University of Sussex

University of Sussex

International Relations

We welcome enquiries from students wishing to undertake research in any areas of faculty interest. International relations faculty at Sussex also provide interdisciplinary doctoral supervision in subject areas such as contemporary European studies, development studies, and science and technology policy and management. 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. You are normally required to complete some research methods training modules and possibly some specialist thematic modules drawn from the MA courses. Normally, 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.

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 2-3 pages in order to be considered. PhD: A Master's degree in international relations 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 a research proposal of 2-3 pages indicating the nature, ambitions and primary questions of the project.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.

Course modules

Recent thesis titles include: deriving a normal country: Italian capitalism and the political economy of financial derivatives; economic dependency and the political economy of post-neoliberalism in Argentina; the politics of extraterritoriality: a historical sociology of public international law; the Ottomans in Europe: uneven and combined development and Eurocentrism.

Sponsorship information

The department has full 1+3 and +3 recognition from the ESRC, including access to 3 interdisciplinary Quota awards; the department actively helps prospective and registered students in their search for, and applications to, funding bodies; 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
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