Entry requirements

You’re normally expected to have a Masters degree and an upper second-class (2.1) undergraduate honours degree.

Your qualification should be in history or a related subject area. You may also be considered for the degree if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Months of entry

January, May, September

Course content

Sussex is well-situated for accessing an extraordinary range of resources and documentary materials.

The Keep, a world-class archival centre on our doorstep is home to the German-Jewish archives, the papers of Rudyard Kipling and Leonard Woolf, and the Mass Observation Archive, an unparalleled resource for the study of modern British history.

Sussex also has easy access to the British Library and National Archives in London.


We combine a long tradition in a field of scholarship pioneered at Sussex with a commitment to fostering new and emerging fields of inquiry.

Core supervisory expertise is offered in the following:

  • all aspects of 20th-century British history
  • the history of the United States
  • trans-national and comparative histories of race
  • gender history
  • the histories of youth and popular culture
  • the impact of war in the modern world
  • German-Jewish history
  • the history of emotion.

We particularly welcome outstanding applications that reflect Sussex’s distinctive interdisciplinary and comparative approach to historical research.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    part time
    72 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    48 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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