Entry requirements for UK applicants

We are looking for bright, enthusiastic and dedicated students to join our research community. We accept research applications from across the world.

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General entry requirements for UK students 

At Sussex, our usual entry requirements for UK and international students are: 

  • at least an upper second-class (2:1) undergraduate honours degree 
  • a Masters degree if you are applying for research degrees in the arts or social sciences.

We will also consider candidates who can demonstrate appropriate alternative learning such as experience gained in the workplace or professional qualifications.

If you are an international student see the international qualifications we accept.

Specific entry requirements for UK students

You must also meet our specific entry requirements for each research programme. These are listed with each PhD degree.


  • the grade required for your PhD
  • if you need to have a Masters qualification. 


For some research degrees we may ask you to attend an interview. 

If you are an international student, you may be interviewed over the phone or via Skype.

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