University of Sussex

University of Sussex

Media Practice for Development and Social Change

The programme is especially concerned with understanding media as a tool for social change and equipping students with technical expertise and analytical perspectives that will enable them to actively engage in social concerns and advocate for social change. The programme focuses on relating media practice to social activism, collaborative action and participatory development strategies. With the increasing mediatisation of societies, the media is increasingly associated with democratisation, demonstration, and social justice, changing the role of media technologies in political life. These changes can be understood in terms of global scales of analysis (e.g. in respect of new information highways and media flows) and also in terms of influence on peoples' intimate lives, for example in respect of changing understandings of gender, sexuality and social inequality. The course culminates in a professional placement, an independent media project engaging with real-world issues, or a written dissertation.

Entry requirements

A 1st or upper 2nd Class undergraduate Honours Degree in an appropriate discipline. We also welcome applicants who do not have this academic qualification but who have work experience in the field of development or media. The latter applicants will be shortlisted on the basis of their CV and a personal statement to demonstrate analytical and writing skills.

Course modules

You take 2 core modules in the autumn term and 2 options in the spring term. Autumn term: Critical perspectives on development and social change; producing media for development and social change. Spring term: You choose 1 option from: Activism for development and social justice; activist media practice; knowledge, power and resistance; migration, inequality and social change; new developments in digital media; new moving screens; photography, documentary, landscape, politics; poverty, vulnerability and the global economy; research and project development; research and prototyping: interactive practice; sexuality and development. Summer term: You choose 1 option from: Dissertation with placement; dissertation: media and development; media development project; project with placement.

Assessment methods

Assessment consists of a variety of practical media projects, critical reflection reports, presentations, essays and the final project in the form you have chosen: work placement, independent media project, or written dissertation.


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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