University of Sussex

University of Sussex

Intellectual History

We invite research proposals in all aspects of contemporary history, in modern European history, in British history since 1700, in American history, in intellectual history, in digital history and in the history of science and the environment. The History Department lays particular emphasis on social, cultural, political and economic history of the 19th and 20th centuries. All research is individually supervised by members of the History Department, and a weekly work-in-progress seminar gives a platform for Sussex historians, visiting speakers and research students to present their ideas and scholarship. Intensive language courses in the major European languages are available. The Special Collections, housed at The Keep, contain the internationally renowned Mass Observation Archive (1937-present), on which numerous theses and books, written at Sussex and elsewhere, have been based, and which has its own publications list; the important Paris Commune collection of books, posters, illustrations and newspapers of 1871; political manuscripts of the 20th century including the Harvey Matusow archive, the New Statesman archive and Kingsley Martin papers; the May 1968 Collection; and the History and Popularisation of Science collection including the JG Crowther papers. There is the Design Archive at the neighbouring University of Brighton, and most research students regularly use the British Library and The National Archives in London.

Entry requirements

A Master's degree in history or a related discipline, or an equivalent qualification.

Course modules

Where it is thought advisable, 1st-year research students may be required to participate in the historical skills and methods module, or the historiography and intellectual history module during the autumn term. Recent thesis titles include: Neighbourhood, family and home: the working-class experience in mid-20th century Britain; the American prosecution�s use of film at the Nuremberg International Military Tribunal; the political thought of the Cordeliers Club.

Sponsorship information

History at Sussex has been successful in attracting research preparation Master�s quota funding via the AHRC Block Grant Partnership Scheme; students who are applying for ESRC funding (1+3 years) will take the Master�s in Social Research Methods (economic and social history); there are also a number of individual bursaries and teaching assistantships offered by the University and 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 678001