University of Sussex

University of Sussex

Gender and Media

The course focuses on the production, circulation and reception of media representations of masculinity, femininity and sexuality. It also explores ways in which questions of gender and sexuality might shape and inform media relations more generally, for example in the negotiations of the public/private divide. Drawing on Sussex's team scholars in the fields of both media and film and gender studies, this interdisciplinary course allows you to combine approaches from the social sciences, cultural studies and the humanities. This course engages with a substantial intellectual area to address some of the key social, cultural and political issues of the present day. The media texts addressed in this programme, are drawn from a wide range of historical and national contexts and include print and online media, film (both Hollywood and non mainstream), and radio and television genres such as soap operas, dramas and make-over shows. You are introduced to the key concepts in feminism, postfeminism, queer theory, 'crip' theory, masculinity studies and body image studies, as well as a wide range of media and cultural theory. You are encouraged to set up your own agenda throughout the course, culminating in a research-led dissertation. This MA provides perspectives and information for people already in the media field or wishing to enter it, or for people in any occupation where gender awareness would be an advantage. Modules

Entry requirements

A 1st- or upper 2nd-Class undergraduate Honours degree in media, film or another relevant discipline. We also welcome applications from those with relevant professional experience. The latter applicants will be shortlisted on the basis of their CV and a personal statement demonstrating analytical and writing skills.

Course modules

Autumn term: You take gender and representation and one option from: cultural identities: social practices; feminism and film; film studies: theories and methods; gender, sexuality and digital culture; media theory and research. In the spring term: You choose 2 options from a list that may include: Activist media practice; animal life and the moving image; approaches to film noir; digital humanities; first person film (ma); gender sexuality and digital culture; gender, sexuality and family law; global news industries a; media audiences, media histories and cultural change; media, culture and communication,; 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; sound environment (theory); the cinematic body; the politics of promotional culture; women and human rights. Summer term: You undertake work on a research-led dissertation.

Assessment methods

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


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time October 2016 GBP 6,060 per Year 1 (England) 12 months
MA Full-time October 2016 GBP 14,450 per Year 1 (International) 12 months
MA Full-time October 2016 GBP 6,060 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 12 months
MA Full-time October 2016 GBP 6,060 per Year 1 (Scotland) 12 months
MA Full-time October 2016 GBP 6,060 per Year 1 (Wales) 12 months
MA Part-time October 2016 - 24 months

Campus details

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

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