4 years full time, 6 years part time
Choose to start in September 2017, January 2018 or May 2018

Digital Media

The rapid development and distribution of digital media technologies in so many aspects of everyday life raises new research questions. Specialist methods and approaches are needed to understand the transformations in everyday life and social worlds. Exploring these questions in your PhD, you’ll work with expert faculty guiding and supervising you throughout your research project.

You have the opportunity to 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.

We welcome research proposals in areas such as:

  • philosophy of media, critical theory and technology
  • digital humanities
  • computational media and the political economy of computation.

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 at

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.

How to apply

If you’d like to join us as a research student, there are two main routes:

Find out how to apply for a PhD at Sussex


Explore our research interests and find a potential supervisor.

  • 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 David Berry
    Professor of Digital Humanities

    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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    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 Beatrice Fazi
    Research Fellow in Digital Humanities & Computational Culture

    Research interests: Abstraction, Aesthetics, Automation, Computation, Continental Philosophy, Critical Digital Humanities, Critical Theory, Cultural Theory, Deleuze, Digital Culture, Digital Theory, Incomputability, Indeterminacy, Media Philosophy, media theory, Philosophy of Cognitive Science, Software Studies, Turing, Whitehead

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    Prof Tim Jordan
    Professor of Digital Cultures

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    Ms Mary Krell
    Senior Lecturer in Media & Film Studies

    Research interests: Digital Art & Design, Digital Arts History, Theory and Practice, Interactive and web based documentaries, interactive art, interactive installation, Performance

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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-Jane Norman
    Professor of Performance Technologies

    Research interests: Embodiment and Technologies, Performing Arts, Practice-based research, Scenography, Sonic Arts, Theatre History

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    Dr Kate O'Riordan
    Professor 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

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    Dr Ben Roberts
    Lecturer In Digital Humanities

    Research interests: Automation, Critical Theory, Media Archaeology, Philosophy of Technology, Stiegler

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    Dr Martin Spinelli
    Senior Lecturer in Media & Cultural Studies

    Research interests: Aesthetics, arts interviewing, Broadcast News, Broadcasting History, Digital Humanities, ethnography, Journalism, Life writing, literary journalism, memoir, podcasting, radio, radio drama, Radio Studies, Socio-cultural impact of new media, Sound Art

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    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

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    Dr Alban Webb
    Lecturer in Media and Cultural Studies

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Entry requirements

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.

Find out about other English language qualifications we accept.

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

Find out how to apply for a student visa

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.

Part-time work

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.

Find out more about careers and employability

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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