Department of Politics

Postgraduate study

You can choose from a range of courses in corruption and governance, European politics, and international courses, and benefit from our vibrant research environment and activities within our research centres.

Key facts about Politics at Sussex 
  • Politics at Sussex is ranked in the top five UK institutions for research output in the Research Excellence Framework 2014 (REF) and ranked in the top 100 in the world in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017.
  • Study research-led courses including the only interdisciplinary MA in UK looking at corruption and governance, the MA in European Governance and Policy, and the MA in International Politics
  • You can also do postgraduate research courses including a PhD in Contemporary European Studies or Politics, and MPhil in Contemporary European Studies or Politics.
  • Benefit from research expertise in international, EU and UK politics with 72 per cent of our research rated as world-leading or internationally excellent in the 2014 REF results.
  • Undertake research within our world-leading research centres including the Sussex European Institute, a Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence for the study of European integration, and the Sussex Centre for the Study of Corruption
  • You will benefit from research seminars by leading scholars and practitioners from around the world as well as workshops and conferences organised by research centres.
  • Access to the European Documentation Centre (within the university library), which has a range of research materials on European institutions, economics and politics.
Alasdair Young, former student, now Professor of International Political Economy at the University of Glasgow

"Pursuing my postgraduate studies were demanding, stimulating and enjoyable and there are opportunities to engage with impressive academics and practitioners in the seminar series and frequent workshops. 

"You can also participate in research and consultancy projects, which was a source of income and a valuable learning experience. My professional development benefited greatly from the support I received from staff members, my supervisor and students.

"I also enjoyed living in Brighton, and the easy access to London and Gatwick Airport were a boon to my fieldwork.

"Making the most of the opportunities available at Sussex helped me greatly in securing a post-doctoral fellowship at the European University Institute and equipped me extremely well for academic life."