4 years full time, 6 years part time
Choose to start in September 2017, January 2018 or May 2018
Sociology at Sussex is an exciting place to pursue critical research in areas including criminology and interdisciplinary fields relating to:
We are an active, research-intensive department whose work – from questions about sexuality and identity, to health or justice policy, to social and political theory and action – is influencing public and policy debates worldwide.
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 Gerard Delanty
Professor of Sociology & Social & Political Thought
Research interests: capitalism, Cosmopolitanism, democracy, historical and political sociology, history and philosophy of the social sciences, modernity, Nationalism, Social and political theory, the european cultural and political heritage
Dr June Edmunds
Lecturer in Sociology
Research interests: Asylum seeking, citizenship, Cosmopolitanism, Ethnic Politics, Generations, Human Rights, Migration, Muslims and European Politics, Racism
Dr Ben Fincham
Research interests: Cycling, death, employment, fun, Gender and Sexuality, Happiness, masculinity, mobilities, suicide, Work
Dr James Hardie-Bick
Senior Lecturer in Sociology and Criminology
Research interests: Criminology, Self-identity, Social Theory, Sociology, Violence
Dr Suraj Lakhani
Lecturer in Criminology & Sociology
Research interests: Counter-terrorism, Criminology, Deviance, Policing, Radicalisation, Sociology, Terrorism and political violence, Violent extremism
Prof Karen Lowton
Professor in Sociology (Ageing and Health)
Research interests: Ageing, Cystic fibrosis, gerontology, Health and ageing, health and medicine, medical sociology, qualitative research methods, Research Ethics, Transplantation
Prof Luke Martell
Professor of Political Sociology
Research interests: alternative societies, global politics, political sociology, socialism, Sociology
Dr Hannah Mason-Bish
Lecturer In Sociology And Criminology
Research interests: disability, gender, hate crime, Social constructionism, victims
Dr Paul McGuinness
Lecturer in Criminology and Sociology
Research interests: Alternatives to Incarceration, Desistance, Erving Goffman, Habermas, Penology, Restorative justice
Prof Jo Moran-Ellis
Professor Of Sociology
Research interests: Childhood Studies, children's participation, humans and other animals, qualitative research methods, Research approaches
Dr Laura Morosanu
Lecturer in Sociology
Research interests: intra-European mobility, Migration, Sociology, Transnationalism
Dr Alison Phipps
Professor of Gender Studies
Research interests: Feminist theory, Gender and Sexuality, higher education, Laddism, neoliberalism, political sociology, Rape, Reproductive Justice, Sex industry, Sex work, Sexual harassment, sexual violence
Dr Susie Scott
Professor of Sociology
Research interests: Erving Goffman, Nordic cultures, shyness, Social identities, Sociology, Symbolic Interactionism, total institutions
Dr Lizzie Seal
Senior Lecturer in Sociology/Criminology
Research interests: Criminology, Cultural History, gender, Violence
Dr Catherine Will
Senior Lecturer in Sociology
Research interests: activism, citizenship, Consumer health, deliberation, Domestic material culture, Energy Efficiency, ethical consumption, Evidence and Policy, infrastructure politics, material culture and science, non-communicable diseases, Participation and engagement, Politics of (re)distribution and prioritisation, Science And Technology Studies, Social movements, Water Resources
A Masters degree in sociology or a related discipline, but applicants from other backgrounds may be considered
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?
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
School of Law, Politics and Sociology PhD scholarships (2017)
Full PhD fee waiver and potential stipend c£14,500 per annum
8 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.