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The University of Sussex is a world-leading research university, just 9 minutes from the cosmopolitan city of Brighton, offering a broad range of taught and research postgraduate programmes spanning the arts, humanities, sciences and social sciences. A mixed approach to research and learning that removes traditional boundaries between subject areas and departments is led by some of the foremost academics in their fields, each driven by the belief that knowledge inspires positive change.

Postgraduate Student Statistics

4,573 postgraduate students in 2017–18

Mode of study

  • Full Time 84%
  • Part Time 16%

Domicile

  • UK 49%
  • EU 8%
  • Other 43%

Numbers of Students by Subject Area

Subject Research Taught Total
Business & Management Studies 25 620 645
Education 35 575 610
Other 70 460 530
Psychology 70 215 280
Accounting & Finance 5 260 265
Communication & Media Studies 25 220 240
Social Work 20 180 200
Law 50 140 185
Politics 30 125 160
Geography & Environmental Science 35 95 130
Economics 20 105 125
Biological Sciences 65 60 125
Physics & Astronomy 90 30 120
English 40 75 115
Computer Science 40 50 90
Sociology 20 65 85
Marketing 0 85 85
Anthropology 25 45 70
Mathematics 25 45 70
Philosophy 20 40 60
General Engineering 30 20 50
Anatomy & Physiology 35 10 45
History 20 25 45
History of Art, Architecture & Design 15 25 40
Creative Writing 20 20 35
Mechanical Engineering 0 35 35
Music 10 25 35
Librarianship & Information Management 0 30 30
Chemistry 25 0 25
Electrical & Electronic Engineering 0 15 15
Linguistics 5 10 15
Drama, Dance & Cinematics 5 0 5
American Studies 5 0 5

Figures are rounded to the nearest five.

Postgraduate Tuition Fees

The following are the typical annual course fees for postgraduate students submitted to us by the university (Reddin Survey of University Tuition Fees 2018–2019). Always confirm individual course fees with the university.

Type of Course Taught Postgraduate (£)
Classroom 7,900–9,500
Mixed 7,900–9,500
Laboratory 7,900–9,500
Clinical 7,840
Classroom
Teaching takes place in a classroom or ordinary lecture theatre. Subjects with classroom teaching might include history, maths and philosophy.
Mixed
Subjects taught in classrooms and laboratories, such as languages.
Laboratory
Much of the teaching may take place in a laboratory and includes biology, chemistry and physics.
Clinical
Clinical subjects can include dentistry, medicine and veterinary medicine.

Bursaries and Scholarships

  • The university offers scholarships that recognise and reward students who are at the top of their game in a range of qualifications before coming to Sussex. Please refer to the university website to find out more.

Accommodation for Postgraduate Students

  • University-managed housing is guaranteed for full-time, first-year PhD students studying for a full academic year. This is dependent on the submission of a housing application and pre-payment of £300 before the relevant deadline.
  • Please refer to the university website for details on housing guarantees and application deadlines.