The University of Sussex is a research-intensive campus university located within the vibrant city of Brighton & Hove, on the UK's south coast. We are ranked in the top 20 UK universities (The Guardian University Guide 2018 and The Complete University Guide 2018). With an excellent international reputation, we’re also proud to be placed 150th in the world.

Top 3 reasons to study here

  • The University of Sussex is one of the UK's most successful universities for employability,with 90% of our graduates in work or further study within six months.
  • We are based in Brighton, one of the top-10 city beach destinations in the world which has been voted the happiest city in England for students.
  • Our campus has a very cosmopolitan atmosphere. We have 16,000 students from more than 120 countries.



Established in 1961 on a principle of ‘making the future’, we are thinkers, doers, entrepreneurs and Nobel Prize-winners who are intent on changing things.

We’re a multicultural campus and welcome spirited students who want to study in a creative and intellectually-challenging environment, encouraging you to open your mind and leave your mark on the world.


We offer:

  • Undergraduate courses
  • Masters courses
  • Research degrees

Our courses are designed to enable you to make a difference in the world. We offer more than 500 courses and some of them are internationally recognised, such as our Development Studies course which is ranked 1st in the world (QS World Rankings 2017).

From American Studies to Zoology, International Business to Astrophysics, Media Practice to Social Work, we have stimulating courses – and world-respected academics – across the sciences, social sciences, arts and humanities. 


Research is at the heart of our academic activity at Sussex and the rich diversity of our work is reflected across many disciplines.

Our researchers are shaping the world as we know it and making a difference – whether that’s changing perceptions, shaping policy and practice or working in partnership to bring about positive change.

From paving the way for quantum computers to become a reality, to improving children’s mental health and their life chances, our research is highly respected nationally and internationally. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), over 75% of our research activity is categorised as world-leading or internationally excellent.


Sussex is one of the UK’s most successful universities for employability, with 90% of our graduates in work or further study within six months (Destination of Leavers from Higher Education, 2016). Our students go on to shape both policy and practice in economics, health, culture, climate change and more, and these are just some of our notable alumni:

  • Ian McEwan CBE; Man Booker Prize-winning author
  • Zhang Xin; Co-founder and CEO, SOHO China
  • Shamshad Akhtar; Executive Secretary, Economic and Social Commission for Asia and Pacific, United Nations

Our Careers and Employability Centre supports you throughout your studies, offering a wide range of employability, professional and career development services.

Master's Programmes

Social Sciences (48)
Natural Sciences & Mathematics (17)

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 need academic help, financial advice or have concerns about your health, our network of services are here to help.

Our Student Life Centre supports you throughout your studies, providing information and guidance on a range of subjects including academic issues, funding queries and personal difficulties.

Housing services

We’re investing £500 million into our campus, building new student accommodation and state-of-the-art academic and research buildings. More than 4,200 students from 100 countries live on campus – their home away from home – and there is a buzzing social life and cosmopolitan atmosphere.

We offer a large selection of flats and houses to suit different tastes and budgets, including accommodation for families and people with disabilities. 

From self-contained flats to single study bedrooms, you can choose from nine campus housing options, and 45% of our accommodation is en-suite. Housing prices on campus range from £98 per week to £153 per week. We also offer advice on renting privately.

Library services

Study, conduct research and develop your skills in our dedicated facilities. Our library is open 24 hours a day during term time, providing a vast collection of resources including more than 38,000 online journals and 52,000 e-books. Our Special Collections are housed at The Keep, a historical resource centre just a few minutes' walk from campus.

ICT services

Choose from 1,000 computers across several cluster rooms and benefit from free Wi-Fi whether you’re studying on campus or in your halls of residence. We provide software support, training to develop your computing skills and help with more technical issues.

Medical services

There is a Health Centre located on campus, as well as a dentist and a pharmacy. General medical care and some other services, including contraception, are provided at the Health Centre.

Student Life

Campus life

Our campus has a very cosmopolitan atmosphere. We have 16,000 students from more than 120 countries and almost a quarter of our students come from outside the UK.

Our campus is like a large village, with everything you need for day-to-day life. This includes a supermarket, bank, post office, GP surgery, dentist, nursery and pharmacy as well as numerous cafés, bars and restaurants, and a weekly food market.

We are the only UK university surrounded by a national park and our campus is only nine minutes away from Brighton, one of the top-10 city beach destinations in the world (Lonely Planet). Brighton has also been voted as the happiest city in England for students (Student Living Survey, Sodexo).

Sports facilities

Take advantage of sport, fitness and wellbeing opportunities from the moment you start at Sussex – and keep going even after you graduate.

We provide a packed weekly programme with yoga, pilates and spinning classes, as well as two sport centres with the latest fitness equipment.

Our facilities and classes are tailored to your fitness level, whether you are a complete beginner or a sports fanatic. We also have a sports injury clinic and therapy room.

Student clubs

 The Students’ Union supports more than 200 clubs and societies and over 30 sports teams. There are academic societies, dance societies, an award-winning TV station and even a Doctor Who Society!

The Union runs two campus shops and three bars, and organises a variety of social events, from Freshers’ Week to the Graduation Ball. It also campaigns on relevant local, national and international issues and runs an independent advice centre offering advocacy and support for students on academic and other issues.

Brighton, England, United Kingdom

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