Entry requirements

An upper second-class (2.1) undergraduate honours degree or above in media studies, film studies or another subject in the social sciences or humanities.

Months of entry


Course content

This MA 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 culture
  • the course culminates in a supervised dissertation project, where you can investigate a topic of your choice in depth.


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

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 Film Studies: Theories and Methods and choose one option from a list that may include Global Cinemas • Feminism and Film.

Spring term: you choose two 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.

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/film-studies-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 coursework / continuous assessment60
Dissertation40 (18000 words)

Course contact details

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