Research course


University of Sussex · Sociology

Entry requirements

A Masters degree in sociology or a related discipline, but applicants from other backgrounds may be considered

Months of entry

January, April, October

Course content

We offer research supervision in areas including citizenship and migration, criminology, health and medicine, care, identity, terrorism, human rights, violence, criminal justice, social theory, political sociology, childhood, gender, inequality and work.

There are two modes of entry for research students. First is traditional entry to a PhD. Second is the MSc plus PhD pathway, which is the 1+3 route required by the ESRC for their studentship support. All new research students are required to participate in a programme of research training modules and take other modules that may be recommended by their supervisor. (Exemption from research training modules can be granted if you have already taken such modules at postgraduate level.)

Applicants who do not have a Masters degree may be expected to undertake research training, taken from the ESRC-recognised MSc in Social Research Methods, before proceeding to research. The MA in Criminology and MA in Gender Studies provide an excellent introduction to research for candidates with appropriate interests. Further training in research skills is provided as required.

Research training

The University’s Doctoral School runs a wide range of training courses covering the needs of students throughout all phases of their studies. You can also view information on our current PhD students’profile and research.

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 our website

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

Course contact details

Student Recruitment Services
+44 (0)1273 678547