those on a 1+3 the Sahara; UK: agriculture and ecology; health The Market, The Gift and Corporate Social
programme can usually go to the field by the and fertility; colonialism; science and medicine. Responsibility on South Africa’s Platinum Belt’, in
middle of their second year. Author of Science, Society and Power (2003), Research in Economic Anthropology (2008).
and (with M Leach, T Geysbeek and S Holsoe)
Recent thesis titles Margaret Sleeboom-Faulkner China, Japan:
African-American Exploration Inland from Liberia
On the Perama waterfront: the social, economic genomics, biobanking practices, genetic
and cultural aspects of employment structure in testing and population policy-making, stem-cell
a suburb of Piraeus, Athens Anne-Meike Fechter Indonesia, South-East research in Asian societies. Author of Academic
Asia: corporate expatriates, transnationalism, Nations in China and Japan: Framed by Concepts
Transnational lives, plurinational subjects:
development practitioners. Author of Transnational of Nature, Culture and the Universal (2004).
identity, migration and difference amongst
Lives: Expatriates in Indonesia (2007).
Moroccan women in Italy Professor Jock Stirrat Sri Lanka: aid and
Katy Gardner Bangladesh, Islam, migration, development; economic anthropology; Asian
Knowledge, risk and power: agriculture and
diaspora, development, Asians in the UK. Author religions, Catholicism. Author of (with R Grillo)
development discourse in a coastal village in
of (with D Lewis) Development, Anthropology Discourses of Development: Anthropological
and the Postmodern Challenge (1996), and Age, Perspectives (1997).
The politics of identity in left-wing Bologna Narrative and Migration: The Life Course and
Maya Unnithan-Kumar India, Rajasthan:
Life Histories Amongst Bengali Elders in London
Senegalese transmigrants and the construction kinship, caste and gender; development, popular
of immigration in Emilia Romagna religion, fertility and reproductive health; medical
Elizabeth Harrison Zambia, Malawi, Kenya: anthropology. Author of (with V Damodaran)
If you won’t do these things for me, I won’t
technology transfer, discourse of development, Postcolonial India (2000), and (with G de Neve)
do these things for you: local and regional
gender relations. Editor of (with A Cornwall Critical Journeys: The Making of Anthropologists
constructions of seclusion ideologies and
and A Whitehead) Feminisms in Development: (2006). Editor of Desire and Ambivalence in
practices in Kano, Northern Nigeria
Contradictions, Contestation and Challenges Human Reproduction (forthcoming).
Abortion discourses: an exploration of the social, (2006).
Professor Ann Whitehead Africa south of the
cultural and organisational context of abortion
Raminder Kaur India and UK; politics and Sahara; western Europe: gender relations and
decision-making in contemporary Britain
popular culture, festivals, Indian cinema, social transformation; economic anthropology;
censorship, nationalism, diaspora, nuclear family, kinship and marriage; epistemology and
Faculty research interests issues. Author of Performative Politics and the methodology; race, gender and difference.
Cultures of Hinduism (2003); and Co-author of, Author of ‘Continuities and discontinuities in
Research interests are briefly described below. Liquid Notions: Critical Reflections on Diaspora political constructions of the working man in
For more detailed information, see and Hybridity (2004). rural sub-Saharan Africa: the lazy man in African
www.sussex.ac.uk/anthropology/people agriculture’ in European Journal of Development
Essentials Taught programme
Taught programme MA in Field Archaeology
MA Field Archaeology (full-time and part-time) 1 year full-time/2 years part-time
Research programmes Our archaeological heritage is a valuable,
MPhil, DPhil Archaeology finite and vulnerable resource, which requires
investigation, recording and analysis to very
Admissions requirements high professional standards. This MA has been
For information on overseas qualifications that developed to provide you with the practical
meet the admissions requirements, see pages knowledge and skills, underpinned by theory, that
172-175 will enable you to make a positive contribution to
MA field archaeology.
An upper second-class undergraduate
honours degree in archaeology (including You may already work for an archaeological
joint degrees), or an undergraduate diploma organisation or you may want to gain skills
in archaeology with level 2 passes averaging and a qualification to enable you to enter
60 per cent or higher. Consideration will also the profession of field archaeology. Or, as an
be given to others who can demonstrate amateur archaeologist, you may wish to enhance
extensive and relevant experience (including your skills to a high professional standard.
individual research) Funding
MPhil and DPhil Successful applicants are advised to check the Students on the MA in Field Archaeology
Normally a Masters degree in archaeology Fees and funding information on pages 176- excavating at Barcombe Roman Villa, Sussex
English language requirements 186. If you are considering taking this degree
IELTS 6.5, with not less than 6.5 in Writing and programme for professional development, your Most projects are within the Ouse Valley Research
6.0 in the other sections. For more information employer may be able to help with the payment Project (East Sussex), although it is also possible
and alternative English language requirements, of fees. to work on approved personal projects. For
see page 174 current field research projects, see
Programme structure www.sussex.ac.uk/cce/archaeology
Fees This MA consists of five core courses, taken
See pages 176-181 for information on fees full-time in one year or part-time over two years. Year 2
These courses are taught as a series of day Autumn term: you take Archaeological
Further information Reporting. This course looks at the theory and
schools to facilitate access for students living
David Rudling, practice of archaeological reporting, including
at a distance or undertaking the programme as
Archaeology, Centre for Continuing Education, traditional journal, client and synthetic reports,
continuing professional development. Teaching
Sussex Institute, University of Sussex, together with associated archives and wider
includes lectures, seminars, group fieldwork,
Falmer, Brighton, BN1 9QQ, UK dissemination.
excavations and independent work towards a
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dissertation. Spring and summer terms: you take Independent
www.sussex.ac.uk/cce/archaeology The programme structure of the part-time MA Study: Field Archaeology. You will undertake an
can be found below: approved extended piece of supervised research
related to the aims of the programme. It will be
• Highly dedicated faculty offer a range of Year 1 based on an original archaeological project (field-
expertise, and specialise in field archaeology, Autumn term: you take Field Archaeology, or artefact-based) within its wider geographical
British prehistory, Romano-British archaeology, covering methods and techniques used to and/or theoretical context.
environmental archaeology and cultural locate, excavate and record field data. Following
a consideration of theoretical aspects of field Assessment
resource management. A wide variety of modes of assessment are used
archaeology, sampling and site formation, part
• Students receive a thorough knowledge and one covers how archaeological sites are located. within the programme. These include essays,
practical experience of modern approaches to Part two covers the full process of archaeological projects, practical reports, research plans and
field archaeology. excavation including logistics, health and safety, poster presentations. The final dissertation is up
and excavation methods. to 15,000 words.
• Each programme of study is designed to cater
for an individual’s background experience and Spring term: you take Artefact Studies, looking
aims within practical archaeology. at the archaeological analysis of material culture Faculty research interests
recovered by archaeologists. The emphasis is
• Archaeology students are based in the
on the identification and analysis of ceramics, Research interests are briefly described below.
Centre for Continuing Education (CCE), which
lithics and metals, together with the technology Richard Carter Stone Age hunter-gatherers,
provides an academic community that fosters
of manufacture and the social context of such archaeology of animals, environmental
intellectual and social links with students and
processes. The course includes hands-on archaeology.
faculty in other disciplines.
analysis of artefact groups, archaeological
illustration and finds reports. David Rudling Field archaeology, landscape
archaeology, Romano-British archaeology,
Summer term: you take Archaeological Field numismatics.
Practice, which is a practical course based on
a sample excavation of an archaeological site.
Each student is allocated a site or part of a
site, for which they design an excavation and
sampling strategy and undertake the excavation.
Essentials • The Art History Department received a grade 5 Research programmes
Taught programme (recognising research of national and We offer research supervision in the history
MA Art History international excellence) in the most recent of art and architecture. Special areas of
Research Assessment Exercise (RAE). interest include the history of the visual
MPhil, DPhil Art History • The skills of the faculty represent a unique arts and architecture of western Europe
array across European and American art and in the early modern and modern periods,
Admissions requirements culture, and include the study of methodology Byzantine art, Renaissance art, 18th-century
For information on overseas qualifications that and critical theory. art, North American art of the 20th century,
meet the admissions requirements, see pages and contemporary visual culture, especially
172-175 • Art history at Sussex has strong links with
photography. Shared concerns across period
MA museums and galleries, both locally and
interests include issues of methodology,
An upper second-class undergraduate honours nationally.
historiography and critical theory, as well as
degree in art history or another arts or social • For MA and research students alike, art material and visual culture.
sciences discipline history at Sussex provides a friendly and
MPhil and DPhil Funding
stimulating environment for the exchange of
A Masters degree in art history or a related The Department has a strong track record in
ideas, in which intellectual life and scholarly
discipline such as history, architecture, obtaining studentships from the AHRC, the Royal
English, archaeology, anthropology or cultural Historical Society, the Social Sciences Research
studies, and proof of engagement with art • Sussex graduate students have gone on Council of Canada and the Green Foundation.
history at an advanced level. Training in to find employment in higher education, A limited amount of funding may be available
research skills and methodologies is provided publishing, the art market, conservation and for outstanding research students, which may
museum management. involve some teaching.
English language requirements
IELTS 6.5, with not less than 6.5 in Writing Recent thesis titles
and 6.0 in the other sections. For more Narrative and figurative imagery in the English
information and alternative English language domestic interior c1558-c1640
requirements, see page 174 MA in Art History The fashions of the Florentine court: wearing,
1 year full-time/2 years part-time buying and making clothing, 1560-1620
Fees This MA is associated with the Centre for Visual
See pages 176-181 for information on fees On relocating contemporary Chinese art
Further information Light in early Byzantium. The Church of
Funding Hagia Sophia in Constantinople
UK applicants for the full-time MA are eligible
School of Humanities, Arts A, Studies in the symbolism and spirituality
to apply for AHRC studentships (see Fees and
University of Sussex, Falmer, of the Arts and Crafts Movement
funding on pages 176-186).
Brighton, BN1 9SH, UK Representing rebellion: visual aspects of
E email@example.com Programme structure counter-insurgency in colonial India
www.sussex.ac.uk/arthistory The MA programme looks at global perspectives
in the history of art, concentrating on the From mimesis to metaphor: images of the
art object, its appearance, reception and Holocaust in contemporary photographic and
manufacture. In the core course, you share a installation art
common taught experience, examining methods Commemoration and academic ‘self-fashioning’:
and theories relating to themes such as material funerary monuments to professors c1700
culture, globalisation, space, historiography and
The core course, Objects and Methods, is
complemented by three options selected from
those on offer in any one year, which may include:
Postcolonialism and Visual Culture; Photography
and 20th-Century Visual Culture; Modernity in
Europe and America; Body and Society; Creating
the Court; Power of Images in Byzantium; Art
and Text in Byzantium; and 18th-Century British
Art and Italy. You may, with the agreement of the
programme director, take an option from other
humanities postgraduate programmes. The
dissertation is undertaken by full-time students
in the third term, and by part-time students in the
third and sixth terms.
You are assessed by term papers and a
dissertation of 20,000 words.
The early 19th-century Egyptian House at
Penzance epitomises the influence of other
civilisations on European art and architecture
Facilities include a well-equipped slide library
containing over 100,000 colour transparencies,
the Bridson Collection of photographs, access
to computing and word-processing training, and
a library well stocked with secondary literature
in the discipline and with online access to the
British Library and other repositories.
You are encouraged, where appropriate, to take
advantage of local sites of art-historical interest:
the Barlow Collection of Chinese art situated
on campus; extensive collections in the Royal
Pavilion and the museums of Brighton & Hove;
and local country houses such as Petworth, Firle
A regular research seminar, to which outside
speakers are invited, provides a major focus of
debate. You are also able and encouraged to
attend seminars in other disciplines such as
history, English, philosophy and anthropology.
The Department of Art History is linked to the
Victoria and Albert Museum in London through
an exchange programme that extends and
enhances the research and teaching expertise
of both institutions. Each year a member of staff
from the museum teaches at Sussex, while a
member of the University faculty undertakes
research based on the museum collections.
Researchers in the Sussex Centre for Byzantine Cultural History are working with international
The Department of Art History plays a part in colleagues on an interdisciplinary project investigating how, when and where glass tesserae, the
the Sussex Centre for Research in Visual and building blocks of mosaics, were made. As well as providing insights into artistic practices of the
Material Culture, the Sussex Centre for Early Byzantium era, this will contribute to wider debates about the nature of trade and exchange within the
Mediterranean during this period and into our understanding of political and social changes within the
Modern Studies and the Sussex Centre for
Byzantine Cultural History. These form foci for
a range of lectures, conferences and funded
research projects. Faculty research interests Professor David Alan Mellor 20th-century
painting, film and photography; all aspects of
These cover a broad chronological spread from cultural history and visual representation c1900
Byzantium to the present and a wide range of to the present; photography in Europe and the
interests, from 20th-century photography to US, 1920 to the present. Author of Works on
women art critics, Tudor architecture, art and Paper Attributed to Francis Bacon: the Barry
travel. Joule Archive (2000), Tracing Light (2001), and
Research interests are briefly described below. Liliane Lijn: Works, 1959-1980 (2005).
For more detailed information, see Michelle O’Malley Italian Renaissance painting,
The 18th-century hall ceiling of Clandon Park, www.sussex.ac.uk/arthistory
by an Italian plasterer, demonstrates the cross- commissioning, consumption and production.
fertilisation of European expertise during this Meaghan Clarke 19th-century art; women and Author of The Business of Art: Contracts and
period writing. Author of Critical Voices in British Art: Commissioning in Renaissance Italy (2004),
Women Writing 1880-1905 (2004). and The Material Renaissance: Cost and
Consumption in Italy 1400-1650 (2005).
Flora Dennis Renaissance art and music.
Author of At Home in Renaissance Italy (2006). Geoffrey Quilley 18th-century art, travel and
empire. Author of Conflicting Visions: War and
Professor Maurice Howard Tudor art and Visual Culture in Britain and France, c1700-
architecture; French architecture 1500-1600; 1830 (2005), and Art and the British Empire
issues in Dutch and Netherlandish painting; the (2007).
history of ornament. Author of The Tudor Image
(1995), Ornament: A Social History since 1450 Associated faculty
(1996), and The Building of Elizabethan and Vibhuti Sachdev Associate Fellow: architectural
Jacobean England (2008). theory, contemporary architectural practice
and urban design in India. Author of Indian
Professor Liz James Classical and Byzantine Architectural Theory: Contemporary Uses of
art, light and colour, gender. Author of Light and Vastu Vidya (1998), and Building Jaipur: The
Colour in Byzantine Art (1996), Women, Men Making of an Indian City (2002).
and Eunuchs in Byzantium (1996), Desire and
Denial in Byzantium (ed) (1999), Empresses and
Power in Early Byzantium (2001), and editor of
Art and Text in Byzantine Culture (2007).
Astronomy and cosmology
Essentials Programme structure (full-time)
• The Department of Physics and Astronomy
Your time is split equally between taught
Taught programmes received a grade 5 (recognising research
courses and a research project. You have a
MSc degrees of national and international excellence)
supervisor who oversees your work in general
Astronomy in the most recent Research Assessment
and is responsible for supervision of your
Cosmology Exercise (RAE). Sussex also tops the latest UK
project. Supervisors and topics are allocated, in
rankings for having the highest citation rate
Research programmes consultation with you, early in the autumn term.
in astronomy and space science (Thomson
MPhil, DPhil Astronomy Projects may be theoretical, or involve simulation
or data reduction. In many cases the projects
Admissions requirements • The Department is one of six in the South form the basis of research papers later published
For information on overseas qualifications that East of England to receive a joint award in scientific journals.
meet the admissions requirements, see pages of £12.5 million, for the academic years
172-175 Autumn and spring terms: you take four
2008-13, to enhance collaboration in
MSc compulsory courses: Cosmology; Stellar
graduate teaching and learning in physics and
A first- or second-class undergraduate Structure; Galactic Structure (all comprising 20
honours degree in a physics-, mathematics- or lectures and 10 problem classes); and Research
astronomy-based programme. Other degrees • Students are based in the Astronomy Centre, Skills. You also choose two options from a range
will be considered on an individual basis which is part of the Department of Physics and of courses available. These are taught on topics
MPhil and DPhil Astronomy. The Centre was founded in 1965 relating to research interests within the group,
A first- or an upper second-class honours and over 250 MSc and 100 DPhil students and vary from year to year, but generally cover
degree in a relevant subject: physics, have graduated from it. a wide range of topics. Options might include:
astronomy or mathematics • The Astronomy Centre carries out world- Astronomical Detectors; Computer Simulations
leading research in many branches of in Physics; Data Analysis Techniques; Galaxy
English language requirements
theoretical and observational astrophysics, Formation; Introduction to C; and General
IELTS 6.0, with not less than 6.0 in each
with current emphasis on the early universe, Relativity. You start work on your project and give
section. For more information and alternative
large-scale structure, the high-redshift an assessed talk on this towards the end of the
English language requirements, see page 174
universe, and galaxy formation and clustering. spring term.
• There are close links with other groups Summer term: after examinations, the final three
See pages 176-181 for information on fees
in physics, especially those working on months are devoted to project work, including
Admissions and further information preparation of a poster display.
theoretical particle physics.
School of Science and Technology, • At any one time there are about 20 to 30 Programme structure (part-time)
University of Sussex, graduate students, of whom about one-third You take the four compulsory courses in the
Falmer, Brighton BN1 9QJ, UK are from overseas. Together with permanent autumn and spring terms of year 1. After the
T +44 (0)1273 678940 faculty, postdoctoral fellows and visitors, there examinations in the summer term, you will begin
F +44 (0)1273 877873 is a community of about 50 astronomers in work on your project. Project work continues
E firstname.lastname@example.org total. during year 2 when you will also take two options
www.sussex.ac.uk/physics from the above list.
Taught programmes Assessment for the taught courses is by
MSc in Astronomy coursework and unseen examination.
1 year full-time/2 years part-time Assessment for the project is by seminar, poster
The MSc programme is intended for honours presentation and a dissertation of not more than
20,000 words. The exams are normally taken
graduates with an applied mathematics or
in May and the project dissertation must be
physics-based degree who wish to learn how
submitted by the end of August.
to apply their knowledge to astronomy. It is one
of only three full-time, broad-based astronomy A distinction is awarded on the basis of
MSc degrees in the UK. It covers the major fields excellence in both the lecture courses and
of astronomy and astrophysics at an advanced the project.
level, with an emphasis in the lecture courses on MSc in Cosmology
theoretical astronomy. 1 year full-time/2 years part-time
The programme has a high reputation, both The MSc programme is intended for honours
nationally and internationally, and there are graduates from an applied mathematics or
MSc graduates from the Sussex Astronomy physics-based degree who wish to learn how to
Centre all over the world. Many of our graduates apply their knowledge to cosmology. It is one of
go on to take a research degree and often find only two MScs in this subject area in the UK. The
a permanent job in astronomy. Others have emphasis is on observational and theoretical
become science journalists and writers. cosmology in the pre- and post-recombination
Instruction is by lectures, exercise classes,
seminars and personal supervision. Instruction is by lectures, exercise classes,
seminars and personal supervision.