Politics (2016 entry)

Subject overview

  • Politics at Sussex is ranked in the top 5 UK institutions for research output in the Research Excellence Framework 2014 (REF). 72 per cent of our research is rated as worldleading or internationally excellent.
  • Politics at Sussex is ranked in the top 20 in the UK in The Complete University Guide 2017.
  • We offer teaching excellence, with three winners of national teaching awards among our faculty.
  • Sussex hosts two major research centres. The Sussex Centre for the Study of Corruption (SCSC) takes an interdisciplinary approach to analysing what corruption is, where and why it flourishes and, most importantly, what can be done to counteract it. The SCSC works closely with organisations such as
    Transparency International in developing recommendations and proposals for combating corruption both in the UK and further afield. The Sussex European Institute (SEI), a Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence for the study of European integration, consolidates the University’s position among the leading international centres of graduate training and research in European studies, focusing on European integration, representative politics in Europe, internal/
    external security challenges to the EU, migration and citizenship.
  • Our politics faculty offer teaching and research expertise covering the spectrum of UK, European and international issues, encompassing political theory as well as comparative and party politics and corruption.
Specialist facilities
Politics at Sussex is based in the state-of-the-art Freeman Centre, which offers outstanding study and computing facilities for MA, MPhil and PhD students, who are fully integrated with academic staff. To complement the international orientation of our degrees, the excellent Sussex Centre for Language Studies provides taught modules and self-study facilities for a wide range of languages including Arabic, French, German, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, Russian and Spanish. The University Library is a European Documentation Centre, and Library holdings in the fields of European institutions, economics and politics are particularly strong.
Academic activities
Politics and the specialist research centres of SCSC and SEI provide a vibrant and stimulating environment for research students through the Research-in-Progress seminar series and numerous invited speakers and conferences throughout the academic year, as well as a Professional Development Workshop series.

Politics is also home to the journals Party Politics, German Politics and the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies (JEMS) and the European Parties Elections and Referendums Network (EPERN).

Programmes

  • PhD in Contemporary European Studies
  • PhD in Politics
  • MPhil in Contemporary European Studies
  • MPhil in Politics

There are two common modes of entry for research students. First is the traditional entry to an MPhil or PhD. Second is the MSc plus PhD pathway, which is the 1+3 route supported by the ESRC for studentships.

All new research students are required to participate in a programme of research training modules and to take other modules that may be recommended by the supervisor of their research (exemption from research training modules can be granted to those who have already taken such modules at postgraduate level).

MPhil, PhD in Contemporary European Studies

Research students are based in the Sussex European Institute

You can either choose to study for a research degree in contemporary European studies or in a particular discipline, for example anthropology, geography, economics, international relations or politics, while focused on a European topic. SEI also hosts visiting researchers.

Recent thesis titles

EUrope and the EUropeans: definition, identity and belonging

Explaining the emergence of Eurosceptic protest movements

Regionalist parties in Western Europe: a comparative study

Political participation and role of migrant organisations in Sweden and the Netherlands

Political strategy and ideological adaptation in regionalist parties in Western Europe

Punching above its weight? A case study of Luxembourg’s policy effectiveness in the EU

Shifting sands and changing minds: the role of the European Parliament in the area of freedom, security and justice

The impact of structural funds in Greece and Ireland

MPhil, PhD in Politics

We supervise students in all areas in which our faculty specialise (refer to Faculty research interests).

Recent thesis titles

The Effect of Internal Control Management on Corruption: The Case of Saudi Arabia

Corruption in Central and Eastern Europe: The influence of the European Union on the control of corruption in the Czech Republic, Macedonia and Romania

Narratives of Corruption and Anti-Corruption in Mexico

The Politics of Anti-Corruption in Nigeria

Anti-Corruption Policy in Hungary: Enforcing compliance with EU anti-corruption policy after Accession

Anti-Corruption Reform, Political Will and Collective Action in Sub-Saharan Africa

Obeying the iron law? Changes to the intraparty balance of power in the British Liberal Democrats

Organisational change in Western European communist parties since 1989

The development of post-war Conservative Party immigration policy in government and in opposition

The predominance of Prime Ministers: a comparative study of Britain and Australia

Young citizens’ political participation

Entry requirements

MPhil in Contemporary European Studies

UK entrance requirements

A first- or upper second-class undergraduate honours degree in any relevant social science, but applicants from other backgrounds may be considered. Applicants should submit an outline (two to three pages) of their research interests

Overseas entrance requirements

If your country is not listed below, please contact the University at E pg.enquiries@sussex.ac.uk

If you have any questions about your qualifications after consulting our overseas qualifications, contact the University at E pg.enquiries@sussex.ac.uk

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 Politics

UK entrance requirements

A first- or upper second-class undergraduate honours degree in any relevant social science, but applicants with other backgrounds may be considered. Applicants should submit an outline (two to three pages) of their research interests.

Overseas entrance requirements

If your country is not listed below, please contact the University at E pg.enquiries@sussex.ac.uk

If you have any questions about your qualifications after consulting our overseas qualifications, contact the University at E pg.enquiries@sussex.ac.uk

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 Contemporary European Studies

UK entrance requirements

A Masters degree in any relevant social science, but applicants with other backgrounds may be considered. Applicants should submit an outline research proposal indicating the nature, ambition and primary questions of the research project.

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 Politics

UK entrance requirements

A Masters degree in political science, international relations, economics, history or sociology. Applicants should submit an outline research proposal indicating the nature, ambitions and primary questions of the research project.

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?

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

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Postgraduate Admissions,
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Brighton BN1 9RH, UK
T +44 (0)1273 877773
F +44 (0)1273 678545
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Fees and funding

Fees

MPhil in Contemporary European Studies 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 European Studies 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 Politics 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 Politics 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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Faculty interests

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Prof Claire Annesley
Head of Department
claire.annesley@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: comparative politics, executives, gender equality, political representation, public policy

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Dr Sabina Avdagic
Senior Lecturer
S.Avdagic@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: comparative politics, Labour economics, Labour relations, Political economy, public policy, Research design and methodology, social welfare reform

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Dr Susan Collard
Senior Lecturer in French Politics & Contemporary European Studies
S.P.Collard@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: History

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Dr Elizabeth David-Barrett
Senior Lecturer in Politics
E.David-Barrett@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Anti-corruption, Balkans, british politics, Corruption, International aid, International business, International Development, lobbying, Parliament, public policy, Public Procurement

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Dr Rekha Diwakar
Lecturer in Politics
R.Diwakar@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: comparative politics, electoral politics, Indian politics and public policy, party politics, Politics, Research methods in political science

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Dr James Hampshire
Reader in Politics
J.A.Hampshire@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: british politics, citizenship, comparative politics, european union, governance, Immigration, immigration policy, liberalism, Migration, political theory, Politics of asylum and migration, race and racism

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Dr Olli Hellmann
Senior Lecturer in Politics
O.Hellmann@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Corruption, democratisation, electoral politics, party politics, State building

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Prof Dan Hough
Professor of Politics
D.T.Hough@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Corruption, Devolution, Germany, Political Parties, The GDR/east Germany

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Prof Alan Mayhew
Jean Monnet Professor & Professorial Fellow
A.Mayhew@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Wider Europe research programme

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Mr Francis Mcgowan
Senior Lecturer in Politics
F.McGowan@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Energy, EU Policy, Regulatory Politics

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Prof Susan Millns
Professor of Law
S.Millns@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: citizenship, Comparative Law, Constitutional Law, European Union Law, Feminist Legal Studies, Human Rights

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Dr Kai Oppermann
Reader in Politics
K.Oppermann@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: British Foreign Policy, Foreign Policy Analysis, German Foreign Policy, Referendums in European integration

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Dr Emily Robinson
Senior Lecturer in Politics
E.A.Robinson@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: British party politics, Memory, Modern British history, Nostalgia, Political identities, Progressivism, Temporality

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Prof Jim Rollo
Emeritus Professor
J.Rollo@sussex.ac.uk

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Prof Paul Statham
Professor of Migration
Paul.Statham@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: ageing care and migration, Comparative Studies, Domestic Politics of European Integration, Immigration, Islam, Media & Communication Studies, Multiculturalism, Public sphere theory, Social movements, Sociology

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Prof Aleks Szczerbiak
Professor of Politics & Contemporary European Studies
A.A.Szczerbiak@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: East European politics, Euroscepticism, party politics, Poland, Transitional justice

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Prof Paul Taggart
Professor of Politics
P.A.Taggart@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Domestic Politics of European Integration, Euroscepticism, Political Parties, Populism

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Dr Adrian Treacher
Lecturer in European Studies
A.H.Treacher@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: International security

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Prof Paul Webb
Professor of Politics
P.Webb@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: British party politics, democracy, Political participation, Voting & elections

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Careers and perspectives

Our graduates have taken up jobs in a range of organisations in both public and private sectors including think tanks and NGOs at international, European, national and sub-national levels. Others have pursued doctoral research followed by careers in Higher Education.

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Research training

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

Dr James Hampshire,
University of Sussex, Falmer, 
Brighton BN1 9SP, UK
T +44 (0)1273 876806 
E j.a.hampshire@sussex.ac.uk

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