Doctoral School

Welcome to The Doctoral School

Doctoral researchers play a vital role in Sussex's vibrant intellectual culture. We support all doctoral researchers across the University to become part of our research community. The information below can help you make your time here as productive and stimulating as possible.

New researchers are encouraged to explore our welcome pages.

Keep up to date with the latest news on our Doctoral Connections blog and follow us on Twitter @SussexDocSchool.

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

Funding scholarships and grants

Visit our funding pages for information about:

  • Doctoral scholarship schemes at Sussex
  • Finding funding during your doctorate
  • Support for organising professional development and public engagement activities

Your can also find details on the AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership & ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership 

Training and development

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

Researcher community

Networking and collaborating beyond your School can be an important part of a research career. Find out how to make the most of your time here on the Researcher Community pages.

New doctoral researchers are also encouraged to explore our welcome pages.

Research Student Administration (Handbooks, Regulations and Forms)

The Research Student Administration Office provides advice for postgraduate research students, academic staff and colleagues across the University. We are a single point of contact for all administration associated with a student's journey from application through to graduation. Our services include:

  • Monitoring and recording the academic progress and assessment of research students
  • Administration of the examination process from thesis submission to the viva outcome
  • Advice to current international research students.
  • Admissions for postgraduate research students in partnership with the University's Schools

Visit our homepage for more information relating to doctoral research at Sussex, or see below to access the Handbook and Regulations for Doctoral Researchers, the Handbook for Visiting Research Students and the Handbook for Research Supervisors and Directors of Doctoral Studies.

Governance of The Doctoral School

The Doctoral School's work is overseen by a Board, chaired by the Pro-Vice Chancellor for Research, and offers a focal point for all aspects of the doctoral agenda at Sussex. The board is supported by the Doctoral Studies Committee, which oversees the educational and career development of Sussex's doctoral researchers.

  • To raise items for consideration by the Doctoral Studies Committee, please contact: Miles Willey, Head of Research Student Administration,  E:
Your career

The Careers and Employability Centre support doctoral researchers during their time at Sussex and for up to three years after graduation. They can help you explore your career ideas and find out more about the career pathways available both within and outside academia. Find out more about the support available from the Careers and Employability Centre.

Coronavirus and PhD research

We understand that these are testing times for those conducting doctoral research. For the latest information, see the University's Autumn 2020 advice page for doctoral researchers and supervisors, which will be updated as the situation continues to develop. It covers topics including remote supervision, travel and fieldwork, online training, submission, studying outside the UK, and what to do if you become unwell.

In addition, the Student Hub has specific advice for international PhD researchers (scroll down to Research Students section) and guidelines have been issued for anyone approaching a Distant (Online) Viva.


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