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University of Sussex

4.5 out of 5 (51 ratings / 20 reviews) Brighton, England, United Kingdom
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.

Master's Programmes

Social Sciences (46)
Natural Sciences & Mathematics (19)



The University of Sussex is a leading higher education and research institution near Brighton, in the south of England. Sussex was the first of the new wave of UK universities founded in the 1960s, receiving its Royal Charter in 1961.


Creative thinking, diversity in our teaching, intellectual challenge and interdisciplinarity have always been fundamental to a Sussex education.

Our goal is to deliver teaching and learning programmes informed by current research, attractive to students from all socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds and which deliver skills for life.

Sussex is a highly ranked UK university that uses research-led teaching, a unique location and a strong sense of purpose to broaden its students' perspectives. You can choose from over 500 undergraduate and postgraduate courses, taught by world-leading academics.


Research is at the heart of our academic activity at Sussex, and the rich diversity of our work is reflected across a wide range of disciplines.

Our interdisciplinary approach brings innovative solutions to real-world  problems, and our growing investment in excellence has enhanced the impact of our work on economic progress and the well-being of society worldwide.

Our research is highly respected nationally and internationally. According to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2014-15, Sussex is ranked amongst the top 15 universities in the UK, and joint 34th globally for research influence.


  • Join the University of Sussex – a highly-ranked, research-led UK university. You can search for academic and non-academic job vacancies.
  • 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.

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University Ranking

World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
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Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
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Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
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QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
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Student services

Whether you're concerned about your studies, need financial advice or have emotional or health concerns, our student support services are here to help.

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

You can also access confidential advice on health issues.

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

Explore our world-class resources and find your perfect place to study in our campus library. You have access to:

  • 750,000 books and e-books
  • 38,000 online journals
  • databases for research
  • online subject guides
  • digital archives.

Choose from quiet, silent or group study spaces and benefit from computing facilities and wi-fi in all areas. You can also buy academic textbooks in our University bookshop.

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

Facilities are located at two sites on campus: the Sport Centre (SC) and the Falmer Sports Complex (FSC).

The Sport Centre offers the following:

  • Two multi-purpose sports halls (for badminton, table tennis, basketball, football etc)
  • Fitness room
  • Indoor cricket nets
  • Four glass-backed championship squash courts
  • Dance and martial arts studio
  • Therapy room
  • Sports injury clinic

The Sport Centre and the Falmer Sports Complex sell grips, shuttlecocks, squash balls, tennis balls, small towels and other items for general play.

The Falmer Sports Complex offers the following:

  • Our primary fitness rooms, with an extensive range of CV, resistance machines and free weights
  • Separate strength and conditioning room
  • Six hard tennis courts

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

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Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars
sussex has thought me a lot and I really like the environment of the university and the teaching style in my course as it become one of the leading universities in International relations and development in the world
It's a perfect university experience for someone who is new to the UK
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars
The course structure, faculties' research profiles, and opportunities offered by this university
Gateway to the brightest future
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars
It was a great experience and i adapted quickly. It was fruitful but the time was too short and i had to study and work.

Brighton, England, United Kingdom