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  • International Fees From

    £18,500 UG

  • World Ranking

    =151st in Times HE
    151-200th in Shanghai

  • Students

    14,600 UG
    4,800 PG

  • International


  • Employability


  • Accommodation

    from £123.00 p/w

Brighton BN1 9RH, United Kingdom

Sussex University is situated on the edge of the city of Brighton & Hove on the south coast of England. The city has a population of approximately 273,400. Gatwick is the nearest airport to Brighton, and can be reached directly by frequent trains. The train journey takes approximately 35 minutes. Driving takes just under an hour. Gatwick Airport is one of the UK’s major international airports, providing flights to more than 200 destinations across Europe, Asia and Africa. Road and rail links are good and Brighton is 53 miles from London.

The average lowest temperature in and around Brighton is .5 degrees in January. The average highest temperature is 20 degrees in July.

  • History

    The University of Sussex was the first of a new wave of UK universities founded in the 1960’s.

    In 1958 the government approved the scheme for a university at Brighton. The University was established as a company in 1959, with a Royal Charter being granted in 1961. Sir Basil Spence designed the original campus buildings and these were given listed status in 1993.

    The University was pioneering in its organisation with the campus being divided into Schools of Study, enabling students able to benefit from a multidisciplinary teaching environment. The University of Sussex placed great importance on cross-disciplinary activity so that students would graduate from the university with a range of background or ‘contextual’ knowledge to complement their specialist ‘core’ skills in a particular subject area.


    The University of Sussex is situated on a large and open green field site.

    The campus is in the village of Falmer, on the edge of Brighton & Hove – a lively seaside city.

    The University is a single campus site and students can study, live and socialise on this one site. Brighton & Hove is 3.8 miles from the campus. There is a regular train service from Falmer station.

    Students can get the night-bus to and from town and the campus residences. Students can also request to be met at the start of campus or Falmer Station by a Security Officer to escort them back to the residences and vice versa.


    University of Sussex is ranked =151st in the Times Higher Education rankings, it is also ranked between 151-200th in the Shanghai Jaio Tong rankings. Sussex is also a member of the Russell Group of universities.

    University of Sussex is ranked 72nd in the National Student Survey Satisfaction rankings.


    The University of Sussex has around 4,700 international students from over 100 countries, this represents about 24% of all students.

    Pathway entry for international students – Sussex’s International Study Centre, offers foundation courses leading to degree course entry.

    For more information, please visit Pathway & Foundation page.


    Latest figures indicate that there are approximately 19,400 students studying at the University of Sussex, 14,600 undergraduates and 4,800 postgraduates.


    95.3% of University of Sussex graduates enter directly into work, further study or training within 6 months of graduation (source: HESA). A breakdown of post graduation employment by course, showing the split into professional/managerial positions, rather than general employment figures, is available from Unistats an independent source of university data. For more information, please visit the REF Information page.


    The University of Sussex has more than 100 student societies. Interests such as Folk Music; Photography; Sub Aqua; Languages and Urban Gaming are able to be pursued. Available for students on campus are banks, shops, a launderette, a Post Office, chemist and market.

    Sussexsport is a sport and fitness facility for students, staff and the local community; it is located on campus at two sites; the Sport Centre and the Falmer Sports Complex. Amongst a wide variety of activities catered for are Football, tennis, yoga, trapeze, circuit training and martial arts.


    Sussex University has 8 on-campus residences offering a range of room types and prices. All campus accommodation is self catering.

    The lowest cost for a single room with shared bathroom is £123.00 per week.


    International students

    International undergraduate tuition fee examples:
    Fees for full time undergraduate courses start at £18,500 for most Arts, Humanities and Business courses, rising to £22,500 for most Science and Engineering courses. Medicine for 2022 -TBC (Brighton and Sussex Medical School).

    Subject Areas

    REF (Research Excellence Framework) was an independent government review conducted into the quality of research at UK universities and published in December 2014. This information highlights subjects of specialism within each university. We have listed all subject areas where at least 60% of the research conducted in these specific fields has been graded 3 or 4 stars. (4 stars being the highest ranking REF award). For more information, please visit the REF Information page.

    • Allied Health Professions, Dentistry, Nursing and Pharmacy
    • Anthropology and Development Studies
    • Area Studies
    • Art and Design: History, Practice and Theory
    • Biological Sciences
    • Business and Management Studies
    • Chemistry
    • Clinical Medicine
    • Communication, Cultural and Media Studies, Library and Information Management
    • Computer Science and Informatics
    • Economics and Econometrics
    • Education
    • Engineering
    • English Language and Literature
    • Geography and Environmental Studies
    • History
    • Law
    • Mathematical Sciences
    • Music, Drama, Dance, Performing Arts, Film and Screen Studies
    • Philosophy
    • Physics
    • Politics and International Studies
    • Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience
    • Social Work and Social Policy
    • Sociology

    Online Courses

    The University of Sussex offers a limited range of 100% online postgraduate courses, including MSc Energy Policy, MSc International Marketing, MSc Sustainable Development, MA Corruption and Governance, MA Media, Ethics and Social Change, PG Cert Marketing Analysis & Consultancy, and CPD Understanding and Engaging in Trauma-Informed Practice.

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