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Media, Journalism and Film Studies

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Why study media, journalism and film studies at Sussex?

  • Media and film studies at Sussex is ranked in the top 15 in the UK (The Guardian University Guide 2015). Sussex also comes 16th for communication and media studies in The Complete University Guide 2015.
  • In the latest Research Assessment Exercise (RAE), carried out in 2008, media and film at Sussex were rated 8th in the UK. All of the University’s research was rated internationally recognised and 75 per cent was rated internationally excellent or world leading.
  • Sussex is ranked in the top 100 in the world for communication and media studies in the QS World University Rankings 2014.
  • Sussex is home to dedicated state-of-the-art digital production facilities and links to the thriving creative and media scene in Brighton.

The Pre-Masters in Media, Journalism and Film Studies is offered as a full-time two semester or one semester course. The Two semester course is suitable for students with the equivalent of IELTS 5.5 and has start dates in September and January of each academic year. The one semester course is suitable for students with the equivalent of IELTS 6.0 or above and has start dates in January and May. 

The table below highlights the different modules in each semester. 

2 Semester course

Core Modules Subject-specific Modules
Semester 1 English and Skills for University Study 1 (ESUS 1) Media Technology in Context
Academic and Employability Skills for Media, Journalism and Film Studies Media Critical Practice
Semester 2 English and Skills for University Study 2 (ESUS 2) Approaches to Media and Film Studies
Research Skills for Media, Journalism and Film Studies (Theory) or Research Project (Practice) for Media, Journalism and Film Studies Media Stories

1 Semester course

Core Modules Subject-specific Modules
Semester 2 English and Skills for University Study 2 (ESUS 2) Media Critical Practice
Approaches to Media and Film Studies
Research Skills for Media, Journalism and Film Studies (Theory) or Research Project (Practice) for Media, Journalism and Film Studies Media Stories


Module information

English and Skills for University Study 1 and 2
Over these three modules, you will develop your English communication skills and learn a range of study skills, including writing and reading strategies, presentation and seminar participation, organisation of time and materials, meeting deadlines and responding to feedback. When you have completed these modules, you will be able to take notes and write essays in English. You should also have the confidence to give presentations, answer follow-up questions and contribute to seminar discussions.

Academic and Employability Skills for Media, Journalism and Film Studies
The aim of this module is to develop your academic skills, to enable you to produce researched competent work of a level 5 standard. This encompasses communication skills (writing, speaking, listening, and reading), reasoning and critical thinking skills and research methodologies. 

Approaches to Media and Film Studies
The module introduces the study of media texts, technologies and audiences and their contribution to social Life.  It also considers the role an influence of the media in either reflecting or questioning the dominant ideologies of society.

Media Critical Practice
This course will introduce you to the narrative forming potential of photography, and develop appreciation of the intended meaning within both the still image, and a regard for its cultural and social implications through the production of a creative photographic project.  

Media Stories
This module develops further knowledge and understanding of media forms and practices in relation to political processes and students to documentary as an effective genre for narrating ‘life’. Introducing the students to the basics of narrative theory and storytelling for screen based media and further students critical appreciation of narrative decisions and the methods through which stories can be told.

Media Technology in Context
This module aims to develop your critical awareness of the role of technology in the media landscape from western perspectives. You will approach the module from different critical perspectives and will be able to evaluate and analyse the impact and role of media technology in political and social contexts, both historically and currently.

Research Project (Practice) for Media, Journalism and Film
The aim of this module is to introduce and develop the skills relating to research in Media Practice. The module will be focused on a variety of techniques related to the collection, analysis and critical deployment of relevant data in relation to the study of Media and/or film and the creation of a documentary video.

Research Skills for Media, Journalism and Film Studies (Theory)
The aim of this module is to introduce and develop the skills relating to research in Media. The module will be focused on a variety of techniques related to the collection, analysis and critical deployment of relevant data in relation to the study of Media and/or film and the creation of a research essay.

Leading to degrees in...

Pre-Masters in Media, Journalism and Film Studies can lead to of one of the following postgraduate degrees, subject to meeting the grades outlined below:

Degree Programmes Award English Grade Semester 1 Semester 2
Digital Documentary MA 60% 50% 60%
Digital Media MA 60% 50% 60%
Film Studies MA 60% 50% 60%
Filmmaking MA 60% 50% 60%
Gender and Media MA 60% 50% 60%
International Journalism MA 60% 50% 60%
Journalism and Documentary Practice MA 60% 50% 60%
Journalism and Media Studies MA 60% 50% 60%
Media and Cultural Studies MA 60% 50% 60%
Media Practice for Development and Social Change MA 60% 50% 60%
These degrees and grades are subject to change.

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Semester dates

September 2016 start:

Semester 1:
12/09/2016 - 16/12/2016

Please note: not all routes are available at each start date. See the Study plan options.

Need to improve your English?

At the ISC we offer a range of courses to help you improve your English language skills. Our English Language Programme and English for Pre-Masters courses start in June and September.