Research course


University of Sussex · School of Law, Politics and Sociology

Entry requirements

Applicants must have a Masters degree (or equivalent work experience) and an undergraduate degree, preferably in law although other relevant subjects such as politics, economics or history will be considered. All applicants must submit a 2,000-word research proposal succinctly outlining their chosen topic of study

Months of entry

January, October, April

Course content

Current and recent research topics of students within Law include evaluation of the introduction of referral orders into the youth justice process, use of shared residence arrangements in English and Swedish law, regulatory competence in the EU, political participation of women in Afghanistan, and regulation of cultural heritage in post-conflict societies.


Research supervision is available in a range of areas, reflecting the research interests of faculty members. We are keen to receive applications from students interested in any area of Sussex Law School faculty expertise. Practising lawyers interested in extending their academic knowledge by means of in-depth research are also encourged to apply.

Coursework and progression

You complete an outline of your research at the end of Year 1. A PhD workshop series runs in the autumn and spring terms, including Advanced Legal Research • Legal Research Methodologies • Qualitative Interviewing • Presentation Skills • Publishing in Law • Preparing for the Viva. You can also enrol on social research methods modules, which may be recommended by your supervisor.

Information for international students

Information for international students

Fees and funding

UK students
£4,195 per year
International students
£15,100 per year

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 visit:

Qualification and course duration


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


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

Course contact details

Student Recruitment Services
+44 (0)1273 678655