Media and Communications

Learn from experts who influence media law, media policy and media ethics - and discover the impact the media has on the world around us. Whether you're a Masters or a PhD student, we have the learning resources and postgraduate support network to help you succeed at Sussex, and in your future career.

 Our Masters and PhD courses: 
Digital Media MA

Our MA in Digital Media gives you an advanced grounding in the theories and methods used for analysing digital media cultures. 

You'll explore both media theory and practice, including the production of digital media artefacts and critically analyse how the media impacts our society.

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What can I read to prepare? 

Caroline Bassett:

Emile Devereaux:

Mary Agnes Krell:

Sharif Mowlabocus:

Kate O’Riordan:

Wendy Chun:

Lev Manovich’s Software Studies Initiative:


Gender and Media MA

Explore the relationship between the media, gender and sexuality.

You'll study historical and contemporary approaches to feminism, queer theory and masculinity studies and develop an advanced understanding of gender and sexuality. 

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What can I read to prepare?

Rosalind Gill, (2006) 'Gender and Media' (Polity Press)

Niall Richardson and Sadie Wearing (2013) 'Gender and the Media: A Critical Introduction' (Palgrave MacMillan)

Niall Richardson, Clarissa Smith and Angela Werndly (2013) 'Studying Sexualities: Theories, Representations, Practices' (Palgrave MacMillan)

Sue Thornham (1997) 'Passionate Detachments' (Bloomsbury).

Media and Cultural Studies MA 

Explore the media's political, social and cultural power and how it influences the world around us.

You'll develop skills in critical analysis, creative thinking and research methods.

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What can I read to prepare? 

Balnaves, Mark et al (2009) Media Theories and Approaches: A Global Perspective London: Palgrave MacMillan

*Bassett, Caroline, Marris, Paul and Thornham Sue, eds (2009) The Media Studies Reader 3rd edn Edinburgh UP

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.

*Durham, Meenakashi Gigi and Kellner, Douglas M (eds) (2005) Media and Cultural Studies Keyworks 2nd edn Oxford: Blackwell

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

Long, Paul & Tim Wall (2014) Media Studies: Texts, Production, Context London: Routledge.

Mattelart, Armand and Michele Mattelart (1998) Theories of Communication London: Sage

Open University (1997) Culture, Media and Identities (4 vols) London: Sage

Silverstone, Roger (1999) Why Study the Media? London: Sage

Stokes, Jane (2012) How To Do Media and Cultural Studies. London: Sage.

*These include collections of essays that will prove useful throughout the course, and which we would recommend if you want to buy some books to accompany this MA. 

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.
Digital Media PhD

As a Digital Media PhD student at Sussex, you:

  • develop your research skills and knowledge and explore questions surrounding digital media and how it is transforming the world around us
  • participate in the Sussex Humanities Lab, which is dedicated to developing and expanding interdisciplinary research at the cutting edge of digital humanities and digital media
  • benefit from expert supervision in digital media and culture and join around 75 doctoral students from all over the world.

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Media and Communications PhD

As a Media and Communications PhD student at Sussex, you:

  • develop your research skills and knowledge and explore how media impacts everyday life, politics and culture
  • work with expert faculty who will guide and supervise you throughout your research project
  • engage in the active research culture of the School, which has an international reputation for research.  Our research includes: the investigation of digital and other media in terms of their materiality, political economy and relationship to lived experience; media and cultural histories; and questions of representation, and protest. 

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Dominic's student perspective

Brendan Maartens

'Besides the excellent teaching and modules, I have benefited from access to a high quality academic library and fantastic resources within the School – both in terms of software and hardware. In fact, there’s more available than I could possibly use in my time on the course.'

Dominic Pates
Digital Media MA