University of Sussex

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.

Entry requirements

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.

Course modules

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.

Sponsorship information

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
MPhil Part-time - 4 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
PhD Part-time - 6 years

Campus details

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

Key information

Telephone number: 
01273 877107