University of Sussex

University of Sussex

Law Studies

Current and recent research topics of students within Law include: evaluation of the introduction of referral orders into the youth justice process; use of shared residence arrangements in English and Swedish law; regulatory competence in the EU; political participation of women in Afghanistan; and regulation of cultural heritage in post-conflict societies. Research supervision is available in a range of areas, reflecting the research interests of faculty members. We are keen to receive applications from students interested in any area of Sussex Law School faculty expertise. Practising lawyers interested in extending their academic knowledge by means of in-depth research are also encourged to apply.

Entry requirements

Applicants must have a Masters degree (or equivalent work experience) and an undergraduate degree, preferably in law although other relevant subjects such as politics, economics or history will be considered. All applicants must submit a 2,000-word research proposal succinctly outlining their chosen topic of study

Course modules

You complete an outline of your research at the end of year 1. A PhD workshop series runs in the autumn and spring terms, including: advanced legal research; legal research methodologies; qualitative interviewing; presentation skills; publishing in law; preparing for the viva. You can also enrol on social research methods modules, which may be recommended by your supervisor.

Sponsorship information

Law participates in graduate teaching assistantship schemes offered by the University, and paid tutorial teaching is sometimes available.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PhD Full-time October 2016 GBP 4,052 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 4 years
PhD Full-time October 2016 GBP 4,052 per Year 1 (Scotland) 4 years
PhD Full-time October 2016 GBP 4,052 per Year 1 (Wales) 4 years
PhD Full-time October 2016 GBP 4,052 per Year 1 (England) 4 years
PhD Full-time October 2016 GBP 14,450 per Year 1 (International) 4 years
PhD Part-time October 2016 - 6 years
MPhil Full-time October 2016 GBP 12,300 per Year 1 (International) 3 years
MPhil Part-time October 2016 - 4 years

Campus details

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

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