1 year full time, 2 years part time
Starts September 2017

Gender Studies

Discuss contemporary social issues, focusing on gender, feminist and queer theory, and methodology.

This course is ideal for you if you:

  • seek to develop an existing research interest
  • are in a career in which issues of gender play an important role
  • wish to explore a broad range of issues concerning gender.

On this course, you’ll gain a deep understanding of a range of topics, from identity and the social construction of gender to political aspects of gender and feminist research.

Key facts

  • Learn from expert faculty – we're ranked in the top 100 in the world in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017.
  • In the Centre for Gender Studies, we look at many areas of gender research, nationally and internationally. We are intersectional, trans-inclusive and advocate for sex workers’ rights.
  • Become part of an active student community: there’s the PhD seminar series NGender and strong links with local women’s and LGBT groups.

How will I study?

We teach using a combination of seminars, lectures, tutorials and individual supervision. You’ll be part of an active student community.

You're assessed through concept notes, book reviews and presentations, as well as essays and term papers.

You also undertake a 15,000-word dissertation with the option to do collaborative research with a local women’s or LGBTQ organisation.

Full-time and part-time study

Choose to study this course full time or part time, to fit around your work and family life. 

For details about the part-time course, contact us at

What will I study?

  • Module list

    Core modules

    Core modules are taken by all students on the course. They give you a solid grounding in your chosen subject and prepare you to explore the topics that interest you most.

    • Critical Reading in Advanced Gender Theory

      30 credits
      Autumn Teaching, Year 1

    • Gender Politics and Social Research

      30 credits
      Autumn Teaching, Year 1

      This module approaches feminist theory and methodology at advanced levels, critically exploring feminist research on a number of different issues and engaging with the politics of the research process itself. As a core module on the MA in Gender Studies, it is intended to prepare you to conduct independent research and to produce your dissertation.

      The first half of the module introduces different methodologies and methods, encouraging you to reflect critically on their strengths and weaknesses, and how feminists have used them in the service of political projects. In the second half of the module, you will design research projects on two case-study issues and attempt to operationalise key feminist theories.

    • Dissertation Gender Studies

      60 credits
      Spring & Summer Teaching, Year 1

      This module is focused on the production of a 3,000 word research proposal and a 12,000 word dissertation on a topic of the your choice, supervised by a faculty member. Topics can be freely chosen but should be positioned within women's, gender and/or sexuality studies. You are entitled to four half-hour supervisory meetings during the summer term, and are also expected to attend two hour-long dissertation workshop sessions with the programme convenor. Research projects should involve an empirical component, which can encompass research on human subjects or can also be documentary analysis.


    Alongside your core modules, you can choose options to broaden your horizons and tailor your course to your interests.

    • Activism for Development and Social Justice

      30 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

      On this module, you will address the ways in which activists and activism have sought to engage in development and social justice. You'll explore and evaluate different approaches to activism, grounding this in theories of social mobilisation and citizenship, and will work through a series of practical examples, drawing on empirical material produced by anthropologists and others, to explore how activism has been used to address issues of development and social justice. In doing so, you will seek to build on the material introduced in previous terms on theories of social change and approaches to development and social justice, to explore how different kinds of activisms seek to bring about change.

      The module will explore the contributions that imaginative, insurgent, disruptive and chaotic forms of social action have to make to development, and will cover a range of forms of collective action from the use of petitions and lobbying of representatives, to the use of the arts in "interrupting" everyday life to bring some of its elements into question, to mobilisation for protests and peaceful demonstrations, to non-violent direct action and info-activism.

    • Critical Higher Education

      30 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

      This module is an exciting interdisciplinary offer taught by experts in the fields of the cultural, feminist and policy studies within the higher education studies. It brings together world class scholars and researchers within the Centre for Higher Education and Equity Research (CHEER) to meet the demand from Department of Education students for a specialist module on inter/national higher education.

      During the module you explore the global landscape in higher education alongside large social and economic patterns. You do this without losing sight of the 'students at the heart of the system' who are pursuing their goals inside increasingly diverse and complex educational processes. The module offers key concepts with which to examine the changing historical, technological and social forms of higher education, and we provide a 'live commentary' on the process, purpose and point(s) of higher education. 

      CHEER will lead on this educational initiative, offering an interdisciplinary curriculum examining higher education in theoretical, policy, practical & equity terms. The module is suited to students, staff, administrators and policy analysts who are trying to develop productive understandings and/or devise inclusive policies and practices in this new socio-economic and cultural landscape. Topics covered include:

      • the signifance and purposes of HE (citizenship and inclusion)
      • HE in the global knowledge economy in the context of internationalisation 
      • HE as a public and private good (the benefits or disadvantages of private provision)
      • HE as a space and place for reproducing or contesting structured inequalities 
      • HE's role in social mobility and the reproduction or disruption of elite formations
      • managing a changing sector (key discourses and practices - leaderist turn)
      • disqualified discourses (affect, bodies and the other) 
      • pedagogies and epistemic inclusion (diversity, difference and norms)
      • the formation of new modes of enquiry inside new technologies of teaching and learning (ethical, intellectual issues)
      • futurology in a molten world - what is to become of higher education?
    • Culture and Identity Rights

      30 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

      The aim of this module is to explore the development of rights to culture, religion and language from an international and comparative perspective. The idea is to link rights based discussions to contemporary debates involving cultural issues and conflicts (for example on Shari'a law, on religious dress and symbols and on language rights in post-conflict reconciliation). In particular, the module seeks to explore the accommodation of such rights and the balancing of competing interests.

      The module will be divided into three parts. The first part of the module will introduce relevant legal frameworks and different theoretical perspectives required for a study of legal approaches to culture, religion and language. Specifically, this part will consider what we mean conceptually by culture, religion and language and consider how competing values and interests are reconciled within the international human rights framework. 

      The second part will consider in more depth the development of (both individual and collective) rights to culture, religion and language at the international level and consider the wider implications of the recognition of such rights with a particular focus on specific country situations. This part of the module will consider the extent to which such rights are increasingly being marginalised. It will also consider the impact of contemporary challenges, such as the current economic climate on the accommodation of such rights as well as new opportunities in a post-multicultural era. 

      The final part of the module will involve oral presentation of research plans on a case-study of your choice.

    • Feminism, Law and Society

      30 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

      In this module you consider different feminist theories and understandings of the role of gender in society. You reflect upon the consequences of that role on the rules, principles and policies of that society.

      The ambition of the module is to explore the extent to which sex and gender inform the rules of law so as to foster or undermine inequalities in society.

      In exploring the contours of law as they are informed by gender considerations you also explore the relationship between law and society in the construction of gender and sexual identities.

      The module uses traditional legal sources - cases, statutes, legal treatises on the subject - in addition to academic commentary and analysis from sociology, law, politics, philosophy and cultural studies. It will also be informed by developments in the politics of gender and by changes instigated by feminist, critical race, and queer theory.

    • Global Queer

      30 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

      The module seeks to provide you with a comprehensive and sophisticated appreciation of the importance of queer work and queer practices in world politics. These include knowledge of different approaches to queer theory and sexuality studies and how these bear on understandings of international relations theory and practices in world politics. The kinds of questions to be investigated are: What is 'queer' and how has 'queer' been understood and explained by the discipline of IR? How and in what ways are 'sexuality' and 'queer' constituted as domains of international political practice and mobilised so that they bear on questions of state and nation formation, war and peace, and global political economy? And how does the discipline of IR grapple with 'queer' and 'sexuality studies' work? Topics to be investigated include analysing how 'heteronormativity' and 'homonormativity' function in relation to questions of hegemony, nationalism, migration, military recruiting, military intervention and its justifications, and neoliberal development projects. We will also consider how 'queer trouble-making' - as a political practice in world politics and as a scholarly practice within the discipline of international relations - might begin to change the relationships amongst queer work, sexuality studies, and international relations.

    • Hate Crime and Sexual Violence

      30 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

      This module will focus on issues relating to hate crime and sexual violence and the criminal justice system. The module starts by exploring the various conceptualisations of hate crime and how and why its definition has differed between jurisdictions. Focus is then given to the growing legislative responses to hate-motivated offences both in the UK and US. You will examine the extent to which the singling out of certain prejudiced motivations for enhanced sentencing (such as, racism, homophobia, anti-religion and disablism) can be justified. You then move on to explore the main criminological theories that have been put forward to explain the aetiology of hate crime. Attention is also give to research that has evidenced the often heightened levels of harm that such offences cause to both victims and minority communities more broadly. 

      The second part of the module focuses on sexual violence. You examine the reforms made to the law and practice with regards to sexual assault and will consider remaining issues, highlighting attrition and problems of attitude. Some academics have argued that sexual violence should also be classified as hate crime. As such you will explore the arguments for and against the inclusion of sexual violence under the label of hate crime, noting both the impacts that inclusion/exclusion under the label may have on the state's responses to such crimes. You will also examine the use of alternative criminal justice measures for hate crime and sexual violence. Particular focus is given to the use of restorative justice and you will assess the potential benefits and pitfalls of using such an approach.

    • Migrants, Ethnicity, and Super-diversity

      30 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

      Ethnicity has been a long-standing concern in the domain of migration. Many scholars of migration study migrants along the lines of ethnic groups and look at their experience through an `ethnic lens' being interested in the emergence and role of ethnic networks, identities, and communities. Yet to what extent does ethnicity matter? Migrants often move to 'super-diverse' global cities and build complex relationships that seem to be insufficiently or inadequately captured by the language of ethnicity. Non-ethnic processes, identities and attachments have gained increasing attention in today's globalised societies. This module will critically examine the close link between migration and ethnicity tosee how ethnicity achieves prominence in key areas of migrants' lives, and to identify alternative approaches to ethnicity and ethnic-group centred perspectives on migration. We will discuss these aspects with specific reference to the European context, which offers a fruitful site for comparing 'new' and old migrants and minorities (from European and non-European countries), and invites reflection on migration theories developed in the American context. 

      The overall aim of the module will be to encourage a nuanced understanding of the variable role of ethnicity in migrants' experience. We will first look at theoretical perspectives on ethnicity and the critique of the 'ethnic bias' in migration research. We will then examine different domains where ethnicity becomes prominent (migrant networks, economies, politics and identities). In the third part, we will evaluate alternative (non-ethnic) approaches to studying migrants, in the context of increasingly 'super-diverse' European cities and societies, to see how they fulfil their promise. We will look at the case of intra-EU migration (from old and new member states) as well as mixed neighbourhoods where old and new migrants and minorities cross paths to assess the extent and limits of 'everyday' forms of cosmopolitanism.

      Our weekly topics are:

      1. Ethnicity: theoretical perspectives
        Ethnicity: culture and boundaries
      2. 'Methodological ethnicity' and migration studies
        Ethnicity in migration studies
      3. The migration process and migrant networks 
      4. Ethnic communities in global cities 
      5. Ethnicity and economic incorporation: migrant economies 
      6. Ethnicity and political incorporation: migrant politics
      7. Ethnic identities
        Beyond ethnicity? Alternative approaches to migration
      8. Diasporas and transnational communities
      9. 'Everyday' cosmopolitanism: Europeanisation and 'Eurostars'
      10. Essay discussion 
      11. 'Everyday' cosmopolitanism: Post-Accession Eastern European migrants 
      12. 'Super-diversity' and mixed neighbourhoods
    • Queering Popular Culture

      30 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

      This module offers you the chance to explore lesbian, gay, bisexual and queer contributions to, and perspectives on, the key fields of popular culture, including film, television, the press, popular music, fashion and style. Topics for detailed study will include lesbian representation in mainstream television genres; cinematic homosexualities and their historical context; lesbian and gay 'community television'; contemporary lesbian and gay magazines and newspapers; queer pop from David Bowie to the Pet Shop Boys and beyond; sexuality and style politics; and the pleasures and problematics of camp.

      You will investigate issues of representation, consumption and interpretation; unravel debates over stereotyping, subcultures and sensibilities; and ask whether a specifically 'queered' critique of the existing academic discourses used in the study of popular culture is conceptually feasible and/or politically desirable. You can expect to sharpen and deepen your skills in interdisciplinary cultural analysis, and there will be a particular emphasis on a self-reflexive examination of (y)our own popular cultural tastes and practices, exploring the connections and contradictions between theoretical accounts of popular images and forms and our experiential investments in them as consumers located in (or interested in) sexual minorities.

      The approach on this module is unrepentantly interdisciplinary - there is no overarching theoretical model to which you will be obliged to subscribe. Students with or without backgrounds in cultural studies will be made equally welcome.

    • Sex and Violence

      30 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

      Sex and Death in Global Politics  explores the multiple connections between gender and violence in contemporary international politics in historical and theoretical perspective. War and other forms of collective violence seem to be everywhere in world affairs, but it has often been commented that the many manifestations of gender are less visible. At times aspects of gender violence (such as war rape) seem to enter into the realm of academic International
      Relations, whilst other questions (such as the inclusion of homosexuals in the military) have relevance for public policy and national culture. But many other issues (such as media representations of gender violence, the continuum between 'peace' and 'war' violence, or the connection between armies and prostitution) are more commonly discussed within sociology, political theory and history. This module will examine a broad range of such questions from an inter-disciplinary angle, with a particular stress on theoretical perspectives and academicpolitical controversies.

      Topics will include:

      gender in war and society; the intersection of race, class, and gender in collective violence; military masculinity; women at war and the question of the 'feminine' in the perpetration of violence; wartime sexual violence; genocide and 'gendercide'; sex industries and violence; homosexuality and military culture (including queer theory perspectives and recent debates about 'pink-washing' and 'homonationalism'); feminism, anti-feminism and gender studies in the academy; gender and the ethics of war; and gender violence in popular culture.

    • The Body: current controversies and debates

      30 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

      The body has recently become a key focus for sociological theorising and research. Much of this work has focused on defining the body as a socially constructed phenomenon, and exploring how it is produced through various social and cultural practices and discourses, and categories such as gender, class, race and sexual orientation. However, the body is also highly politically charged; a key site at which oppression is meted out, and is a focus of regulation and governance at individual, group, national and international levels. Bodies, and particularly women's bodies, are also at the nexus of some of the most controversial debates of our time.  

      This module looks at the politics of the body from a sociological point of view, exploring themes of embodiment and power through a variety of controversial issues such as HIV/AIDS, sexual violence, sex work, abortion, cosmetic surgery and eugenics. You will think through various debates in relation to a broad canon of theories from feminism and sociology, around notions such as rights, bodily autonomy and integrity, structures and discourses, and the formation and regulation of identities. Gender will be a central thread throughout, and attention will be paid to how it intersects with other social categories such as class, 'race', sexual orientation, age, and (dis)ability.

    • The Cinematic Body

      30 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

      This module examines the interplay between body and cinema. This includes not only the representation of the body in films but also how the body of the spectator and cultural formations of the body influence and shape cinema itself. You will draw on a wide range of theoretical frames (including film studies, psychoanalysis, gender studies, philosophy, feminism and cultural theory) to consider a variety of themes including: the body as resistance and force; notions of beauty and the sublime; the hysterical body; discipline and punishment; the body as desire. The module will also consider recent developments in film, including the idea of cyber-cinema and its impact on the body.

    • Women and Human Rights

      30 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

      This module is divided into two halves. The first half consists of core topics providing a theoretical framework for the study of women's human rights. You will draw on feminist legal theory, human rights theory, anthropological and historical materials and international and national rights instruments and documentation. The second half focuses on the conception, implementation, adherence and breach of a specific right or related rights. 

Postgraduate student Rudo Rose Kawadza talks about her Gender Studies MA at Sussex

Entry requirements

Applicants normally have an upper second-class (2.1) undergraduate honours degree or above in a social science or humanities subject but other backgrounds will be considered

English language requirements

Standard level (IELTS 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each section)

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English language support

Don’t have the English language level for your course? Find out more about our pre-sessional courses.

Additional information for international students

We welcome applications from all over the world. Find out about international qualifications suitable for our Masters courses.

Visas and immigration

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Fees and scholarships

How much does it cost?


Home: £7,700 per year

EU: £7,700 per year

Channel Islands and Isle of Man: £7,700 per year

Overseas: £15,100 per year

Note that your fees may be subject to an increase on an annual basis.

How can I fund my course?

Postgraduate Masters loans

Borrow up to £10,280 to contribute to your postgraduate study.

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Our aim is to ensure that every student who wants to study with us is able to despite financial barriers, so that we continue to attract talented and unique individuals.

Chancellor’s Masters Scholarship (2017)

Open to students with a 1st class from a UK university or excellent grades from an EU university and offered a F/T place on a Sussex Masters in 2017

Application deadline:

1 August 2017

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Lady Monica Cockfield Scholarship (2017)

Two full UK/EU fee waivers for students who hold an offer of a place on the MA in European Governance and Policy.

Application deadline:

31 July 2017

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Sussex Graduate Scholarship (2017)

Open to Sussex students who graduate with a first or upper second-class degree and offered a full-time place on a Sussex Masters course in 2017

Application deadline:

1 August 2017

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Sussex India Scholarships (2017)

Sussex India Scholarships are worth £3,500 and are for overseas fee paying students from India commencing Masters study in September 2017.

Application deadline:

1 August 2017

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Sussex Malaysia Scholarships (2017)

Sussex Malaysia Scholarships are worth £3,500 and are for overseas fee paying students from Malaysia commencing Masters study in September 2017.

Application deadline:

1 August 2017

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Sussex Nigeria Scholarships (2017)

Sussex Nigeria Scholarships are worth £3,500 or £5,000 and are for overseas fee paying students from Nigeria commencing a Masters in September 2017.

Application deadline:

1 August 2017

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Sussex Pakistan Scholarships (2017)

Sussex Pakistan Scholarships are worth £3,500 and are for overseas fee paying students from Pakistan commencing Masters study in September 2017.

Application deadline:

1 August 2017

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Meet the people teaching and supervising on your course.

  • Faculty profiles

    Prof Caroline Bassett
    Professor Of Media And Communications

    Research interests: Critical Digital Humanities, Critical Theory, cultural and media policies, Design of public spaces, Digital Humanities, digital media, media history and theory, media technology and innovation, Sexual and gendered subjectivities, Socio-cultural impact of new media, sociology of expertise

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    Prof Andrea Cornwall
    Professor of Anthropology and International Development

    Research interests: Brazil, democratisation, Empowerment, gender and development, Gender and Sexuality, Nigeria, participation, public engagement, Public health

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    Prof Jane Cowan
    Professor of Social Anthropology

    Research interests: anthropology of gender and masculinity, Balkans, Dance Performance, Diplomacy & International Relations, Ethnography And Anthropology, Feminist theory, Gender and Sexuality, Greece, Human Rights, International Organization, Minority Rights, Social and political theory, Social anthropology

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    Dr Denise Decaires Narain
    Senior Lecturer in English

    Research interests: Caribbean women's writing

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    Dr Emile Devereaux
    Senior Lecturer In Digital Media

    Research interests: Critical Gender Studies, Digital Art & Design, Digital Cartography, Digital Culture, Interaction design, media history and theory, Tactical Media, Visual Studies

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    Dr Simidele Dosekun
    Lecturer in Media and Cultural Studies

    Research interests: Africa, Consumer studies, Feminist theory, gender, popular culture, race and ethnicity in global perspective, representation

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    Dr Katherine Farrimond
    Lecturer in Media and Cultural Studies

    Research interests: crime fictions, cultural studies, Feminist theory, Film, film noir, Gender and Sexuality, genre, girlhood, Gothic, horror, Media, Nostalgia, popular culture, representation, retro and vintage, science fiction, television, The body, virginity

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    Dr Anne-Meike Fechter
    Reader in Anthropology

    Research interests: Aid, Aid Workers, Cambodia, childhood and youth, Development, Expatriates, gender, Indonesia, Migration, Mobility, Morality and Ethics, southeast asia, Transnationalism

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    Dr Ben Fincham
    Senior Lecturer

    Research interests: Cycling, death, employment, fun, Gender and Sexuality, Happiness, masculinity, mobilities, suicide, Work

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    Prof Elizabeth Harrison
    Professor of Anthropology and International Development

    Research interests: Anthropology and ethnography, Anti-corruption, community, gender, International Development, Irrigation, Moralities, Natural Resource Management, Participation and engagement, Political anthropology, Sub-Saharan Africa, United Kingdom

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    Dr Tamsin Hinton-Smith
    Senior Lecturer In Higher Education

    Research interests: Feminist and qualitative research methods, Feminist theory, Gender Studies, higher education, Sociology of Education, Widening participation

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    Prof Beate Jahn
    Professor of International Relations

    Research interests: Liberal internationalism

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    Prof Liz James
    Professor of History of Art

    Research interests: Byzantine art, Byzantine culture and society, colour, gender, mosaics, sensory perceptions

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    Dr Margaretta Jolly
    Reader in Cultural Studies

    Research interests: Creative and critical writing, Cultural and Creative Industries, cultural studies, Everyday Life, Feminist theory, genre, history of feminism, letters and diaries, Life writing, Mass Observation, oral history, Self-identity, self-narratives, women's liberation

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    Dr Pamela Kea
    Senior Lecturer In Anthropology

    Research interests: Anthropology of West Africa, Asylum and FGM, childhood and youth, Decolonial critique and the arts, Feminist theory, gender, Home-making practices, Intimacy and transnational kinship relations, Migration and Mobility, Postcolonial/Decolonial theory, race and ethnicity, The aesthetics of migration, The household moral economy, Transnational networks and subjectivities, Visual and Material Culture

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    Prof Kate Lacey
    Professor of Media History & Theory

    Research interests: 20th C German History, Broadcasting History, Gender Studies, History of sound, Listening, media history, media theory, Public sphere theory, Radio Studies, Role of the media in processes of democratisation, Sound studies

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    Prof Claire Langhamer
    Professor Of Modern British History

    Research interests: history of emotion, history of love, Modern British history, social and cultural history

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    Dr Michael Lawrence

    Research interests: Adaptation, animals and media, Bollywood, children and film, indian cinema, Stars and performance

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    Prof Vicky Lebeau
    Professor of English

    Research interests: cinema and childhood, image and text, NHS in literature and culture, psychoanalysis

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    Dr Hannah Mason-Bish
    Lecturer In Sociology And Criminology

    Research interests: disability, gender, hate crime, Social constructionism, victims

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    Mr Andy Medhurst
    Senior Lecturer in Media, Film & Cultural Studies

    Research interests: Genre of comedy

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    Dr Monika Metykova
    Senior Lecturer in Media Communications/Journalism Studies

    Research interests: cultural and media policies, Journalism, media and democracy, media and diversity, media and migration, political economy of media

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    Dr Sharif Mowlabocus
    Senior Lecturer Of Media Studies/DigitalMedia

    Research interests: 'race' and class, Critical Digital Humanities, Digital Culture, digital embodiment, digital media, E-Health, Embodiment and Technologies, Gay & Lesbian Studies, Gender and Sexuality, Human Touch for ICT, Ideas of pornography, M-Health, Media & Communication Studies, Mobile Apps, Pornography, Queer and Transgender Representation, Queer Theory, representation

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    Prof Sally Munt
    Professor of Cultural/Gender Studies

    Research interests: 'race' and class, Alternative Spiritualities/New Religious Movements, cultural geography and space, cultural studies, Culture and Identity Rights, Everyday Life, Gender and Sexuality, history of emotion, Mental Health and Well-Being

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    Prof Kate O'Riordan
    Professor of Digital Culture

    Research interests: Biodigital Life, Bioinformatics, Critical Digital Humanities, Digital Arts History, Theory and Practice, Digital Culture, digital media, Feminist and qualitative research methods, Feminist theory, Genomics, Media & Communication Studies, Post-digital, Queer studies, Research Ethics, Science Studies

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    Prof Filippo Osella
    Professor Of Anthropology And South Asian Studies

    Research interests: anthropology of gender and masculinity, anthropology of Islam and Hinduism, anthropology of migration, anthropology of South Asia, anthropology of trade and entrepreneurship, charity & philanthropy, Economic anthropology, India, Pakistan, Persian/Arab Gulf GCC countries, Sri Lanka

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    Prof Alison Phipps
    Professor of Gender Studies

    Research interests: Feminist theory, Gender and Sexuality, higher education, Laddism, neoliberalism, political sociology, Rape, Reproductive Justice, Sex industry, Sex work, Sexual harassment, sexual violence

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    Dr Vincent Quinn

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    Dr Niall Richardson
    Senior Lecturer

    Research interests: body image in film and media, disability and human rights, Queer studies, representation of gender and sexuality in film and popular culture, Transgender politics and representation

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    Dr Lizzie Seal
    Senior Lecturer in Sociology/Criminology

    Research interests: Criminology, Cultural History, gender, Violence

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    Prof Sue Thornham
    Professor of Media & Film Studies

    Research interests: Cultural Theory, Feminist theory, Film History, Theory and Criticism, Gender Studies

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    Prof Maya Unnithan
    Professor Of Social And Medical Anthropology

    Research interests: caste and kinship, childbirth and infertility, gender and development, health and migration, human rights and reproductive health, maternal health inequalities, reproductive technologies, Social anthropology

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    Prof Cynthia Weber
    Professor of International Relations

    Research interests: American Studies, citizenship, Critical Gender Studies, Feminist International Relations, Film and International Relations, Intervention, Poststructuralist International Relations, Queer International Relations, Sovereignty

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    Ms Janice Winship
    Reader in Media & Film Studies

    Research interests: Film-based media

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Studying for a Gender Studies MA at Sussex develops your problem-solving, interpersonal and analysis and interpretation skills. You will also improve your debating, research and self-management abilities.

Our graduates have gone into a range of careers in sectors such as:

  • national and local government
  • NGO/charity work
  • journalism
  • teaching
  • equalities and diversity work within corporations.

Many have also progressed to doctoral studies at Sussex.

Graduate destinations

100% of students from the Department of Sociology were in work or further study six months after graduating (EPI, Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2015 for postgraduates).

Working while you study

Our Careers and Employability Centre can help you find part-time work while you study. Find out more about career development and part-time work