University of Sussex

University of Sussex

Media and Cultural Studies

This programme offers you an opportunity to address important and challenging questions about forms of communication and culture in contemporary globalised society. The core modules, taught via lectures and small-group seminars, provide a comprehensive engagement with key thinkers, traditions and debates in media and cultural studies, bridging both the arts and social sciences. They equip you with the critical and methodological skills to research a wide range of media � print and broadcasting, the film and music industries, the internet and other social media. You study the media as institutions, texts and systems of representation and communication, exploring their role in the exercise of political, social and cultural power in a variety of contexts: You develop a rich portfolio of skills in critical and textual analysis, creative thinking and high-level research planning and methodsyou can choose from a wide variety of options, allowing you to define the shape of your course; you are encouraged and trained to set your own research agenda, culminating in your dissertation. You work independently and in groups, presenting your work effectively and professionally.

Entry requirements

A 1st- or upper 2nd-Class undergraduate Honours degree in media, film or another discipline in the humanities or social sciences. We also welcome applications from those with relevant professional experience

Course modules

Autumn term: Media theory and research and one option from cultural identities: Social practices; documentary: Theory and history; feminism and film; film studies: Theories and methods; gender and representation; gender, sexuality and digital culture; global cinemas; international journalism in transition A. Spring term: Media, culture and communication; and one option from modules that may include: Activist media practice; animal life and the moving image; digital humanities; first person film (MA); global news industries A; media histories and cultural change; media, technology and everyday life; music and the media of performance (theory); new developments in digital media 1a; new moving screens; photography: Documentary, landscape, politics; queering popular culture; research and prototyping for interactive practice; science, communication and culture; sound environment (theory); the cinematic body; the politics of promotional culture.

Assessment methods

Modules are usually by 5,000-word term papers; you are also required to submit a dissertation of 15,000 words.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MA Full-time £ 6,060 per Academic year (home fees) 12 months
MA Full-time £ 14,450 per Academic year (overseas fees) 12 months
MA Part-time - 24 months

Campus details

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

Key information

Telephone number: 
01273 877538