• Entry Standards Entry Standards

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

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    375
  • Student-Staff Ratio Student-Staff Ratio

    The average staffing levels at the University.

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    15.3
  • Research Quality Research Quality

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

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    3.01
  • 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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    1,719
  • Student Satisfaction Student Satisfaction

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

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    4.06
  • 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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    892
  • Graduate Prospects Graduate Prospects

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

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    84.2
  • 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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    91.1
  • 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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    79.1

History

  • The University of Sussex is a research-intensive campus university on the south coast, and celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2011–12.
  • The University was founded on a principle of ‘making the future’ and has built a strong reputation for research excellence, internationalism and interdisciplinarity.
  • We welcome spirited students who want to join our diverse and friendly campus community and study in a progressive, creative, and intellectually-challenging environment.

Location and Transport

  • Sussex is a vibrant and sociable university, set in an exciting and cosmopolitan location. Nestled next to Stanmer Park with its vast open spaces, woodland walks and village tea room, the campus is surrounded by the beauty of the South Downs National Park, yet only minutes away from Brighton & Hove, one of the most lively and tolerant cities in the UK. 
  • Frequent bus services run between the campus and Brighton, and the train journey into the city centre takes just nine minutes.
  • If you want to wander further afield, there’s plenty of choice with stunning countryside in every direction, London just an hour away, and national and international transport links within easy reach.

Entry Requirements

  • Standard A level offers are between AAA and CCC, depending on degree programme (including foundation years).
  • Sussex has a proud tradition of welcoming mature students, and takes a flexible approach when considering their applications.

Student Mix

The 13,535 students enrolled in the academic year 2014/15 comprise:

Level of study

  • Undergraduate 75%
  • Postgraduate 25%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 94%
  • Part Time 6%

Domicile

  • UK 69%
  • EU 8%
  • Other 23%

Student gender

  • Male 46%
  • Female 54%

Course Flexibility

  • At Sussex, you can customise your course to build a degree that allows you to broaden your education while developing the knowledge, skills and experience to take you in any direction you choose.
  • Depending on which course you’re studying, you’ll be able to choose electives from several different disciplines, spend time studying abroad, or undertake a professional placement. Find out more by visiting our 2017 Undergraduate Prospectus.

Teaching Standards

  • All our teaching is informed by our cutting-edge research – meaning you’ll be taught by some of the world’s leading thinkers, doers and entrepreneurs.
  • In the 2016 National Student Survey, 88% of Sussex students said they were satisfied or very satisfied with the teaching on their course.

Research Standards

  • The University of Sussex carries out world-leading research that has a positive impact on people’s lives. Over 75% of research activity at Sussex is categorised as world leading or internationally excellent in terms of originality, significance and rigour in the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014).
  • Sussex had particular REF successes in Psychology, Geography, Biological Sciences, International Relations, Anthropology, Politics, English, History, and Media & Film.

Academic Strengths

The University of Sussex is ranked amongst the top 20 universities in all three major UK rankings guides.

In the Complete University Guide 2017, the following subjects at Sussex are ranked in the top 10:

  • American Studies (2nd)
  • Marketing (6th)
  • Anatomy and Physiology (7th)
  • Chemistry (9th)
  • Biological Science (10th)

Our distinguished faculty includes 8 Fellows of the Royal Society, 9 Fellows of the British Academy, 11 Fellows of the Academy of Medical Sciences and 18 Fellows of the Academy of Social Sciences.

  • Three Nobel Prizes and one Crafoord Prize have been awarded for research conducted at Sussex.
  • We are continuously building on our research excellence in a wide range of academic disciplines, establishing major research centres on campus including the Andrew and Virginia Rudd Centre for Adoption Research and Practice; the Sackler Centre for Consciousness Science; the Middle East and North African Centre at Sussex (MENACS); and the Sussex Centre for the Study of Corruption (SCSC).

Undergraduate Courses

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Student Facilities

  • The Sussex campus is like a large village, with everything you need for day to day life. This includes a library, bank, post office, GP surgery, dentist, and pharmacy as well as numerous cafes, bars and restaurants and a weekly food market. 
  • The Library is open 24 hours a day during term time. Recently refurbished to an exceptional standard, it contains a vast collection of resources to support your study and also gives you access to over 38,000 online journals and 52,000 e-books.
  • The Library's Special Collections are housed at a purpose-built historical resource centre called The Keep, located just a short walk from campus and within easy reach of Falmer Station and local bus stops.
  • The Special Collections include original manuscripts and first editions by Virginia Woolf, Jane Austen and Rudyard Kipling; The New Statesman Archive; and the Mass Observation Archive – a unique social history resource.
  • IT Services provide several computer cluster rooms across campus, many with 24-hour access – in addition to free or discounted software, IT training courses, and a drop-in IT service desk. The campus is wi-fi connected, with free email, file store and internet access.
  • The Student Life Centre plays a key role in ensuring that Sussex is a supportive and empowering environment for students. It is a 'one-stop shop', offering information and support to students throughout their studies on a range of subjects including academic issues, funding queries and personal difficulties.
  • The Student Support Unit offers specialist advice and guidance to any student with a long term condition such as a physical disability, long term mental health condition or specific learning difficulty such as Dyslexia or Dyspraxia. 

Students' Union

  • Our active Students’ Union represents students’ interests both within the University and the wider community and campaigns on relevant local, national and international issues.
  • The Union runs two lively bars on campus, plus one in the centre of Brighton, –providing food, entertainment and a great place to catch up with friends. It also runs two campus shops; supports more than 200 student societies, sports teams and student media groups; and runs a variety of social events from Freshers’ Week onwards. 
  • The Students’ Union runs an advice centre which is run independently from the University, offering advocacy and support for students on a range of academic and other issues and also operates a Buddy Scheme to help new students settle in to campus life.

Availability of Part-Time Work

  • If you’re looking for a part-time job while you study, the Careers and Employability Centre is based in the Library and advertises a wide range of student jobs throughout the year, both on campus and in Brighton.
  • As a busy seaside city, Brighton is also a fantastic place to pick up casual or seasonal work that can fit around your studies.

Careers Guidance

  • To help you find a rewarding career after university, Careers and Employability Centre staff offer a wide range of employability, professional and career development services. These include work experience and internships, careers fairs and training courses, plus one-to-one support from one of our friendly experts. 
  • We’ll give you the support you need to develop your confidence, boost your skills, and gain a competitive edge in your career.
  • Sussex graduates can use the services of The Careers and Employability Centre for up to three years after graduating.

Recent/Prospective New Builds

  • A major new teaching and research centre for the arts – the Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts – opened in 2016 providing a research and teaching base to support creative arts including film, media and drama. It is named after one of Sussex's former Chancellors, Lord Richard Attenborough.
  • A key part of our current redevelopment will be a new biomedical sciences building to inspire a new generation of scientists. This will house the diverse disciplines that make up the School of Life Sciences and will also include an expansion of our world-leading Genome Research Centre.
  • We are currently planning the creation of a new student village on campus. This will include new high-quality housing to accommodate our growing student population as well as a purpose-built Students’ Union building – providing spaces for studying, performance, meetings and socialising.

Notable Alumni

  • Lucy Worsley – historian, curator, author and television presenter.
  • Jeremy Deller – Turner Prize-winning artist.
  • David Bull – Executive Director, UNICEF UK.
  • Harriet Lamb CBE, Chief Executive, Fairtrade International.
  • Ian McEwan – novelist.
  • Jamie Shea – Deputy Assistant Secretary General, Emerging Security Challenges, NATO.
  • Helen Boaden – Director of BBC Radio.
  • Hilary Benn and Ben Bradshaw – Members of Parliament.
  • Dermot Murnaghan – Sky News presenter.
  • Zhang Xin – CEO of SOHO China.
  • Alexandra Shulman OBE – Editor-in-chief of British Vogue.
  • Professor Sir Peter Knight FRS – Pioneering Physicist.
  • Daniel Glaser – Neuroscientist: Director of Science Gallery London at King’s College London.
  • Jessie Ware – musician.
  • Julia Somerville OBE – news presenter and former Chair of the Advisory Committee of the Government Art Collection.
  • Shamshad Akhtar – Assistant Secretary General, Department of Economic and Social Affairs and Senior Advisor to Secretary General, United Nations.

Further Details

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