This course starts in September 2019

Gender and Media MA

Gender and Media MA

Key information

Duration:
1 year full time, 2 years part time
Start date:
September 2019
Apply by:
1 August 2019 (international), 1 September 2019 (UK/EU)
  • 100% of Communication, Cultural and Media Studies research impact was rated outstanding or very considerable in terms of reach and significance in the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014)

The media continue to be central to gendered power relations and identification processes. This degree combines theoretical and methodological approaches from the social sciences, cultural studies and the humanities.

You’ll learn from some of the most influential academics in feminist and queer studies. Sussex has a long-established reputation for research excellence in gender studies. You'll have seminars, workshops and lectures on cutting-edge research in the field from a variety of disciplines.

You’ll explore the relationship between media, gender and sexuality. You’ll also explore how gender and sexuality frame, and are framed, by such issues.

The degree allows you to:

  • study texts drawn from a range of historical and national contexts
  • interrogate historical and contemporary approaches to feminism, postfeminism, queer theory, ‘crip’ theory and masculinity studies
  • develop an advanced understanding of gender and sexuality.

This MA is for you if you’re already in the media field or wish to enter it. Or you may be in an occupation where gender awareness would be an advantage.

The Gender and Media MA provides a solid theoretical grounding, which you can use as a springboard to take your research in all kinds of directions.”Emily Baker
Gender and Media MA

Entry requirements

Degree requirements

You should normally have an upper second-class (2.1) undergraduate honours degree or above.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in media, film or another relevant subject area. You can also apply for the course if you don’t have the academic qualifications required, but can show relevant professional/creative skills and experience.

 

Please select your country from the list.

Argentina

Degree requirements

Licenciado/Titulo with a final mark of at least 7.5-8.5 depending on your university. 

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in media, film or another relevant subject area. You can also apply for the course if you don’t have the academic qualifications required, but can show relevant professional/creative skills and experience.

 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Australia

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with second-class upper division.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in media, film or another relevant subject area. You can also apply for the course if you don’t have the academic qualifications required, but can show relevant professional/creative skills and experience.

 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Azerbaijan

Degree requirements

Magistr or Specialist Diploma with a minimum average mark of at least 4 or 81%

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in media, film or another relevant subject area. You can also apply for the course if you don’t have the academic qualifications required, but can show relevant professional/creative skills and experience.

 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Bahrain

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA 3.0/4.0 (Grade B).

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in media, film or another relevant subject area. You can also apply for the course if you don’t have the academic qualifications required, but can show relevant professional/creative skills and experience.

 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Bangladesh

Degree requirements

Masters degree with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in media, film or another relevant subject area. You can also apply for the course if you don’t have the academic qualifications required, but can show relevant professional/creative skills and experience.

 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Brazil

Degree requirements

Bacharel, Licenciado or professional title with a final mark of at least 7.5 or 8 depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in media, film or another relevant subject area. You can also apply for the course if you don’t have the academic qualifications required, but can show relevant professional/creative skills and experience.

 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Brunei

Degree requirements

Bachelors (Honours) degree with second class upper division or GPA 3.1/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in media, film or another relevant subject area. You can also apply for the course if you don’t have the academic qualifications required, but can show relevant professional/creative skills and experience.

 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Canada

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA 3.3/4.0 (grade B+).

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in media, film or another relevant subject area. You can also apply for the course if you don’t have the academic qualifications required, but can show relevant professional/creative skills and experience.

 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Chile

Degree requirements

Licenciado with a final mark of 5-5.5/7 depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in media, film or another relevant subject area. You can also apply for the course if you don’t have the academic qualifications required, but can show relevant professional/creative skills and experience.

 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

China

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with an overall mark of at least 72%-85% depending on your university.

As evidence of completing your degree you must provide both a Degree Certificate and Graduation Certificate.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in media, film or another relevant subject area. You can also apply for the course if you don’t have the academic qualifications required, but can show relevant professional/creative skills and experience.

 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Colombia

Degree requirements

Licenciado with ‘Acreditacion de alta calidad' and a GPA of 3.5.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in media, film or another relevant subject area. You can also apply for the course if you don’t have the academic qualifications required, but can show relevant professional/creative skills and experience.

 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Cyprus

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree or Ptychion with a final mark of at least 7.5.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in media, film or another relevant subject area. You can also apply for the course if you don’t have the academic qualifications required, but can show relevant professional/creative skills and experience.

 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Ecuador

Degree requirements

Licenciado with a final mark of at least 17/20.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in media, film or another relevant subject area. You can also apply for the course if you don’t have the academic qualifications required, but can show relevant professional/creative skills and experience.

 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Egypt

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree from a university with an overall grade of at least 70%-75% depending on your university

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in media, film or another relevant subject area. You can also apply for the course if you don’t have the academic qualifications required, but can show relevant professional/creative skills and experience.

 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

France

Degree requirements

Licence with mention bien or Maîtrise with final mark of at least 13.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in media, film or another relevant subject area. You can also apply for the course if you don’t have the academic qualifications required, but can show relevant professional/creative skills and experience.

 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Germany

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree or Magister Artium with a final mark of 2.4 or better.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in media, film or another relevant subject area. You can also apply for the course if you don’t have the academic qualifications required, but can show relevant professional/creative skills and experience.

 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Ghana

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree from a public university with second-class upper division.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in media, film or another relevant subject area. You can also apply for the course if you don’t have the academic qualifications required, but can show relevant professional/creative skills and experience.

 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Greece

Degree requirements

Ptychion from an AEI with a final mark of at least 7.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in media, film or another relevant subject area. You can also apply for the course if you don’t have the academic qualifications required, but can show relevant professional/creative skills and experience.

 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Hong Kong

Degree requirements

Bachelors (Honours) degree with second-class upper division.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in media, film or another relevant subject area. You can also apply for the course if you don’t have the academic qualifications required, but can show relevant professional/creative skills and experience.

 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

India

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with an overall mark of at least 55-70% depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in media, film or another relevant subject area. You can also apply for the course if you don’t have the academic qualifications required, but can show relevant professional/creative skills and experience.

 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Indonesia

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree from an 'A' accredited university with GPA 3.0/4.0. 

Bachelors degree from a 'B' accredited university with GPA 3.2/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in media, film or another relevant subject area. You can also apply for the course if you don’t have the academic qualifications required, but can show relevant professional/creative skills and experience.

 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Iran

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree (Licence or Karshenasi) with a final mark of at least 15.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in media, film or another relevant subject area. You can also apply for the course if you don’t have the academic qualifications required, but can show relevant professional/creative skills and experience.

 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Italy

Degree requirements

Diploma di Laurea with an overall mark of at least 105.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in media, film or another relevant subject area. You can also apply for the course if you don’t have the academic qualifications required, but can show relevant professional/creative skills and experience.

 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Japan

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with a minimum C/GPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or equivalent.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in media, film or another relevant subject area. You can also apply for the course if you don’t have the academic qualifications required, but can show relevant professional/creative skills and experience.

 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Jordan

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or 80%.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in media, film or another relevant subject area. You can also apply for the course if you don’t have the academic qualifications required, but can show relevant professional/creative skills and experience.

 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Kazakhstan

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with an overall mark of 4 or better (on a scale of 1-5)/GPA 3,33.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in media, film or another relevant subject area. You can also apply for the course if you don’t have the academic qualifications required, but can show relevant professional/creative skills and experience.

 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Kenya

Degree requirements

Bachelors (Honours) degree with second-class upper division.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in media, film or another relevant subject area. You can also apply for the course if you don’t have the academic qualifications required, but can show relevant professional/creative skills and experience.

 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Kuwait

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or B+

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in media, film or another relevant subject area. You can also apply for the course if you don’t have the academic qualifications required, but can show relevant professional/creative skills and experience.

 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Lebanon

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA 3.5/4.0 or 14/20.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in media, film or another relevant subject area. You can also apply for the course if you don’t have the academic qualifications required, but can show relevant professional/creative skills and experience.

 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Malawi

Degree requirements

Masters degree, depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in media, film or another relevant subject area. You can also apply for the course if you don’t have the academic qualifications required, but can show relevant professional/creative skills and experience.

 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Malaysia

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in media, film or another relevant subject area. You can also apply for the course if you don’t have the academic qualifications required, but can show relevant professional/creative skills and experience.

 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Mexico

Degree requirements

Licenciado with a final mark of at least 8/10.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in media, film or another relevant subject area. You can also apply for the course if you don’t have the academic qualifications required, but can show relevant professional/creative skills and experience.

 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Nepal

Degree requirements

Masters degree with overall mark of 80%

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in media, film or another relevant subject area. You can also apply for the course if you don’t have the academic qualifications required, but can show relevant professional/creative skills and experience.

 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Nigeria

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with second-class upper division or CGPA of at least 3.0-3.5/5.0 depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in media, film or another relevant subject area. You can also apply for the course if you don’t have the academic qualifications required, but can show relevant professional/creative skills and experience.

 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Norway

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with an overall grade of B.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in media, film or another relevant subject area. You can also apply for the course if you don’t have the academic qualifications required, but can show relevant professional/creative skills and experience.

 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Oman

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 3.3/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in media, film or another relevant subject area. You can also apply for the course if you don’t have the academic qualifications required, but can show relevant professional/creative skills and experience.

 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Pakistan

Degree requirements

Four-year bachelors degree with overall grade of 65% or Masters with 60%

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in media, film or another relevant subject area. You can also apply for the course if you don’t have the academic qualifications required, but can show relevant professional/creative skills and experience.

 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Palestine

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with at least 80% or GPA of at least 3.0/4.0

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in media, film or another relevant subject area. You can also apply for the course if you don’t have the academic qualifications required, but can show relevant professional/creative skills and experience.

 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Paraguay

Degree requirements

Bachelors with a final mark of at least 7.5/10.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in media, film or another relevant subject area. You can also apply for the course if you don’t have the academic qualifications required, but can show relevant professional/creative skills and experience.

 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Peru

Degree requirements

Licenciado with a final mark of at least 13/20 from a public university or 15/20 from a private university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in media, film or another relevant subject area. You can also apply for the course if you don’t have the academic qualifications required, but can show relevant professional/creative skills and experience.

 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Philippines

Degree requirements

Masters degree with 1.5/5.0 (where 1 is the highest) or 3.7/4.0

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in media, film or another relevant subject area. You can also apply for the course if you don’t have the academic qualifications required, but can show relevant professional/creative skills and experience.

 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Qatar

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with an overall CPGA of at least 3 (on a scale of 4).

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in media, film or another relevant subject area. You can also apply for the course if you don’t have the academic qualifications required, but can show relevant professional/creative skills and experience.

 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Russia

Degree requirements

Bakalavr or Specialist Diploma with a minimum average mark of at least 4.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in media, film or another relevant subject area. You can also apply for the course if you don’t have the academic qualifications required, but can show relevant professional/creative skills and experience.

 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Saudi Arabia

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with a CGPA 3.5/5.0 or 3/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in media, film or another relevant subject area. You can also apply for the course if you don’t have the academic qualifications required, but can show relevant professional/creative skills and experience.

 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Singapore

Degree requirements

Bachelors (Honours) degree with second-class upper division or CAP 4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in media, film or another relevant subject area. You can also apply for the course if you don’t have the academic qualifications required, but can show relevant professional/creative skills and experience.

 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

South Africa

Degree requirements

Bachelors (honours) degree with second-class division 1.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in media, film or another relevant subject area. You can also apply for the course if you don’t have the academic qualifications required, but can show relevant professional/creative skills and experience.

 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

South Korea

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with a CGPA of at least 3.3/4.5 or 3.1/4.3 or B+

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in media, film or another relevant subject area. You can also apply for the course if you don’t have the academic qualifications required, but can show relevant professional/creative skills and experience.

 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Spain

Degree requirements

Licenciado with a final mark of at least 2/4 or 7/10.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in media, film or another relevant subject area. You can also apply for the course if you don’t have the academic qualifications required, but can show relevant professional/creative skills and experience.

 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Sri Lanka

Degree requirements

Bachelors Special degree with upper second honours.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in media, film or another relevant subject area. You can also apply for the course if you don’t have the academic qualifications required, but can show relevant professional/creative skills and experience.

 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Switzerland

Degree requirements

Licence or Diplôme with 5/6 or 8/10.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in media, film or another relevant subject area. You can also apply for the course if you don’t have the academic qualifications required, but can show relevant professional/creative skills and experience.

 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Taiwan

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with overall mark of at least 67%-80% depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in media, film or another relevant subject area. You can also apply for the course if you don’t have the academic qualifications required, but can show relevant professional/creative skills and experience.

 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Thailand

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 2.8 - 3.0/4.0 or equivalent depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in media, film or another relevant subject area. You can also apply for the course if you don’t have the academic qualifications required, but can show relevant professional/creative skills and experience.

 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Turkey

Degree requirements

Lisans Diplomasi with CGPA of at least 2.8 - 3.0/4.0 or equivalent depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in media, film or another relevant subject area. You can also apply for the course if you don’t have the academic qualifications required, but can show relevant professional/creative skills and experience.

 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

United Arab Emirates

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or equivalent.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in media, film or another relevant subject area. You can also apply for the course if you don’t have the academic qualifications required, but can show relevant professional/creative skills and experience.

 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

USA

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 3.3-3.5/4.0 depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in media, film or another relevant subject area. You can also apply for the course if you don’t have the academic qualifications required, but can show relevant professional/creative skills and experience.

 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Vietnam

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree (with a Graduate Thesis/research component) with CGPA of at least 3.3/4.0 or 7.5/10.

As evidence of completing your degree you must provide both proof of graduation in addition to your transcript.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in media, film or another relevant subject area. You can also apply for the course if you don’t have the academic qualifications required, but can show relevant professional/creative skills and experience.

 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Zambia

Degree requirements

Masters degree with GPA of 2.0/2.5 or equivalent.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in media, film or another relevant subject area. You can also apply for the course if you don’t have the academic qualifications required, but can show relevant professional/creative skills and experience.

 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Zimbabwe

Degree requirements

Bachelors (Honours) degree with second-class upper division.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in media, film or another relevant subject area. You can also apply for the course if you don’t have the academic qualifications required, but can show relevant professional/creative skills and experience.

 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

My country is not listed

If your country is not listed, you need to contact us and find out the qualification level you should have for this course. Contact us

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in media, film or another relevant subject area. You can also apply for the course if you don’t have the academic qualifications required, but can show relevant professional/creative skills and experience.

 

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic)

Standard level (6.5 overall, including at least 6.0 in each component).

Check your IELTS qualification meets all of our entry requirements and find out more about IELTS

Alternative English language qualifications

Proficiency tests

Cambridge Advanced Certificate in English (CAE)

176 overall, including at least 169 in each skill.

We would normally expect the CAE test to have been taken within two years before the start of your course.

You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about Cambridge English: Advanced

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)

176 overall, including at least 169 in each skill.

We would normally expect the CPE test to have been taken within two years before the start of your course.

You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about Cambridge English: Proficiency

Pearson (PTE Academic)

62 overall, including at least 56 in all four skills.

PTE (Academic) scores are valid for two years from the test date. Your score must be valid when you begin your Sussex course. You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about Pearson (PTE Academic)

TOEFL (iBT)

88 overall, including at least 20 in Listening, 19 in Reading, 21 in Speaking, 23 in Writing.

TOEFL (iBT) scores are valid for two years from the test date. Your score must be valid when you begin your Sussex course. You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about TOEFL (iBT)

The TOEFL Institution Code for the University of Sussex is 9166.

English language qualifications

AS/A-level (GCE)

Grade C or above in English Language.

Hong Kong Advanced Level Examination (HKALE)/ AS or A Level: grade C or above in Use of English.

GCE O-level

Grade C or above in English.

Brunei/Cambridge GCE O-level in English: grades 1-6.

Singapore/Cambridge GCE O-level in English: grades 1-6.

GCSE or IGCSE

Grade C or above in English as a First Language (Grade 4 or above in GCSE from 2017).

Grade B or above in English as a Second Language.

German Abitur

A score of 12 or above in English.

Ghana Senior Secondary School Certificate

If awarded before 1993: grades 1-6 in English language.

If awarded between 1993 and 2005: grades A-D in English language.

Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE)

 Level 4, including at least 3 in each component in English Language.

Indian School Certificate (Standard XII)

The Indian School Certificate is accepted at the grades below when awarded by the following examination boards:

Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) – English Core only: 70%

Council for Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) - English: 70% 

International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB)

English A or English B at grade 5 or above.

Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education

Grades A - C in English language

Malaysian Certificate of Education (SPM) 1119/GCE O-level

If taken before the end of 2008: grades 1-6 in English Language.

If taken from 2009 onwards: grade C or above in English Language.

The qualification must be jointly awarded by the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate (UCLES).

West African Senior School Certificate

Grades A1-C6 (1-6) in English language when awarded by the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) or the National Examinations Council (NECO).

Country exceptions

Select to see the list of exempt English-speaking countries

If you are a national of one of the countries below, or if you have recently completed a qualification equivalent to a UK Bachelors degree or higher in one of these countries, you will normally meet our English requirement. Note that qualifications obtained by distance learning or awarded by studying outside these countries cannot be accepted for English language purposes.

You will normally be expected to have completed the qualification within two years before starting your course at Sussex. If the qualification was obtained earlier than this, we would expect you to be able to demonstrate that you have maintained a good level of English, for example by living in an English-speaking country or working in an occupation that required you to use English regularly and to a high level.

Please note that this list is determined by the UK’s Home Office, not by the University of Sussex.

List of exempt countries: 

  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Australia
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Canada**
  • Dominica
  • Grenada
  • Guyana
  • Ireland
  • Jamaica
  • New Zealand
  • St Kitts and Nevis
  • St Lucia
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Application deadlines

1 August 2019 (international), 1 September 2019 (UK/EU)

Course details

Full-time and part-time study

Choose to study this course full time or part time, to fit around your work and personal life. 

For details about the part-time course, contact us at studyinmfm@sussex.ac.uk

How will I study?

Modules are taught in the autumn and spring terms via lectures, seminars and tutorials. We also encourage you to engage with our array of extracurricular research activities.

Assessment of these modules is through research-based essays.

In the summer term, you’ll receive one-to-one supervision as you prepare and execute research for your final dissertation.

Modules

These modules are running in the academic year 2019/20. However, there may be changes to these modules due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.

Core modules

Core modules are taken by all students on the course. They give you a solid grounding in your chosen subject and prepare you to explore the topics that interest you most.

Options

Alongside your core modules, you can choose options to broaden your horizons and tailor your course to your interests.

Our experts

Dr Emile Devereaux

Dr Emile Devereaux

Senior Lecturer In Digital Media

Research interests

Digital Art & Design, Digital Cartography, Digital Culture, Gender Studies, Interaction design, media history and theory, Tactical Media, Visual Studies

View Emile Devereaux's profile

Prof Ben Highmore

Prof Ben Highmore

Professor of Cultural Studies

Research interests

19th and 20th century visual cultures, 20th Century art and culture, Art History, Cultural History, Everyday Life, Literary And Cultural Theory, Material Culture and Objects, Mood, Playgrounds, Postwar British Culture, Structures of Feeling Research

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Dr Malcolm James

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

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Prof Margaretta Jolly

Prof Margaretta Jolly

Professor of Cultural Studies

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 Kate Lacey

Prof Kate Lacey

Professor of Media History & Theory

Research interests

20th C German History, Broadcasting History, Gender Studies, History of sound, Listening, media history and theory, Public sphere theory, Radio Studies, Role of the media in processes of democratisation, Sound studies

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Dr Michael Lawrence

Dr Michael Lawrence

Reader

Research interests

Adaptation, animals and media, Bollywood, children and film, indian cinema, Stars and performance

View Michael Lawrence's profile

Dr Sharif Mowlabocus

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 Munt

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, Refugee Studies, shame

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Prof Kate O'Riordan

Prof Kate O'Riordan

Professor of Digital Culture

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

Dr Niall Richardson

Senior Lecturer

Research interests

ageing and gender, body image in film and media, Disability Studies, Gay & Lesbian Studies, Minority Rights, representation of gender and sexuality in film and popular culture, Transgender politics and representation

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Prof Lyn Thomas

Prof Lyn Thomas

Emeritus Professor

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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Prof Sue Thornham

Prof Sue Thornham

Professor of Media & Film Studies

Research interests

Cultural Theory, Feminist theory, Film History, Theory and Criticism, Gender Studies

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Fees and scholarships

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Fees

UK/EU students:
£8,500 per year
Channel Islands and Isle of Man students:
£8,500 per year
International students:
£16,750 per year

Note that your fees, once they’re set, may be subject to an increase on an annual basis - see details on our tuition fees page.

If you are a self-funded international student starting a Masters course in September 2019, you are required to pay a tuition fee deposit. Find out more about Masters tuition fee deposits.

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Postgraduate Masters loans

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Working while you study

Our Careers and Employability Centre can help you find part-time work while you study. Find out more about career development and part-time work

Careers

Alongside the intellectual expertise you will gain, this MA is ideal for those seeking a research-based career.

From archivist to academic and television researcher to market researcher, this degree provides you with tangible skills in analysis, argumentation and communication.

Graduate destinations

Recent Gender and Media MA graduates have gone on to jobs including:

  • support worker, Central Bedfordshire Council
  • support worker, Fitzroy
  • research associate, University of the West of England.

(School of Media, Film and Music careers database)

Dissertation Gender and Media

  • 60 credits
  • All Year Teaching, Year 1

The preparation for the Gender and media studies dissertation consists of dissertation workshops, individual tutorials, participation in a 1-day research-in-progress conference and independent research and study. The dissertation builds on the taught courses to enable the development of a research agenda identified by you in consultation with the programme convenor and a faculty supervisor. The process entails the development of a research proposal and development of a bibliography in the first two teaching blocks leading to the execution of original and independent research using appropriate methodologies and conceptual approaches during the final teaching block and summer vacation.

Gender and Representation

  • 30 credits
  • Autumn Semester, Year 1

This module addresses the gendered nature of both mainstream and minority discourses and representations in history and culture.

It introduces you to the conceptual and theoretical frameworks, which facilitate understanding of the production and reception of powerful representations of masculinities, femininities and sexualities, and how gendered discourses operate in different spheres.

The first part of the module concentrates on key issues in feminist and queer theories, focusing specifically on the concepts of gender, representation, and constructions of masculinities, femininities and sexualities.

The second part of the module considers these theoretical constructs within the frame of various media-centred case studies.

You also examine the way in which theories of gender and representation across a number of academic disciplines are located within specific cultural and historical contexts which themselves are both structurally and institutionally gendered.

Activist Media Practice

  • 30 credits
  • Spring Semester, Year 1

Social movements have historically struggled to get their message reported clearly, accurately and effectively through the lens of mainstream media. This has lead to the rise of alternative media practices and strategies to break through or unsettle the corporate and state-run media systems around the world. In order to challenge hegemonic discourses, activist media seeks to circumvent and dismantle traditional media's communicative strategies either through a disruptive aesthetic or through a reconfigured mode of civic engagement. Whether through radical leaflets, pirate radio, graffiti, protest music, performance art, activist videos, political documentaries, or social media and the internet, today's media landscape has evolved into a range of complex transnational networks that can be activated by independent counter-hegemonic media practices and expressions.

This module asks you to learn about various forms of cultural resistance (through readings, screenings, lectures and discussions) in order to to formulate an effective form of activist media provocation. This piece of activist media may take the form of a video, a website, site-specific performance, series of photographs, media prank, etc. You will also be asked to write a reflective essay that contextualises the finished piece within the conceptual debates of the module.

Approaches to Film Noir

  • 30 credits
  • Autumn Semester, Year 1

Critical Reading in Advanced Gender Theory

  • 30 credits
  • Autumn Semester, Year 1

You focus on independent reading and discussion which allows you to recap or extend your knowledge of feminist, gender and queer theory at advanced levels.

You do this through the following themes:

  • identity
  • sex
  • culture
  • speech
  • experience
  • violence
  • labour.

You are encouraged to follow a particular topic or analytical thread through the themes, which can form the framework of your term paper.

You will participate in a weekly workshop and in small group discussion exercises which will encourage you to communicate your learning and make connections across themes and topics.

Cultural Identities: Social Practices

  • 30 credits
  • Autumn Semester, Year 1

How do our beliefs create material realities? This module examines discourses: fields of meaning within culture that produce and reinforce identity, subculture, community, and everyday social practises. Using a range of critical approaches from Michel Foucault, Judith Butler, Pierre Bourdieu, Beverley Skeggs and Sara Ahmed, you will study key social paradigms such as space, gender and sexuality, habitus, emotion, politics and protest, religion and spirituality.

You look at contemporary subjectivities and everyday life, thinking about the social effects of cultural narratives embodied within (for example) emotions such as shame, new spiritualities and paranormal culture/occultures, global/local political resistances, contemporary relations of power and their social embodiments, and queer activisms and utopias. You will consider how such discourses carve out meanings and behaviours in individuals, and how they are contested, resisted, and redefined.

Using material drawn from cultural politics and social change, you will explore how people perform, and/or are performed by, cultural narratives, and how the politics of representation can be challenged by cultural activisms.

Feminism and Film

  • 30 credits
  • Autumn Semester, Year 1

The module begins with an exploration of the relationship between feminism, feminist theory and film theory, and feminist filmmaking.

Beginning from the assumption that feminism is first and foremost a politics, and its theories – its feminisms – must exist in that space, which Stuart Hall calls the ‘tension ... between ... political and intellectual concerns’, it traces a history, firstly of feminist film theory and criticism, and secondly of feminist film making.

In the first part, it explores issues of representation, asking what kinds of representations of women mainstream film constructs, how these representations function within wider social discourses and power structures, how film – through its representations – works to construct particular subject positions for its viewers, and how particular genres structure these positions differently through their specific play of realism, ideology and fantasy. In terms of a feminist film practice, it asks how far feminist film makers can intervene in film practices, and what such an intervention might/should look like.

In each session, a specific film text will be studied in the light of the theoretical issues raised.

Film Analysis: Theories and Methods

  • 30 credits
  • Autumn Semester, Year 1

This module presents you with a mapping of the intellectual histories, key approaches and theoretical debates within the field of film studies. You will begin with early debates around realism and auteurism, moving to genre theory and ideological and structuralist approaches. Later sessions deal with psychoanalytic and feminist approaches. The module finishes with contemporary critiques of both the textual focus of traditional film studies and the concept of representation itself. Throughout, the concern is to link theoretical approaches with methodologies inviting you to explore, critique and reflect on the discipline's intellectual history.

First Person Film (MA)

  • 30 credits
  • Spring Semester, Year 1

First Person Film examines the ways in which film can be used as a personal, subjective medium, whether in fiction or documentary. Autobiographical or analytical, abstract or essayistic, professional or amateur, the first-person modality is increasingly present in all filmmaking practices. This module seeks to introduce you to theories of subjectivity whether from psychoanalysis, post-structuralism and/or literary theory considering the multiple theoretical incursions on the unity of the subject from Lacan to Butler and Nancy, and even the outright denial of the author (Barthes). We will explore questions of subjectivity such as: what constitutes a subject? from what position does s/he speak? and what or who is the 'I' that speaks? From this will arise further questions regarding the address: to whom does s/he speak and to what avail? who is being interpellated as audience? and how is identification constructed? The module will survey a range of first-person filmmaking, including the fictional autobiography, artist's experimental films, first-person documentary, the essay film, the home movie and the proliferation of YouTube direct address.

Gender, Sexuality and Digital Culture

  • 30 credits
  • Autumn Semester, Year 1

This module seeks to explore relationships between the 'hardness' of technology and the 'softness' of the body. Moving through cyber-feminism and cyber-queer studies to critiques of social networking and reconfigurations of space - both public and private - the module seeks to engage with the diverse range of connections made daily between gendered subjects and technologies of media production and reception.

The aim is to provide you with an array of critical approaches that will allow you to discuss, analyse and critique such connections at a depth commensurate with M-Level work. While popularly conceived as an opposition to the organic, the corporeal and the subjective, technologies of mediation are intrinsically linked to and indelibly marked by issues of embodiment just as our understanding of the body has historically been coded through technologies of media production and reception.

Hollywood deploys the post-organic as a means of expressing contemporary cultural anxieties, while mobile phones are being used as a platform for gendered software. Online, the digital divide cuts across more than just geographical lines providing a space for both the re-inscription and subversion of hegemonic masculinity in multiple ways. This module addresses intersections, advances and ecologies across an array of media technologies and associated practices and cultures.

Global Cinemas

  • 30 credits
  • Autumn Semester, Year 1

You examine the forms and cultural contexts of a wide range of post-1945 non-Hollywood films and learn to analyse these films through studying theories of 'globalisation' and 'world cinema'.

Key topics may include:

  • the development of art cinema
  • New Waves
  • Third Cinema
  • postcolonial and indigenous cinemas
  • cosmopolitanism
  • the economics of film festivals
  • modern film industries
  • transnational cinemas.

You will study films from Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Latin America and Europe, as well as the relationships between these geopolitical regions and film movements.

Media Audiences

  • 30 credits
  • Spring Semester, Year 1

On this module you will explore and evaluate the broad tradition of critical research into media audiences which has developed over the past two decades.  You will consider, through an exploration of this tradition, how we should understand the nature of media texts, and in particular how meanings, uses, (dis)pleasures and responses are produced in the complex interactions between audiences and texts, in specific social settings.  This module gives you the chance - and to develop the skills to be able - to carry out a small piece of original audience research. Key methods encountered on the module include interviews, semi-structured focus group discussions, open-ended questionnaires, respondents' letters, and participant observation.

Media Theory and Research

  • 30 credits
  • Autumn Semester, Year 1

The module offers you the chance to explore at an advanced level a number of principal theories and methods within a cultural studies approach to media studies, and to consider how these shape the ways we might think about and research particular media industries, forms and issues. The theory element aims to introduce you to the key thinkers, traditions and debates in media and cultural studies and contributing disciplines. It investigates media as institutions and systems of representation and explores problems of production and consumption in a variety of social and geo-political contexts. You will be encouraged to prepare informal presentations and to engage in discussion with other members of the seminar group. Each week there will also be a short introduction to the following week’s topic in the lecture given by members of the Media and Film faculty.  The research element aims to develop a systematic and critical understanding of the practical, epistemological and ethical issues involved in conducting different kinds of media and cultural research. It also aims to make you methodologically self-conscious in your own research and written work.

Media, Culture and Communication

  • 30 credits
  • Spring Semester, Year 1

The module offers you the chance to explore at an advanced level a number of principal theories and methods within a cultural studies approach to media studies, and to consider how these shape the ways we might think about and research particular media industries, forms and issues. The module begins with a focus on questions concerning media production, distribution and consumption. In the latter part of the module, we pay attention to a variety of methodological approaches which draw attention in particular to different ways of conceptualising the relation between the media and concepts like subjectivity, identity, perception and experience.

The theory element aims to introduce you to the key thinkers, traditions and debates in media and cultural studies and contributing disciplines. You will investigate media as institutions and systems of representation and explore problems of production and consumption in a variety of social and geo-political contexts. You will be encouraged to prepare informal presentations and to engage in discussion with other members of the seminar group. Each week there will also be a short introduction to the following week’s topic in the lecture given by members of the Media and Film faculty. The research element aims to develop a systematic and critical understanding of the practical, epistemological and ethical issues involved in conducting different kinds of media and cultural research. It also aims to make you methodologically self-conscious in your own research and written work.

New Moving Screens

  • 30 credits
  • Autumn Semester, Year 1

Looking at the evolution of mobile and location-based technologies, this module investigates the emergent fields of pervasive media and locative media. You will investigate the ways that mobile technologies and portable media have evolved to become defining elements of pervasive and locative media. You will explore cultural and creative activities in the fields, including (but not limited to) artistic practice utilising mobile phones and gps devices, and you will create your own projects utilising pervasive and/or locative media. While leading to the production of a creative project, work done on this module will be heavily informed by study of the key critical debates and historical moments surrounding the evolution pervasive and locative media.

Promotional Culture

  • 30 credits
  • Spring Semester, Year 1

This module is not about advertising per se or the marketing 'tools' usually suggested by the term promotion but an exploration of 1) how advertising has crossed over into domains beyond the commercial with an alleged collapse of boundaries, and 2) how branding seems increasingly to take over aspects of the lifeworld. According to Andrew Wernick, from whom the term promotional culture is borrowed, advertising 'has come to shape not only culture's symbolic and ideological contents, but also its ethos, texture and constitution' (1991: viii).

The module is about understanding contemporary promotional culture via a grasp of historical developments. These include the development of the capitalist market, the rise of a sign-culture and women as key consumers.

The module opens up theoretical ideas and debate via a series of case studies which may include 'the department store', 'spin', 'celebrity politics', PR journalism, 'the spectacular university', 'the branded self'. The questions it is concerned with include: does it matter that commercial advertising has been overtaken by branding and promotion extending into politics, public services, the arts and charity organisations? Does this mark a problematic undermining of a 'public sphere'? Or can the 'inauthenticity' of promotional culture be democratically enabling in so far its practices lay open the malleability of social life? Do the developments of other modernities (eg. South/East Asia) suggest we should think about the rise of the market, branding and promotion in different ways than is suggested in a Western literature?

Queering Popular Culture

  • 30 credits
  • Spring Semester, Year 1

This module offers you the chance to explore lesbian, gay, bisexual and queer contributions to, and perspectives on, the key fields of popular culture, including film, television, the press, popular music, fashion and style. Topics for detailed study will include lesbian representation in mainstream television genres; cinematic homosexualities and their historical context; lesbian and gay 'community television'; contemporary lesbian and gay magazines and newspapers; queer pop from David Bowie to the Pet Shop Boys and beyond; sexuality and style politics; and the pleasures and problematics of camp.

You will investigate issues of representation, consumption and interpretation; unravel debates over stereotyping, subcultures and sensibilities; and ask whether a specifically 'queered' critique of the existing academic discourses used in the study of popular culture is conceptually feasible and/or politically desirable. You can expect to sharpen and deepen your skills in interdisciplinary cultural analysis, and there will be a particular emphasis on a self-reflexive examination of (y)our own popular cultural tastes and practices, exploring the connections and contradictions between theoretical accounts of popular images and forms and our experiential investments in them as consumers located in (or interested in) sexual minorities.

The approach on this module is unrepentantly interdisciplinary - there is no overarching theoretical model to which you will be obliged to subscribe. Students with or without backgrounds in cultural studies will be made equally welcome.

Women and Human Rights

  • 30 credits
  • Spring Semester, Year 1

This module is divided into two halves. The first half consists of core topics providing a theoretical framework for the study of women's human rights. You will draw on feminist legal theory, human rights theory, anthropological and historical materials and international and national rights instruments and documentation. The second half focuses on the conception, implementation, adherence and breach of a specific right or related rights. 

Writing for the Screen

  • 30 credits
  • Spring Semester, Year 1

The module will cover topics including:

  • The essentials of storytelling: what do all stories have in common?
  • What is a Screenplay?: is it a Blueprint? Literature? How is it formatted?
  • The restorative act structure
  • Alternatives to the restorative act structure
  • Creating convincing characters
  • What is motivation?: how does it manifest?
  • Dialog and the art of subtext
  • Writing visually: writing stage direction for spec scripts
  • Script reports: how to analyse a script
  • Script readings and feedback

 

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