Founded 50 years ago, Sussex is one of the UK’s leading research universities. Our research has broken new ground, extended the boundaries of knowledge and made an impact on the lives of people, enterprises and communities across the world.
Every single one of our departments has research that is rated as world-leading, and applying for a research degree at Sussex will ensure that you work alongside world-renowned experts in their fields.
This page includes details of our rankings, research expertise, research films, PhD and other research degree courses, funding opportunities, ways to visit us and how to apply. Check out the links in the left hand column for more information.
Applying for a PhD
Financing a PhD
PhD study and
World university rankings
Times Higher Education – World University Rankings
13th in the UK - 34th in Europe - 110th in the world
90 per cent of Sussex research activity in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) was rated as world-leading, internationally excellent, or internationally recognised.
PhD degree courses
We offer outstanding PhD courses across arts and humanities, social sciences, science, and medicine.
A wide range of funding is available including Research Council and University-funded studentships.
Watch our research film featuring cutting-edge research undertaken by faculty and research students at Sussex.
Our 2012 Research Review showcases just some of the work currently breaking new ground at Sussex.
Research by School
Find out more about the range of research that we undertake across our schools and departments.
Research groups and centres
Sussex boasts a number of research groups and centres of excellence that encourage interdisciplinary research.
Research degree applications for the academic year 2013-14 are now open.
There are various opportunities to vist the University and see what we have to offer.