Media and Communications

Discover how the media influences culture, society and politics. Learn from experts who influence media law and policies. Whether you're an undergraduate, Masters or PhD student, we have the learning resources and study support to help you succeed in your degree and in your future career.

We offer exciting courses tailored to suit you
  • our flexible approach to study draws on the subjects of history, politics, anthropology, cultural studies and sociology, so whatever you are interested in, you can tailor your degree to your passion
  • you'll discover the difference the media makes to society, so you can develop an understanding of how it shapes the way we live and how we shape the media
  • you are taught by leading academics in the fields of media, communication, journalism, film studies, cultural studies and media practice.

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You develop key skills and help boost your employment prospects 
  • 89% of our students went into employment or further study within six months of graduating with a degree from the Department of Media and Film at Sussex*
  • you gain a range of academic, practical and personal skills including research, presentations, writing and creative thinking skills
  • our Media and Communications BA provides you with the flexibility to develop practice-based skills in photography, film, digital media and sound
  • our MA courses provide advanced intellectual study and an opportunity for you to enhance your research skills - allowing you to focus on a specific area of media and develop an extended project that showcases your expertise.

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*Graduate Outcomes survey 2017/18

We have world leading researchers who teach and support you
  • you learn from academics recognised for their work in the media, that's why we were ranked 14th in the UK (for Communication and Media Studies) in The Complete University Guide 2020
  • 100% of Communication, Cultural and Media Studies research impact was rated outstanding or very considerable in terms of reach and significance in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (2014 REF)

  • we have a community of more than 70 PhD students working across our research centres 
  • our faculty publish books and articles, produce award-winning documentaries and films and influence policy, both nationally and internationally.

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We have strong links with Brighton's digital and creative industries and communities 
  • the skills you gain while studying at Sussex, combined with our links to Brighton's digital and creative industries means you have excellent opportunities for work experience, placements and future career prospects.

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Sacha's student perspective

'The teaching staff at Sussex were a key element in helping me adapt to university study. I have found the Media theory and practice tutors friendly and passionate about their subject and are always willing to help you develop your own learning. Being taught by people who are continually producing their own work means that seminars and workshops involve current affairs and contemporary topics, which keep them relevant and interactive. My first year has made me more confident in both my academic and personal skills.'

Sacha Curtecka
Media and Communications BA