University of Sussex

University of Sussex

Film Studies

This course takes a distinctive approach by exploring global manifestations of film as a medium (including Hollywood), and examining its cultural, economic, aesthetic and ideological operations. Led by a team of internationally recognised researchers responsible for cuttingedge scholarship, the course offers a highlevel introduction to the discipline�s leading theoretical approaches, as well as a flexible and exciting range of specialised options. Teaching is through seminars, screenings and tutorials. This is not a practice-based course but an MA that investigates critical, theoretical and historical approaches to the medium. This MA is for you if you wish to learn more about film, film cultures and film studies: You develop high-level skills in research and creative thinking, as well as advanced analytical, organisational and communication abilities by working in rigorous contexts of independent and group study; you benefit from our expertise in key areas such as global cinema cultures; film, gender and sexuality; history and popular culturethe course culminates in a supervised dissertation project, where you can investigate a topic of your choice in depth.

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: Film Studies: Theories and Methods and choose one option from a list that may include: Global cinemas; feminism and film. Spring term: 2 options from a list that may include: Activist media practice; animal life and the moving image; first person film; the cinematic body; digital humanities; global news industries; 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; new moving screens; photography: documentary, landscape, politics; queering popular culture; research and prototyping for interactive practice; sound environment (theory); the politics of promotional culture. Summer term: you undertake supervised work on the MA dissertation in film studies.

Assessment methods

Most modules are assessed 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) 1 years
MA Full-time £ 14,450 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
MA Part-time - 2 years

Campus details

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

Key information

Telephone number: 
01273 877538