School of Media, Arts and Humanities


Experience our exciting, innovative and forward-thinking teaching and research. Come and join us and you will be taught by world-renowned researchers, and will be supported by an intellectual community that encourages in-depth knowledge, creativity, and ambition.

We offer undergraduate and postgraduate courses in:

  • Literature (English and American)

  • English Language and Linguistics

  • Drama, Theatre and Performance.

Excellence in research

We are proud of being one of Britain's most respected places to study English. The quality of our faculty research is shown by the results of the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014), in which 84% of our research was rated as internationally excellent or world-leading overall. The vitality and sustainability of our research environment also received a score of 90%. These scores are among the highest in the UK. For more information visit the REF website.

English Literature and English Language and Linguistics are ranked 9th, and Drama 7th, in the UK for research quality (The Complete University Guide 2020).

Outstanding teaching

At Sussex you'll be taught by passionate faculty who will encourage your originality and creativity. With more than 50 research-active faculty, we are one of the largest centres in the UK, and offer expertise across over 1,000 years of literary production.

91% of our English students were satisfied overall with their courses in the most recent surveys (NSS 2019).


Preparing You for the Jobs of Tomorrow 

97% of our English graduates found employment or progressed into the full-time postgraduate study within six months of graduating from Sussex (Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education EPI Calculation, 2017).

An English degree is the ideal way to develop communication skills and problem solving -- exactly the kinds of skills that will be required in tomorrow's employment landscape. As the British Academy's Report on the Future of Work (2017) confirms, “social skills (eg persuasion, emotional intelligence and teaching others) will be in higher demand across industries than narrow technical skills" 


Strong league table rankings

We feature in the top 100 universities in the world for English Language and Literature in the QS World University Rankings.


18th, The Times and Sunday Times University Rankings 2020

19th, The Independent Complete University Guide 2020

14th, The Guardian University Guide 2020


2nd, The Times and Sunday Times University Rankings 2020

2nd, The Independent Complete University Guide 2020

American Studies:

2nd, The Independent Complete University Guide 2020

3rd, The Guardian University Guide 2019

2nd, The Times and Sunday Times University Rankings 2020

Contact us

School of Media, Arts and Humanities
University of Sussex
Arts A7
Brighton BN1 9QN

Telephone: +44 (0)1273 678001

We pledge our support to our Black students and staff across the University. We condemn the violence and terror of racism, in all its forms. We acknowledge its structural presence and histories in all our lives. 

Black lives matter.

Recent events are a stark reminder that we can lose no more time in producing the cultural shift we would like to see reflected in the wider society within which we live. We recognise the urgency of addressing racism within the HE sector and the specific work we can do to ensure that our staff, students and curriculum reflect the values that will move us towards justice. Staff and students are critical in helping us all to learn about our shortcomings as a School, and as an institution, and these conversations inform our ambitions for the future.

Whilst many of our students and staff work tirelessly on anti-racist projects already, this entails labour that is overwhelmingly provided voluntarily. This is not acceptable. The University needs to support this work by putting additional actual resources in place. At School level and beyond, we will work to make sure that this labour is valued and recognised; to improve recruitment practices to ensure more equitable opportunity for Black applicants; to increase the diversity of our staff and student communities; to continue our support for decolonising the curriculum; to develop increased mental health support for Black students and staff; to make training on cultural competency and race equality mandatory for all staff.

That's just a start. Saying "Black Lives Matter" is not enough, and can be worse than not saying it at all if no actions result from it.  We need to keep fighting for the resources that will allow the University of Sussex to help make this a reality.