A Masters degree in a subject relevant to your chosen area of research.
For advice on research supervision, explore our faculty research interests and contact us.
Months of entry
January, September, May
From the Colonial period to the Harlem Renaissance to the Beat Generation and beyond – our research interests are diverse and show our commitment to interdisciplinary approaches.
Our faculty are experts in their fields. This means you’ll be guided and supervised through your research project by academics working at the forefront of their subjects.
We welcome research applications focusing on American poetry and fiction from the 18th century to the present. Proposals on other or related topics are accepted.
You can choose to work on your research full time or part time.
You can choose to study for a PhD or an MPhil. PhD and MPhil degrees differ in the length of the course and therefore in the extent of the research work you can undertake and incorporate in your thesis.
An MPhil typically takes three years full time and four years part time. You’ll conduct an independent piece of research but in less depth than for a PhD. You will graduate with the degree title Master of Philosophy.
A PhD typically takes four years full time and six years part time. You will undertake a piece of research that makes a substantial original contribution to knowledge or understanding in your chosen field.
Information for international students
English language requirements
IELTS 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each section.
English Language Support
Don’t have the English language level for your course? Find out more about our pre-sessional courses.
Additional information for international students
We welcome applications from all over the world. Find out about international qualifications suitable for our PhD degrees.
Visas and Immigration
Fees and funding
The University of Sussex aims to attract the most talented students to postgraduate study and offers one of the most generous scholarship programmes of any UK university. For full details of our scholarships please visit: Masters Scholarships.
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- Laura Vellacott
- +44 (0)1273 873429