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What will I learn?

This is a unique course. You will critically analyse development, democratisation processes and social change alongside gaining creative and technical media production skills.

You focus on media as tools for global social and political change. There is a a strong emphasis on the role of civil society and alternative media organisations.

Social media, citizen journalism, activist media, participatory media and specialised broadcast media are successfully used to inform and engage audiences outside established channels of communication for issues such as:

  • social inequality
  • human rights
  • gender issues
  • environmental change.


Civil society institutions, social movements and international development agencies increasingly require skilled and creative people to apply digital media technologies in enhancing their capacity to communicate, interact and influence within and across borders.

This MA has been developed specifically for those seeking employment in:

  • global or national media industries
  • NGOs and the international voluntary sector
  • international development institutions
  • independent media production companies.

Graduate destinations

Recent Media Practice for Development and Social Change MA graduates have gone on to jobs including:

  • communications assistant, Global Call for Climate Action
  • community work, Pavilions Drug and Alcohol Service
  • director, UrbanFlo Creative.

Which department am I in?

School of Media, Film and Music

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
£19,300.00 (US$ 26,564) per year
This is a fixed fee

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

Expected August 2022

Start date

Expected September 2022


University of Sussex

Sussex House,


Brighton & Hove,

BN1 9RH, England

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students need to have bachelors degree with CGPA 3.0/4.0 or 3.3-3.5/4.0 depending on your university.

For international students

Degree requirements- You should normally have an upper second-class (2.1) undergraduate honours degree or above. Subject-specific requirements- Your qualification can be in any subject. You can also apply for this course if you have relevant work experience or you submit a portfolio of work. IELTS (Academic): Standard level (6.0 overall, including at least 5.5 in each component); TOEFL (iBT): Standard – 80 overall, including at least 17 in Listening, 18 in Reading, 20 in Speaking, 17 in Writing.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About University of Sussex

In the vibrant coastal city of Brighton, Sussex offers a world-class education, real-world employability and an unforgettable student experience.

  • Ranked 20th in the UK and 160th in the world (THE WUR 2021)
  • Outstanding research reputation & excellent job prospects
  • Continual investment in facilities & the student experience
  • Beautiful campus with a welcoming global community