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:

  • childhood
  • gender
  • health
  • migration. 

We are an active, research-intensive department whose work on questions about sexuality, identity, ageing, policing, hate crime and violence is influencing public and policy debates worldwide. 

Areas of study

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


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

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    Dr June Edmunds
    Lecturer in Sociology

    Research interests: Asylum seeking, citizenship, Cosmopolitanism, Ethnic Politics, Generations, Human Rights, Migration, Muslims and European Politics, Racism

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    Dr Ben Fincham
    Senior Lecturer

    Research interests: Cycling, death, employment, fun, Gender and Sexuality, Happiness, masculinity, mobilities, suicide, Work

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    Dr James Hardie-Bick
    Senior Lecturer in Sociology and Criminology

    Research interests: Criminology, Self-identity, Social Theory, Sociology, Violence

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    Dr Suraj Lakhani
    Lecturer in Criminology & Sociology

    Research interests: Counter-terrorism, Criminology, Deviance, Policing, Radicalisation, Sociology, Terrorism and political violence, Violent extremism

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    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

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    Prof Luke Martell
    Professor of Political Sociology

    Research interests: alternative societies, global politics, political sociology, socialism, Sociology

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    Dr Hannah Mason-Bish
    Lecturer In Sociology And Criminology

    Research interests: disability, gender, hate crime, Social constructionism, victims

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    Dr Paul McGuinness
    Lecturer in Criminology and Sociology

    Research interests: Alternatives to Incarceration, Desistance, Erving Goffman, Habermas, Penology, Restorative justice

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    Prof Jo Moran-Ellis
    Professor Of Sociology

    Research interests: Childhood Studies, children's participation, humans and other animals, qualitative research methods, Research approaches

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    Dr Laura Morosanu
    Lecturer in Sociology

    Research interests: intra-European mobility, Migration, Sociology, Transnationalism

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    Prof 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

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    Prof Susie Scott
    Professor of Sociology

    Research interests: Erving Goffman, Nordic cultures, shyness, Social identities, Sociology, Symbolic Interactionism, total institutions

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    Dr Lizzie Seal
    Senior Lecturer in Sociology/Criminology

    Research interests: Criminology, Cultural History, gender, Violence

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    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

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    Prof Dean Wilson
    Professor of Criminology

    Research interests: Border Control, militarisation, Policing, Surveillance, Technology

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Entry requirements

A Masters degree in sociology or a related discipline, but applicants from other backgrounds may be considered

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?


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.