Migration and Global Development at University of Sussex - UCAS

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Course summary

1st in the world for Development Studies (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2023) Do you want to know more about why people migrate from the Global South? Is it because aid and development initiatives fail to meet their stated goals? Our interdisciplinary approach gives you a distinctive and critical grounding in international development and migration studies. You'll learn from faculty who have detailed and extensive knowledge from working in the field. This helps you develop an advanced understanding of the complex relationship between migration and development. We have strong links with government bodies, international organisations and NGOs. This includes the International Organization for Migration and Refugee Action. You’ll become part of the research community in the Sussex Centre for Migration Research, located within the School of Global Studies.


We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2023/24. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to COVID-19, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity. We’ll do our best to provide as much optional choice as we can, but timetabling constraints mean it may not be possible to take some module combinations. The structure of a small number of courses means that the order of modules or the streams you choose may determine whether modules are core or optional. This means that your core modules or options may differ from what’s shown below. Core modules Core modules are taken by all students on the course. They give you a solid grounding in your chosen subject and prepare you to explore the topics that interest you most. Autumn teaching

  • Migrants and Society: Global Transformations
  • Migration and Global Development
Spring teaching
  • Research Methods and Professional Skills
Summer teaching
  • Dissertation (Migration Studies)
Options Alongside your core modules, you can choose options to broaden your horizons and tailor your course to your interests. This list gives you a flavour of our options, which are kept under review and may change, for example in response to student feedback or the latest research. While it’s our aim for students to take their preferred combinations of options, this can’t be guaranteed and will be subject to timetabling. Options may be grouped and if so, students will be able to choose a set number of options from the selection available in any particular group. Spring teaching
  • Critical Debates in Environment and Development
  • Poverty, Vulnerability and the Global Economy
  • Refugees, Displacement and Humanitarian Responses
  • Transnationalism, Diaspora and Migrants' Lives
Summer teaching
  • Dissertation with Placement (Global Studies)
Placements To help you gain experience and increase your employability, you can apply for an optional placement as part of your course. Research placements run for up to 12 weeks in the summer term and vacation. You can also write your dissertation based on your experience. You’ll be responsible for applying for and securing your placement. Our dedicated careers team can help you:
  • find an employer
  • draft an application
- prepare for interviews.

Entry requirements

You should normally have an upper second-class (2.1) undergraduate honours degree or above. Your qualification should preferably be in a social sciences or humanities subject; alternatively, you should have relevant professional experience or engagement.

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Migration and Global Development at University of Sussex - UCAS