Research course

Migration studies

University of Sussex · School of Global Studies

Entry requirements

A Masters degree in a subject area relevant to your research. In exceptional circumstances, candidates with other backgrounds may be considered. Applicants must submit an outline research proposal of two to three pages indicating the nature, ambitions and primary questions of the project

Months of entry

January, October, April

Course content

  • PhD in Migration Studies
  • MPhil in Migration Studies

Research students are based in the Sussex Centre for Migration Research. It is possible either to study for a research degree registered in migration studies, or to work on a research topic that deals with migration, while registered in another academic discipline. Both disciplinary and interdisciplinary students are welcome to become Associates of the Sussex Centre for Migration Research. However, places are limited, so prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to contact members of faculty. Refer to Faculty research interests.


There are two common modes of entry for research students. First is traditional entry to an MPhil or PhD. Second is the MSc plus PhD pathway, which is the 1+3 route supported by the ESRC for studentships. All new research students are required to participate in a programme of research training modules and to take other modules that may be recommended by their supervisor, although exemption from research training modules can be granted to those who have already taken such modules at postgraduate level.


Many, but not all, students undertake fieldwork for projects leading to a PhD. Permission to proceed to fieldwork is not normally given before completion of the first year of research.

Recent thesis titles:

  • The Perfect Alternative to Citizenship? Explaining the low take-up of the ‘long-term residency EU’ status – Germany as a case study
  • Rethinking the retreat from multiculturalism in the UK, the Netherlands and Sweden
  • Living integration in a diverse residential area: negotiating sameness/difference and navigating social spatial proximities
  • When the guests become the ‘hosts’: settled immigrants’ perceptions of newcomers
  • An Ethnographic Study of Migrant Domestic Workers in Hong Kong
  • ‘You have to break the Law to survive’: Asylum regime dehumanizing patterns and migrant resistance in Calais as a Case-study

Information for international students

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Fees and funding

UK students
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International students
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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 873374