University of Sussex

University of Sussex

Intellectual History

This course gives you the opportunity to acquire a thorough knowledge of the interrelations between philosophy, political thought, science, religion and economics in the early modern and modern period across Britain and Europe. You study the major transformations of the reflective and intellectual life of both thinkers and doers, whose ideas are approached through their literary texts as well as their practical contexts. In addition, the programme's aim is to prepare you for more advanced study. To this end, and to put the whole programme of study into broader perspective, you take 4 intensive pro-seminars in methods and approaches to intellectual history. This provides methodological research training in addition to detailed knowledge of the major research areas of intellectual history as it is currently practised internationally. On this course, you benefit from the activities of the Centre for Intellectual History. The Centre arranges seminars and symposia on the latest research and is home to significant research projects and editorial projects (including the Newton Project).

Entry requirements

A 1st- or upper 2nd-Class undergraduate Honours degree in history or another humanities or social science subject.

Course modules

Autumn term: Religion and enlightenment; war and empire. Spring term: Toleration and persecution; the China dream. Summer term: You work on a supervised dissertation on a topic of your choice, agreed with your supervisor. Part-time students are expected to begin background reading for the dissertation in their 1st summer term. You may, on certain courses and subject to the approval of the course convenor, write any or all of your assessment exercises in a language other than English. Please note that all teaching is in English.

Assessment methods

Each module is assessed by a 5,000-word term paper written in the vacation following the end of the module in question; all students write a 20,000-word dissertation, which is submitted towards the end of the summer vacation.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MA Full-time £ 14,450 per Academic year (overseas fees) 12 months
MA Full-time £ 6,060 per Academic year (home fees) 12 months
MA Part-time - 24 months

Campus details

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

Key information

Telephone number: 
01273 678001