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 broad-based theoretical MA offers you an exciting opportunity to address important and challenging questions about forms of communication and culture in contemporary globalised society.

The core modules, taught via lectures and small-group seminars, provide a comprehensive engagement with key thinkers, traditions and debates in media and cultural studies, bridging both the arts and social sciences. They equip you with the critical and methodological skills to research a wide range of media – print and broadcasting, the film and music industries, the internet and other social media.

You study the media as institutions, texts and systems of representation and communication, exploring their role in the exercise of political, social and cultural power in a variety of contexts:

  • you develop a rich portfolio of skills in critical and textual analysis, creative thinking and high-level research planning and methods
  • you can choose from a wide variety of options, allowing you to define the shape of your course
  • you are encouraged and trained to set your own research agenda, culminating in your dissertation.

You work independently and in groups, presenting your work effectively and professionally. These skills, together with the cultural knowledge and critical agility that you develop, prepare you for a successful career, whether in the media industries or other professions.

This MA is aimed both at media and cultural studies graduates who wish to advance their study and those with a relevant undergraduate degree in the humanities or social sciences who wish to enter the field for the first time.


Modules are usually 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.

The MA is structured either around a core module and one option in each of the first two terms, or, for graduates in media and cultural studies, there is the alternative of taking two options per term. In the final term, you undertake a supervised research-led dissertation on a topic of your choice.

Autumn term: you take the core module Media Theory and Research and one option from Cultural Identities: Social Practices • Documentary: Theory and History • Feminism and Film • Film Studies: Theories and Methods • Gender and Representation • Gender, Sexuality and Digital Culture • Global Cinemas • International Journalism in Transition

Spring term: you take Media, Culture and Communication and one option from Activist Media Practice • Animal Life and the Moving Image • Digital Humanities • First Person Film (MA) • Global News Industries A • Media Histories and Cultural Change • 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 • Science, Communication and Culture • Sound Environment (Theory) • The Cinematic Body • The Politics of Promotional Culture.

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/media-and-cultural-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


part time
24 months
full time
12 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment50
Dissertation50 (18000 words)

Course contact details

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