PhD
4 years full time, 6 years part time
Choose to start in September 2017, January 2018 or May 2018

Human Rights

Human rights at Sussex goes beyond a narrow legalistic approach. You’ll work with expert faculty, exploring how humans are socially embedded in wider processes of:

  • poverty
  • violence
  • identity
  • globalisation
  • the emergence of global forms of governance.

You’ll benefit from our strong international networks. Our faculty have undertaken consultancy in a range of human rights fields and regional contexts.

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.

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:

Find out how to apply for a PhD at Sussex

Faculty

Explore our research interests and find a potential supervisor.

  • Faculty profiles

    Prof Rupert Brown
    Professor of Social Psychology
    R.Brown@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Acculturation, hate crime, Identity, Immigration, Intergroup relations, post-conflict reconciliation, Prejudice, Prejudice reduction, refugees, Social psychology, team-building in organisations

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    Dr Rachel Burr
    Senior Teaching Fellow in Education
    R.Burr@sussex.ac.uk

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    Prof Jane Cowan
    Professor of Social Anthropology
    J.Cowan@sussex.ac.uk

    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

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    Dr Elizabeth Craig
    Senior Lecturer
    Elizabeth.Craig@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Bills of Rights, Constitutional Law, Culture, Identity, International human rights, Language rights, Minority Rights

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    Prof Stefan Elbe
    Professor of International Relations
    S.Elbe@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Biosecurity, Bioterrorism, Global health, Infection, International security, Pandemic Preparedness

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    Dr Nigel Eltringham
    Senior Lecturer in Anthropology
    N.P.Eltringham@sussex.ac.uk

    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

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    Prof James Fairhead
    Professor of Social Anthropology
    J.R.Fairhead@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Ebola, Environmental Anthropology, Green Economy, Health, Historical Anthropology, International Development, New Guinea, West Africa

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    Dr James Hampshire
    Reader in Politics
    J.A.Hampshire@sussex.ac.uk

    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

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    Dr David Karp
    Senior Lecturer In International Relations
    D.Karp@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Ethics, Human Rights, International Business and Human Rights, International human rights, International Political Theory, International theory, Law and Responsibility, non-state actors, Political Philosophy, political theory, Security studies, Transnational corporations

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    Mr Zdenek Kavan
    Associate Tutor
    Z.Kavan@sussex.ac.uk

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    Dr Mark Leopold
    Lecturer in Social Anthropology
    M.A.Leopold@sussex.ac.uk

    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

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    Prof Jan Selby
    Professor of International Relations
    J.Selby@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: environmental security, Israel-Palestine, Peace processes

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    Dr Charlotte Skeet
    Lecturer in Law
    C.H.Skeet@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Post-colonial legal theory

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    Dr Anna Stavrianakis
    Senior Lecturer in International Relations
    A.Stavrianakis@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: arms control, arms trade, militarisation, militarism, War and violence in international politics

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    Prof Maya Unnithan
    Professor Of Social And Medical Anthropology
    M.Unnithan@sussex.ac.uk

    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

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Entry requirements

A Masters degree in a discipline relevant to your chosen area of research. Applicants should also submit an outline research proposal (four to five pages) indicating the nature, ambitions and primary questions of the research project.

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?

Postgraduate Masters Loan

MPhil students might be eligible for a Postgraduate Masters Loan. This is not available for students registering for a PhD.

Scholarships

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 Shared Scholarship (2017)

Commonwealth Scholarships for Master’s and PhD study in the UK are offered for citizens of developing Commonwealth countries.

Application deadline:

29 March 2017

Find out more about the Commonwealth Shared Scholarship

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.