The University of Brighton is a thriving multi-campus university on the south coast of England with a longstanding focus on practice-based, creative and professional education. All undergraduate courses provide opportunities for work-related learning, with many offering professional accreditation and extended work placements. Students can tailor their degree through optional modules that fit with their particular interests.

City Centre
City Centre

In or close to the centre of a city


In or close to the centre of a town


On the coast, near the sea

UCAS Code: B72

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

TEF Silver is awarded to institutions that deliver high-quality teaching, learning and outcomes for their students, and consistently exceed "rigorous national quality requirements" for higher education in the UK. Find out more about TEF.

Student Statistics

Student population


Level of study

  • Undergraduate 81%
  • Postgraduate 19%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 76%
  • Part Time 24%

Where students come from

  • UK 87%
  • EU 5%
  • Other 8%

Student gender

  • Male 38%
  • Female 62%

Undergraduate Open Days

Open days allow you to experience the university first hand, and help you decide if it's the right place for you​.

Student Services and Facilities


  • Each university site has library and computing facilities so students are always close to the resources that they need.
  • The libraries include dedicated study spaces and operate extended opening hours.
  • Students also have access to a 24-hour online library which includes thousands of e-books, databases and full text journals – most accessible from anywhere with an Internet connection.

Student jobs

  • 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 advice

  • Career Development Advisors are available to give practical help with CVs, job applications and preparing for interviews. They can also help arrange professional mentoring.
  • 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, volunteering and placements.

Health services

  • Students have access to a wide range of healthcare services to help with studies and life in general.
  • The university has its own medical centres in Eastbourne and Moulsecoomb, and students can also access the extensive healthcare provision in their local communities.
  • Well-being workshops are available to support students through the various demands of the academic year.

Counselling services

  • The university offers a range of support to students experiencing stress, anxiety, and other mental health issues.
  • Each of the university's academic schools has a Student Support and Guidance Tutor (SSGT) who can provide support about a wide range of personal and academic issues and can refer students to specialist services.
  • A free counselling service provides short-term one-to-one support to students who need a safe and confidential setting in which to work through problems.

Disability support

  • Support is available for all disabled students, whether they have a specific learning difference such as dyslexia; mental health issues; hearing, visual or mobility impairment; or any other long-term medical condition.
  • Please refer to the university website for details.

Other services and facilities

  • Students have access to free campus-wide Wi-Fi.
  • The university is committed to continuously investing in equipment, facilities and buildings. More than £100 million has been invested in the past ten years including a new advanced engineering building, a podiatry hospital, flight simulators, human movement labs, a dispensing pharmacy, prototyping facilities, and clinical skills facilities including ambulance and midwifery suite simulations. There are also studios, exhibition spaces and specialist equipment for architecture, design, fine art, fashion, textiles photography and media courses.
  • Extensive sports and fitness facilities are in both Brighton and Eastbourne, available for all students to use, wherever they study or live.

Career Focus

  • 100% of Brighton’s undergraduates are able to do assessed work-related learning as part of their course.
  • 93% of graduates are working, studying or training within six months of completing their course (DLHE survey 2015–16).
  • Work placement companies include American Express, British Airways, Channel 4, IBM, the NHS, Nike and Rolls Royce. 
  • Many of our 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.

Students' Union

  • Brighton Students' Union offers over 100 student societies, more than 50 sports clubs and a range of other activities where students can make friends, visit new places and build a wealth of experiences.
  • There are also opportunities to gain experience by volunteering to become a course representative or get involved in student campaigns.
  • The Students' Union creates a diverse events programme every year, 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.


  • 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 it is a community of more than 20,000 students, offering over 160 practice-based and professional undergraduate courses.

Fascinating Fact

  • One of the University of Brighton's alumni, Alison Lapper MBE, was featured on the 'fourth plinth' of Trafalgar Square in a sculpture by Marc Quinn.

Notable Alumni and Famous Faces

  • Dr Gary Brickley – British Paralympic cycling team coach.
  • Emily Brooke MBE – founder and CEO of Blaze.
  • 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.
  • Emily Gravett – children's book illustrator and author.
  • Dr Steve Ingham – Head of Physiology at the English Institute of Sport (IES).
  • Paris Lees – journalist, presenter and transgender rights campaigner.
  • Jill McDonald – Chief Executive of Halfords.
  • Julien Macdonald OBE – designer.
  • Orlando Weeks – musician, The Maccabees.
  • Rachel Whiteread CBE – artist and Turner Prize winner, 1993.


University of Brighton, Student Admissions Office, Watts Building, Lewes Road, Brighton , BN2 4GJ