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

Journalism Studies

Join the growing research culture in Journalism Studies at Sussex and explore the practices, politics and impact of journalism in a wide range of contexts.

You’ll work with experienced faculty guiding and supervising you throughout your research project. We particularly welcome research proposals in:

  • news journalism
  • political communications
  • journalism and the military
  • journalism and intelligence
  • investigative journalism
  • media and protest.

Projects can be co-supervised by faculty in other subject areas 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.

  • Journalism Studies faculty

    Dr Xiaojiang Chen

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    Prof Ivor Gaber
    Professor of Journalism

    Research interests: Broadcast News, Journalism, Labour Party, Media and Elections, Media and Policymaking, Media and Social Work, Media Bias, Media Regulation, News Agendas, political communication, Political Parties, Polling, Social Media

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    Dr Paul Lashmar
    Senior Lecturer in Journalism

    Research interests: Anti-corruption, Computer aided reporting, Data journalism, Digital Heritage, intelligence agencies, investigative journalism, mass surveillance, mugshots, organised crime, Terrorism and political violence

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    Dr Sarah Maltby
    Senior Lecturer In Media & Communication

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

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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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  • Media and Political Communication faculty

    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 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

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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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    Dr Eleftheria Lekakis
    Senior Lecturer In Media & 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

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    Dr Pollyanna Ruiz
    Senior Lecturer

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

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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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