Arts and humanities

  • outstanding rankings in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) for many arts and humanities subjects
  • Sussex was awarded a £16.9-million AHRC grant to co-ordinate a Doctoral Training Partnership across seven of the UK’s leading arts and humanities institutions
  • world-renowned arts research centres offer an interdisciplinary approach and there are opportunities to study abroad at one of our European partner institutions as part of your degree

Sussex has always moved beyond the boundaries of single disciplines, questioning and challenging received ideas. In the arts and humanities, Sussex has pioneered interdisciplinary studies, unifying a strong focus on historical study with the exploration of modern and postmodern theory.

Excellence in the arts and humanities at Sussex was confirmed by the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE). All our subjects in arts and humanities were judged as having at least 90 per cent of their research internationally rated, with some outstanding results: American studies at Sussex was ranked 1st in the UK, and art history 3rd.

Dr Vinita Damodaran, Director of the Centre for World Environmental History at Sussex, is part of an exciting collaborative research project with the Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew.

Knowledge for a changing world

Dr Vinita Damodaran, Director of the Centre for World Environmental History at Sussex, is part of an exciting collaborative research project with the Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew. 

Focusing on the conservation and digitisation of the Indian correspondence of Joseph Dalton Hooker, former Director of Kew from 1865 to 1885, the research will promote links between UK and Indian institutions and help prioritise fragile materials held at Kolkata botanical gardens.

For more information, visit Research at Sussex

European co-operation

From its inception, the University has been strongly committed to European co-operation, and Sussex now offers one of the best-supported European study abroad programmes in Britain. Sussex has long-established links with European HE institutions through the Commission’s Lifelong Learning Programme. Research students, if eligible, may benefit from Erasmus grants, and undertake research abroad at one of our partner institutions. For more details, contact E sussexabroad@sussex.ac.uk