University of Brighton

  • Entry Standards Entry Standards

    The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University.

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  • Student-Staff Ratio Student-Staff Ratio

    The average staffing levels at the University.

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  • Research Quality Research Quality

    A measure of the quality of the research undertaken in the University.

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    2.84 / 4.00
  • Academic Services Spend Academic Services Spend

    A guide to how much the University spends on supporting services such as libraries and IT.

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  • Student Satisfaction Student Satisfaction

    A guide to how satisfied students are with the quality of teaching they receive.

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    4.00 / 5.00
  • Facilities Spend Facilities Spend

    A guide to how much the University spends on supporting facilities such as the careers service, health and counselling services and sport facilities.

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  • Graduate Prospects Graduate Prospects

    A guide to the employability of graduates on completion of their courses at the University.

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    66.6 / 100.0
  • Degree Completion Degree Completion

    The proportion of students expected to successfully complete their studies and gain a degree from the University.

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    84.0 / 100.0
  • Good Honours Good Honours

    The percentage of graduates achieving a first or upper second class honours degree – the class of degree achieved can impact a graduate’s employment prospects.

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    66.9 / 100.0


  • The origins of the university can be traced back to 1859 with the founding of the School of Art in the Brighton Royal Pavilion.
  • Since being granted university status in 1992 the University of Brighton has grown steadily. Today the university is a community of more than 20,000 students, offering over 200 undergraduate courses.
  • The Research Excellence Framework 2014 (REF) ranked Brighton in the top 25% of UK universities for its world-leading research impact.
  • The university has strong links and close working partnerships with business, employers and professional bodies.

Location and Transport

  • The university has three campuses in Brighton, with further campuses along the coast in Eastbourne and Hastings. Each campus is close to the sea and countryside, and within easy reach of London.
  • Just an hour from London, Brighton is an original and forward thinking city which offers a great student experience. Brighton features in Lonely Planet's list of 10 cities with brilliant beaches and has the beautiful South Downs on its doorstep.
  • Eastbourne is known for being sunny, friendly and relaxed. Forty minutes along the coast from Brighton, the town offers the beach, countryside, shopping, art galleries, theatre and sporting facilities.
  • An hour from Brighton, Hastings is a busy town and home to a creative community of writers, artists, performers and media professionals.

Entry Requirements

  • Entry requirements vary. Specific entry requirements for each course can be found on the University of Brighton website.
  • The minimum qualifications you need to apply to the University of Brighton are two A levels and at least three GCSEs (must include mathematics and English) at a minimum grade C.
  • The university also accepts students with BTEC qualifications and those who have passed QAA-approved access courses. 
  • The university operates a flexible admissions policy where applications are considered on merit. This means that when assessing students’ potential, their exam grades are considered alongside a range of other factors, such as family background, work experience and personal circumstances

Student Mix

The 20,685 students enrolled in the academic year 2014/15 comprise:

Level of study

  • Undergraduate 82%
  • Postgraduate 18%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 76%
  • Part Time 24%


  • UK 86%
  • EU 6%
  • Other 9%

Student gender

  • Male 42%
  • Female 58%

Course Flexibility

  • Most of Brighton’s 200 undergraduate courses offer flexibility, allowing students to pursue their interests, specialise and tailor their learning to their individual career aspirations.
  • Many courses in the same subject area share first year modules, enabling students to try out different areas before deciding on their final degree path.
  • All undergraduate courses offer opportunities for work-related learning and many offer placements of up to a year, helping students to build confidence, experience and contacts.
  • There are opportunities to study abroad in a range of cities in the EU and beyond.
  • The university’s online learning environment, studentcentral, allows students to study from anywhere with an internet connection.

Teaching Standards

  • Over 50 professional bodies accredit the university's courses including ACCA, the Health Professions Council, the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development, the British Computer Society, the Institutions of Civil, Electrical, Mechanical and Structural Engineers, RIBA, the Chartered Institute of Marketing, the Chartered Management Institute and the Nursing and Midwifery Council.
  • In the 2015 National Student Survey (NSS) 83% of final-year students said they were satisfied with their courses.
  • Brighton is one of the UK's largest teacher training universities, and its Initial Teacher Education provision was rated 'outstanding' by Ofsted.
  • In 2015 the Brighton Students Union Excellence Awards received over 400 nominations from students wanting to acknowledge the contribution of academic and support staff.

Research Standards

  • Brighton has been recognised for producing research of 'world-leading quality' which has 'outstanding impact' by the Research Excellence Framework 2014 (REF).
  • 92% of research is rated as being world-leading or internationally excellent in terms of the impact it makes (REF 2014).
  • Over the past five years, the university has invested £8.8 million in research initiatives.

Undergraduate Courses

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Student Facilities

  • The university's industry-standard learning facilities enable students to build specialist skills and experience they can use throughout their career. Facilities include TV and radio stations, a podiatry hospital, flight simulator, human movement labs, a dispensing pharmacy and prototyping facilities.
  • More than £100 million has been invested in the past 10 years on the equipment and buildings students use every day.
  • Students have access to libraries, media centres, computer rooms, campus-wide wi-fi and studentcentral, the university’s online learning environment.

Career Focus

  • 100% of Brighton’s undergraduates are able to do assessed work-related learning as part of their course.
  • 88% of graduates are in employment or study within six months of completing their course (DLHE survey 2012–13).
  • Work placement companies include American Express, British Airways, Channel 4, IBM, the NHS, Nike and Rolls Royce. 
  • Many of courses are accredited by professional organisations. This may mean that students are licensed to practise (eg as a nurse), are eligible to apply for membership of a professional body, or are exempt from professional exams.
  • Partnerships with business, employers and professional bodies contribute to course development and teaching.
  • Students can develop their employability skills through career forums, mentoring, entrepreneurship and volunteering schemes.

Disability Services

  • Support is available for all disabled students, whether they have dyslexia, specific learning difficulties, mental health issues, hearing impairment, visual impairment, mobility impairment or any other long-term medical condition.
  • More information and advice is available from the Disability and Dyslexia Team on 01273 643799 or

Students' Union

  • Brighton Students' Union offers overs 100 student-run societies, volunteering opportunities and a range of other activities where students can make friends, visit new places and build a wealth of experiences.
  • The Students’ Union creates a diverse events programme every year, with events from cinema and club nights to black-tie balls, as well as helping societies to hold cultural and religious events for festivals such as Eid, Diwali, Hanukkah, Chinese New Year and Christmas.

Availability of Part-Time Work

  • Many full-time students work part-time while they are studying at the University of Brighton.
  • The university's Vacancies Service is an online jobs database which advertises part-time and holiday work, including university-based roles.
  • There are careers centres on each university campus which can help students find a job and provide career guidance.

Careers Guidance

  • Careers counsellors are available to give practical help with CVs, job applications and preparing for interviews.
  • Practical careers guidance is complemented by the university's career-focused approach to learning. Students benefit from opportunities throughout their course to build real-world experience and transferable skills through project work and placements.

Recent/Prospective New Builds

  • A new advanced engineering building is underway at Moulescoomb which will provide specialist facilities for teaching and research.
  • In central Brighton the development at Edward Street is expanding facilities for the College of Arts and Humanities by providing a new home for photography, moving image and film and screen studies students. It has specialist equipment, dedicated studios and exhibition spaces.
  • £27 million has been spent on new halls of residence and support facilities at Varley Park – a further phase of redevelopment costing £13.5 million is underway.
  • The Cockcroft building at Moulsecoomb is undergoing a £29 million sustainable building refurbishment, creating new teaching facilities and social spaces.
  • The university is also planning a £23 million academic building and £40 million of student accommodation on the Preston Barracks site in Moulsecoomb.

Notable Alumni

  • Kate Allenby MBE - Director of Fencing at London 2012
  • Dr Gary Brickley - British Paralympic cycling team coach
  • Mandy Chessell CBE - Computer scientist, Master Inventor and Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering
  • Paddy Considine - Actor, screenwriter and director
  • Norman Cook - DJ, musician and producer
  • Ben Cooper – Controller, Radio 1 and 1Xtra
  • Harvey Goldsmith CBE – performing arts promoter
  • Emily Gravett – children's book illustrator and author
  • Barbara Hulanicki OBE – founder of iconic fashion label, Biba
  • Dr Steve Ingham – Head of Physiology at the English Institute of Sport (IES)
  • Simon Kernick – Sunday Times number one bestselling author
  • Julien Macdonald OBE – designer
  • Professor Mark Power – Magnum photographer
  • Orlando Weeks – musician, The Maccabees
  • Rachel Whiteread CBE – artist and Turner Prize winner 1993

Further Details

Address University of Brighton
Mithras House
Lewes Road
UCAS Code B72
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