Research course

Social and Political Thought

University of Sussex · School of History and Philosophy

Entry requirements

A Masters degree, or its equivalent, in a subject relevant to your chosen area of research.

Months of entry

January, October, April

Course content

  • PhD in Social and Political Thought
  • MPhil in Social and Political Thought

Research courses may be pursued on a full-time or a part-time basis and take the form of an MPhil or a PhD. There is wide-ranging supervisory expertise available from faculty in the fields of politics, sociology, philosophy, anthropology, international relations, and history. We have a large and active body of research students from a variety of intellectual and international backgrounds.


Although our MPhil and PhD courses consist primarily of independent directed research, students often participate formally or informally in MA modules. If you do not already have a relevant MA or equivalent, we may require you to take one or more MA modules in your first year. We offer a wide range of research training modules for students. If you have not completed comparable research training elsewhere, you are required to take some of these modules.

Recent and current thesis titles

  • Adorno and film
  • Arendt and Foucault
  • Benjamin and Kafka
  • Benjamin’s materialism
  • Bureaucratisation and reformism in social democracy
  • Collective intentionality
  • Communitarianism in current political discourse
  • Darwinism, homosexuality and the left
  • Gender and the social construction of whiteness
  • Habermas and religion
  • Hegel on freedom
  • Intellectual origins of New Labour
  • Justice, community and singularity
  • Justice, difference and feminism
  • Marcuse and the new social movements
  • New forms of participatory democracy
  • Paternalistic legislation
  • Regional modernities: UK and Denmark
  • Sartre and political philosophy
  • The concept of fetishism
  • Trotsky and the state

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


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 873119