Cultural Studies

Work in an exciting and supportive environment for postgraduate study and research. At Sussex, we offer both Masters and PhD courses in Cultural Studies. You join students from across the globe, and explore popular culture, multicultures, and cultural values.

Our Masters and PhD courses:

Cultural and Creative Industries MA

Our MA in Cultural and Creative Industries enables you to examine and explore theoretical, analytical and practical approaches to understanding how culture, business and technology connect.

You unpick cultural industries, texts, identities and practices to understand the creative economy and what lies behind it.

Find out more about our Cultural and Creative Industries MA

What can I read to prepare?

  • Flew, Terry (2013) Global creative industries Hoboken: Wiley
  • Hesmondhalgh, David (2013) 3rd edition The cultural industries London: SAGE
  • Lee, Hye-Kyung and Lim, Lorraine (2014) Cultural Policies in East Asia: Dynamics between the State, Arts and Creative Industries Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Jones C, Lorenzen M and Sapsed J (eds.) (2015) The Oxford Handbook of Creative Industries Oxford: Oxford University Press
  • McRobbie, Angela (2016) Be Creative: making a living in the new cultural industries Cambridge: Polity.


Media and Cultural Studies MA

Our MA in Media and Cultural Studies gives you the skills to examine and explore theoretical and analytical approaches to understanding media cultures.

You look at the historical and contemporary development of media culture through technology, and its social and economic impact. 

Find out more about our Media and Cultural Studies MA

What can I read to prepare?

  • Balnaves, Mark et al (2009) Media Theories and Approaches: A Global Perspective London: Palgrave MacMillan
  • Couldry, Nick (2012) Media, Society, World: Social Theory and Digital Media Practice Cambridge: Polity
  • Curran, James and Michael Gurevitch, eds (2005) Mass Media and Society 5th edn London: Arnold
  • Hartley, John (2012) Communication, Cultural and Media Studies: The Key Concepts. London & New York: Routledge
  • Highmore, Ben (2009) A Passion for Cultural Studies London: Palgrave MacMillan.


Gender Studies PhD

At Sussex, you work alongside researchers in our Centre for Gender StudiesSussex Centre for Cultural Studies, and the Centre for Sexual Dissidence

You investigate subcultures, emotions, the senses, images, narratives and ideologies. You also explore race/ethnicity, age, sexuality, and social class.

From advertising to activism, you'll discover the complex representation of culture in everyday life.

Find out more about our Gender Studies PhD 

You can also explore our Cultural Studies PhD.

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Brendan's student perspective

Brendan Maartens

'I had a number of options available to me, including the possibility of studying abroad, but opted for Sussex because of its track record in original and world-leading research and its vibrant and engaging research culture. The MA in Media and Cultural Studies introduced me to many of the important historical, theoretical and empirical contributions to the fields of media, culture and society, but also engaged with some of the more contemporary (and increasingly relevant) issues associated with the place of media in modern life.' 

Brendan Maarten
Media and Cultural Studies MA