Research course

Cultural Studies

University of Sussex · School of Media, Film and Music

Entry requirements

Normally a Masters degree with a Merit or equivalent in a subject relevant to your chosen area of research.

Months of entry

January, September, May

Course content

Cultural Studies engages with the study of everyday life, and critically with the ‘deep ordinariness’ of the world.

Studying cultural consumption, popular culture, multicultures, cultural values and the radicalism or conservatism of cultural politics involves thinking about culture as it is felt and lived.

Cultural Studies at Sussex can be researched using a humanities (textual) approach or social scientific (empirical) methods, or a combination of both.

The Sussex Centre for Cultural Studies is the largest research centre at the University, with workshops, conferences and events with leading external speakers – all of which you’re welcome to attend. Our leading scholars apply innovative methods and cutting-edge approaches to culture, power and agency.


Supervision in this subject area is offered in the School of Media, Film and Music, and also in interdisciplinary teams across different departments and schools.

We welcome research proposals in areas such as:

  • cultural citizenship, values and beliefs
  • somatic cultures, visual culture and senses
  • affect, emotion and feeling
  • cultural production and consumption
  • everyday life and life histories
  • popular culture
  • cultural identities, subcultures, multiculture, cosmopolitanism
  • cultural protest and resistance
  • cultural practises of religion and spirituality
  • digital culture
  • cultural practices of race/ethniticy, class, gender/sexuality and other social formations of identity.

Information for international students

English language requirements

IELTS 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each section. Find out about other English language qualifications we accept.

English Language Support

Don’t have the English language level for your course? Find out more about our pre-sessional courses.

Additional information for international students

We welcome applications from all over the world. Find out about international qualifications suitable for our PhD degrees.

Visas and Immigration

Find out how to apply for a student visa

Fees and funding

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Qualification and course duration


part time
72 months
full time
48 months


part time
48 months
full time
36 months

Course contact details

Jaime Huxtable
+44 (0)1273 877215