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University of Sussex, Full Time MA Degrees in Languages, Literature & Culture

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Combine specialist study, theoretical inquiry and interdisciplinary investigations to explore literature, culture and history. Our MA allows you to focus your study on a specific period or concept, or to engage broadly with ideas across a wide historic range. Read more
Combine specialist study, theoretical inquiry and interdisciplinary investigations to explore literature, culture and history.

Our MA allows you to focus your study on a specific period or concept, or to engage broadly with ideas across a wide historic range. The diverse research interests of the School will ensure you are supported in shaping your course to your particular interests.

We’ll help you to engage with theoretical ideas and conceptual methods that underpin research in literature. You’ll graduate equipped with the skills necessary for further study inside and outside academia.

How will I study?

You will study taught modules in the autumn and spring terms. There are core modules and options. In the summer term, you will undertake supervised dissertation work.

You are assessed by:
-Two 3,000-word exercises for the core module.
-Three 5,000-word term papers for the options.
-A dissertation of up to 15,000 words.

Scholarships

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

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

Careers

Our graduates have gone on to careers in:
-Teaching and education
-Publishing
-Website production and marketing
-Journalism and writing
-The charity sector
-NGOs

A number of our graduates go on to further study and careers in academia.

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We build on the tradition of interdisciplinary research at Sussex. This includes strong links between the Department of Philosophy and the School of English. Read more
We build on the tradition of interdisciplinary research at Sussex. This includes strong links between the Department of Philosophy and the School of English.

You’ll study in a stimulating environment for creative thinking, open discussion and critical engagement, where you'll draw on ideas from literature, philosophy (analytic and continental), psychology and intellectual history.

You have the opportunity to examine central topics that arise at the intersection of philosophy and literature, such as:
-The autonomy of the work of art
-Literature as philosophy
-Ethics and literature
-The experience of reading
-Style and narrative
-Modernism and modernity

How will I study?

You will study core modules and options in the autumn and spring terms. In the summer term, you undertake supervised work on your dissertation.

You will be assessed through term papers and a 15,000-word dissertation.

Scholarships

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

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

Careers

Our graduates have gone on to careers in:
-Teaching and education
-Publishing
-Website production and marketing
-Journalism and writing
-The charity sector and NGOs

A number of our graduates go on to further study and careers in academia.

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Explore how literature has shaped and been shaped by modern and contemporary culture. You have the opportunity to choose from modules reflecting on. Read more
Explore how literature has shaped and been shaped by modern and contemporary culture.

You have the opportunity to choose from modules reflecting on:
-Modernism and postmodernism
-Theory and practice
-Contemporary history and archives
-Canonicity and avantgardism
-Aesthetic production
-Globalisation
-Identity politics (sex, gender, race, class)
-Conflict (terrorism, war)

We are associated with the Centre for Modernist Studies, now in its 15th year. English at Sussex enjoys a longstanding, illustrious reputation in modernist and contemporary studies.

Faculty research strives for resonance, originality, diversity and internationalism. These qualities are prioritised in our teaching.

How will I study?

You’ll choose from a wide range of options in the autumn and spring terms. In the summer term, you undertake supervised work on your dissertation.

Modules are assessed through presentations and essays of up to 5,000 words. You also write a 15,000-word dissertation.

Scholarships

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

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

Careers

Our graduates have gone on to careers in:
-Teaching and education
-Publishing
-Website production and marketing
-Journalism and writing
-The charity sector and NGOs.
-A number of our graduates go on to further study and careers in academia

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This MA is a unique, interdisciplinary course in queer studies. It trains you to bring a radical, contemporary and global approach to the study of sexuality. Read more
This MA is a unique, interdisciplinary course in queer studies. It trains you to bring a radical, contemporary and global approach to the study of sexuality.

Jointly taught by the Schools of English and Global Studies, the course provides a firm foundation in queer theory and allows you to tailor your studies to your own interests.

The MA has been running since 1991 and continues to bring together dynamic, engaged students and faculty to develop cutting-edge work on sexuality. The course is associated with the Centre for the Study of Sexual Dissidence, a hub for research on sexuality and queer studies.

How will I study?

You will study core modules and options. You can also attend research and arts events, such as our film club, reading group and visiting speaker series. Over the summer, you work on your supervised dissertation.

Scholarships

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

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

Careers

The MA is relevant to number of career directions, including:
-Policy, activism and international development, such as research and interventions in sexuality, rights and health
-Academic research related to queer studies in a wide range of fields, including literature, cultural studies, media studies, film studies, -Development, international relations and anthropology
-Teaching, including in higher education
-Media, writing and the arts, in particular queer representation, difference and diversity

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Bridging the arts and social sciences, this course enables you to engage critically with key thinkers, traditions and debates in media and cultural studies. Read more
Bridging the arts and social sciences, this course enables you to engage critically with key thinkers, traditions and debates in media and cultural studies.

You study the media as institutions, texts and systems of representation and explore the media’s political, social and cultural power in a variety of contexts. You will:
-Develop a skills portfolio in critical analysis, creative thinking and research methods
-Choose from a wide variety of options, allowing you to set your own intellectual agenda
-Gain methodological tools to research a wide range of media

How will I study?
As this is not a practice-based course, teaching is through lectures, small-group seminars and individual tutorials.

This MA is structured around core modules and options in the first two terms. In the final term, you undertake a supervised research-led dissertation on a topic of your choice.

Modules are assessed by term papers. You also submit a 15,000-word dissertation.

Scholarships
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

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

Faculty
Our internationally respected research explores questions around the materialities, technologies and politics of cultural forms and formations.

Our work engages with a range of media – film, television, radio, photography and digital forms – from a range of perspectives.

We specialise within three interlocking themes:
-Cultural histories/cultural politics
-Media technology, form and experience
-The politics of representation

Careers
Our graduates have gone on to pursue careers in:
-Media and cultural industries
-Publishing
-Research
-Teaching
-Journalism
-PR
-Development work.

Some of our graduates also go on to further study.

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Building on the longstanding tradition of interdisciplinary research and teaching at Sussex, the Literature and Philosophy MA exemplifies the fruitful co-operation between Philosophy and English. Read more

Building on the longstanding tradition of interdisciplinary research and teaching at Sussex, the Literature and Philosophy MA exemplifies the fruitful co-operation between Philosophy and English.

You’ll study in a stimulating environment for creative thinking, open discussion and critical engagement. You'll draw on ideas from literature, philosophy (analytic and continental), psychology and intellectual history.

You have the opportunity to examine central topics at the intersection of philosophy and literature, such as: 

  • the autonomy of the work of art 
  • literature as philosophy
  • ethics and literature
  • the experience of reading
  • style and narrative
  • modernism and modernity.

Why choose this course?

  • Ranked 5th in the UK for Philosophy (The Guardian University Guide 2018), and our research quality in English and Drama was ranked in the top 10 in the UK in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (2014 REF).
  • English at Sussex is ranked in the top 15 in the UK (The Guardian University Guide 2018 and The Complete University Guide 2018) and in the top 100 in the world (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017).
  • You’ll benefit from activities organised by the Literature and Philosophy Research Network.

Full-time and part-time study

Choose to study this course full time or part time, to fit around your work and family life. Modules for the full-time course are listed below.

For details about the part-time course, contact Philosophy Postgraduate Convener Dr Gordon Finlayson at 

How will I study?

You’ll study core modules and options in the autumn and spring terms. In the summer term, you undertake supervised work on your dissertation.

You’ll be assessed through term papers and a 15,000-word dissertation.

Scholarships

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.

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

Our graduates have gone on to careers in:

  • education, the charity sector and NGOs
  • writing, journalism, and libraries and archives
  • publishing, website production and marketing.

A number of our graduates go on to further study and careers in academia.

Graduate destinations

90% of students from the School of History, Art History and Philosophy were in work or further study six months after graduating. Our Philosophy students have gone on to jobs including:

  • editorial assistant, Pavilion Books
  • media officer, Wickham Youth Action
  • assistant, Gareth Thomas MP.

(EPI, Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2015 for postgraduates)



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This MA is for you if culture, technology, power and business excite and intrigue you. You study cultural industries, institutions, texts, identities and practices from a critical perspective. Read more
This MA is for you if culture, technology, power and business excite and intrigue you.

You study cultural industries, institutions, texts, identities and practices from a critical perspective. You’ll explore the meaning of culture as politics and philosophy, and also:
-Explore cultural innovation, promotion and value in a fast-changing world
-Build a critical understanding of how business, technology and the law are redefining cultural practices today
-Graduate with professional skills relevant to cultural and creative organisations in the private and public sectors

How will I study?
Teaching is through lectures, seminars and workshops and includes guest lectures from industry professionals and researchers.

In the autumn term, you’ll take two core modules. In the spring term, you choose two options. In the summer term, you choose between working on a supervised research-led dissertation on a topic of your choice or a placement in a relevant organisation, which you will then analyse and present in a portfolio.

Assessment is by term paper, presentations and portfolios. The final assessment may take the form of a 15,000-word dissertation or a portfolio of practical and written work.

Scholarships
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

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

Faculty
Our internationally recognised scholars in the fields of cultural studies, media and the arts, law and business encourage you to combine approaches while developing a critical and intellectual perspective.

Researchers specialise within three interlocking themes:
-Cultural histories and cultural politics
-Creative industry technology, form and experience
-Critical business and legal studies

Careers
Our graduates have gone on to pursue careers in:
-Media, digital, creative and cultural industries
-Publishing
-Research
-Teaching
-Journalism
-Public relations
-Development work
-Curation

Some of our graduates also go on to further study.

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This course is for you if you’re an experienced language-teaching professional or have a language- and linguistics-based degree but little or no teaching experience. Read more
This course is for you if you’re an experienced language-teaching professional or have a language- and linguistics-based degree but little or no teaching experience.

Our options, seminars and teaching practice are tailored to reflect your previous experience and interests.

You’ll focus on the theoretical and practical issues that impact on the teaching of English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) and English as a Second Language (TESL/TESOL).

You’ll develop your knowledge and critical understanding of current theories and research in language acquisition. And you’ll gain confidence in relating these to the practice of English language pedagogy.

How will I study?
In the autumn and spring terms, you learn through taught modules in seminar groups and there are a number of career-focused options. You can also study a new language as a way to broaden your understanding of how key theories relate to classroom practice.

In the summer term, you undertake a supervised research project and write it up as a 12,000-word dissertation. You are assessed by term papers, essays, portfolios and a dissertation. You might also be interested in the Applied Linguistics MA. On some modules, you’ll be taught together with students from this course.

Scholarships
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

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

Careers
You’ll gain the teaching expertise and the ability to evaluate conceptual and practical frameworks relevant to your future professional role.

Our graduates have gone on to careers around the world in:
-Public and private-sector language teaching
-Universities and research
-Teacher training
-Management roles
-Publishing

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Come and study the most contemporary and interdisciplinary perspectives on the United States at the . Sussex Centre for American Studies. Read more

Come and study the most contemporary and interdisciplinary perspectives on the United States at the Sussex Centre for American Studies.

You’ll use:

  • materials from the American Special Collections at The Keep, the world-class centre for archive on our doorstep
  • information from our exceptional digital resources
  • ideas developed from stimulating seminars on subjects including race, empire, democracy, transnationalism and identity.

The MA combines hands-on research with cutting-edge theoretical training. This helps you understand a globally situated North America in the 21st century and its longer historical context. You’ll work with experts in the field towards a dissertation or an archive-based final project.

Why choose this course?

  • We’re maintaining our place in the UK’s top 5 for American Studies: we’re ranked 3rd in The Complete University Guide 2018 and 4th in The Guardian University Guide 2018.
  • You’ll benefit from digital resources unavailable elsewhere outside the US, including African-American newspapers, mainstream and alternative print media, protest movement history, 1940s government policy, and the New Masses collection.
  • You’ll gain skills for a career in the cultural heritage sector – including museums, libraries and archives – or PhD research. Sussex is a co-ordinating institution for CHASE (AHRC doctoral funding consortium), in which American Studies is a prominent field.

Full-time and part-time study

Choose to study this course full time or part time, to fit around your work and family life. Modules for the full-time course are listed below.

For details about the part-time course, contact us at 

How will I study?

You have the opportunity to develop your specialism or broaden your intellectual repertoire as you choose. You’ll be part of our enthusiastic scholarly community, attending research talks and events.

In the autumn term, you’ll take core modules exploring the latest methodologies and archival practices in American Studies.  

In the spring term, you’ll complement those studies with a range of small-group options on historical, literary or political topics. You’ll visit other institutions, such as the British Library, and you’ll work with a diverse range of people.

In the spring and summer terms, you’ll research your dissertation or archival project, supervised by a specialist tutor.

This course is currently subject to validation, in line with our procedures for assuring the quality of our degrees. This means that some course detail may change. The validation process will be concluded before the course starts.

Scholarships

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.

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

Your Critical American Studies MA will help develop your self-confidence as well as your attention to detail, written communication and teamwork skills. 

As a graduate, you’ll be well prepared for PhD research or to undertake work in a variety of sectors, including:

  • teaching, law and publishing
  • libraries and archives
  • public history and museums.


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