University of Sussex

The University of Sussex is a leading research-intensive university near Brighton. We have both an international and local outlook, with staff and students from more than 100 countries and frequent engagement in community activities and services.

Top reasons to study here

  • Sussex has developed a reputation for innovation and inspiration, and attracts leading thinkers and researchers.
  • Our research tackles major world issues with leading areas of expertise such as climate change and development studies.
  • We have extensive links with institutions worldwide, such as Peking University, National Taiwan University and the Harvard-Sussex programme.

Master's Programmes

Social Sciences (52)
Agriculture & Forestry (1)

About

History

Sussex was the first of the new wave of UK universities founded in the 1960s, receiving its Royal Charter in 1961.

Research

Research is at the heart of Sussex, where research centres are international leaders in their fields, and an interdisciplinary environment thrives across the university.

Sussex research has produced Nobel prizes, developed radical theories, and created important innovations. It has had extensive impact on business, government, the third sector, health and culture.

Career

96% of our graduates are in work or further study six months after graduating*. We’ll help you explore different career choices, develop your skills, and gain valuable experience in the workplace.

Global Student Satisfaction Awards 2019

GSSA 2019

The Global Student Satisfaction Awards empower students across the globe to determine the best universities of 2019. By rating institutions on a scale from 1 to 5, on multiple studies-related questions, we found the top educators in the world.

Learn more about the Global Student Satisfaction Awards

University Ranking

World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
2019
161 -14
2018
147 2
2017
149
World University Rankings is a vital resource that provides the definitive list of the world's best universities.
Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
2018
201
2017
201
2016
201
ARWU World University rankings is the first world university ranking. It ranks the world's top 1000 colleges and universities based on objective indicator.
QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
2019
227 1
2018
228 -41
2017
187
QS World University Rankings is one of the top international rankings measuring the popularity and performance of universities all over the world.
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
2019
-
2018
174 36
2017
210
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report presents all the top universities from the U.S. and 60 other countries around the world.

Services

Student services

The Student Life Centre can offer support on a range of issues related to your welfare. They can help with:

  • concerns affecting study progress and wellbeing
  • money matters
  • improving your academic performance
  • understanding how the University works

Housing services

On-campus accommodation

Choose from nine campus housing options, which have either en-suite or shared bathrooms.

  • Northfield flats
  • Stanmer Court flats
  • Swanborough flats
  • Lewes Court flats (Phase 2)
  • Student Village
  • Brighthelm houses
  • Lewes Court flats (Phase 1)
  • Park Houses
  • Park Village
Off-campus accommodation

Experience life in the city and benefit from good transport links to the University by living off-campus in Brighton & Hove and other towns in the local area.

  • Abacus House flats
  • Kings Road flats
  • University-managed houses
  • Lewes Study Lodge
  • Caburn House Residence

Library services

Students and members of staff are automatically members of the Library. We are pleased to welcome applications for membership from colleagues who work for our partners, such as SEF and Catering. To enter the Library you'll need your university ID card, which doubles as your library card for your time at the university. 

ICT services

Wi-fi is available throughout the campus and we have over 800 computers available, both PCs and Macs. 

Some computer rooms are open 24 hours a day. You can view computer spaces online or use the SussexMobile app to find a free computer.

You can also attend IT courses and download software for free, including Microsoft Office and SPSS.

Medical services

  • health centre - with a daily drop-in service
  • dentist
  • pharmacy - where you can pick up prescriptions and medicines.

Student Life

Campus life

Sussex has one of the most beautiful campus locations in the UK.

Situated in rolling parkland on the edge of Brighton, the campus combines award-winning architecture with green open spaces.

The campus is surrounded by the South Downs National Park but just a few minutes away from the lively city of Brighton & Hove.

Designed by Sir Basil Spence, the buildings that make up the heart of the campus were given listed building status in 1993. Falmer House is one of only two educational buildings in the UK to be Grade I-listed in recognition of its exceptional interest.

Sports facilities

You can become a member of Sussexsport or use our facilities on a pay-and-play basis.

We have two on-campus sports areas:

  • The Sport Centre, for indoor sports, group exercise classes and the gym
  • Falmer Sports Complex, housing the main fitness rooms and sports pitches.

Student clubs

Choose from over 230 clubs, societies and sports teams, all supported by the Students’ Union.

These include dance societies, academic societies and even a ukulele society. There’s also an award-winning TV station.

You can get involved in a number of events run by the Students’ Union, including Freshers’ Week and One World Sussex, which celebrates the diversity of our campus community.

Student Reviews

Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

Missing home instantly. Then, new friends, great seminars, the seaside and a special chili convenience store! :)

Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

Campus is great, the quality of life as a student is perfect, the quality of the program is more than someone could ask for. Teachers are always available in order to help you figure things out.

Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

It is very different than school in many aspects. You now study what you want and that is what makes it fun, nevertheless, it is very hard and the requirements are higher.

Brighton, England, United Kingdom

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