Taught course

Gender and Media

University of Sussex · Media and Film

Entry requirements

A first- or upper second-class undergraduate honours degree in media, film or another relevant discipline. We also welcome applications from those with relevant professional experience. The latter applicants will be shortlisted on the basis of their CV and a personal statement demonstrating analytical and writing skills

Months of entry


Course content

This MA focuses on the production, circulation and reception of media representations of masculinity, femininity and sexuality. It also explores ways in which questions of gender and sexuality might shape and inform media relations more generally, for example in the negotiations of the public/private divide.

Drawing on our team of internationally recognised scholars in the fields of media, film and gender studies, this interdisciplinary course allows you to combine approaches from the social sciences, cultural studies and the humanities.

The media have been central in shaping and reflecting gendered power relations, and processes of identification in relation to the politics of gender, sexuality and the body. This MA brings these issues to the fore, allowing you to address them in depth. The course engages with a substantial intellectual area to address some of the key social, cultural and political issues of the present day:

  • the media texts addressed are drawn from a wide range of historical and national contexts and include print and online media, film (both Hollywood and non mainstream), and radio and television genres such as soap operas, dramas and make-over shows
  • you are introduced to the key concepts in feminism, postfeminism, queer theory, ‘crip’ theory, masculinity studies and body image studies, as well as a wide range of media and cultural theory
  • you are encouraged to set up your own intellectual agenda throughout the course, culminating in a research-led dissertation.

This MA provides perspectives and information for people already in the media field or wishing to enter it, or for people in any occupation where gender awareness would be an advantage.


Modules are usually 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 2016 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 tab.

Autumn term: you take Gender and Representation and one option from Cultural Identities: Social Practices • Feminism and Film • Film Studies: Theories and Methods • Gender, Sexuality and Digital Culture • Media Theory and Research.

Spring term: you choose two options 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 • Gender, Sexuality and Family Law • Global News Industries A • 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 1a • 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 • Women and Human Rights.

Summer term: you undertake work on a research-led dissertation.

Information for international students


Fees and funding

UK students
International students

The University of Sussex aims to attract the most talented students to postgraduate study and offers one of the most generous scholarship programmes of any UK university. For full details of our scholarships please visit:www.sussex.ac.uk/study/money/scholarships/pgt2016/

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment67
Dissertation33 (18000 words)

Course contact details

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