Entry requirements

An upper second-class (2.1) undergraduate honours degree or above in a relevant subject such as art and design, computer design/science, cultural studies, interactive media, media studies, social psychology. 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.

Months of entry


Course content

This MA is associated with the acclaimed Centre for Material Digital Culture.

The course offers an exciting opportunity to combine theoretical and practical work to give you an excellent working knowledge of the field of digital media. The MA is designed to offer advanced study of digital media, aimed at graduates who wish to further their study and at professionals who wish to consider
developments in the field. While it is not a vocational course, it may also be of interest to those seeking to enter digital media industries.

Teaching is through lectures, seminars and hands-on workshops in small groups. This MA locates digital media within the theoretical contexts of media and cultural studies. You gain experience of designing and developing digital media products, using industry-standard equipment and authoring tools, and work
on a longer summer project, which may be theoretical, practical or based on a work placement.


Modules are usually assessed by 5,000-word term papers and project work. You are also required to submit a dissertation of 15,000-words or multimedia project and report.

Course Structure

We continue to develop and update our modules for 2017 entry to ensure you have the best student experience. In addition to the course structure below, you may find it helpful to refer to the Modules list. Modules may be subject to change.

Autumn term: you take Theory and Practice of Interactive Media, alongside Media Theory and Research or Expanded Media: Forms and Practices.

Spring term: you take New Developments in Digital Media. In addition, you choose one option 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 • Global News Industries A • Latin American Cinema • Media Histories and Cultural Change • Media, Culture and Communication • Media, Technology and Everyday Life • Music and the Media of Performance (Theory) • 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.

Summer term: you undertake supervised work on a 15,000-word dissertation, or produce a practical project and accompanying 9,000-word critical report, or undertake a work placement and produce a report.

Information for international students

Please visit: International qualifications for Masters courses or Fees and Scholarships.

Fees and funding

UK students
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Please visit our website for latest fees information: http://www.sussex.ac.uk/study/masters/2017/media-film-and-music/digital-media-ma

The University of Sussex aims to attract the most talented students to postgraduate study. For full details of our scholarships please visit: Masters Scholarships

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations70
Creative work15
Dissertation15 (18000 words)

Course contact details

Student Recruitment Services
+44 (0)1273 877538