Research course

Human Rights

University of Sussex · School of Global Studies

Entry requirements

A Masters degree in a discipline relevant to your chosen area of research. Applicants should also submit an outline research proposal (four to five pages) indicating the nature, ambitions and primary questions of the research project.

Months of entry

January, October, April

Course content

  • PhD in Human Rights
  • MPhil in Human Rights

We welcome enquiries from students wishing to undertake research in any areas of faculty interest (refer to Faculty research interests).

All research students are required to complete an appropriate programme of research methods training. Students who have already completed a programme of research methods training can apply for the doctoral course leading to a PhD.

Coursework and supervision

You are normally required to complete some research methods training modules and possibly some specialist thematic modules drawn from the MA course.

You are allocated two academic supervisors with whom you work for the duration of your research course. These are allocated according to their regional and thematic expertise, to provide a complementary ‘match’ with your research.


Many, but not all, research students undertake fieldwork as part of their PhD research – normally during the second year of the PhD. Supervision continues during fieldwork, while you gather data to be written up in the final year.

Recent thesis titles:

  • Communal violence, displacement and minority identity in Ahmedabad, western India
  • Embracing trauma: human rights and postconflict youth identity in Guatemala
  • Human rights discourse and the struggle against free trade in Mexico
  • Living beyond conflict? Identity, alterity and reconciliation among Rwandan youth
  • Lynchings in Todos Santos Cuchumatán: a genealogy of post-conflict violence
  • Negotiating rights: indigenous rights, land and the power line conflict in Venezuela

Information for international students

Information for international students

Fees and funding

UK students
£4,195 per year
International students
£15,100 per year

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:

Qualification and course duration


part time
36-72 months
full time
24-48 months


full time
12-36 months
part time
24-48 months

Course contact details

Student Recruitment Services
+44 (0)1273 877107