4 years full time, 6 years part time
Choose to start in September 2017, January 2018 or May 2018
Address the world’s growing diversity, driven by migration and mobility. At Sussex, you’ll work in a dynamic research community, guided and supervised by expert faculty from the Sussex Centre for Migration Research.
You’ll benefit from our policy links with national governments and international organisations such as the International Organization for Migration and the International Labour Organization.
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:
- browse scholarships and funded projects in this subject area
- find a potential supervisor and propose your own research project.
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 Professor Paul Statham at email@example.com
Explore our research interests and find a potential supervisor.
- Faculty profiles
Dr Stephanie Berry
Lecturer in Public Law
Research interests: Freedom of Religion, International human rights, Minority Rights, Public international law, The European convention on human rights
Dr Odul Bozkurt
Senior Lecturer in International Human Resource Management
Research interests: employment studies, globalization and work, Green Economy, international human resource management, Japan, repair work, retail employment, skills and employment, social class and employment, Sociology of work and organizations, UK retailing, vintage sector
Prof Rupert Brown
Professor of Social Psychology
Research interests: Acculturation, hate crime, Identity, Immigration, Intergroup relations, post-conflict reconciliation, Prejudice, Prejudice reduction, refugees, Social psychology, team-building in organisations
Dr Grace Carswell
Reader in Human Geography
Research interests: Land Use
Dr Susan Collard
Senior Lecturer in French Politics & Contemporary European Studies
Research interests: History
Prof Michael Collyer
Professor of Geography
Research interests: european union, Geopolitics, Migration, Refugees and asylum
Prof Jane Cowan
Professor of Social Anthropology
Research interests: anthropology of gender and masculinity, Balkans, Dance Performance, Diplomacy & International Relations, Ethnography And Anthropology, Feminist theory, Gender and Sexuality, Greece, Human Rights, International Organization, Minority Rights, Social and political theory, Social anthropology
Dr Elizabeth Craig
Research interests: Bills of Rights, Constitutional Law, Culture, Identity, International human rights, Language rights, Minority Rights
Dr Geert De Neve
Professor of Social Anthropology & SouthAsian Studies
Research interests: Anthropology of Development, anthropology of South Asia, Anthropology of the Global Economy, Corporate Social Responsibility and Ethical Trade, India, Poverty and inequality, Social Protection, Social transformation, Tamil Nadu
Dr Priya Deshingkar
Research Director/Senior Research Fellow
Research interests: Agriculture, IInernational Development, Internal Migration, Migration, Precarious Occupations, Rural Livelihoods
Prof Mairead Dunne
Professor of Sociology of Education
Research interests: Education
Dr Naureen Durrani
Senior Lecturer in International Education and Development
Research interests: Citizenship and youth, Curriculum and textbooks, Education, Education & peacebuilding, International education & development, Pakistan, pedagogy, South Asia, Teacher Education
Dr June Edmunds
Lecturer in Sociology
Research interests: Asylum seeking, citizenship, Cosmopolitanism, Ethnic Politics, Generations, Human Rights, Migration, Muslims and European Politics, Racism
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
Dr Anne-Meike Fechter
Reader in Anthropology
Research interests: Aid, Aid Workers, Cambodia, childhood and youth, Development, Expatriates, gender, Indonesia, Migration, Mobility, Morality and Ethics, southeast asia, Transnationalism
Dr James Hampshire
Reader in Politics
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
Prof Elizabeth Harrison
Professor of 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 Rumy Hasan
Research interests: Critique of multiculturalism and multifaithism, East Asia, Eastern Europe, Political economy of Russia, The conflict in the Middle East and its impact on the West (including ‘dual identities’)
Prof Raminder Kaur Kahlon
Professor of Anthropology & Cultural Studies
Research interests: Aesthetics and Politics, censorship, Conflict and violence, creative arts, culture and health, cultures of sustainability, diaspora, digital anthropology, environmental movements, gender, health risk perceptions, heritage, identity-based conflict, indian cinema, Media and international development, migration studies, nuclear power and politics, public culture, public engagement, race and ethnicity, religion and media, Religion and ritual, Science And Technology Studies, South Asia, Visual Anthropology and Media, visual cultures
Dr Pamela Kea
Senior Lecturer In Anthropology
Research interests: Anthropology of West Africa, Asylum and FGM, childhood and youth, Decolonial critique and the arts, Feminist theory, gender, Home-making practices, Intimacy and transnational kinship relations, Migration and Mobility, Postcolonial/Decolonial theory, race and ethnicity, The aesthetics of migration, The household moral economy, Transnational networks and subjectivities, Visual and Material Culture
Dr Evan Killick
Senior Lecturer in Anthropology and International Development
Research interests: Amazonia, Climate & Climate Change, Conservation, Development studies, ethnography, Friendship, indigenous peoples, International Development, Kinship, Latin America, REDD
Prof Russell King
Professor of Geography
Research interests: Ageing and the lifecourse, ageing care and migration, Albania, Children and migration, Cultural Geography, Generations, geographies of socialist and postsocialist development, Greece, higher education, Human Geography, International Student Migration/Mobility, Island studies, Italy, Migration, migration studies, social geography, Southern Europe, The Mediterranean, Youth
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 JoAnn McGregor
Professor Of Human Geography
Research interests: African diasporas, Conflict and violence, Development studies, Migration, Refugees and asylum, Southern Africa social history, Ur
Dr Lyndsay Mclean Hilker
Lecturer in Anthropology and International Development
Research interests: Africa, Anthropology and ethnography, Anthropology of Development, Development Practice, DRC, ethnicity, Gender and Sexuality, gender-based violence, identity-based conflict, reconciliation, Rwanda, Social transformation, Violence, youth and violence
Dr Jon Mitchell
Professor of Social Anthropology
Research interests: Alternative Spiritualities/New Religious Movements, Anthropological Controversies, Anthropology of Catholicism, Anthropology of Religion, Anthropology of Sport, Anthropology of the Body, Anthropology of the Senses, Atheism/Secularism, Darkness in El Dorado, Experiential Anthropology, Football, Human Terrain, Malta, Marathon Running, material culture, Neoliberal subjectivities, Performance, Politics of Europeanisation, Religion and Cognition, Ritual, Statues, The Impact Agenda, UK
Dr Laura Morosanu
Lecturer in Sociology
Research interests: intra-European mobility, Migration, Sociology, Transnationalism
Dr Linda Morrice
Senior Lecturer In Education
Research interests: citizenship, Education, Gender and Sexuality, Learning, Migration, refugees, Social cohesion, Social exclusion, Social identities
Prof Filippo Osella
Professor Of Anthropology And South Asian Studies
Research interests: anthropology of gender and masculinity, anthropology of Islam and Hinduism, anthropology of migration, anthropology of South Asia, anthropology of trade and entrepreneurship, charity & philanthropy, Economic anthropology, India, Pakistan, Persian/Arab Gulf GCC countries, Sri Lanka
Prof Ben Rogaly
Professor of Human Geography
Research interests: class, community, employment in agriculture and food, Identity, labour geography, migration studies, place, race and racism, social geography, work migration
Prof Paul Statham
Professor of Migration
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
Prof Maya Unnithan
Professor Of Social And Medical Anthropology
Research interests: caste and kinship, childbirth and infertility, gender and development, health and migration, human rights and reproductive health, maternal health inequalities, reproductive technologies, Social anthropology
Dr Katie Walsh
Senior Lecturer in Geography
Research interests: Ageing and the lifecourse, Belonging, British diaspora, Britishness, Domestic material culture, Dubai, Expatriate migration, family studies, Highly Skilled migration, Home, Home-making practices, Intimacy, Intimacy and transnational kinship relations, Migration and diaspora, The politics of domesticity
A Masters degree in a subject area relevant to your research. In exceptional circumstances, candidates with other backgrounds may be considered. Applicants must submit an outline research proposal of two to three pages indicating the nature, ambitions and primary questions of the project
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.
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?
Postgraduate Masters Loan
MPhil students might be eligible for a Postgraduate Masters Loan. This is not available for students registering for a PhD.
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.
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.
Life at Sussex
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