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Section 3 of the University of Sussex postgraduate prospectus 2009. Visit www.sussex.ac.uk to view online or order a printed copy of the 2010 prospectus.

Section 3 of the University of Sussex postgraduate prospectus 2009. Visit www.sussex.ac.uk to view online or order a printed copy of the 2010 prospectus.

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  • Superb resources Research at Sussex Research at Sussex Postgraduate studies at Sussex From the excellent University Library, with its globally recognised Mass Observation Archive, to cutting-edge medical imaging equipment, the Postgraduate studies at Sussex resources available to postgraduate students at Sussex are impressive. Sussex is building on its strengths by investing in purpose-built facilities to enhance the research environment. Almost £20 million has been spent on research centres, including the BSMS Medical Research Building, The Freeman Centre and the Genome Damage and Stability Centre. T he University of Sussex is a leading research institution. Our reputation is international and our award-winning faculty are engaged in high-quality Similar investment is taking place in infrastructure and includes a new nuclear magnetic resonance facility and purpose-built apparatus in cryogenic research that is among scholarship across a broad range of subjects. Whether you the best in the world. The University has received millions of pounds from the Science Research are considering a postgraduate diploma, a Masters or Investment Fund (SRIF) to support our work in a DPhil you will be joining an institution committed to biological sciences, particle physics, and science your graduate education. and technology policy research. We are also home to the £4-million Centre of Excellence in Teaching and Learning in Creativity, with state-of- the-art facilities that encourage innovative work. Research excellence (a partnership between the Universities of Sussex Sussex has a dynamic and thriving research and Brighton) provides fruitful opportunities for Nurturing research talent culture. Our strengths range across the arts, biomedical research. For more information about Development of the flow of junior research talent social sciences, science and medicine, with the exciting and innovative research activity is important to us at Sussex. Overall applications excellence demonstrated both within individual at Sussex, see pages 8-13 and the individual to postgraduate research study at Sussex subjects and across thematic areas. subject entries (pages 41-170). continue to grow, and we have launched a new junior research associate scheme, which will fund In the latest Times Higher University World Collaborative links 40 undergraduate students in summer 2008 to Rankings 2007, Sussex is ranked in the top 25 At Sussex we recognise the importance of in the UK, the top 50 in Europe and the top 150 develop skills in preparation for research. supporting research through collaboration. in the world. Within those rankings, Sussex We have important academic partnerships Funding opportunities is ranked 5th overall in the UK in terms of the with, among others, American Express and We recognise that finding funding for impact of its research. In science we are ranked Rolls-Royce, with the Thermo-Fluid Mechanics postgraduate study can seem daunting, but 7th in the UK for the impact and influence of our Research Centre based on campus. In 2008 we choosing a university with a strong reputation in research (Thomson Scientific Index 2007, for the announced a new strategic partnership with the graduate education can make your task easier. period 2002-06). Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, which will enable The quality of research at Sussex means that Our status as a leading research university was us to work together on important research across we attract a high level of funding every year. In confirmed in the Higher Education Funding plant sciences and the wealth of historic archive art and scientific materials. addition, there are the schemes that Sussex Council’s (HEFCE) 2001 Research Assessment operates to provide financial help to both UK Exercise (RAE). Every one of our subject areas We have also been able to announce a major and non-UK students. For example we have was rated either grade 4 or 5, recognising collaborative partnership with a consortium a graduate assistantship scheme for doctoral research of national and international standard of five other university physics departments students, and a range of scholarships such as respectively. Over 90 per cent of staff are with the creation of the South East Physics the Chancellor’s International Scholarship. researching at this high level, the majority in Network (SEPNet), funded by £12.5 million of areas of international excellence. In the 2008 government grants to support vital UK science For more information, see pages 176-186. RAE we are looking to improve our position still research, teaching and development. further. Over the last year, many research areas have Cross-disciplinary research at the Centre for Computational Neuroscience and Robotics received increased research income, particularly is exploiting the interfaces between biological and computational sciences. By studying from national research councils and other high- the navigation techniques of insects such as ants and bees, we are advancing biological profile funding agencies. Approximately one knowledge as well as developing new kinds of robotic systems fifth of our overall income, some £22.5 million, comes from our research activity. Distinguished faculty Sussex’s international reputation helps to attract leading researchers. We are proud to have counted three Nobel Prize winners, 13 Fellows of the Royal Society, six Fellows of the British Academy and a winner of the prestigious Crafoord Prize on our faculty. A pioneering approach to interdisciplinarity A refusal to be confined by traditional disciplinary boundaries characterises some of the most distinctive research at Sussex. For example, research in English and other literatures enjoys a strong international reputation, and the prominence of researchers working in critical theory exemplifies our interdisciplinary approach, while the Brighton and Sussex Medical School 7
  • Rodriguez’s Research at Sussex: arts career perspective Research at Sussex: arts Postgraduate studies at Sussex ‘I x was attracted to study at the University of Sussex Postgraduate studies at Sussex because of its reputation as an extremely forward- x thinking place. When I was looking for a supervisor x for x my thesis, I was drawn to Sussex because I knew I x needed someone who was embedded in a lively and vibrant research community. The vision and open- x mindedness of my supervisor greatly impressed me, x and x I found that he was able to help and encourage me x throughout. ‘My thesis examined the importance of dance in x African culture and analysed the ways in which x the x importance attributed to dance survived the I n the past four decades the University of Sussex has established itself as a leading research university in the arts and humanities. American studies, art history, Atlantic crossing and the traumatic experience of the xx slave trade and persisted in the new communities x established among the slaves in the plantations x of x the Caribbean. This dance survival has already English, European literature and culture, history, aroused interest in a number of academic studies x and much useful work has been done over what was x linguistics and English language, music and philosophy culturally lost and over what survived from African xx culture as a result of the horrifying experience x all have reputations for excellence and innovation. of x slavery. ‘As x a result of my studies at Sussex I was able to x obtain a full-time senior lecturing post at the University of Lincoln.’ The Centre for Material Digital Culture was Rodriguez King-Dorset Research in the arts DPhil in the field of Sussex has always moved beyond the established to co-ordinate research into the American studies boundaries of single disciplines, questioning cultural impacts of new media systems. and challenging received ideas. Sussex has The Centre for Modernist Studies provides a pioneered interdisciplinary studies in the focus for the interdisciplinary study of Anglo- humanities, unifying a strong focus on historical American and European traditions in literary and study with the exploration of modern and cultural modernism. post-modern theory. Excellence in the arts and humanities was confirmed by the last Research The Centre for Research in Opera and Music Assessment Exercise, which awarded a top Theatre is a national and international centre for rating to American studies, English, art history, research and development in the practice and philosophy and music. theory of contemporary opera, musical theatre and multimedia performance. The international status of Sussex and Sussex arts and humanities was powerfully The Centre for the Study of Sexual Dissidence demonstrated by the most recent Times Higher draws together and promotes new work on Education Supplement’s World University lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, transsexual Rankings 2007, in which the University was and transgender studies from a wide range of Masters and research programmes ranked in the top 25 in the UK, top 50 in Europe, disciplines in the arts and humanities. Support for postgraduate study is organised and top 150 in the world. In the most recent across our arts and humanities departments, The Centre for Visual Fields is designed to foster (2006) top 100 Arts and Humanities Universities creating a research community of postgraduate research in a wide range of interests in visual rankings, Sussex was placed 13th in the UK and students and academic staff. Building on studies, across media, disciplines and cultures. 62nd internationally. existing strengths and faculty interests, we The Centre for War, Representation and promote pioneering research and teaching Research centres in the arts Society brings together a number of Sussex across disciplines. Sussex supports several interdisciplinary faculty around the central idea that war had a research centres: Individual subject entries for these areas can be fundamental effect on British society in the long found under: The Centre for Colonial and Post-Colonial Studies 20th century. • American studies (pages 42-43) reflects significant interdisciplinary interest in the The Cunliffe Centre for the Study of the American histories and cultures of colonialism, and in post- South facilitates research in the social, political, • Art history (pages 48-49) colonial studies. economic and cultural history of the American • Creative writing (pages 72-73) The Centre for Early Modern Studies has been South from the colonial period to the present. • English language teaching (page 98) established to pursue interdisciplinary research The Sussex Centre for Byzantine Cultural History • English literature (pages 99-102) in all areas of the early modern period, broadly brings together art historians, textual scholars 1350-1800. • Gender studies (pages 106-108) and archaeologists from the Universities of Sussex, Newcastle and Queen’s, Belfast. • History (pages 115-120) The Centre for German-Jewish Studies is concerned with the contribution made by The Sussex Centre for Cultural Studies brings • Linguistics and English language German-speaking Jewish communities to together scholars from across disciplines to (pages 128-129) modern European civilisation. support the highly distinctive and successful • Media and film studies (pages 134-137) The Centre for Intellectual History was research work at Sussex in cultural studies. • Music (pages 142-143) established to continue the University’s • Philosophy (pages 146-147). distinguished tradition in intellectual history while widening the agenda to include the history Support for students of philosophy and religious thought and their Sussex offers a stimulating intellectual, connections with science. social and physical environment for students and faculty. Alongside study rooms for DPhil The Centre for Literature and Philosophy builds students, we provide a common room, which on Sussex’s long tradition of fruitful collaboration offers a meeting place and a venue for events. between literature and philosophy and develops new areas of enquiry addressing issues that arise We have an effective and friendly system of at the intersection of the two disciplines. student support, valued by younger and mature postgraduates alike for listening and advising. 8
  • Research training Research at Sussex: arts Postgraduate studies at Sussex Core research education is provided in MA courses and research supervision. Also, across the arts and humanities we organise a series of seminars and workshops, focusing on research training, method and methodology for taught and research postgraduate students. The starting point for this interdisciplinary approach to research education is the recognition that, within the arts and humanities, most issues are subject to important intellectual controversy. Thus, the main objective of research training at Sussex is to stimulate reflection on some of the central issues concerning theory and research in the arts and humanities, provoking broad- ranging discussion. Sessions on subjects such as bibliographical research, databases, competing approaches, the use of evidence, and textual and visual archives are accompanied by discussions on publishing, sessions on academic writing, preparation for the viva and careers, and advice on funding. We also provide graduate workshops that give research students the opportunity to present and discuss their findings in the setting of an interdisciplinary academic conference. Graduate seminars, work-in-progress sessions, and colloquia feature regularly in many MA and research programmes. These occasions generate all kinds of social and intellectual European Co-operation Shamira’s networks. From its inception, the University of Sussex perspective has been strongly committed to European ‘I x became interested in my subject while writing cooperation, and Sussex now offers one of my x MA dissertation and was attracted to Sussex the best-supported European study abroad because of its history of interdisciplinary study. x programmes in Britain. SOCRATES grants provide As x my thesis includes postcolonial and queer theory, MA and research students in the humanities with it x has been absolutely vital that both strands of my substantial opportunities to study and undertake work have been supported. I’ve been able to attend x research at one of our European partner colloquia and seminars in specific and related x institutions. We are developing postgraduate subjects and these have been incredibly useful for x programmes and projects with the universities furthering ideas and developing my thesis. x Kevin’s of Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, Bologna, Cluj, ‘Despite being a part-time student I’ve managed, x perspective Gröningen, Helsinki, Konstanz, Lyon and Perugia. with the support of my supervisor and the x postgraduate community here, to gain teaching x ‘I x first came to Sussex as an undergraduate and I’m Funding and scholarships experience and also to present at conferences. xx x now researching a history DPhil looking at the Nuremberg and Tokyo International Military Trials For information on funding and scholarships, see Sussex has been very supportive of postgraduate x x after the Second World War. x pages 17 and 182-186. students and three of us have set up sus(sex)ualities, x which is a student-led seminar series on sexual x ‘Engagement with the postgraduate community at x themes. As a university-wide research space, it’s led x Sussex has been really enjoyable, providing many x x some excellent discussions. to opportunities, in my case, to become involved in x ‘When I was considering where to apply for doctoral xx organising conferences and working on the student- x studies I knew that I wanted to be somewhere with x run x online contemporary history journal a strong and active postgraduate community, (www.sussex.ac.uk/history/1-4-1.html). x because for me, this is the key to developing. I can x ‘The journal offers opportunities to engage with x honestly say that despite all the warnings about x postgraduate research around the UK and beyond. x “the lonely life of a research student”, I’ve yet to As x x all articles within it are reviewed by external experience this!’ reviewers, it works in much the same way as any x well-regarded print journal. Involvement with it, x Shamira A Meghani therefore, stands as great experience to add to an x DPhil in English academic CV. The same can be said of my work as an x associate tutor, which has helped not only with my x confidence in teaching but also in considering wider xx perspectives relating to my own research. This is an x experience I couldn’t have envisaged before starting my DPhil, but it’s been invaluable.’ Kevin Reynolds DPhil in History Further information For further details of programmes and for specific contact information, refer to the subject entries dealing with the research area or subject of your interests (pages 41-170). 9
  • Raquel’s Research at Sussex: perspective Research at Sussex: science Postgraduate studies at Sussex ‘After having done my first degree and my MPhil x science in Pure Maths, I wanted to move into studying x applications, so I started looking for a place to study x Applied Maths. Sussex has a strong group in this x field and that was what attracted me to study here x Postgraduate studies at Sussex as x a visiting DPhil student for a short stay of six months. The experience was fantastic. I found an x amazing and friendly atmosphere where I could work x and x exchange ideas – not just with my postgraduate colleagues but also with the faculty members x who are very inspiring and approachable. All this, x combined with my ambition to become a researcher x S ussex offers exciting research opportunities for postgraduate study in a wide variety of related scientific disciplines. The University has been home to the research of three Nobel Prize helped me decide to study at Sussex. xx ‘I’ve really enjoyed studying in such an engaging x and x dynamic environment. As part of my DPhil I’ve had x the opportunity to become a graduate teaching assistant – I’ve found this experience incredibly x winners in science and the winner of the prestigious Crafoord rewarding. I really enjoy being able to help the x Prize (in biosciences). We have many Fellows of the Royal undergraduates throughout their studies.’ Society on our staff, with another elected in 2007. Raquel Barreira DPhil in Mathematics Research in science Biology Sussex offers many opportunities for research Genes and development; aspects of animal and activity that crosses subject boundaries behaviour; plant science; evolution and both within sciences and across the University natural selection (including the application to the arts and social sciences. One of the major of mathematical theory) and ecology and driving forces in current research at Sussex is conservation. There is also a considerable the interdisciplinary approach to the pursuit of overlap in research interests with the Genome knowledge at the important interfaces between Damage and Stability Centre, and the subjects. environmental science, biochemistry and neuroscience groups. Research groups and centres in science Chemistry The research activity of Sussex in its science Chemical biology, polymer science; Neuroscience departments is organised into research groups, nanotechnology and molecular enzymology; Fundamental studies of the molecular, which are focal points for faculty, research staff chemical physics and spectroscopy; natural cellular, electrophysiological and behavioural and graduate students with common research product synthesis; synthetic methodology; mechanisms of brain function including sensory interests. Research at Sussex is carried out in organic synthesis and reactions; organometallic physiology, hearing research, vision, motor a flexible and adaptive fashion with recognised chemistry; materials science; transition metal, control, learning and memory. centres of excellence acting as focal points for main group and f-element chemistry; cluster multidisciplinary interests. science; and theoretical chemistry. Physics and astronomy Membership of the research groups and centres Research is organised into a number of groups: Engineering and design Astronomy Centre; Atomic, Molecular and of excellence can be quite informal and it is not Research is organised into a number of groups: unusual for faculty and their research students Optical Physics; Experimental Particle Physics; Automotive Dynamics and Control Group; and Theoretical Particle Physics. to participate in the activities of more than one Centre for Physical Electronics and Quantum of them. Technology; Communications and Space Science Psychology Research Group; Industrial Informatics and Research is organised into five groups: Biological Many research groups have strong links with Manufacturing Systems Research Centre; and and Clinical Psychology, Cognition and Language, particular taught Masters degree programmes. the Thermo-Fluid Mechanics Research Centre. Developmental Psychology, Perception and Typically, these groups hold regular meetings, Communication, as well as Social and Health often weekly and with external speakers, to Environmental science Psychology. discuss ongoing or published research and to Processes controlling the mobility, persistence plan future objectives. and availability of toxic substances in soil and Support for students An overview of the research activities in science aquatic systems. Environmental hazards, Sussex provides a supportive environment in is provided below. For more detailed information sampling and uncertainty, endocrine disruption, which to undertake challenging taught and on subjects of particular interest and the work and genotoxicology. research science degrees. of specific research groups and centres of Generally, support for Masters students is excellence, refer to the subject entries in this Informatics Research is organised into a number of groups: provided by the programme convenor and the prospectus starting on page 41 or go to dissertation supervisor, and for research students www.sussex.ac.uk/about/research Centre for VLSI and Computer Graphics; by a supervisor and a co-supervisor, or a thesis Evolutionary and Adaptive Systems; Foundations committee. Biochemistry of Computing; Human-Centred Technology; Structural biology; gene expression and cell Natural Language Processing; Philosophy of A monitoring committee, chaired by a signalling and genomics; genome stability and AI and Cognitive Science; Representation and departmental research degree convenor, receives cancer. There is considerable overlap in research Cognition; and the Systems Group. formal reports from all research students and interests between these areas and with other supervisors and co-supervisors, monitors student Mathematics areas within life sciences, such as the Genome progress and advises on research plans. Research is organised into a number of groups: Damage and Stability Centre, the Brighton and Analysis and Partial Differential Equations; Directors of Doctoral Studies and Directors of Sussex Medical School (BSMS) and the new Mathematics Applied to Biology; and Numerical Taught Programmes oversee the whole process. Centre for Chemical Biology. Analysis and Scientific Computing. Professional student advisors are also available. These members of faculty are assisted by the student welfare office, which is overseen by the Director of Student Support. 10
  • Wider academic activity As part of their research training, many research Sussex is the centre for a wide range of activity, students take courses in their first year, often Research at Sussex: science Postgraduate studies at Sussex and the informal atmosphere enables students drawn from courses available to Masters to get to know each other and the research students. teams, very quickly. Some departments and research groups You will quickly become associated with, and organise annual residential conferences for all integrated into, one or more of the research their research students, providing an excellent groups mentioned above. opportunity to present work and meet other students. Students are also encouraged to Importantly these groups also provide a broader present their work at national and international and informal framework of additional academic events of various kinds and some financial support. For example, they are the focal point for support is available to fund this. a wide range of activities enabling you to become familiar with the various technologies that are Research/industry links available to you and to draw on the wide range of Research is motivated by social, economic research expertise that exists at Sussex. and industrial needs. Strong links have been developed with local and national industry – not Every week during term time, across the least because most practical problems requiring University, there is an enormous range of research also demand an interdisciplinary research seminars to choose from, some of approach. We have many links with industry, which will be highly focused on areas of special especially in the agrochemical, engineering, relevance to your research, and others that will pharmaceutical and IT sectors. Support is provide a much broader perspective in science, provided in the form of staff consultancy and joint philosophy, sociology and the arts. projects, including support for students (CASE We regard participation in a selection of these awards). events as an essential part of the postgraduate Relationships with industry are further exemplified experience. in the University’s Innovation Centre, where Postgraduate skills training – several of the companies are involved in research research students areas pursued by Sussex. MPhil and DPhil degrees are awarded primarily Professional engineering standards are of for research, but there is recognition of the particular concern to the University, and are need for a broader formal training for graduate regulated by the professional bodies. Our students, particularly in transferable skills. involvement is reflected in the senior positions Research students participate in the Graduate held by our members of staff in engineering Raj’s Training Programme, which includes a series institutions such as the Institution of Mechanical career perspective of lectures and seminars providing a grounding Engineers. ‘Having completed a BEng in Computer Systems x in research and career skills such as health Social activities Engineering at Sussex I decided I wanted to continue x and safety, tutoring and demonstrating skills, There is a Student Committee, whose members my x studies here by taking on a Masters degree. My research methods and techniques, experimental welcome and look after new students, and eventual aim was to start my own web technology x design and statistics, computing skills, library arrange social functions and parties for students business. Sussex is one of the world-leading x and presentation skills, project management, and staff. They also represent student interests universities in this field, so I knew that I wanted to x and career development. on the relevant University committees. We stay here. x ‘I found the University’s emphasis on research x All science postgraduates are eligible for also organise welcome and induction day, and and x the facilities available in the labs to be really training in skills such as time management, social functions. A variety of intramural sports useful throughout my studies. On the MRes in x project management, science writing, interview and games are organised on an informal basis Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence we x techniques and communication skills. Courses within the science departments and across the were encouraged to mix and match courses to suit x are delivered by members of the University and University. our x x interests. This meant I was able to focus my specialist external consultants. attention on the areas of computer science that I x Funding and scholarships knew I wanted to specialise in. x Many of these courses are provided by the For information on funding and scholarships, see ‘Another fantastic thing about the University is the x Science Postgraduate Support Group throughout pages 17 and 182-186. societies in the Student Union. I was the president of x the academic year. Opportunities are also the x Asian Society and an active member of ilumus – available to pursue topics relevant to future the Student Enterprise Society. Both helped me work careers, such as intellectual property rights, Further information on x my leadership skills and get a taste of what I could budgetary control and grant writing. You will also For further details of programmes and for expect in business. x be encouraged to present your work regularly specific contact information, refer to the subject ‘Now, together with a Brighton-based entrepreneur x within the University and at national and entries dealing with the research area or subject and x researcher, I’m running my own business, international research conferences. of your interests (pages 41-170). Kwiqq.com, a social networking software. x We’re based at the Sussex Innovation Centre, a x business incubator on campus and, via the Career x Development and Employment Centre, we look to x get x students involved in our business. I really like the fact x that the Innovation Centre was where I began my career – I was a computer science intern here during x my x BEng, so it’s really rewarding to have established my business here.’ Raj Anand MRes in Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence 11
  • Kavita’s Research at Sussex: Research at Sussex: social sciences Postgraduate studies at Sussex career perspective ‘I x studied Migration Studies at Sussex having social sciences previously worked in the voluntary sector both in the x UK x and abroad. I chose this programme because I wanted to further my career by developing specialist x knowledge in a field that really interested me: x Postgraduate studies at Sussex refugees and migration. x ‘I x was attracted to study this at Sussex because the x structure of the programme was broad but the choice of courses also gave you the opportunity to x specialise by focusing on quite specific elements x such as forced migration. Another benefit of the x O degree was that we were given the option to take x ur research work in the social sciences is committed to courses from other MA degree programmes, which xx cutting-edge and critical research that addresses key I x took advantage of by learning about international human rights and humanitarian law. This gave me x social, economic, political, technological, environmental and a x great overview of how institutions function in refugee-producing crises. x cultural transformations in the contemporary world. Sussex ‘One of the greatest advantages of having a x has an international reputation for interdisciplinary research postgraduate degree in Migration Studies is that it x puts you well above the competition, especially when x and specialises in comparative and cross-cultural approaches. applying for jobs in the refugee sector. In addition to x this, the Research Methods course offered at Sussex x and x the opportunities to work on short-term research projects advertised through the Department meant x that I developed a great working knowledge of the x Research in the social sciences • Justice and Violence Research Centre research process that was crucial to helping me x Much of our work looks out from the University to secure jobs in this area. I now work as a research x • Sussex Centre for Migration Research provide essential knowledge and skills relevant project co-ordinator at the Refugee Council. I feel x • Sussex Energy Group that without the degree and the other skills I got from x for the complexities of the 21st century and to • Sussex European Institute Sussex, I wouldn’t be where I am today.’ enable positive change in individuals and their societies. We are also home to world-leading institutions Kavita Brahmbhatt Our stimulating and accessible programmes such as the Institute for Development Studies MA in Migration Studies provide opportunities for learning, reflection and (IDS) and SPRU – Science and Technology Policy debate in a vibrant environment. We value the Research. existing experience of our postgraduates and www.sussex.ac.uk/about/research are especially concerned to equip people with Masters and research programmes the advanced knowledge and skills necessary to Sussex offers a wide range of exciting understand the present and make the most of postgraduate opportunities through a variety of their future. taught and research degrees. You can find our Sussex research also influences and is involved social sciences programmes under the headings: in policy and practice in fields such as education, • Anthropology (pages 44-46) social work, community development, and law. • Archaeology (page 47) In the most recent top 100 rankings published by • Contemporary European studies (pages the Times Higher Education Supplement (2006), 69-71) Sussex was ranked in the top 10 in the UK and in the top 70 institutions worldwide for the social • Creative writing (pages 72-73) MSc programmes in research sciences. • Development studies (pages 74-82) methods If you wish to study for a research degree in Research centres in the social • Economics (pages 83-85) the social sciences, or if you want to learn sciences • Education and teaching (pages 86-90) about research methods, you might want to Sussex is home to a number of leading • Finance (pages 104-105) consider our innovative MSc programmes in interdisciplinary research centres of excellence, research methods. We offer two distinct MSc which provide an unrivalled interdisciplinary • Gender studies (pages 106-108) programmes: context for the study of the contemporary world: • Geography (pages 109-113) • MSc in Comparative and Cross-Cultural • Centre for Analysis of Regional Integration at • Globalisation, ethnicity and culture (page 114) Research Methods Sussex • History (pages 115-120) • MSc in Social Research Methods. • Centre for Colonial and Post-Colonial Studies • Human rights (page 121) These programmes are also designed as stand- • Centre for Educational Innovation • International relations (pages 122-124) alone one-year Masters for those who wish to • Centre for Gender Studies apply advanced research methodologies to • Law (pages 125-127) an area of academic or policy interest without • Centre for Higher Education and • Management (pages 130-131) continuing to a doctorate. Equity Research • Media and film studies (pages 134-137) See individual subject pages for full details. • Centre for International Education • Medicine and health studies (pages 138-139) • Centre for Life History and Life Writing Masters programmes support • Migration studies (pages 140-141) The University offers a range of distinct Masters Research • Politics (pages 151-152) programmes, which provides the opportunity to • Centre for Research in Health and Medicine • Science and technology policy and explore in-depth a specific area of research or • Centre for Responsibilities, Rights and the Law policy and practice. management (pages 158-161) • Centre for Social and Political Thought Programmes last for one year, and largely follow • Social and political thought (pages 162-163) • Centre for the Study of Parties and a common structure that includes both core and • Social work and social care pages 164-166) Democracies in Europe optional elements and a final dissertation. • Sociology (pages 167-168). • Centre for World Environmental History Our MA programmes are offered both by • Culture, Development and Environment Centre departments and by our Interdisciplinary Research Centres. 12
  • One advantage of this arrangement is that it Research at Sussex: social sciences Postgraduate studies at Sussex is usually possible for you to take one course outside your own programme, allowing you to benefit from the range of expertise at Sussex, as well as its depth in your particular subject area. We also benefit from close international links with other research centres of excellence, international organisations and businesses, making it possible, in some cases, to conduct your final dissertation in a specific intellectual or policy context outside Sussex. Our research centres and groups regularly hold seminars and activities in which postgraduate students are an integral part, exploring research ideas and activities. Research programmes Along with taught programmes, we provide a base for both disciplinary and interdisciplinary research programmes leading to the degrees of MPhil and DPhil. Reflecting our approach to research, we have a research training programme in Comparative and Cross-Cultural Research Methods, which provides core training in the philosophy of social science, research design, and qualitative and quantitative research methods and analysis, as Research at IDS feeds into safer village planning Alex’s well as a range of specialist courses in specific It is also the basis for our New Route DPhil, career perspective methodologies and techniques of analysis. which offers overseas students an integrated ‘I did the Common Professional Examination (CPE) x programme of coursework and research over at x Sussex. It was a great experience; the programme These research training courses are available a four-year period (see pages 14-15 for more was x exceptionally well taught and immediately to all research students throughout their period information). awakened my interest in criminal and public law. x of study, and may be required in the first year of ‘It x didn’t feel like a crammer – we spent time thinking registration for those who have not already taken Student support about the issues, not just passing the exams. I did x similar courses at postgraduate level. Those who Student support is provided by a personal tutor pupillage at commercial and criminal sets and my x complete a certain number of courses may be or programme convenor for each Masters practice is now a mixture of criminal, public and x eligible for the award of a Postgraduate Diploma programme, and by supervisors and a research human rights law. x or Certificate in Comparative and Cross-Cultural convenor for research students. ‘Since joining the Matrix Chambers my cases have x Research Methods. included acting for Liberty in the Belmarsh case x It is practice in many departments for each in x the House of Lords, on detention without trial In addition, we offer a formal 1+3 route to research student to have two supervisors, to of x xsuspected terrorists, and defending the Chief doctoral study, in which the first year is spent allow continuity of supervision during periods of Executive and Railtrack in the Hatfield rail crash x on research training, leading to an MSc in research leave; each research student is also prosecution. It’s a fantastic job – I’m very lucky.’ Comparative and Cross-Cultural Research integrated into the activity of the department or Methods. This route is fully recognised by the interdisciplinary research centre to which they Alex Bailin UK’s Economic and Social Research Council. are admitted. Barrister at the Matrix Chambers Members of faculty are assisted by the student welfare office, a team of programme administrators, and by a Director of Taught Programmes and Director of Doctoral Studies. These members of faculty are assisted by professional student advisors, and the whole process of student support is overseen by the Director of Student Support. Despite our size, we maintain an informal and supportive atmosphere in which diversity of background and approach is encouraged and celebrated and which enables students to get to know each other very quickly. External links Our research centres enjoy many contacts with other academic research groups and with public policy-making organisations throughout the developed and developing countries. We are continually establishing and maintaining international links. Funding and scholarships For information on funding and scholarships, see pages 17 and 182-186. The Freeman centre, home to SPRU – Science and Technology Policy Research, Further information was purpose-designed to foster creative For details of degree programmes and for collaboration. The building provides specific contact information, please refer to the state-of-the-art facilities for its subject entries dealing with the research area or postgraduate students subject of your interests (pages 41-170). 13
  • Paul’s Routes to postgraduate perspective Routes to postgraduate study at Sussex PG studies at Sussex ‘After spending three years in Sudan, as a teacher x study at Sussex and x coordinator of educational projects, I decided to x return to university to deepen my professional knowledge of the education sector. As the Centre x for x International Education has research interests Postgraduate studies at Sussex that complement my own, and an excellent x international reputation, the University of Sussex x was x my natural choice. ‘Even before beginning my studies, I found the x University friendly and supportive, with my supervisor x assisting with my successful application for an ESRC x studentship. x W e offer a wide range of opportunities to study at postgraduate level, from taught Masters degrees, postgraduate diplomas and certificates to doctoral ‘In x x preparation for my DPhil I’m currently studying for an x MSc in Social Research Methods. The programme covers practical data collection and analysis, as well x as x philosophy of social science and methodology. programmes. Because graduate education works best As I came to Sussex without any previous research x experience, the MSc has enabled the gradual x when excellence in teaching combines with first-rate development of both my interest in and knowledge of xx research we’ve developed strong links between our the x possibilities and complexities of social research. Both the teaching and the assessment have helped x research and our taught programmes. me x to develop the focus of my doctoral research within sound theoretical and methodological bases. x The x programme’s international and interdisciplinary nature also makes for interesting and stimulating x We have structured postgraduate work at the Excellence may qualify you for the award with class discussions.’ University to enhance postgraduate education, merit or distinction (in some programmes). and ensure that all of our students work within Paul Fean Sussex offers a range of taught postgraduate MSc in Social Research a stimulating context that promotes the cross- programmes including Master of Arts (MA), Methods (Education) fertilisation essential to high-quality research. Master of Laws (LLM), and Master of Science So, whichever route into postgraduate study (MSc), postgraduate diplomas and certificates. you choose you will be joining a postgraduate We also offer professional qualifications such as community that draws appropriate subject areas the Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) into a coherent body, provides an academic and and the Common Professional Examination social environment in which students, research (CPE)/Graduate Diploma. For a full listing of our staff and faculty can learn from each other, and taught programmes, see pages 41-170. offers facilities that encourage both intellectual and social exchange. Research training in the social Masters degrees and other taught sciences If you’re interested in studying for a research Pollyanna’s postgraduate programmes degree in the social sciences, or want to learn perspective Our taught postgraduate programmes offer you about research methods, you might want to ‘I x decided to return to education while living in the opportunity to study the subject of your first consider our innovative MSc programmes in Brazil as I was interested in the ways in which x degree at an advanced level, or develop new skills research methods. We offer a range of MScs in organisations such as the Movemento Sem Terra x and knowledge by undertaking a programme in either Comparative and Cross-Cultural Research (a x land reform organisation) gained access to, a different subject. They can help you prepare Methods or Social Research Methods. For and were represented by, the mainstream media. x for a research degree by developing your subject details of the subjects in which these MScs are ‘I x chose to come to Sussex because it has an knowledge and research skills, and enhance your offered, refer to individual subject entries (pages excellent international reputation. I also liked its x career prospects by developing knowledge and 41-170). interdisciplinary approach and felt that both these x skills relevant to your chosen career. qualities would facilitate my chosen research topic. x If you want to study for a DPhil, and are seeking With taught Masters programmes, typically And, of course, Brighton is a vibrant and exciting x Economic and Social Research Council place to live! x between half and three-quarters of your time is (ESRC) funding, you will be required to take one ‘I’m x a part-time student at Sussex as I wanted to devoted to taught courses, with the remainder of these programmes, unless you have already combine studying with raising a young family. While xx spent researching and writing up a supervised achieved a similar level of research training at a part-time study over a long period requires quite a lot x dissertation or project on a topic chosen in university elsewhere. of x motivation and self-discipline, it’s also immensely conjunction with your assigned supervisor. rewarding. I’ve enjoyed a great deal of support from x At the end of the first year, you graduate with an the x University as a whole, and my supervisors helped MSc degree, before proceeding to the DPhil (this me x apply successfully for funding from the AHRC is called 1+3 study). and x x have guided me sensitively through the long and arduous process of writing a thesis. x These programmes are also designed as stand- ‘They have also helped me professionally, x alone one-year Masters for those who wish to encouraging me to take on teaching, go to x apply advanced research methodologies to conferences and send off articles for publication. x an area of academic or policy interest without Thanks to Sussex, my experience of postgraduate x continuing to the doctorate. study has been extremely positive and I now hope to x In addition, there are two other awards available: remain within academia.’ • a Postgraduate Diploma (in both Comparative Pollyanna Ruiz and Cross-Cultural Research Methods and DPhil in Media and Social Research Methods), which comprises Cultural Studies 120 credits of coursework and has the same requirements as the MSc minus the research elective and dissertation component. It is not assigned to a subject area. • a Postgraduate Certificate (as above), which comprises 60 credits of coursework. 14
  • Research degrees MPhil or DPhil? Continuing Education Routes to postgraduate study at Sussex PG studies at Sussex A research degree offers you the opportunity to MPhil and DPhil programmes differ in the As the University’s part-time education undertake an in-depth study of a particular topic. length of the programme and thus in the extent department, the Centre for Continuing Education You carry out an independent and original piece of the research work you can undertake and (CCE) is dedicated to providing innovative and of work, which you then write up in the form of incorporate in your thesis. To qualify for an MPhil, flexible courses. Our postgraduate programmes a thesis. a thesis must either make an adequate original are offered in accessible time slots to suit the contribution to knowledge or understanding, or diverse needs of those who wish to combine study When you are admitted for research, you are be a valuable presentation or interpretation of with work and/or other commitments. carefully matched with a supervisor experienced material put together in an original manner. A in the field of your personal research interests, Taught programmes DPhil thesis must make a substantial original who assists you in formulating a research CCE offers six Masters programmes. Many offer contribution to knowledge or understanding. proposal. You will need to define a programme exit points to gain a Postgraduate Diploma. of research that can be completed within the The subject entries of this prospectus (pages maximum permitted period of registration. 41-170) refer to subject areas in which MPhil • Arts and Cultural Management (part-time/full- We regard the support of the supervisor as and DPhil programmes are available. However, time) (page 134) crucial in assisting you to complete your degree please note that the final MPhil or DPhil award • Creative Writing and Authorship (part-time/ successfully. Supervisors can offer advice and is not specifically linked to a particular subject. full-time) (page 72) guidance, but they will not tell you exactly what For example, a DPhil student, whose research • Creative Writing and Personal Development to read or how to design and carry out work on focuses on physics, will graduate with a DPhil (part-time/full-time) (page 73) your thesis. and not a DPhil in Physics. • Field Archaeology (part-time/full-time) (page 47) In the arts and social sciences you are normally New Route DPhil • Life History Research: Oral History and Life required to complete a research proposal during In addition to traditional DPhil programmes, we Story Documents (part-time/full-time) the first year of registration, providing a rationale, offer an alternative route into doctoral study: the (page 117) statement of the research problem, discussion New Route DPhil. • Lifelong Learning (part-time/full-time) of research methods, timetable of activities and (page 90) indication of the range of outcomes anticipated. The New Route DPhil combines a specific You then work to develop your analytical research project with a coherent programme Research programmes frameworks, review relevant literature, develop of coursework. This seamless programme of CCE faculty also supervise research degree your data collection methods and plan any research methods training, taught subject- students in a range of subject areas. Research fieldwork or experimental work necessary. Finally, specific modules and interdisciplinary studies degrees can be taken full- or part-time, providing you write up your research as a thesis. aims to broaden and deepen your subject maximum flexibility. Teaching staff on CCE knowledge and extends your expertise in new postgraduate programmes have extensive In some cases you may be required to complete directions. At the same time, tuition and support professional and academic experience, and the graduate coursework before proceeding to encourage you to develop a range of professional programmes combine intellectual rigour and research. This may be the case if you register for skills that employers now expect. excitement with significant vocational outcomes. a research degree and do not have a Masters We have distinctive research expertise in degree, if your first degree and/or Masters degree We also offer the opportunity to obtain an intermediate award such as an MSc, a archaeology, continuing education and are not in the same subject as your proposed lifelong learning, creative writing and personal research topic, or if faculty at Sussex decide Postgraduate Diploma or a Postgraduate Certificate as part of the New Route DPhil. development, and life history research. that you need further grounding in the relevant subject. The graduate coursework will give Please see individual subject entries for details To request a Centre for Continuing Education you specialist and methodological knowledge of which subjects offer the New Route DPhil, or (CCE) prospectus, contact: that will provide support at a time when your go to www.sussex.ac.uk/Units/publications/ CCE, The Sussex Institute, research, though exciting, may be full of newrouteDPhil/ Essex House, University of Sussex, bewildering possibilities. Falmer, Brighton BN1 9QQ, UK Part-time study Scientists and engineers are registered for a T +44 (0)1273 877888 At Sussex we believe that the experience specific research project. You normally choose E si-enquiries@sussex.ac.uk of part-time study is enhanced when part- an individual project, which may be part of a www.sussex.ac.uk/cce time programmes are integrated with the team project, and the first stage of your work corresponding full-time programmes. This Collaborative research is the preparation of a plan of research. You gives you greater opportunities for studying and If you are carrying out research for an are required to do this within the first year of sharing ideas with a wide range of students and organisation outside the university sector, it registration. faculty. may be possible to register for an MPhil or DPhil Sussex offers a range of research degrees The majority of our taught programmes are at Sussex as a collaborative distant student. including: Master of Philosophy (MPhil); Doctor available part-time (see the relevant subject ‘Distant’ registration would allow work to of Philosophy (DPhil), which is the equivalent of listing for details). We also welcome suitably continue at your industry base. a PhD at other universities; New Route DPhil; qualified research students who wish to study Professional Doctorate (EdD); and Professional Distance learning part-time. If you are a research degree candidate with an Doctorate (DSW). Part-time students are entitled to the same occupation in your own country that prevents you supervision and tuition as full-time students from attending full-time in the UK for the whole on a pro-rata basis, and to full use of University period of study, it may be possible to register as facilities and social amenities (except University- an independent distant student. You would be managed accommodation). required to spend a minimum registration period in full-time study at Sussex, and the remainder in The study patterns for part-time programmes an approved distant student arrangement. vary, but are normally integrated with the corresponding full-time programmes (see For further information about our routes to individual subject entries for details (pages postgraduate study, contact: Standard term dates 2009-2010 41-170). This means that teaching is generally Student Recruitment Services, carried out during the day and a minimum level Sussex House, University of Sussex, Autumn term of attendance is needed during term-time to fulfil Falmer, Brighton BN1 9RH, UK 5 October 2009 to 11 December 2009 the requirements of the programme. Additionally, T +44 (0)1273 876787 Spring term in order to benefit fully from the range of taught E pg.enquiries@sussex.ac.uk 11 January 2010 to 19 March 2010 and research programmes offered at Sussex, www.sussex.ac.uk/pgstudy Summer term part-time students should be prepared to attend 19 April 2010 to 25 June 2010 additional seminars, tutorials and workshops. Postgraduate students will normally be registered from 1 October 2009 to 30 September 2010. 15
  • ‘I’ve had a great academic experience but Sussex has given me so much more.’ Rebecca Napier-Moore, MPhil in Development Studies
  • If you are in employment, you might consider Funding your studies approaching your employer to sponsor your Funding your studies Postgraduate studies at Sussex studies. This arrangement would allow you to study for a qualification that would improve your Postgraduate studies at Sussex ability and career prospects, and benefit your employer by producing a better qualified and better motivated employee. Career Development Loans To help fund your studies Career Development Loans are available for UK-based students. Non- UK applicants should check what loan schemes are available in their respective home countries. Further details can be found on pages 182-186. P ostgraduate study at the University of Sussex can widen your skill base, further your knowledge in your chosen field and greatly improve your job prospects. Funding for disabled students If you are funded by a research council (eg the General Social Care Council or the Arts and Humanities Research Council) you may be entitled to additional financial support. Postgraduates can apply for the Disabled Student’s Allowance from their Local Education Authority. For more information, contact the disability advisors in the Student Support Unit. T +44 (0)1273 877466 E studentsupport@sussex.ac.uk Investing in your future Industry, Government and charities Alumni Study Awards In the most recent employment survey of the The sciences at Sussex receive financial support Alumni Study Awards are available to Sussex destination of UK postgraduates six months for research from industry, governmental and students who decide to stay on at the University after completing studies in 2006, 92 per cent charitable organisations. These funds are used to study for a postgraduate degree. The awards of Sussex respondents were either working or to purchase equipment and to finance research are in the form of a cash reward. Further details studying. According to the Higher Education personnel in the form of research assistants. can be found on pages 182-186. Statistics Agency (HESA) 2006, the median Faculty research grants salary of Sussex postgraduates who reported Individual supervisors may, from time to their income was £28,000. time, have specific funding for their research How much does it cost? programmes enabling them to provide funding The University’s annual tuition fees and payment for a research student. For more information, see methods are set out on pages 176-181. The pages 182-186. Anneka’s tuition fee you are charged is different depending Masters funding perspective on whether you are classified as a ‘home’ or an UK Research Councils ‘I wanted to continue at Sussex as a postgraduate x ‘overseas’ student (see page 176). The Arts and Humanities Research Council as x I’d greatly enjoyed my time here as an How do I finance my studies? (AHRC) provides funding for stand-alone Masters undergraduate and I found a supervisor for my DPhil x The majority of postgraduate students in the programmes, and the Economic and Social with whom I could work well. To receive Economic x UK are self financing. However, the quality of Research Council (ESRC) provides funding for and x Social Research Council (ESRC) funding I first research at Sussex means that we attract a high Masters programmes linked to research degrees applied directly to the University for a place on the x (1+3 scheme). In 2007-08, the University was DPhil programme, which required two references x level of funding each year. Set out below are awarded funding for 11 new AHRC Masters and x a research proposal explaining what I wanted some of the key funding opportunities available students, eight ESRC 1+3 quota awards and to examine and how my research could add to the x to students at the University of Sussex. Also set academic field. was able to submit 11 applications for 1+3 x out below are other means by which you might ‘My x department allocated me ESRC funding for finance postgraduate study if you do not receive ESRC competition awards. 1 x + 3 study, which comprises a Masters followed funding. Full details can be found on pages 37 Chancellor’s International Scholarships by x x a DPhil. I then had to send my research proposal and 176. Up to 40 Chancellor’s International Scholarships directly to the ESRC for confirmation of my place. The x of £2,500 are available to new overseas fee- whole application process takes quite a long time, x Funding opportunities paying students. For more information, see so x making sure that you know when all the deadlines Research funding pages 182-186. are – both for Sussex and your funding body – is very x UK Research Councils important so you can give yourself enough time to x This is the most important source of research Employment opportunities get x x your application in. funding for UK and EU students. Sussex attracted A large number of postgraduate students ‘Having this funding has enabled me to take part in x 60 new research council studentships in the work part-time as a means of helping them a x fascinating research project with my supervisor, academic year 2007-08. to fund their studies. The University’s Career which wouldn’t otherwise have been open to me, x Development and Employment Centre (CDEC) and x it’s also given me the opportunity to work as an University of Sussex research studentships recognises the importance of part-time work and associate tutor teaching undergraduate seminars. x and graduate assistantships This has given me many opportunities to improve my aims to advertise a broad range of opportunities. x A limited number of research studentships and career prospects – including invaluable teaching x Many positions are within the University itself, graduate assistantships are available, primarily experience – and some extra cash too!’ including administrative posts that are often in science subjects. They often include an targeted specifically at postgraduates. opportunity to gain some paid experience in Anneka Dawson undergraduate teaching by taking seminars or There are also opportunities for research DPhil in Psychology acting as demonstrators. students to obtain paid employment and gain experience in teaching as graduate assistants, Overseas Research Students Awards demonstrators and associate tutors. Scheme (ORSAS) These awards are available for overseas fee- paying students. They provide funding to pay the difference between the international student tuition fees and the home/EU student tuition fees. In the academic year 2007-08, the University had 13 ORSAS-funded students. 17