University of Sussex
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 � a stand-alone Masters degree � before proceeding to a PhD. This is known as a 1+3 degree. Students who have already completed a programme of research methods training can apply for the basic, 3-year doctoral degree leading to a PhD. Applications for research courses are welcomed across any of our research clusters, each of which maintains a strong international reputation. Geographers also provide interdisciplinary doctoral supervision in subject areas such as colonial and postcolonial studies, contemporary European studies, development studies and migration studies.
MPhil: 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. PhD: A Master's degree in geography although those with a Master's degree in a closely related discipline may also be admitted. In exceptional circumstances, candidates with other backgrounds may be considered. Applicants must submit an outline research proposal of 2-3 pages indicating the nature, ambitions and primary questions of the project. For non-native speakers of English: IELTS 6.5 overall, with not less than 6.0 in each section; Pearson test of English (academic) 62 overall, with at least 56 in all 4 skills.
Recent thesis titles include:An evaluation of GIS as a countryside management tool to inform the creation of a large-scale, near-forest habitat network in West Sussex; black and white collaborative politics in South African Christian student movements 1907- 1978; botanic gardens: �walled, stranded arks� or environments for learning; cities in motion: towards an understanding of the cinematic city; ecotourism, institutions and livelihoods: a study of North Rupununi, Guyana; food crop marketing and local economic development in Eastern Cape Province, South Africa; gains, losses and changes: resettlement of Somali refugees in London and Toronto; institutional needs for natural resource conservation in mountain areas; media, imagination and migration: the role of Italian television in the Albanian migration to Italy; pastoral-farmer conflict in the Hadejia-Nguru wetlands of north-eastern Nigeria; rainfall variability and extremes over southern Africa; representations of diversity and cultural participation: performances of multiculturalism in Bologna and Barcelona; sediment transport in the Ouse-Newhaven Estuary; the global-local interplay and foreign direct investment in the European Union; the internationalisation of productive capital: Korean textile and clothing foreign direct investment in China; the migration and transition of Sierra Leonean refugee girls in England; the response of shingle beaches to storm events: a managed approach; threats to coastal shingle biodiversity in the Rives Manche.
Research students in geography are supported by a number of grant-awarding bodies; the programme has full 1+3 and +3 recognition from the ESRC, and a track record of successful CASE studentship applications; geographers have been successful in obtaining interdisciplinary Quota and competition awards from the ESRC; studentships may also be available from the AHRC and NERC; there are financial opportunities for research students to contribute towards undergraduate teaching.
|Qualification||Study mode||Fee||Course duration|
|MPhil||Full-time||£ 14,450 per Academic year (overseas fees)||3 years|
|MPhil||Full-time||£ 4,052 per Academic year (home fees)||3 years|
|PhD||Full-time||£ 14,450 per Academic year (overseas fees)||4 years|
|PhD||Full-time||£ 4,052 per Academic year (home fees)||4 years|
|Campus name||Town||Postcode||Region||Main campus||Campus||Partner|
|Sussex House||Brighton||BN1 9RH||South East|