University of Sussex

University of Sussex


We welcome enquiries from students wishing to undertake research in any areas of faculty interest. We also provide interdisciplinary doctoral supervision in subject areas such as development studies, migration studies and cultural studies. All research students are required to complete an appropriate programme of research methods training. This may involve enrolling on the MSc in Social Research Methods; before proceeding to the PhD. This is known as a 1+3 course. Students who have already completed a programme of research methods training can apply for the three-year doctoral degree leading to a PhD. Whether you start the 3-year PhD or the 1+3 MSc/PhD degree, you are normally required to complete some research methods training modules and possibly some specialist thematic modules drawn from the MA courses. Students are allocated 2 academic supervisors with whom they work for the duration of their course. Supervisors are allocated according to their regional and thematic expertise, to provide a complementary match with your research. Research courses usually involve fieldwork away from Sussex during the 2nd year of the PhD. Supervision continues during fieldwork, while you gather data to be written up on your return. Students on the 1+3 degree usually start their fieldwork in the year following successful completion of the MSc dissertation. Recent thesis titles: Conflicts of a �peaceful� diaspora: identity, power and peace politics among Cypriots in the UK and Cyprus; negotiating educational desire: migrant youths and aspirations in Shanghai, China; of the earthquake and other stories: the continuity of change in Pakistan-administered Kashmir; �Our brother�s keeper�: moralities of transformation at YMCA Centres in the UK and Gambia; producing beauty: the social politics of mass production at a special economic zone in South India.

Entry requirements

A 1st or upper 2nd Class undergraduate Honours degree in any relevant social science but applicants from other backgrounds may be considered. Applicants must submit a short outline proposal of 2 to 3 pages in order to be considered. For non-native speakers of English: IELTS 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each section. Pearson test of English (academic) 62 overall, with at least 56 in all 4 skills.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
PhD Full-time £ 4,052 per Academic year (home fees) 6 years
PhD Full-time £ 14,800 per Academic year (overseas fees) 6 years
MPhil Full-time £ 4,052 per Academic year (home fees) 6 years
MPhil Full-time £ 14,800 per Academic year (overseas fees) 6 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Sussex House Brighton BN1 9RH South East

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