Taught course

Journalism and Media Studies

University of Sussex · School of Media, Film and Music

Entry requirements

An upper second-class (2.1) undergraduate honours degree or above (or equivalent) in an appropriate humanities or social sciences discipline. 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 course explores key theoretical issues and debates about journalism and news production in relation to contemporary media and society. It also includes a substantial training component to develop your essential journalistic skills in a multimedia context. This course enables you to:

  • master skills and techniques in researching and writing news and feature stories for print and online platforms, as well as subediting and print news design
  • contextualise journalistic practice within a theoretical framework of journalism studies
  • understand the many transitional processes in the news landscape at local, regional and global level
  • have a critical understanding of, and an ability to analyse, current theories and debates surrounding the media and society in general.

At the end of the course, you have the opportunity to apply all your knowledge and skills to conduct a substantial practical journalism project or a research dissertation under the supervision of an experienced member of faculty.


Assessment is by term paper, practical video/media work and portfolios of journalism with critical reflections. The final assessment, a major research project, may take the form of a 15,000-word dissertation or a portfolio of practical and written work.

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: International Journalism in Transition • Media Theory and Research • News and Feature Writing.

Spring term: Advanced Journalism Skills • Global News Industries. You also choose one option from Activist Media Practice • Animal Life and the Moving Image • Digital Humanities • Emotion, Representation and Culture • First Person Film • 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 Cinematic Body • The Politics of Promotional Culture.

Summer term: you choose to undertake either a dissertation (journalism) or a project.

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/journalism-and-media-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 assessment60
Dissertation40 (18000 words)

Course contact details

Student Recruitment Services
+44 (0)1273 877538