United Kingdom, Brighton

4+4 Mentored Independent Research

when 20 June 2016 - 11 August 2016
duration 8 weeks
credits 7.5 ECTS
fee GBP 1520

This module allows international students to undertake a mentored independent research project while studying abroad. You undertake four weeks of studying an ISS session 1 module, followed by four weeks of mentored research supervised by the module tutor. Your research topic will grow out of your engagement with the module and the tutor, who will approve and supervise the independent research that follows. Ideally the research would involve some element of a site visit, data research such as using and working with relevant archives, libraries, databases and research sources, or a laboratory, and writing up of the work.

Undertaking independent research develops your skills and ability, including your motivation, iniatiative, ability to define the problem, design the research, analyse the data, revise in the light of discoveries made and supervisor’s comments and generate a report or creative project writing and presentation.

If you are an international student attracted to the idea of mentored research view our available session 1 modules. We hope to be able to offer this in a range of subjects including anthropology, art, business and management, English literature, history, media and psychology, but we may not be able to accommodate all requests.

Applicants must have a GPA of 3.0 or above, and must submit their transcript and resume electronically to the International Summer School. (In some cases we may be able to pair student and tutor beforehand to enable the research period to be of eight weeks duration.)

Contact us at issoffice@sussex.ac.uk for assistance and more information.

Course leader

Chris Sykes

Target group

The University of Sussex International Summer School welcomes applicants from a wide range of educational backgrounds. Although most of you will be currently enrolled at a university or college, we also welcome applicants who have been away from education for some years, as well as highly committed senior high school students - for some courses a good general education, an open mind and lots of enthusiasm are the main qualifications. For some other courses you will see that prerequisites are listed - applicants for these courses are expected to submit transcripts to demonstrate that they have taken, or are currently taking, the necessary precursors.

Course aim

The International Summer School provides an opportunity to meet and study with people from different countries and cultures, on a cosmopolitan campus. The large range of courses on offer allows you to get ahead with credit in core courses, or simply to experiment with something new.

Credits info

7.5 ECTS
Summer School courses carry 15 credits and last for four weeks. Since the standard annual load for a Sussex student is 120 credits, this means that each course is equivalent to 4 semester hours or 7.5 ECTS credits. Students can take only one course per session, as the courses are intensive. You can expect to spend 30 to 45 hours each week on your course between attending classes, labs and workshops, as well as time spent outside class preparing the readings and assignments. You can find information about the courses offered by the International Summer School through our course directory or courses by subject pages of our website.

Fee info

GBP 1520: Tuition only (one four week session).
GBP 2820: Tuition only (both four week ISS sessions).


The University of Sussex offers a limited number of scholarships for participation in the ISS in the form of partial fee waivers to students from developing countries who have high potential for future leadership in their field of study or career.