Media and cultural studies (2016 entry)

Subject overview

The Department of Media and Film at Sussex:

  • offers exceptional opportunities for graduate study, with innovative taught MA courses and a range of supervision for MPhil and PhD research in theory and practice
  • has a thriving research culture in media theory and practice, with around 50 research students working alongside faculty each year
  • is ranked 7th in the UK for research impact in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF)
  • is ranked in the top 15 in the UK in The Complete University Guide 2017.
Academic activities

The renowned interdisciplinary research centres in our Department – the Centre for Material Digital Culture, the Centre for Life History and Life Writing Research, and the Public Culture Hub – provide a focus for developing and presenting research, running conferences and events. Our centres are open to all research students and faculty in the School. 

Programmes

  • PhD in Media and Cultural Studies
  • MPhil in Media and Cultural Studies

We offer expert supervision across a wide range of media and cultural studies with specialist focus on:

  • social and cultural analysis of media forms, institutions and practices
  • digital cultures
  • media histories
  • media theory
  • journalism
  • documentary
  • cultural citizenship
  • public cultures
  • sound cultures, visual culture and sense perception
  • advertising and consumption
  • media audiences • everyday life and life histories
  • identity and cultural space
  • feminisms
  • lesbian and gay studies
  • working-class and popular culture
  • questions of representation.

Research proposals in these fields are particularly welcome.

Supervision

You have two supervisors who together help you devise a detailed programme of study tailored to the individual research project, and who offer regular guidance and feedback until completion.

Research training

All new research students are required to participate in a programme of research training and to take other postgraduate modules that may be recommended by their supervisors (exemption from research training modules can be granted to those who have already taken such modules at MA level).

Throughout your studies, as part of your intellectual training, you are expected to take part in the research culture of the School of Media, Film and Music and relevant research centres. This might include participation in reading and discussion groups, skills development training, research-in-progress seminars, etc.

You are expected to present your research both within the School and beyond. The School offers support for conference attendance and studentled symposia. There is a mentoring scheme within the School to support PhD students, and you join a lively well-established interdisciplinary research community.

The University’s Doctoral School runs a wide range of training courses covering the needs of students throughout all phases of their studies.

Coursework

The first term (or first two terms for part-time students) is devoted to developing the research plan – typically refining research questions, designing a methodology and engaging in a literature review. By the end of the first year (or second year part time), you write and present your first research paper, and are ready to pursue fieldwork or other primary research for analysis and completion in the final year.

Assessment and progression

Progress is monitored by supervision meetings, annual reports, and an annual interview by a review panel. The research is written up as an 80,000-word thesis (PhD) or a 40,000-word thesis (MPhil) and judged by internal and external examiners. The examination includes an oral defence.

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Entry requirements

MPhil in Media and Cultural Studies

UK entrance requirements

Normally a Masters degree with a Merit or equivalent in a subject relevant to your chosen area of research.

Overseas entrance requirements

If you are an international student and wish to find out if you have the necessary qualifications for this degree, please refer to Overseas qualifications.

English language requirements

IELTS 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each section.

For more information, refer to What qualifications do I need?

PhD in Media and Cultural Studies

UK entrance requirements

Normally a Masters degree with a Merit or equivalent in a subject relevant to your chosen area of research.

Overseas entrance requirements

If you are an international student and wish to find out if you have the necessary qualifications for this degree, please refer to Overseas qualifications.

English language requirements

IELTS 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each section.

For more information, refer to What qualifications do I need?

Visas and immigration

Find out more about Visas and immigration.

For more information about the admissions process at Sussex

For pre-application enquiries:

Student Recruitment Services
T +44 (0)1273 876787
E pg.enquiries@sussex.ac.uk

For post-application enquiries:

Postgraduate Admissions,
University of Sussex,
Sussex House, Falmer,
Brighton BN1 9RH, UK
T +44 (0)1273 877773
F +44 (0)1273 678545
E pg.applicants@sussex.ac.uk 

Fees and funding

Fees

MPhil in Media and Cultural Studies fees

Home UK/EU students: £4,1211
Channel Island and Isle of Man students: £4,1212
Overseas students: £14,8003

1 The fee shown is for the academic year 2016.
2 The fee shown is for the academic year 2016.
3 The fee shown is for the academic year 2016.

PhD in Media and Cultural Studies fees

Home UK/EU students: £4,1211
Channel Island and Isle of Man students: £4,1212
Overseas students: £14,8003

1 The fee shown is for the academic year 2016.
2 The fee shown is for the academic year 2016.
3 The fee shown is for the academic year 2016.

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Scholarships

The sources of financial support listed below are for the subject area you are viewing and may not apply to all degrees listed within it. Please check the description of the individual source of financial support to make sure it is relevant to your chosen degree.

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We are in the process of updating funding sources for postgraduate study in the academic year 2016/17. For general information, visit Postgraduate research scholarships 2016.

For more information on scholarships go to the Scholarships web pages.

Faculty interests

Our internationally respected research explores questions around the materialities, technologies and politics of cultural forms and formations. Researchers work on, across and through a range of media: film, television, radio, photography, and digital forms. 

They specialise within three interlocking themes: cultural histories/cultural politics; media technology, form and experience; and the politics of representation. 

Prof Caroline Bassett
Professor Of Media And Communications
C.Bassett@sussex.ac.uk

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 David Berry
Professor of Digital Humanities
D.M.Berry@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Algorithms, Code, Computation, Critical Digital Humanities, Critical Reason, Critical Theory, Digital Humanities, History of the University, Philosophy, Political economy, Post-digital, postdigital, Social and political theory, Software Studies, University

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Prof Michael Bull
Professor Of Sound Studies
M.Bull@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Sensory experience and methodologies

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Prof David Hendy
Professor of Media and Cultural History
D.J.Hendy@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: BBC, Broadcasting History, Cultural History, history of emotion, History of sound, media history and theory, Modern British history, oral history, social and cultural history, Television History, Theory and Criticism, Transnational history

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Prof Ben Highmore
Professor of Cultural Studies
B.Highmore@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Art History, Cultural History, Everyday Life, Literary And Cultural Theory, Mood

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Dr Malcolm James
Senior Lecturer in Media and Cultural Studies
Malcolm.James@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: childhood and youth, cultural studies, diaspora race/ethnicity, ethnography, participant methods, postcolonial studies, Race and colonialism, race and ethnicity, Sound studies, urban culture

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Dr Margaretta Jolly
Reader in Cultural Studies
M.Jolly@sussex.ac.uk

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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Prof Tim Jordan
Professor of Digital Cultures
T.R.Jordan@sussex.ac.uk

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Prof Kate Lacey
Professor of Media History & Theory
K.Lacey@sussex.ac.uk

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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Dr Eleftheria Lekakis
Senior Lecturer In Media & Communication
E.Lekakis@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: civic engagement, consumer activism, cultural politics, Digital Culture, digital media, global communication, Humanitarianism, media activism, media sociology, Nationalism, political communication, political consumerism, promotional cultures

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Dr Sarah Maltby
Senior Lecturer In Media & Communication
S.Maltby@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: cultural memory, Media & Communication Studies, media and war, memory and war, Military, Sociology

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Mr Andy Medhurst
Senior Lecturer in Media, Film & Cultural Studies
A.Medhurst@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Genre of comedy

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Dr Monika Metykova
Senior Lecturer in Media Communications/Journalism Studies
M.Metykova@sussex.ac.uk

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
S.J.Mowlabocus@sussex.ac.uk

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
S.R.Munt@sussex.ac.uk

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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Dr Kate O'Riordan
Reader in Media
K.ORiordan@sussex.ac.uk

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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Dr Niall Richardson
Senior Lecturer
N.D.Richardson@sussex.ac.uk

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 Pollyanna Ruiz
Senior Lecturer
P.Ruiz@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Cultural Theory, Digital Culture, Protest, Public Spaces, Public sphere theory, Social networking

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Prof Lyn Thomas
Professor Of Cultural Studies
lynjthomas@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: 'Suspect communities' in the British press, Annie Ernaux, contemporary French literature, cultural studies, French feminisms, Life writing, lifestyle television, memoir, religion and media, The Archers

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Ms Janice Winship
Reader in Media & Film Studies
J.Winship@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Film-based media

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Careers and perspectives

Our graduates have gone on to pursue careers in academia, production research, broadcasting, and project and cultural management.

Employers of our graduates include Scenestealer Interactive Video Solutions, Viasat Broadcasting, Autumn Publishing and Ofcom.

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Research training

The University’s Doctoral School runs a wide range of training courses covering the needs of students throughout all phases of their studies.

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School and contacts

Contact us

Sarah Maddox, 
Research and Enterprise Co-ordinator,
School of Media, Film and Music
University of Sussex, Falmer, 
Brighton BN1 9RG, UK 
T +44 (0)1273 873525
E s.maddox@sussex.ac.uk

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