24 months
3060 GBP/year
3060 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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The Media, Ethics and Social Change MA (online) from the University of Sussex offers you the opportunity to engage with the ways in which digital media is both transforming the world and is a medium for transformation. It will teach you how to use digital media in a meaningful way to bring about positive change across various sectors.  

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Taught 100% online, this flexible course from the University of Sussex offers you the opportunity to study their Media, Ethics and Social Change MA from wherever you are in the world. Designed for professionals striving to progress their career and make a real impact, you’ll graduate with the confidence to lead change and challenge the status quo.

A primary focus of the course is the exploration of digital media in the context of activism and social justice; how can media practice lead to social change? How can we engage in activism and achieve ethical citizenship through digital media?


You will study the intersection of three key phenomena in modern societies:

  • the desire for social change
  • the role in digital media in helping change to happen or preventing change from happening
  • the underlying ethical principles that guide our interactions with one another, the larger world, and the digital technologies.

Programme Structure

The course has been designed to give you the broad range of skills employers desire; digital marketers and journalists will enhance their knowledge and use of digital platforms to reform the ways they work and bring more ethical practices to their workplace.

Each module lasts seven weeks and is delivered via Canvas, a state-of-the-art online learning platform, which can be accessed by a computer, tablet or smartphone alike so you can truly study whenever and wherever you like.

  • Activist Media Practice
  • Digital Media Ethics
  • New Developments in Digital Media
  • Media Theory
  • Public Relations
  • Gender, Sexuality and Digital Media
  • Digital Media: Theory and Critique
  • Race, Culture and Media
  • Producing Media for Social Change
  • Media, Film and Climate Crisis
  • Big Data for Social Change
  • Participatory Journalism


Delivered by the School of Media, Arts and Humanities this MA brings together a unique cluster of academics who are leading experts in digital media, social activism and justice, journalism, digital culture and technology. Our research-led teaching means you’ll benefit from the latest research insights.

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 24 months
    • 20 hrs/week

Start dates & application deadlines


IELTS admission requirements IELTS


180 alternative credits



Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS

Student insurance

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  • Additional medical costs (i.e. dental)
  • Repatriation, if something happens to you or your family
  • Liability
  • Home contents and baggage
  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • An upper second-class (2:1) undergraduate honours degree or above from any UK university or international equivalent. You could also be considered for entry to this course with relevant professional experience and may be required to submit a portfolio of work as part of your application.

  • Applicants whose first language is not English (and whose first degree was not taught in English) need to supply evidence of IELTS (Academic) High level (6.5 overall, including at least 6.0 in each component).

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    3060 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 6120 GBP for the full programme during 24 months.
  • National

    3060 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 6120 GBP for the full programme during 24 months.
  • Cost per module: £1,020


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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