History (2016 entry)

Subject overview

  • History at Sussex is ranked in the top 100 in the world in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2016.
  • We are rated 1st in the UK for research output and 15th overall in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF).
  • History is a vibrant, ambitious and highly research-active department with major strengths in modern and contemporary history. Cultural, intellectual, social and economic history are particularly well represented.
  • History is home to a number of innovative research centres, including the Centre for German-Jewish Studies, the Centre for Intellectual History, the Centre for Modern European Cultural History, the Centre for the History of War and Society, and the Centre for World Environmental History.
  • Sussex students have access to an impressive range of archives including the internationally renowned Mass Observation Archive, which is housed at The Keep
Academic activities
The History Department runs a weekly work-inprogress seminar throughout the academic year, to which visiting historians, research students and faculty contribute. All postgraduate students are expected to attend as an instrinsic part of their studies. Sussex research students have in recent years organised successful postgraduate conferences. Our postgraduate students also run the well-established University of Sussex Journal of Contemporary History, an innovative online journal of creative and interdisciplinary historical research by members of the postgraduate and early postdoctoral community.

History at Sussex has a thriving and animated research culture, with regular seminars, workshops and conferences on interdisciplinary research, and specific modules on research methods and skills.

Postgraduate students play an active role in the vibrant research centres that exist within the History Department and throughout the University. Among other activities, these Centres organise seminars and conferences and include:

Programmes

  • PhD in Contemporary History
  • PhD in History
  • PhD in Intellectual History
  • MPhil in Contemporary History
  • MPhil in History
  • MPhil in Intellectual History

We invite research proposals in all aspects of contemporary history, in modern European history, in British history since 1700, in American history, in intellectual history, in digital history and in the history of science and the environment. The History Department lays particular emphasis on social, cultural, political and economic history of the 19th and 20th centuries. For individual areas of research and potential supervisors, refer to Faculty research interests.

All research is individually supervised by members of the History Department, and a weekly work-in-progress seminar gives a platform for Sussex historians, visiting speakers and research students to present their ideas and scholarship. Intensive language courses in the major European languages are available. For more information, visit the Sussex Centre for Language Studies.

Library and The Keep

The University Library is rich in contemporary publications, periodicals and newspapers and has a large documents section. It subscribes to a range of electronic archives including publications such as Picture Post, The Listener, The Times, The Daily Mail, The Daily Mirror and The Guardian and Observer, as well as broader collections such as African American Newspapers, 1827-1998 and Rock’s Back Pages. Numerous official sources such as House of Commons Parliamentary Papers Online and the Cabinet Papers 1915-1978 are also available, as well as audio-visual resources such as BFI Inview, Screen Online and Box of Broadcasts.

Sussex historians have been instrumental in the development of new digital resources such as the Observing the 1980s online resource led by Dr Lucy Robinson, and the British Living Standards project led by Professor Ian Gazeley.

The Special Collections, housed at The Keep, contain the internationally renowned Mass Observation Archive (1937-present), on which numerous theses and books, written at Sussex and elsewhere, have been based, and which has its own publications list; the important Paris Commune collection of books, posters, illustrations and newspapers of 1871; political manuscripts of the 20th century including the Harvey Matusow archive, the New Statesman archive and Kingsley Martin papers; the May 1968 Collection; and the History and Popularisation of Science collection including the JG Crowther papers. For full details, visit the Special Collections website.

There is the Design Archive at the neighbouring University of Brighton, and most research students regularly use the British Library and The National Archives in London.

Coursework

Most research students have successfully completed an MA with research skills and are therefore not required to take any compulsory coursework. Where it is thought advisable, first-year research students may be required to participate in the Historical Skills and Methods module, or the Historiography and Intellectual History module during the autumn term.

Recent thesis titles

Neighbourhood, family Neighbourhood, family and home: the workingclass experience in mid-20th-century Britain

The American prosecution’s use of film at the Nuremberg International Military Tribunal

The political thought of the Cordeliers Club

Also visit Department of History: Guidelines for writing a research proposal

Entry requirements

MPhil in Contemporary History

UK entrance requirements

A Masters degree in history or a related discipline.

Overseas entrance requirements

If you are an international student and wish to find out if you have the necessary qualifications for this degree, please refer to Overseas qualifications.

English language requirements

IELTS 6.5 overall, with not less than 6.0 in each section.

For more information, refer to What qualifications do I need?

MPhil in History

UK entrance requirements

A Masters degree in history or a related discipline, or an equivalent qualification.

Overseas entrance requirements

If you are an international student and wish to find out if you have the necessary qualifications for this degree, please refer to Overseas qualifications.

English language requirements

IELTS 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each section.

For more information, refer to What qualifications do I need?

MPhil in Intellectual History

UK entrance requirements

A Masters degree in history or a related discipline, or an equivalent qualification.

Overseas entrance requirements

If you are an international student and wish to find out if you have the necessary qualifications for this degree, please refer to Overseas qualifications.

English language requirements

IELTS 6.5 overall, with not less than 6.0 in each section.

For more information, refer to What qualifications do I need?

PhD in Contemporary History

UK entrance requirements

A Masters degree in history or a related discipline.

Overseas entrance requirements

If you are an international student and wish to find out if you have the necessary qualifications for this degree, please refer to Overseas qualifications.

English language requirements

IELTS 6.5 overall, with not less than 6.0 in each section.

For more information, refer to What qualifications do I need?

PhD in History

UK entrance requirements

A Masters degree in history or a related discipline, or an equivalent qualification.

Overseas entrance requirements

If you are an international student and wish to find out if you have the necessary qualifications for this degree, please refer to Overseas qualifications.

English language requirements

IELTS 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each section.

For more information, refer to What qualifications do I need?

PhD in Intellectual History

UK entrance requirements

A Masters degree in history or a related discipline, or an equivalent qualification.

Overseas entrance requirements

If you are an international student and wish to find out if you have the necessary qualifications for this degree, please refer to Overseas qualifications.

English language requirements

IELTS 6.5 overall, with not less than 6.0 in each section.

For more information, refer to What qualifications do I need?

Visas and immigration

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For more information about the admissions process at Sussex

For pre-application enquiries:

Student Recruitment Services
T +44 (0)1273 876787
E pg.enquiries@sussex.ac.uk

For post-application enquiries:

Postgraduate Admissions,
University of Sussex,
Sussex House, Falmer,
Brighton BN1 9RH, UK
T +44 (0)1273 877773
F +44 (0)1273 678545
E pg.applicants@sussex.ac.uk 

Fees and funding

Fees

MPhil in Contemporary History fees

Home UK/EU students: £4,1211
Channel Island and Isle of Man students: £4,1212
Overseas students: £14,8003

1 The fee shown is for the academic year 2016.
2 The fee shown is for the academic year 2016.
3 The fee shown is for the academic year 2016.

PhD in Contemporary History fees

Home UK/EU students: £4,1211
Channel Island and Isle of Man students: £4,1212
Overseas students: £14,8003

1 The fee shown is for the academic year 2016.
2 The fee shown is for the academic year 2016.
3 The fee shown is for the academic year 2016.

MPhil in History fees

Home UK/EU students: £4,1211
Channel Island and Isle of Man students: £4,1212
Overseas students: £14,8003

1 The fee shown is for the academic year 2016.
2 The fee shown is for the academic year 2016.
3 The fee shown is for the academic year 2016.

PhD in History fees

Home UK/EU students: £4,1211
Channel Island and Isle of Man students: £4,1212
Overseas students: £14,8003

1 The fee shown is for the academic year 2016.
2 The fee shown is for the academic year 2016.
3 The fee shown is for the academic year 2016.

MPhil in Intellectual History fees

Home UK/EU students: £4,1211
Channel Island and Isle of Man students: £4,1212
Overseas students: £14,8003

1 The fee shown is for the academic year 2016.
2 The fee shown is for the academic year 2016.
3 The fee shown is for the academic year 2016.

PhD in Intellectual History fees

Home UK/EU students: £4,1211
Channel Island and Isle of Man students: £4,1212
Overseas students: £14,8003

1 The fee shown is for the academic year 2016.
2 The fee shown is for the academic year 2016.
3 The fee shown is for the academic year 2016.

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Scholarships

The sources of financial support listed below are for the subject area you are viewing and may not apply to all degrees listed within it. Please check the description of the individual source of financial support to make sure it is relevant to your chosen degree.

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Faculty interests

The History Department runs a weekly work-in-progress seminar throughout the academic year, to which visiting historians, research students and faculty contribute. All postgraduate students are expected to attend as an instrinsic part of their studies. Sussex research students have in recent years organised successful postgraduate conferences. Our postgraduate students also run the well-established University of Sussex Journal of Contemporary History, an innovative online journal of creative and interdisciplinary historical research by members of the postgraduate and early postdoctoral community. 

History at Sussex has a thriving and animated research culture, with regular seminars, workshops and conferences on interdisciplinary research, and specific modules on research methods and skills. 

Postgraduate students play an active role in the vibrant research centres that exist within the History Department and throughout the University. Among other activities, these Centres organise seminars and conferences and include: 

• the Centre for German-Jewish Studies  

• the Centre for Intellectual History  

• the Centre for the History of War and Society  

• the Centre for World Environmental History 

Research interests are briefly described below. 

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Dr Anne-Marie Angelo
Lecturer In American History
A.Angelo@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: African American history, African diasporas, American History, Archives, black British history, Black Power, Cultural History, history and theory, history of creativity, Memory, Middle East and North Africa, Migration, Photography History, Theory and Practice, Post-Colonial Studies, race and ethnicity in global perspective, Television History, Theory and Criticism, Transnational history

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Dr Hester Barron
Senior Lecturer in History
H.Barron@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: childhood, class, coal mining, Education, History, labour, parenting, Politics, Second World War, society, twentieth century

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Prof Robert Cook
Professor of American History
R.Cook@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: History, Political History

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Dr Vinita Damodaran
Professor of South Asian History
V.Damodaran@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Climate change, Energy, environmental history, Global history, indigenous peoples, Mining, South Asian history

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Dr Tom Davies
Lecturer in American History
T.A.Davies@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: 'race' and class, African American history, American History, American Studies, History

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Dr Jim Endersby
Reader In The History Of Science
J.J.Endersby@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: charles darwin, darwinism, history and sociology of experimental organisms, history of botany, history of evolution, history of genetics, History of Science/Medicine/Technology, history of taxonomy and classification, History of the 19th and 20th-century life sciences, Hugo de Vries, Joseph Dalton Hooker, Oenothera Lamarckiana, science fiction, The Mutation Theory

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Prof Martin Evans
Professor Of Modern European History
M.J.Evans@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: European history

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Prof Richard Follett
Professor Of American History
R.Follett@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: American History, Atlantic History, Brazilian Football, Caribbean History, Emancipation, Historical Demography, Latin America, Plantation Societies, Public Health (Eighteenth & Nineteenth Centuries), Race Relations, Slavery, Sugar

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Prof Martin Francis
Professor of War and History
M.Francis@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Comparative History, Empire, Feature Film, gender, Male and Female Fashion, Modern British history, Second World War

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Prof Ian Gazeley
Professor of Economic History
I.S.Gazeley@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Food Consumption, Household Budgets, Living Standards, Nutrition, Poverty and inequality, Skill Differentials, Wages

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Prof Tim Hitchcock
Professor Of Digital History
T.Hitchcock@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Cultural History, Digital history, Digital Humanities, Economic And Social History, Gender and Sexuality, History of London, oral history, Social exclusion

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Prof Robert Iliffe

ri33@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: environmental history, history of religion, History of science, Isaac Newton, material culture and science, relations between science and religion

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Dr Hilary Kalmbach
Lecturer in Middle East History
H.Kalmbach@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Cosmopolitanism, Cross-cultural interactions, Cultural History, Digital history, Egypt, Gender and Sexuality, Global history, Global Islam, History, History of Gender, Islam, Islamic Studies, Middle East and African history, Middle Eastern and African Studies, Religious History, Syria

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Prof Claire Langhamer
Professor Of Modern British History
C.L.Langhamer@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: history of emotion, history of love, Modern British history, social and cultural history

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Dr Maurizio Marinelli
Senior Lecturer In East Asian History
M.Marinelli@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Beijing, Chinese History, Chinese Politics, ecological civilisation, Europe and China relations, Global history, Hong Kong, Intellectual History, Tianjin, Urban China, Urban geography

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Dr Iain McDaniel
Senior Lecturer In Intellectual History
I.R.Mcdaniel@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Caesarism, democracy, Eighteenth-Century History, History of Political Thought, Intellectual History, Nineteenth-Century History, Republicanism, Scottish Enlightenment

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Dr Jacob Norris
Lecturer in Middle East History
J.Norris@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Global history, Imperial/Colonial History, Middle East and African history, migration studies, palestinian history

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Dr Gideon Reuveni
Reader in History/Director of the Centrefor German Jewish Studies
G.Reuveni@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Judaism

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Dr Katharina Rietzler
Lecturer in American History
K.E.Rietzler@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: 20th C history, American History, charity & philanthropy, Diplomacy & International Relations, History of international law, history of the social sciences, history of think tanks and expertise, International History, International Organization, International theory, Liberal internationalism, Postcolonial/Decolonial theory, Transnational history

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Dr Lucy Robinson
Senior Lecturer In History
L.Robinson@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Alternative Spiritualities/New Religious Movements, British party politics, Cultural History, Digital history, Economic And Social History, Gender and Sexuality, Memory, pedagogy, Popular Music, Social identities, Trauma, War and the media, War Studies, Youth

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Dr Darrow Schecter
Reader in Critical Theory
D.Schecter@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Critical Theory, critique of instrumental reason, Foucault, Gramsci, legitimacy, Libertarian socialism, Pasolini, systems theory

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Mr Gerardo Serra
Lecturer in Economic History
G.Serra@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: African Economic HIstory, History of Economic Thought

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Dr Claudia Siebrecht
Senior Lecturer in History
C.Siebrecht@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: History

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Prof David Tal
Yossi Harel Chair In Modern Israel Studies
D.Tal@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: arms control, disarmament, Israel-Palestine, Political History

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Dr Christopher Warne
Senior Lecturer
C.M.Warne@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Cultural History, European history, Everyday Life, Youth

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Prof Clive Webb
Professor Of Modern American History
C.J.Webb@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Anglo-American relations, Political violence, race and ethnicity

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Dr Gerhard Wolf
Senior Lecturer In History
G.Wolf@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: German history, Migration, War and violence in international politics

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Careers and perspectives

Our graduates hold posts such as archivist, historical researcher, and teacher (schools, tertiary colleges, universities, and teaching English as a foreign language). Some have gone on to careers in museum work, business, government, journalism, media (film and radio), publishing, and social services.

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The University’s Doctoral School runs a wide range of training courses covering the needs of students throughout all phases of their studies.

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School and contacts

Contact us

Fiona Allen,
School of History, Art History and Philosophy, 
PG Admissions, 
University of Sussex, Falmer, 
Brighton BN1 9QN, UK 
T +44 (0)1273 678001 
E hahp@sussex.ac.uk

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