4 years full time, 6 years part time
Choose to start in September 2017, January 2018 or May 2018
Our outstanding research output – along with our expertise in social, cultural, economic, transnational, environmental and digital history – makes Sussex an excellent choice for pursuing a PhD in History.
Our faculty research, teach and write about history in Britain, Europe and across the globe. This means you’ll be supervised by leading practitioners in your field.
Areas of study
We welcome research proposals in all aspects of:
- modern European history
- British history since 1700
- American history
- digital history
- global history
- the history of science and the environment
- the history of North Africa, the Middle East and Asia.
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 Research and Enterprise Co-ordinator Fiona Allan at email@example.com
Explore our research interests and find a potential supervisor.
- Faculty profiles
Dr Anne-Marie Angelo
Lecturer In American History
Research interests: African American history, African diasporas, American History, Archives, black British history, Black Power, Cultural History, history and theory, history of creativity, Memory, Middle East and North Africa, Migration, Photography History, Theory and Practice, Post-Colonial Studies, race and ethnicity in global perspective, Television History, Theory and Criticism, Transnational history
Dr Hester Barron
Senior Lecturer in History
Research interests: childhood, class, coal mining, Education, History, labour, parenting, Politics, Second World War, society, twentieth century
Prof Robert Cook
Professor of American History
Research interests: History, Political History
Dr Vinita Damodaran
Professor of South Asian History
Research interests: Climate change, Energy, environmental history, Global history, indigenous peoples, Mining, South Asian history
Dr Tom Davies
Lecturer in American History
Research interests: 'race' and class, African American history, American History, American Studies, History
Dr Jim Endersby
Reader In The History Of Science
Research interests: charles darwin, darwinism, history and sociology of experimental organisms, history of botany, history of evolution, history of genetics, History of Science/Medicine/Technology, history of taxonomy and classification, History of the 19th and 20th-century life sciences, Hugo de Vries, Joseph Dalton Hooker, Oenothera Lamarckiana, science fiction, The Mutation Theory
Prof Martin Evans
Professor Of Modern European History
Research interests: European history
Prof Richard Follett
Professor Of American History
Research interests: American History, Atlantic History, Brazilian Football, Caribbean History, Emancipation, Historical Demography, Latin America, Plantation Societies, Public Health (Eighteenth & Nineteenth Centuries), Race Relations, Slavery, Sugar
Prof Martin Francis
Professor of War and History
Research interests: Comparative History, Empire, Feature Film, gender, Male and Female Fashion, Modern British history, Second World War
Prof Ian Gazeley
Professor of Economic History
Research interests: Food Consumption, Household Budgets, Living Standards, Nutrition, Poverty and inequality, Skill Differentials, Wages
Prof Tim Hitchcock
Professor Of Digital History
Research interests: Cultural History, Digital history, Digital Humanities, Economic And Social History, Gender and Sexuality, History of London, oral history, Social exclusion
Dr Hilary Kalmbach
Lecturer in Middle East History
Research interests: Cosmopolitanism, Cross-cultural interactions, Cultural History, Digital history, Egypt, Gender and Sexuality, Global history, Global Islam, History, History of Gender, Islam, Islamic Studies, Middle East and African history, Middle Eastern and African Studies, Religious History, Syria
Prof Claire Langhamer
Professor Of Modern British History
Research interests: history of emotion, history of love, Modern British history, social and cultural history
Dr Maurizio Marinelli
Senior Lecturer In East Asian History
Research interests: Beijing, Chinese History, Chinese Politics, ecological civilisation, Europe and China relations, Global history, Hong Kong, Intellectual History, Tianjin, Urban China, Urban geography
Dr Iain McDaniel
Senior Lecturer In Intellectual History
Research interests: Caesarism, democracy, Eighteenth-Century History, History of Political Thought, Intellectual History, Nineteenth-Century History, Republicanism, Scottish Enlightenment
Dr Jacob Norris
Lecturer in Middle East History
Research interests: Global history, Imperial/Colonial History, Middle East and African history, migration studies, palestinian history
Dr Gideon Reuveni
Reader in History/Director of the Centrefor German Jewish Studies
Research interests: Judaism
Dr Katharina Rietzler
Lecturer in American History
Research interests: 20th C history, American History, charity & philanthropy, Diplomacy & International Relations, History of international law, history of the social sciences, history of think tanks and expertise, International History, International Organization, International theory, Liberal internationalism, Postcolonial/Decolonial theory, Transnational history
Prof Lucy Robinson
Professor in Collaborative History
Research interests: Alternative Spiritualities/New Religious Movements, British party politics, Cultural History, Digital history, Economic And Social History, Gender and Sexuality, Memory, pedagogy, Popular Music, Social identities, Trauma, War and the media, War Studies, Youth
Dr Darrow Schecter
Professor of Critical Theory and Modern European History
Research interests: Critical Theory, critique of instrumental reason, Foucault, Gramsci, legitimacy, Libertarian socialism, Pasolini, systems theory
Mr Gerardo Serra
Lecturer in Economic History
Research interests: African Economic HIstory, History of Economic Thought
Dr Claudia Siebrecht
Senior Lecturer in History
Research interests: History
Prof David Tal
Yossi Harel Chair In Modern Israel Studies
Research interests: arms control, disarmament, Israel-Palestine, Political History
Dr Christopher Warne
Research interests: Cultural History, European history, Everyday Life, Youth
Prof Clive Webb
Professor Of Modern American History
Research interests: Anglo-American relations, Political violence, race and ethnicity
A Masters degree in history or a related discipline, or an equivalent qualification.
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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