4 years full time, 6 years part time
Choose to start in September 2017, January 2018 or May 2018
Cultural Studies engages with the study of everyday life, and critically with the ‘deep ordinariness’ of the world.
Studying cultural consumption, popular culture, multicultures, cultural values and the radicalism or conservatism of cultural politics involves thinking about culture as it is felt and lived.
Cultural Studies at Sussex can be researched using a humanities (textual) approach or social scientific (empirical) methods, or a combination of both.
The Sussex Centre for Cultural Studies is the largest research centre at the University, with workshops, conferences and events with leading external speakers – all of which you’re welcome to attend. Our leading scholars apply innovative methods and cutting-edge approaches to culture, power and agency.
Projects can be co-supervised by faculty in another school as appropriate.
Full-time and part-time study
You can choose to work on your research full time or part time. For details about part-time study, contact us.
PhD or MPhil?
You can choose to study for a PhD or an MPhil. PhD and MPhil degrees differ in the length of the course and therefore in the extent of the research work you can undertake and incorporate in your thesis.
- An MPhil typically takes three years full time and four years part time. You’ll conduct an independent piece of research but in less depth than for a PhD. You will graduate with the degree title Master of Philosophy.
- A PhD typically takes four years full time and six years part time. You will undertake a piece of research that makes a substantial original contribution to knowledge or understanding in your chosen field.
If you choose an MPhil, you might be able to change to a PhD during the course of your studies.
Supervision in this subject area is offered in the School of Media, Film and Music, and also in interdisciplinary teams across different departments and schools.
We welcome research proposals in areas such as:
- cultural citizenship, values and beliefs
- somatic cultures, visual culture and senses
- affect, emotion and feeling
- cultural production and consumption
- everyday life and life histories
- popular culture
- cultural identities, subcultures, multiculture, cosmopolitanism
- cultural protest and resistance
- cultural practises of religion and spirituality
- digital culture
- cultural practices of race/ethniticy, class, gender/sexuality and other social formations of identity.
- 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
Prof David Berry
Professor of Digital Humanities
Research interests: Algorithms, Code, Computation, Critical Digital Humanities, Critical Theory, Digital Humanities, Philosophy, Political economy, Post-digital, Social and political theory, Software Studies, The University
Prof Michael Bull
Professor Of Sound Studies
Research interests: Sensory experience and methodologies
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
Dr Katherine Farrimond
Lecturer in Media & 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
Dr Beatrice Fazi
Research Fellow in Digital Humanities & Computational Culture
Research interests: Abstraction, Aesthetics, Automation, Computation, Continental Philosophy, Critical Theory, Cultural Theory, Cybernetics, Deleuze, Digital Culture, Digital Theory, Incomputability, Indeterminacy, Media Philosophy, media theory, Philosophy of Cognitive Science, Software Studies, Turing, Whitehead
Prof David Hendy
Professor of Media and Cultural History
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
Prof Ben Highmore
Professor of Cultural Studies
Research interests: Art History, Cultural History, Everyday Life, Literary And Cultural Theory, Mood
Dr Malcolm James
Senior Lecturer in Media and Cultural Studies
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
Dr Margaretta Jolly
Reader in Cultural Studies
Research interests: Creative and critical writing, 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
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
Dr Eleftheria Lekakis
Lecturer in Media And Communication
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
Dr Sarah Maltby
Senior Lecturer In Media & Communication
Research interests: cultural memory, Media & Communication Studies, media and war, memory and war, Military, Sociology
Mr Andy Medhurst
Senior Lecturer in Media, Film & Cultural Studies
Research interests: Genre of comedy
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
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
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
Dr Kate O'Riordan
Reader in Media
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
Dr Niall Richardson
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
Dr Pollyanna Ruiz
Research interests: Cultural Theory, Digital Culture, Protest, Public Spaces, Public sphere theory, Social networking
Prof Lyn Thomas
Professor Of Cultural Studies
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
Dr Robert Topinka
Lecturer in Media and Cultural Studies
Research interests: Critical Digital Humanities, Critical Theory, Everyday Life, Media Archaeology, Race, Race and colonialism, rhetoric, Technology and society, urban culture, urban history, visual culture
Normally a Masters degree with a Merit or equivalent in a subject relevant to your chosen area of research.
English language requirements
IELTS 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each section.
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 PhD degrees.
Visas and immigration
Scholarships and fees
How can I fund my course?
Postgraduate Masters Loan
MPhil students might be eligible for a Postgraduate Masters Loan. This is not available for students registering for a PhD.
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.
Commonwealth Scholarship (2017)
Commonwealth Scholarships for Master’s and PhD study in the UK are offered for citizens of developing Commonwealth countries.
29 March 2017
Dr John Birch Music Scholarship (2017)
Four scholarships of £800 to reward talented musicians and encourage music performance whilst studying at Sussex.
19 May 2017
We advertise around 2,500 part-time jobs a year so you can make money and gain work experience. We have a special scheme to employ students on campus, wherever possible.
How much does it cost?
Fees for self-funding students
Home: £4,195 per year
EU: £4,195 per year
Channel Islands and Isle of Man: £4,195 per year
Overseas: £15,100 per year
Our fees follow the indicative fee level set nationally by Research Council UK and may be subject to change.
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