Postgraduate Study

The University offers a broad range of postgraduate courses across the arts and humanities, the social sciences and science, engineering and medicine.

  • Our portfolio is based on principles of interdisciplinarity, research-led teaching in an international context, inclusiveness, diversity and citizenship.
  • Sussex continuously develops attractive new postgraduate provision in areas of academic demand – with specialist courses within areas such as business and finance, climate change, cancer cell biology, computing and digital media, filmmaking, international security, journalism and museum curating.
  • We enjoy many successful business collaborations, enabling our taught courses to be informed by industry.
  • We also offer an exciting range of research opportunities within a research environment where in 2014 98% of our research was ranked as ‘world-leading’, ‘internationally excellent’, or ‘internationally recognized (Research Excellence Framework 2014).
  • The university offers more than 150 taught Masters courses, over 50 research courses (PhD) and a number of intensive conversion courses with routes to a profession in law, teaching, psychology and social work.

Subject areas for postgraduate study

Arts and Humanities

  • American studies, Art history, English, Gender, History, Media and film, Music, Philosophy

Social Sciences

  • Anthropology, Business and management, Economics, Education and social work, Geography, International development, International relations, Migration, Law, Politics, Sociology, Science policy research


  • Astronomy, Engineering, Informatics, Life sciences, Mathematics, Medicine and health studies, Physics, Psychology

Support for postgraduate students

Financial support

  • We are committed to rewarding excellence and supporting our students to undertake postgraduate study by offering a wide range of Masters scholarships that few other universities can match. We also offer over 100 PhD awards annually.


  • We provide guaranteed dedicated postgraduate accommodation for research students in their first year and for non-EU masters students.

Learning resources and academic support

  • Whether a taught or research postgraduate student we provide top class learning resources and extensive academic support throughout your time at Sussex.

International  students

  • With over 4,600 international students and teaching and research staff from 120 countries, we offer an excellent package for international students with extensive support both prior to arrival and during your studies at Sussex.

What do Postgraduate Students Study?

The 3,390 postgraduate students enrolled in the academic year 2014/15 comprise:

Mode of study

  • Full Time 76%
  • Part Time 24%


  • UK 57%
  • EU 8%
  • Other 35%

Numbers of Students by Subject Area

Subject Research Taught Total
Social studies 251 660 911
Business & administrative studies 38 454 492
Education 67 404 471
Biological sciences 163 170 333
Physical sciences 131 54 185
Historical & philosophical studies 71 97 168
Mass communications & documentation 12 135 147
Law 39 103 142
Languages 61 80 141
Engineering & technology 37 55 92
Computer science 29 62 91
Creative arts & design 36 29 65
Mathematical sciences 44 16 60
Subjects allied to medicine 16 0 16

Postgraduate Courses

Type of Qualification:

Mode of study:

Postgraduate Fees and Funding

The following are the typical annual course fees for postgraduate students submitted to us by the university (Reddin Survey of University Tuition Fees 2016–2017):

Type of Course Taught Postgraduate
Classroom £7,500
Mixed -
Laboratory £9,000
Clinical -