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    I'm trying to choose my insurance choice but I'm really struggling to choose between Sussex and Durham. The offer for Durham is AAA for Anthropology BA and at Sussex it's AAB for Anthropology and International Development BA. My firm is Cambridge for HSPS which is A*AA, but it's quite likely I'll miss the grades (hopefully not obviously) so I want a good insurance.

    I feel like they're such different places that it's hard to choose. Obviously Sussex is slightly safer in terms of grades but I don't know if it's as good academically in terms of teaching quality and reputation/graduate prospects. Although I know it is well-respected in anthropology, and I would be able to specialise in what interests me much faster. I'm hoping to go into ID eventually but I don't know if it's better to specialise post-grad?

    Anyone who knows about the experiences at either uni or what their reputations are like for anth/ID responses would be really appreciated!!
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    (Original post by bateyes)
    I'm trying to choose my insurance choice but I'm really struggling to choose between Sussex and Durham. The offer for Durham is AAA for Anthropology BA and at Sussex it's AAB for Anthropology and International Development BA. My firm is Cambridge for HSPS which is A*AA, but it's quite likely I'll miss the grades (hopefully not obviously) so I want a good insurance.

    I feel like they're such different places that it's hard to choose. Obviously Sussex is slightly safer in terms of grades but I don't know if it's as good academically in terms of teaching quality and reputation/graduate prospects. Although I know it is well-respected in anthropology, and I would be able to specialise in what interests me much faster. I'm hoping to go into ID eventually but I don't know if it's better to specialise post-grad?

    Anyone who knows about the experiences at either uni or what their reputations are like for anth/ID responses would be really appreciated!!
    I'm afraid Durham have a history of being incredibly unhelpful and problematic to students who miss their offer conditions. They're generally a very poor insurance choice - especially if there's a reasonable chance you might get A*AB or AAB and technically miss their offer conditions.

    Their modus operandi is to sit on near miss applicants for a week or so (while clearing places disappear elsewhere) before deciding whether to accept or reject them. Even for applicants who end up with a place have a week of very high stress and poor communication - and those who end up with a rejection miss out on alternative places and often either end up accepting a place at somewhere well below their hopes or taking an unplanned gap year.

    Although even so you might be ok - Durham have been using Anthropology as one of their "filler" courses offered to applicants who they would otherwise reject for history and politics. So it could be that they'll be more likely to compromise on a technical or slight miss of their offer should this happen. The downside of this is that you may end up studying alongside people who didn't initially apply for Anthropology.

    You can compare the courses for teaching quality and employability etc on unistats Durham v Sussex.

    Make sure to click through all the tabs for the fullest picture possible - it's up to you to decide that any differences in performance of the courses are something that matters to you or not
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    Thanks! That's really useful to know. I'm definitely leaning towards Sussex at thr moment, it just seems like a much safer option
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    I did my ba int relations and development at Sussex. The anthropology department at Sussex is very development focus. I love it . So much so I am applying for masters back at Sussex to do social anthropology of political economy. The school of global studies includes int relations development geography and anthropology. Faulty is super friendly and we are encouraged to take an interdisciplinary approach in our work. I did a few anthropology based module in development. And they are my favourite modules. I talked about commercialisation of organ transplant in health livery inequality module and the role of business providing bottom of prymiad population access into. Electricity through renewable energy devices .... So teaching quality is extremely good at Sussex. Great emphasis on how we must listen and dismantle our own assumptions. I met a few ppl from Durham who did anthropology. I have to say I am disappointed how they were trained as anthropologist but speak to people with great assumptions at occassions that can be deemed as offensive . As Sussex reputation overall might be lower then Durham , but I won't worry too much about it. Do plenty of extra circumlum activities and you are just as good as everyone else especially if you are targeting the ngo sector. Ppl in development industry know Sussex well. I had manage to get interviews at big ngos. So whether you get the job is about how well you sell yourself and how much experience you have.
 
 
 
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