Media and Communications

Media research at Sussex

Our research on media covers media theory, social and cultural analysis of media forms, practices and technologies, questions of the media and citizenship. Our research also has strengths in a number of areas including examining digital media and the cultural, social and political meaning of digital and internet technologies, in journalism, popular cultures, representation, sense perception, media memories, the mediated practice of everyday life, sexuality, feminism and media histories.

We have a rich research culture that includes a range of seminar and reading groups, some run with broad media topics such as the School's regular research seminar series and some run for specific research areas. A vital part of our research culture are our almost 90 doctoral students who work across the entire range of our subject specialisms. We also have post-doctoral and visiting researchers from across the world.

We ask how the media and culture contribute to and can be part of changing life, we believe an engaged and political orientation to media research is important and ensure the relevance of our research to the world.

If you are particularly interested to find out more about doctoral research in our department please contact our Research team We offer a number of funded places every year, which include AHRC-funded doctoral scholarships. 

You can also find out about other research strands: Cultural Studies, Film Studies, JournalismMedia Practice, and Music
Michael's faculty perspective

'Sussex is unique in terms of its research culture which is broad. All staff are active researchers in their own fields. The course is highly interdisciplinary. Sussex prides itself on interdisciplinary studies which gives students lots of different options.'

Michael Bull 
Professor of Sound Studies