Research course

International relations, security and global governance

University of Sussex · School of Global Studies

Entry requirements

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Months of entry

January, October, April

Course content

  • PhD in International Relations
  • MPhil in International Relations
  • We welcome enquiries from students wishing to undertake research in any areas of faculty interest. International relations faculty at Sussex also provide interdisciplinary doctoral supervision in subject areas such as contemporary European studies, development studies, and science and technology policy
    and management.

    All research students are required to complete an appropriate programme of research methods training. This may involve enrolling on the MSc in Social Research Methods – a stand-alone Masters degree – before proceeding to a PhD. This is known as a 1+3 degree.

    Students who have already completed a programme of research methods training can apply for the basic, three-year doctoral degree leading to a PhD.

    Coursework and supervision

    Whether you start the three-year PhD or the 1+3 MSc/PhD course, you are normally required to complete some research methods training modules and possibly some specialist thematic modules drawn from the MA courses.

    Normally, 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.

    Recent thesis titles

    Deriving a normal country: Italian capitalism and the political economy of financial derivatives

    Economic dependency and the political economy of post-neoliberalism in Argentina

    The politics of extraterritoriality: a historical sociology of public international law

    The Ottomans in Europe: uneven and combined development and Eurocentrism

Department specialisms

For further information, visit the webpage below.

Information for international students

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

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

Qualification and course duration


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


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

Course contact details

Student Recruitment Services
+44 (0)1273 877107