Doctoral School

Welcome to The Doctoral School

We support doctoral researchers across the University who play a vital role in developing our vibrant intellectual culture, and aim to help you become part of our research community. On these pages you'll find information about your time here and some suggested starting points to explore are listed below.

If you cannot find what you are looking for, get in touch with us directly at

Funding scholarships and grants

The Doctoral School Office manages all of the doctoral training grants held by Sussex University, including the AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership and the ESRC Doctoral Training Centre. We oversee all doctoral scholarship schemes run by the University and advise current research students on how to access funding during the course of their degree.

Visit our funding pages for details of support available to researchers wishing to collaborate with other research organisations, undertake international study visits, present at overseas conferences and engage with potential employers.

Training and development

Our Researcher Development Programme (RDP) is open to all doctoral and early career researchers and provides year-round training and development opportunities.

Researcher community

There are many opportunities to become part of the wider research community beyond your School

Discover how through out Researcher Community pages.

Research Student Administration

The Research Student Administration Office helps ensure the provision of high quality postgraduate education by providing advice and information for current postgraduate research students, academic staff and professional services colleagues across the University. We monitor and record the academic progress and assessment of research students, process changes in students' status, administer the examination process from thesis submission to the viva outcome, and provide advice to current international research students. From October 2014, we will also manage admissions for postgraduate research students in partnership with the University's Schools, providing students and staff with a single point of contact for all the administration associated with the student's journey from initial application through to graduation.

Visit our codes, forms and handbooks pages to access the relevant handbooks, regulations and codes of practice relating to doctoral research at Sussex.

Governance of The Doctoral School

The Doctoral School's work is overseen by a Board chaired by the Pro-Vice Chancellor for Research. The Board provides a focal point for all aspects of the doctoral agenda at Sussex, ensuring that the work we do to support and develop the doctoral community at Sussex aligns with the University's Strategic Plan. The Board is supported by the Doctoral Studies Committee, which is chaired by the Director of Doctoral Education and oversees the educational and career development of Sussex's students. For more details about the roles of the Doctoral School Board and Doctoral Studies Committee, please visit the University's Office of Governance and Secretariat for the current version of the Organisation of the University document.

To raise items for consideration by the Doctoral School Board, please contact: Paul Roberts, Assistant Director of the Doctoral School,

To raise items for consideration by the Doctoral Studies Committee, please contact: Camilla Briault, Head of Research Student Administration,

Doctoral School

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