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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

This course combines a critical analysis of development, democratisation processes and social change with the acquisition of creative and technical media production skills.

You focus on media as a tool for social and political change in the context of (international) development and social change. There is a strong emphasis on the role of civil society in effecting social change in this MA.

How will I study?

You’ll learn in small groups with fellow students from around the world. You’ll acquire a range of practical media skills and can specialise in photography, film or multimedia.

You can also focus on topic-based fields such as poverty, environmental change, media regulation or migration.

Assessment consists of:
-A variety of practical media projects
-Critical reflection reports
-The final project (work placement, independent media project or written dissertation)


Your final project can be an independent media project shot anywhere in the world, a written dissertation or a work placement. Work placements take the form of an eight-week work experience in a charity, NGO or media company. Previously, placements have been at institutions such as Oxfam, Unicef and the United Nations.


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.

Chancellor's International Scholarship (2017)
-25 scholarships of a 50% tuition fee waiver
-Application deadline: 1 May 2017

ESRC 1+3 and +3 Scholarships (2017)
-A number of ESRC-funded standalone PhD and PhD with Masters scholarships across the social sciences.
-Application deadline: 30 January 2017

HESPAL Scholarship (Higher Education Scholarships Scheme for the Palestinian Territories) (2017)
-Two full fee waivers in conjuction with maintenance support from the British Council
-Application deadline: 1 January 2017

USA Friends Scholarships (2017)
-A scholarship of an amount equivalent to $10,000 for nationals or residents of the USA on a one year taught Masters degree course.
-Application deadline: 3 April 2017


You will be taught by faculty from the School of Media, Film and Music and also by faculty from the School of Global Studies.


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

Visit the Media Practice for Development and Social Change - MA page on the University of Sussex website for more details!




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