4 years full time, 6 years part time
Choose to start in September 2017, January 2018 or May 2018
The Sussex Africa Centre breaks the boundaries of conventional area studies. You’ll be guided and supervised by experts focusing not only on the African continent but also on African diasporic communities in the UK and around the world.
You’ll work in an interdisciplinary environment – we connect social science and humanities expertise with environmental science, medicine, education and development studies.
Full-time and part-time study
You can choose to work on your research full time or part time. For details about part-time study, contact us.
Explore our research interests and find a potential supervisor.
- Faculty profiles
Prof Kwame Akyeampong
Professor Of International Education & Development
Research interests: Educational Assessment, Educational inequalities, Educational policy analysis, Educational Reform, Mathematics Education, Teacher Education Policy, Teaching and Learning
Dr Robert Byrne
Research interests: climate policy, Developing Countries, Development studies, energy policy, Innovation for sustainability, Low carbon development, Renewables, Socio-technical transitions, Strategic niche management
Prof Michael Collyer
Professor of Geography
Research interests: european union, Geopolitics, Migration, Refugees and asylum
Prof Andrea Cornwall
Professor of Anthropology and International Development
Research interests: Brazil, democratisation, Empowerment, gender and development, Gender and Sexuality, Nigeria, participation, public engagement, Public health
Prof Mairead Dunne
Professor of Sociology of Education
Research interests: Education
Dr Nigel Eltringham
Senior Lecturer in Anthropology
Research interests: Africa, Conflict and violence, ethnicity, Film, Genocide, Human Rights, international criminal court, International Criminal Law, International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, Political violence, Post conflict reconstruction, Rwanda, Transitional justice
Prof Martin Evans
Professor Of Modern European History
Research interests: European history
Prof James Fairhead
Professor of Social Anthropology
Research interests: Ebola, Environmental Anthropology, Green Economy, Health, Historical Anthropology, International Development, New Guinea, West Africa
Dr Elizabeth Harrison
Reader in Anthropology and International Development
Research interests: Anthropology and ethnography, Anti-corruption, community, gender, International Development, Irrigation, Moralities, Natural Resource Management, Participation and engagement, Political anthropology, Sub-Saharan Africa, United Kingdom
Dr Pamela Kea
Senior Lecturer In Anthropology
Research interests: Adornment practices, Anthropology of West Africa, Asylum and FGM, childhood and youth, Feminist theory, gender, Home-making practices, Intimacy and transnational kinship relations, Migration and Mobility, race and ethnicity, The aesthetics of migration, The household moral economy, Visual and Material Culture
Prof Dominic Kniveton
Professor of Climate Science & Society
Research interests: Africa, Climate change, Development, Migration, South Asia
Dr Mark Leopold
Lecturer in Social Anthropology
Research interests: Anthropology and espionage, Anthropology and Literature, Biography, Borders, Conflict and violence, Embodiment, Forced migration, History, History of Anthropology, Masculinities, north east Africa, Peacemaking, Political anthropology, psychoanalysis, South Sudan, Uganda
Prof Alan Lester
Professor of Historical Geography
Research interests: apartheid, British Empire, Colonialism, Humanitarianism, indigenous peoples, Settler Colonies
Prof Keith Lewin
Research interests: Education, Learning
Prof Fiona Marshall
Professor of Environment & Development
Research interests: Ecosystem Services, Environment And Health, Food safety, Food Security, Innovation for sustainability, interdisciplinary research, International Development, Natural Resource Management, Peri-urban sustainability, Plant responses to environment, Science and technology policy, Urbanisation
Dr John Masterson
Lecturer in World Literatures
Research interests: English and American literature, Postcolonial Literature
Prof JoAnn McGregor
Professor Of Human Geography
Research interests: African diasporas, Conflict and violence, Development studies, Migration, Refugees and asylum, Southern Africa social history
Prof Colleen Mclaughlin
Research interests: Bullying, Counselling and psychosocial aspects of education, Educational Reform, Gender And Sexuality Studies, International education & development
Dr Alexander Moradi
Senior Lecturer in Economics
Research interests: African Economic HIstory, Applied Economics, Development Economics
Prof Louise Morley
Professor of Education
Research interests: Women and leadership
Dr David Ockwell
Reader in Geography
Research interests: Climate change, Climate change mitigation, climate policy, Energy, Energy and climate policy, energy policy, Energy transitions, Innovation Policy, International Development, Sustainable energy production
Dr Dinah Rajak
Senior Lecturer in Anthropology and International Development
Research interests: anthropology of global capitalism, Anthropology of markets, Bottom of the pyramid enterprise, Conflict and resources, Corporate Social Responsibility and Ethical Trade, Economic anthropology, Entrepreneurship, HIV/Aids, mining and extractive industries, Moral economies, private sector development, South and Southern Africa, Transnational corporations
Prof Clionadh Raleigh
Professor Of Human Geography
Research interests: Political geography
Dr Pedram Rowhani
Senior Lecturer in Geography
Research interests: Climate Impact, Food Security, GIS Mapping, Land Cover Change, Land Use Change, Remote Sensing & Earth Observation
Ms Rachel Sabates-Wheeler
Fellow in Gender & Development
Prof Andrew Stirling
Professor of Science & Technology Policy
Research interests: diversity analysis, ecological economics, energy policy, innovation democracy, multicriteria mapping, participatory appraisal, precaution, risk, Science And Technology Studies, science policy, Sustainability transitions, technology assessment, uncertainty
Prof Martin Todd
Professor in Climate Change
Research interests: Aerosol Generation, Africa, Atmospheric sciences, atmospheric aerosols, Climate and climate change, climate and development, Climate change, Climate change adaptation, Climate modelling, Climatic Effects, Climatic Effects (Water Engineering), Climatology, groundwater, Water In The Atmosphere, Water Resources
Dr Yi Wang
Senior Lecturer in Climate Change
Research interests: Carbon cycles and land use land cover changes, Climate and climate change, Climate change adaptation, Climate change mitigation, Climate modelling, climate policy, Earth and environmental, Earth system sciences, Flood Risk Assessment, Global carbon cycles, Hydrology
Dr Jo Westbrook
Senior Lecturer in Education
Research interests: adolescence in literature, Ethnographic Methods, International education & development, pedagogy, qualitative research methods, reading comprehension, Teacher Education, Teacher Education Policy
A Master's degree in a field related to your proposed research.
If you’re applying for ESRC funding, you might need to do a Masters first. Find out about our Social Research Methods MSc.
English language requirements
English language support
Don’t have the English language level for your course? Find out more about our pre-sessional courses.
Additional information for international students
We welcome applications from all over the world. Find out about international qualifications suitable for our PhD degrees.
Visas and immigration
Scholarships and fees
How can I fund my course?
Our aim is to ensure that every student who wants to study with us is able to despite financial barriers, so that we continue to attract talented and unique individuals.
Commonwealth Scholarship (2017)
Commonwealth Scholarships for Master’s and PhD study in the UK are offered for citizens of developing Commonwealth countries.
29 March 2017
Dr John Birch Music Scholarship (2017)
Four scholarships of £800 to reward talented musicians and encourage music performance whilst studying at Sussex.
19 May 2017
We advertise around 2,500 part-time jobs a year so you can make money and gain work experience. We have a special scheme to employ students on campus, wherever possible.
How much does it cost?
Fees for self-funding students
Home: £4,195 per year
EU: £4,195 per year
Channel Islands and Isle of Man: £4,195 per year
Overseas: £15,100 per year
Our fees follow the indicative fee level set nationally by Research Council UK and may be subject to change.