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Media Practice for Development and Social Change

12 months
19775 GBP/year
9500 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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Media Practice for Development and Social Change at University of Sussex 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 Media Practice for Development and Social Change MA at University of Sussex 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.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Activism for Development and Social Justice
  • Activist Media Practice
  • Knowledge, Power and Resistance
  • Photography: Documentary, Landscape, Politics
  • Podcasting
  • Race, Culture and the Media
  • Short Documentary: Research and Production

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

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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

  • 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. 

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    19775 GBP/year
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    Based on the tuition of 19775 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • National

    9500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9500 GBP per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Brighton

815 - 1383 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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