University of Sussex

University of Sussex

Social and Political Thought

There is wide-ranging supervisory expertise available from faculty in the fields of politics, sociology, philosophy, anthropology, international relations, and history.Although our MPhil and PhD courses consist primarily of independent directed research, students often participate formally or informally in MA modules.

Entry requirements

A Master's degree, or its equivalent, in a subject relevant to your chosen area of research. Students whose 1st language is not English require evidence of proficiency in the English language.

Course modules

If you do not already have a relevant MA or equivalent, we may require you to take one or more MA modules in your first year. We offer a wide range of research training modules for students. If you have not completed comparable research training elsewhere, you are required to take some of these modules. Recent and current thesis titles include: Adorno and film; Arendt and Foucault; Benjamin and Kafka; Benjamin�s materialism; Bureaucratisation and reformism in social democracy; Collective intentionality; Communitarianism in current political discourse; Darwinism, homosexuality and the left; Gender and the social construction of whiteness; Habermas and religion; Hegel on freedom; Intellectual origins of New Labour; Justice, community and singularity; Justice, difference and feminism; Marcuse and the new social movements; New forms of participatory democracy; Paternalistic legislation; Regional modernities: UK and Denmark; Sartre and political philosophy; The concept of fetishism; Trotsky and the state.

Sponsorship information

Students with appropriate interests and qualifications can apply for AHRC awards; there are financial opportunities for research students to contribute towards undergraduate teaching.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
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
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

Campus details

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

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