Research course

Contemporary European Studies

University of Sussex · School of Law, Politics and Sociology

Entry requirements

MPhil in Contemporary European Studies: PhD in Contemporary European Studies:

Months of entry

January, October, April

Course content

  • PhD in Contemporary European Studies
  • MPhil in Contemporary European Studies

There are two common modes of entry for research students. First is the 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 the supervisor of their research (exemption from research training modules can be granted to those who have already taken such modules at postgraduate level).

MPhil, PhD in Contemporary European Studies

Research students are based in the Sussex European Institute.

You can either choose to study for a research degree in contemporary European studies or in a particular discipline, for example anthropology, geography, economics, international relations or politics, while focused on a European topic. SEI also hosts visiting researchers.

Recent thesis titles

EUrope and the EUropeans: definition, identity and belonging

Explaining the emergence of Eurosceptic protest movements

Regionalist parties in Western Europe: a comparative study

Political participation and role of migrant organisations in Sweden and the Netherlands

Political strategy and ideological adaptation in regionalist parties in Western Europe

Punching above its weight? A case study of Luxembourg’s policy effectiveness in the EU

Shifting sands and changing minds: the role of the European Parliament in the area of freedom, security and justice

The impact of structural funds in Greece and Ireland

Department specialisms

For further information visit the postgraduate study page.

Information for international students

Please see link for international students' entry requirements:

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 876806