University of Sussex

University of Sussex

Human Rights

We welcome enquiries from students wishing to undertake research in any areas of faculty interest. All research students are required to complete an appropriate programme of research methods training. Students who have already completed a programme of research methods training can apply for the doctoral course leading to a PhD. You are normally required to complete some research methods training modules and possibly some specialist thematic modules drawn from the MA course. You are allocated 2 academic supervisors with whom you work for the duration of your research course. These are allocated according to their regional and thematic expertise, to provide a complementary �match� with your research. Many, but not all, research students undertake fieldwork as part of their PhD research � normally during the 2nd year of the PhD. Supervision continues during fieldwork, while you gather data to be written up in the final year.

Entry requirements

A Masters degree in a discipline relevant to your chosen area of research. Applicants should also submit an outline research proposal (4 to 5 pages) indicating the nature, ambitions and primary questions of the research project.

Course modules

Recent thesis titles include: Communal violence, displacement and minority identity in Ahmedabad, western India; embracing trauma: human rights and post-conflict youth identity in Guatemala; human rights discourse and the struggle against free trade in Mexico; living beyond conflict? Identity, alterity and reconciliation among Rwandan youth; lynchings in Todos Santos Cuchumat�n: a genealogy of post-conflict violence; negotiating rights: indigenous rights, land and the power line conflict in Venezuel

Sponsorship information

Students applying within most disciplines in the social sciences are eligible to apply for 1 of 3 ESRC Quota awards.


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
MPhil Part-time - 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