University of Sussex

University of Sussex

Journalism and Media Studies

This course is for you if you have an academic interest in exploring key theoretical issues and debates about journalism and news production in relation to contemporary media and society. However, it also includes a substantial training component to develop your essential journalistic skills in a multimedia context. This course enables you to: master skills and techniques in researching and writing news and feature stories for print and online platforms, as well as subediting and print news design; contextualise journalistic practice within a theoretical framework of journalism studies; understand the many transitional processes in the news landscape at local, regional and global level; have a critical understanding of, and an ability to analyse, current theories and debates surrounding the media and society in general. At the end of the course, you have the opportunity to apply all your knowledge and skills to conduct a substantial practical journalism project or a research dissertation under the supervision of an experienced member of faculty.

Entry requirements

A 1st or upper 2nd Class undergraduate Honours Degree (or equivalent) in an appropriate discipline. We also welcome applicants who do not have this academic qualification who are able to demonstrate in their application that they have relevant professional/creative skills and experience.

Course modules

Autumn term: international media theory and research; journalism in transition; news and feature writing. Spring term: advanced journalism skills; global news industries; 1 option from a list that may include: emotion, representation and culture; feminism and film; global cinemas; Latin American cinema; media audiences; media technology and everyday life; new moving screens; photography: documentary, landscape, politics; queering popular culture; rethinking European cinema; science, communication and culture. Summer term: dissertation/project.

Assessment methods

Assessment is by term paper, practical video/media work and portfolios of journalism with critical reflections. The final assessment, a major research project, may take the form of a 15000-word dissertation or a portfolio of practical and written work.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time October 2016 GBP 6,300 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 6,300 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 12 months
MA Full-time October 2016 GBP 6,300 per Year 1 (Scotland) 12 months
MA Full-time October 2016 GBP 6,300 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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