4 years full time, 6 years part time
Choose to start in September 2017, January 2018 or May 2018
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 Centre for Material Digital Culture and 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:
- digital media theory
- digital materiality and network cultures
- political economy and the relationship of digital media to lived experience.
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.
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
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
Dr Emile Devereaux
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
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
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
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-Jane Norman
Professor of Performance Technologies
Research interests: Embodiment and Technologies, Performing Arts, Practice-based research, Scenography, Sonic Arts, Theatre History
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 Ben Roberts
Lecturer In Digital Humanities
Research interests: Automation, Critical Theory, Media Archaeology, Philosophy of Technology, Stiegler
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
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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