PhD
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International Relations

We aspire to challenge the boundaries of the international relations discipline and make the world a better place.

You’ll benefit from our strong international networks. We’ve undertaken consultancy and commissioned work in a range of fields including:

  • human rights
  • development studies
  • security.

Join our expert faculty and lively community of doctoral researchers – you’ll be exposed to ideas at the cutting edge of the discipline. Our policy and public impact work is world leading.

 

Areas of study

PhD or MPhil?

You can choose to study for a PhD or an MPhil. PhD and MPhil degrees differ in the length of the course and therefore in the extent of the research work you can undertake and incorporate in your thesis.

  • An MPhil typically takes three years full time and four years part time. You’ll conduct an independent piece of research but in less depth than for a PhD. You will graduate with the degree title Master of Philosophy.
  • A PhD typically takes four years full time and six years part time. You will undertake a piece of research that makes a substantial original contribution to knowledge or understanding in your chosen field.

If you choose an MPhil, you might be able to change to a PhD during the course of your studies.

How to apply

If you’d like to join us as a research student, there are two main routes:

Find out how to apply for a PhD at Sussex

Full-time and part-time study

Choose to work on your research full time or part time, to fit around your work and family life. For details about part-time study, contact us at globalresearch@sussex.ac.uk

Faculty

Explore our research interests and find a potential supervisor.

  • Faculty profiles

    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: 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: American Studies, citizenship, Critical Gender Studies, Feminist International Relations, Film and International Relations, Intervention, Poststructuralist International Relations, Queer International Relations, Sovereignty

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

    Research interests: Development, Global Governance, International Relations, World trade

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Entry 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

Research training

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

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

Find out about other English language qualifications we accept.

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

Find out how to apply for a student visa


Scholarships and fees

How can I fund my course?

Postgraduate Masters Loan

MPhil students might be eligible for a Postgraduate Masters Loan. This is not available for students registering for a PhD.

Scholarships

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.

Part-time work

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.

Find out more about careers and employability

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.