4 years full time, 6 years part time
Choose to start in September 2017, January 2018 or May 2018
Development Studies (IDS)
IDS is a world-leading centre in international development studies.
Our research is driven by the academic and policy-oriented activities of individual researchers, shaped by our unique ‘engaged excellence’ approach. This means working in partnership with those at the heart of the change we wish to see – including policy-makers, civil society, activists and practitioners – to produce and mobilise rigorous and operationally relevant research and evidence.
We are looking for PhD students interested in working on projects that respond to the following global challenges and their intersections:
- reducing inequality
- accelerating sustainability
- building inclusive, safe societies.
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
Dr Elizabeth Mills
Lecturer in International Development
Research interests: Biopolitics, Biosocial Research, Critical Gender Studies, Ebola, Embodiment and Technologies, Gender and Sexuality, HIV, HIV medicine, International Development, medical anthropology, Philosophy of Science, Photography art and politics, Political anthropology, Science and technology policy, Theories of Gender, Visual Anthropology and Media
Ms Rachel Sabates-Wheeler
Fellow in Gender & Development
A Masters degree in any relevant social science. 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.
Applicants must have substantial professional work experience in a developing country or in development- related work
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 7.0, with not less than 6.5 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?
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.