International relations, security and global governance (2016 entry)

Subject overview

  • In the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 78 per cent of our research is categorised as world leading or internationally excellent. International Relations at Sussex ranked in the top 20 per cent of UK institutions for research impact and 12th in the UK for research. Politics and International Studies at Sussex is ranked in the top 100 in the world in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2014.
  • The Department of International Relations at Sussex is well established over four decades and includes many distinguished scholars among its past and present faculty. It is located within the School of Global Studies, an interdisciplinary school that brings together anthropology, development studies, geography and international relations, and also houses a number of interdisciplinary research centres.
  • The Sussex Centre for Conflict and Security Research is a leading research centre in the UK and provides a unique forum for original research in contemporary security and geopolitics; The Centre for Advanced International Theory exemplifies Sussex leading role as an international centre for theoretical innovation on international politics; and the Centre for Global Political Economy is one of the oldest and most respected centres for critical and pioneering work on global economy.
  • Our courses draw on Sussex’s recognised reputation for interdisciplinarity. We have regional expertise that covers Europe and North America, the Middle East, East Asia, South Asia, Latin America and Africa. Our research and teaching cover a wide range of themes in international relations and global governance; the global political economy; international security, war and peace studies; development studies; law, ethics and gender; the environment; and religion, global health, humanitarian crises and global poverty.
  • The Department offers an optional field trip to Brussels, Belgium or Geneva, Switzerland.
Specialist facilities
The University offers extensive computing facilities with a full range of data-processing and communications software. You have full access to the University’s main Library and its online collection, and to the British Library of Development Studies, at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), which is located on the Sussex campus.

Programmes

  • PhD in International Relations
  • MPhil in International Relations

We welcome enquiries from students wishing to undertake research in any areas of faculty interest. International relations faculty at Sussex also provide interdisciplinary doctoral supervision in subject areas such as contemporary European studies, development studies, and science and technology policy
and management.

All research students are required to complete an appropriate programme of research methods training. This may involve enrolling on the MSc in Social Research Methods – a stand-alone Masters degree – before proceeding to a PhD. This is known as a 1+3 degree.

Students who have already completed a programme of research methods training can apply for the basic, three-year doctoral degree leading to a PhD.

Coursework and supervision

Whether you start the three-year PhD or the 1+3 MSc/PhD course, you are normally required to complete some research methods training modules and possibly some specialist thematic modules drawn from the MA courses.

Normally, you are allocated two academic supervisors with whom you work for the duration of your research course. These are allocated according to their regional and thematic expertise, to provide a complementary ‘match’ with your research.

Recent thesis titles

Deriving a normal country: Italian capitalism and the political economy of financial derivatives

Economic dependency and the political economy of post-neoliberalism in Argentina

The politics of extraterritoriality: a historical sociology of public international law

The Ottomans in Europe: uneven and combined development and Eurocentrism

Entry requirements

MPhil in International Relations

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 must submit a short outline proposal of two to three pages in order to be considered

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 International Relations

UK entrance requirements

A Masters degree in international relations although those with a Masters degree in a closely related discipline may also be admitted. In exceptional circumstances, candidates with other backgrounds may be considered. Applicants must submit a research proposal of two to three pages indicating the nature, ambitions and primary questions of the 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

Find out more about Visas and immigration.

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
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Fees and funding

Fees

MPhil in International Relations 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 International Relations 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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We are in the process of updating funding sources for postgraduate study in the academic year 2016/17. For general information, visit Postgraduate research scholarships 2016.

For more information on scholarships go to the Scholarships web pages.

Faculty interests

The Department houses the Centre for Global Political Economy, the Centre for Conflict and Security Research, and the Centre for Advanced International Theory. The Department also hosts the interdisciplinary Centre for Global Health Policy. It also hosts the New Security Challenges lecture series.

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Dr Andreas Antoniades
Senior Lecturer
A.A.Antoniades@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: debt, discourse theory, Emerging Markets, emerging powers, european political economy, eurozone, Everyday Life, global economic crisis, globalisation, Greece, hegemony, International political economy, Ireland, Michel Foucault, varieties of capitalism

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Dr Shane Brighton
Senior Lecturer in International Relations
S.Brighton@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Diplomacy & International Relations, International theory, Political Philosophy, political sociology, Post-Colonial Studies, Terrorism and political violence, War Studies

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Dr Lara Montesinos Coleman
Senior Lecturer in International Relations and International Development
L.Coleman@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Continental Philosophy, corporate social responsibility, Critical Legal Theory, Critical Theory and Marxism, Ethics, Gender Studies, Human Rights, International Business and Human Rights, Labour & trade union politics, Michel Foucault, Philosophy of Science, Postcolonial/Decolonial theory, Resistance (political), Sociology of knowledge

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Dr Synne Dyvik
Lecturer In International Relations
S.Laastad-Dyvik@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Conflict and violence, Counterinsurgency, Critical Military Studies, Feminist theory, Gender and Sexuality, International security, masculinity, militarisation, Post-structuralist thought, Security studies, War Studies

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Prof Stefan Elbe
Professor of International Relations
S.Elbe@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Biosecurity, Bioterrorism, Global health, Infection, International security, Pandemic Preparedness

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Dr Matthew Ford
Senior Lecturer in International Relations
M.C.Ford@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Counterinsurgency, Military Innovation, Military-Technical Change, Organisational Change, Revolution in Military Affairs, Science And Technology Studies, Security studies, Utility of Force, War and Society, War Studies

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Dr Earl Gammon
Lecturer in Global Political Economy
E.Gammon@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Political-economic behaviour

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Dr Julian Germann
Lecturer In International Relations
J.Germann@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Finance, global economic crisis, Global Governance, Historical Sociology of IR, International political economy, neoliberalism, Trade, varieties of capitalism

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Dr Kevin Gray
Reader in International Relations
K.Gray@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: International political economy

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Prof Beate Jahn
Professor of International Relations
B.Jahn@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Liberal internationalism

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Dr David Karp
Senior Lecturer In International Relations
D.Karp@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Ethics, Human Rights, International Business and Human Rights, International human rights, International Political Theory, International theory, Law and Responsibility, non-state actors, Political Philosophy, political theory, Security studies, Transnational corporations

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Dr Paul Kirby
Lecturer in International Security
P.C.Kirby@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Conflict and violence, Feminist theory, gender, gender-based violence, International Political Theory, International security, Philosophy of science & social science, War and violence in international politics, War Studies, Wartime sexual violence

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Dr Samuel Knafo
Senior Lecturer In International Relations
S.Knafo@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Critical Theory, Finance, historical and political sociology, neoliberalism, Political economy

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Dr Kamran Matin
Senior Lecturer
K.Matin@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Diplomacy & International Relations, Eurocentrism, International historical sociology, International theory, Iranian Studies, Kurdish Studies, Marxism, Middle East and African history, Nationalism, political Islam

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Prof Peter Newell
Professor of International Relations
P.J.Newell@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Climate change, Energy, Finance

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Dr Louiza Odysseos
Senior Lecturer in International Relations
L.Odysseos@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Carl Schmitt, Continental Philosophy, Ethics, Human Rights, International theory, Martin Heidegger, Michel Foucault, Post-structuralist thought, Resistance (political), Theories of Gender

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Dr Stefanie Ortmann
Lecturer in International Relations
S.Ortmann@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Territoriality in the FSU

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Prof Patricia Owens
Professor of International Relations
P.Owens@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Counterinsurgency, Disciplinary History, History and Theory of War, History of International Thought, International theory, Social and political theory, Thought of Hannah Arendt, War Studies, Women's intellectual history

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Dr Fabio Petito
Senior Lecturer in International Relations
F.Petito@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: civilizational analysis, comparative political theory, Contemporary Religion, Geopolitics, Italian Studies, Mediterranean Politics, religion and international relations

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Prof Justin Rosenberg
Professor of International Relations
J.P.Rosenberg@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: International Relations, Marxism, Social Theory, Uneven and Combined Development

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Prof Jan Selby
Professor of International Relations
J.Selby@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: environmental security, Israel-Palestine, Peace processes

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Prof Benjamin Selwyn
Professor of International Relations and International Development
B.Selwyn@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Theories of development

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Dr Anna Stavrianakis
Senior Lecturer in International Relations
A.Stavrianakis@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: arms control, arms trade, militarisation, militarism, War and violence in international politics

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Dr Benno Teschke
Reader In International Relations
B.G.Teschke@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Critical Theory and Marxism, Geopolitics, German Political Thought, Historical Sociology of IR, History and Theory of War, IR Theory, Philosophy of the Social Sciences, The History of Capitalism

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Prof Cynthia Weber
Professor of International Relations
C.Weber@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Ethics

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Prof Rorden Wilkinson
Professor of Global Political Economy
Rorden.wilkinson@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Developing Countries, Global Governance, World trade

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Careers and perspectives

Many of our graduates find employment in fields such as human rights, international development and security, within which we have very strong networks.

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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

International Relations, 
University of Sussex, Falmer, 
Brighton BN1 9SJ, UK 
T +44 (0)1273 877107 
E globalresearch@sussex.ac.uk

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Overseas visits

Meet with Sussex staff in your country at exhibitions, visits to schools and universities, and at a wide range of other events. Forthcoming visits are planned all over the world:

Bahrain • Brazil • Brunei • Canada • China • Colombia • France • Germany • Ghana • Greece • Hong Kong • India • Indonesia • Iraq • Italy • Japan • Kenya • Kuwait • Malaysia • Mexico • Nigeria • Norway • Pakistan • Qatar • Saudi Arabia • Singapore • South Korea • Spain • Sri Lanka • Taiwan • Thailand • Turkey • UAE • USA • Vietnam.

In-country representatives

In the International Office, we manage a network of overseas representatives who have been trained to support international students with their application to study at the University. Services representatives provide can include pre-departure information, support in submitting your housing application and advice regarding applying for a UK Student Visa.

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