University of Sussex

University of Sussex

Media and Cultural Studies

We offer expert supervision across a wide range of media and cultural studies with specialist focus on: Social and cultural analysis of media forms, institutions and practices; digital cultures; media histories; media theory; journalism, documentary and cultural citizenship; public cultures; sound cultures, visual culture and sense perception; advertising and consumption; media audiences; everyday life and life histories; identity and cultural space; feminisms; lesbian and gay studies; working-class and popular culture; questions of representation. You have 2 supervisors who together help you devise a detailed programme of study tailored to the individual research project, and who offer regular guidance and feedback until completion. Throughout your studies, as part of your intellectual training, you are expected to take part in the research culture of the School of Media, Film and Music and relevant research centres. This might include participation in reading and discussion groups, skills development training, research-in-progress seminars.

Entry requirements

Normally a Master's degree with a Merit or equivalent in a subject relevant to your chosen area of research.

Course modules

All new research students are required to participate in a programme of research training and to take other postgraduate modules that may be recommended by their supervisors (exemption from research training modules can be granted to those who have already taken such modules at MA level). Recent PhD thesis titles include: 'I understand that I am me, but that I am also we': the contemporary literary and cultural construction of conjoined twins; remediating politics: feminist and queer formations in digital networks; sound-based creative use of mobile technology; talking torchwood: fluid sexual representation, identity and the audience; the film of tomorrow: construction of self in video blogs; women blogging and femininity: a study of 'ordinary' women blogging in Québec, Canada.

Assessment methods

Assessment methods include supervision meetings, annual reports, and an annual interview by a review panel. The research is written up as an 80,000-word thesis (PhD) or a 40,000-word thesis (MPhil) and judged by internal and external examiners. The examination includes an oral defence.

Sponsorship information

You can apply for a competitive AHRC studentship.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PhD Full-time October 2016 GBP 4,052 per Year 1 (England) 4 years
PhD Full-time October 2016 GBP 14,450 per Year 1 (International) 4 years
PhD Full-time October 2016 GBP 4,052 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 4 years
PhD Full-time October 2016 GBP 4,052 per Year 1 (Scotland) 4 years
PhD Full-time October 2016 GBP 4,052 per Year 1 (Wales) 4 years
PhD Part-time October 2016 - 6 years
MPhil Full-time October 2016 GBP 4,052 per Year 1 (England) 3 years
MPhil Full-time October 2016 GBP 14,450 per Year 1 (International) 3 years
MPhil Full-time October 2016 GBP 4,052 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 3 years
MPhil Full-time October 2016 GBP 4,052 per Year 1 (Scotland) 3 years
MPhil Full-time October 2016 GBP 4,052 per Year 1 (Wales) 3 years
MPhil Part-time October 2016 - 4 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Sussex House Brighton BN1 9RH South East

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