Research course

Social and Political Thought

University of Sussex · School of History, Art History and Philosophy

Entry requirements

You’re normally expected to have a Masters degree and an upper second-class (2.1) undergraduate honours degree.

Your qualification should be in a subject relevant to your chosen area of research. You may also be considered for the degree if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Months of entry

January, May, September

Course content

Politics is inextricable from human society and our teaching reflects this. Our interdisciplinary approach goes beyond the academic divisions between sociology and social theory, and political theory and political philosophy.


You have the opportunity to work on a wide range of research projects, including:

  • various European traditions of social theory, political sociology, and Marxist and Frankfurt School critical theory
  • Anglo-American political theory, constructivist theory from Kant to Rawls, and communitarian or neo-Aristotelian theory
  • figures of social and political thought, from Aristotle to Habermas
  • issues in postcolonialism, feminism and race critical theory.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    part time
    72 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    48 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

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