Cultural Studies

Learn from leading academics and develop the key skills to fast track your career. At Sussex, we support you every step of the way - from succeeding in the classroom to gaining practical experience for your future.

We offer exciting courses tailored to suit you
  • at Sussex, you study a range of subjects during your Cultural Studies degree - including Anthropology, Media Studies, Sociology, History, Philosophy and English
  • our course is distinctive because we dedicate the same amount of time to examining popular culture as we do high culture and ordinary culture.

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You examine culture from different perspectives and develop a new set of skills
  • at Sussex, you explore the world we live in, from the rituals and rhythms of everyday life, to the identities and communities that define each and everyone one of us
  • as an undergraduate student, you take Cultural Studies alongside another subject, such as Anthropology, Media and Sociology. This means you develop your critical thinking, expand your skill set in a second area of knowledge, and increase your potential in the workplace
  • as a postgraduate student, you specialise in a particular area of Cultural Studies and develop advanced skills in research, writing and presentation.
You learn from world leading researchers who will teach and support you

The Sussex Centre for Cultural Studies is home to more than 50 researchers including PhD students, visiting researchers and professorial faculty. Their work spans a range of research themes, including:

  • class, taste and popular culture
  • consumption
  • digital culture and social media
  • intersectionality
  • oral history and life history
  • queer and gender studies
  • religion and spirituality
  • race and ethnicity
  • sexuality and sexual practice.

This means you have the chance to learn from leading researchers with knowledge in a range of subject areas.

In the UK's Research Excellence Framework (REF2014) 100% of our research was rated for its impact as being world-leading or internationally excellent.

We were ranked in the top 100 in the world in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017.

A degree in Cultural Studies from Sussex prepares you for your future career
  • we prepare you for a career in the cultural and creative industries - one of the fastest growing areas of employment in the UK
  • employers seek graduates who are highly articulate, able to present research in a range of formats and can work to tight deadlines - that's why we teach you research, critical analysis and creative thinking skills
  • our interdisciplinary teaching means the skills you develop are suitable for careers in media, communications, journalism and the creative arts.

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Samuel's student perspective

'The city of Brighton is an amazing place to study Media and Cultural Studies. There's so much around, so much life, so much culture. It's just perfect.'

Sam Lelliott
Media and Cultural Studies BA