Research course

Media and Communications

University of Sussex · School of Media, Film and Music

Entry requirements

You’re normally expected to have a Merit (an average of 60% overall) in a Masters degree and an upper second-class (2.1) undergraduate honours degree.

Your qualification should be in a subject relevant to your chosen area of research. You may also be considered for the degree if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Months of entry

January, May, September

Course content

Explore how media figures in everyday life, politics and culture. You’ll work with expert faculty guiding and supervising you throughout your research project. You’ll join an active research culture engaged in rigorous critical and historical studies of a wide range of media cultures.


We particularly welcome research proposals in areas such as:

  • social and cultural analysis of media forms, institutions and practices
  • media representation and media audiences
  • advertising and consumption
  • feminist, queer and activist media studies
  • media histories and theories
  • visual, audiovisual and sound cultures.

Projects can be co-supervised with faculty in other subject areas as appropriate.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    part time
    72 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    48 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

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