Queer studies have become global. Issues like human rights and gay identities, neo-liberalism, globalisation, border security and immigration, international development and war, particularly the war on terror, have become more prominent. We have reached a point where it is not possible to think queer without thinking global queer."
- Cynthia Weber, Professor of International Relations
If you are looking for an interdisciplinary training in the fields of queer theory and sexuality studies then the MA in Sexual Dissidence is for you.
This unique MA is co-convened by the School of English and the School of Global Studies and provides an interdisciplinary programme with a contemporary, global approach. When the MA in Sexual Dissidence was founded 25 years ago it was the first of its kind in the UK, and one of the first in world. It transformed the field of queer studies and also transformed the lives of many of its students.
Today, we continue to train students to bring a radical approach to the study of sexuality. The MA provides a firm foundation in queer theory and also allows you to take courses in a wide range of topics, fields, and disciplines. You also attend numerous research and arts events, such as our film club, reading group, and visiting speaker series.
This MA is associated with the Centre for the Study of Sexual Dissidence.
We continue to develop and update our modules for 2016 entry to ensure you have the best student experience. In addition to the course structure below, you may find it helpful to refer to the Modules tab.
Full-time courses can also be followed part time over two years, with taught seminars in the autumn and spring terms.
Autumn term: you take Critical Issues in Queer Theory and an option from a list that may include Gender and Representation • Gendering the Postcolonial • Queering Popular Culture • Sexuality and Creative Writing • The Politics of Gender • The Renaissance Body.
Spring term: you take Global Queer and an option from a list that may include Gender and Representation • Gendering the Postcolonial • Queering Popular Culture • Sexuality and Creative Writing • The Politics of Gender • The Renaissance Body.
Summer term: supervised work on the MA dissertation.
You are assessed by four 5,000-word term papers and a dissertation of 15,000 words.
The University of Sussex
aims to attract the most talented students to postgraduate study and offers one of the most generous scholarship programmes of any UK university. For full details of our scholarships please visit: http://www.sussex.ac.uk/study/money/scholarships/pgt2016/