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University of Suffolk

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The University of Suffolk opened its doors in 2007 and gained university title in 2016. The University has over 5,000 students, representing over 68 different nationalities, and university prides itself on its welcoming atmosphere and being a 'home away from home' where students are on first name terms with their tutors.

The University has already been recognised for its teaching, holding a TEF Bronze award status, and was ranked in the top 10 for Courses and Lecturers, top 15 for Job Prospects and top 20 for Student Support in the Whatuni Student Rankings 2019.

Students have the choice of studying a wide range of subjects at Suffolk, with academic teaching based around four academic schools:

  • The School of Engineering, Arts, Science and Technology 
  • The School of Health and Sports Sciences 
  • The School of Social Sciences and Humanities 
  • The Suffolk Business School

Students enjoy studying in Suffolk as the County has so much to offer. As well as being close to the sea, The Ipswich Waterfront is just an hour's train ride away from London. There are also plenty of shops, bars and pubs to explore, and the annual Latitude and Pulse festivals in Suffolk.

University of Suffolk students on Whatuni say:

“Tutors are approachable, lecture times are good and work placements are brilliant.”

“So far, really enjoying university. Staff are always friendly and helpful.”

“It’s been amazing, honestly so personal to the point my course leader knows my name and what I want to achieve and have regular one to ones to have check-ups as well as other students.”

Job Prospects
Job Prospects

Job Prospects

The University of Suffolk has a committed Careers and Employability Service that provides students with the information, advice and guidance they need before, during and after graduating from the University of Suffolk. What's more, 95% of graduates go on to employment or further studies within six months of leaving the University.

The commitment to careers and employability across the curriculum is an important characteristic of the courses offered at the University of Suffolk and students are encouraged to get involved in exciting opportunities that can greatly enhance employability.

There are regular careers fairs and events, as well as workshops and presentations, which enable students and potential employers to network. Students can book an appointment with a careers advisor to discuss their goals on a one-to-one basis, as well as having access to an advisor over email. They can help with everything from writing a CV and cover letter to practicing with interview questions.

Students even have the chance to apply for a Work Experience Bursary, to help support them with travel costs when undertaking a work placement.

University of Suffolk students on Whatuni say:

“Relevant up to date content, early exposure to working in the field, opportunity to meet and network with experts early on.”

“There's a lot of resources towards employability and career development.”

“Encouraging placement and library workshops to gain and build on skills that is as student already have or want to have. There is also lots of opportunity to work for the university student union which has loads of transferable skills.”

Graduates in job/further study
Course and lecturers
Course and lecturers

Course and lecturers

WUSCA Course and lecturers ranking The Course and lecturers ranking is decided by students from this institution rating them in a Whatuni review. This forms the basis of the Whatuni Student Choice Awards (WUSCA for short).

The University of Suffolk offers a wide range of courses, ranging from Law to Photography. The majority of programmes offer the option of studying on a full or part-time basis, with students having access to industry links as well as work experience opportunities over the duration of the course.

Students are taught by industry-experienced staff, many of whom are still active researchers in their fields, and can be confident they’ll leave with the relevant skills and knowledge to secure graduate employment, continue their studies with confidence, or simply expand their horizons. Students in recent reviews were full of praise for the level of teaching and liked the small classes that the university offers, allowing for a more personable teaching experience.

University of Suffolk students on Whatuni say:

“I like everything about how my course is taught, especially the lectures and seminars.”

“Love that all lecturers are active in research and highly skilled scientists. Small intimate classes make for a better and more inclusive learning environment.”

“I love that the cohort is quite small and that the university staff know my name and know what I want to achieve, it’s very personal!”

Students' Union
Students' Union

Students' Union

The Students’ Union (SU) is made up of students that are elected representatives and consist of a President and Vice President, as well as Course Reps, School Officers, Campus Officers and Liberation Officers – who represent specific groups of people within the student body. The job of the SU is to ensure the smooth running of the University and to represent student’s views and opinions to help improve the overall learning experience.

The SU also oversees all of the social events that happen on campus and the clubs and societies on offer.

University of Suffolk students on Whatuni say:

“Our students' union is always on the lookout for new things and seems to be very knowledgeable of the university. They've just opened up a new student shop and area which is amazing and so modern.”

“They’re amazing and arrange the best events and activities.”

“They are absolutely amazing and engaging and do what is really best for the well-being of the student at the university.”



The University has a number of on-campus and off-campus accommodation options at varying budgets.

Athena Hall is the on-campus halls of residence on Ipswich Waterfront and is just a ten-minute walk away from the town centre. All rooms have an en-suite bathroom and share a kitchen with other housemates. You can also choose to pay more to have a studio flat to yourself.

Students wishing to live away from the campus are supported by the university's Accreditation Scheme, which helps find approved privately owned properties that meet individual students' budgets and requirements.

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The University offers state-of-the-art facilities including a number of well-stocked libraries across the different campuses, learning and social spaces and cafes and restaurants for you to relax in after lectures.

Subject-specific facilities include print studios, a film studio, photography studios, science laboratories, and sport and exercise, nursing, midwifery, radiotherapy and social care practical rooms.

Social facilities include the Cult Café Bar – located on Ipswich Waterfront – which offers home cooked diner style food and local beverages, as well as regular events such as live music, themed parties and sports and film screenings.

University of Suffolk students on Whatuni say:

“They've improved over the year since I've been attending. Great library services, computers, cafes, and laboratory equipment is very high tech and always working.”

“Very good, the library has all the books you could ever need, and the psychology labs were recently improved so I look forward to seeing and using those. There are good study areas at the university and a lot of support available.”

“Modern new building that is maintained. Excellent library with good helpful staff. You can always get a computer and laptop even during busy times. The communal areas are good.”

City life
City life

City life

Studying in Suffolk offers something for all students, with countryside, beaches and beautiful scenery, as well as plenty of bars, cafes and pubs to explore in the evening. 

If you want the hustle and bustle of city life without the expense, you'll love the convenience and location of Ipswich, the county town of Suffolk. This flourishing town is the destination of choice for those seeking the best in entertainment, architecture and the arts, whilst retaining a hint of its peaceful, Dickensian charm.

Just ten minutes away from the main campus, students can go along to Cardinal Park, which has a cinema and restaurants on site, as well as a nightclub that hosts regular student events. 

The main university is just a 20-minute walk from the train station, making it easy to explore the county. Towns and villages near Ipswich include Woodbridge, Newmarket and Framlingham, which offer independent shops and cafes to relax in. What's more, you are just over an hour’s train ride away from London.

University of Suffolk students on Whatuni say:

“The city life is good with lots of different places to shop and eat, plenty of stuff to see and for students who like a night out, plenty of places to go for a night out that are also reasonably priced!”

“Awesome clubs and bars close to the uni, all in an easy walking distance.”

“Good. Student accommodation is well placed with easy access to shops and services. Very close to the town centre and other activities too.”

Cost of living
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£2.50 - £3.50

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Clubs and Societies
Clubs and Societies

Clubs and Societies

The University of Suffolk offers a number of societies that range from subject-related to hobby-led, including the Music Society, Nursing Society and the Dance Society. There are also lots of sports clubs to get involved with, ranging from football to athletics. 

Students are also fully supported if they want to start their own society, which in turn shows initiative and leadership skills which can be added to their CV.

University of Suffolk students on Whatuni say:

“The clubs and societies are endless, they really have put a massive effort into making sure everyone can take part in one.”

“Awesome and it’s easy to make new ones if you want to.”

Student support
Student support

Student support

Student support was highly rated by students in recent reviews of the University. There is help for everyone, with a Careers and Employability Service, as well as Disability and Wellbeing centre to help pupils with their individual needs. 
Every pupil has access to the free and confidential Counselling Service at any time during their studies, enabling them to discuss any problems they may be facing with an impartial listener. 
There are additional Student Mentors on site to help new pupils settle in during the first year of their studies, and a Student Finance team on hand to offer financial support and advice on things such as Student Loans.  
University of Suffolk students on Whatuni say:
“First rate! Already had a meeting to discuss special needs etc, things have already been put into place.”
“We have student support which can help and then the library and your tutors so it’s all very good.”


UK - £9,250 per year

International students - £11,790 per year



Scholarships/ Bursaries
Scholarships/ Bursaries

Scholarships/ Bursaries

University of Suffolk Bursary: Maximum of £500 per student per year to support success and retention. Eligibility criteria is based on a Student Finance England (SFE) assessment of household income (less than £25,000). 

Bursary for Part-time Students: Maximum of £500 pro rata per year of study. Students are eligible if they are studying at least 50% of the Full-Time Equivalent and eligibility is based on SFE assessment of household income (less than £25,000). 

Bursary for Students known to have a disability: Students in receipt of the Disabled Student Allowance are required to pay the first £200 costs of their support. The University provides these students with a £200 bursary. 

Looked After Children Bursary: Offered to students who live or have lived in local authority care. The Bursary is £500 each year of undergraduate study.

Asylum Seekers Scholarship: The University will be providing one fee-waiver for an undergraduate Asylum-Seeker each year and one postgraduate Asylum-Seeker; and will be including Asylum Seekers as an eligible group for our University of Suffolk Bursary. Asylum-Seekers must be living in Suffolk to be eligible for the award. 

EU Scholarship: £1,500 paid across year 1 and year 2 for EU undergraduate students.

International Scholarship: £1,500 for undergraduate and £1000 for postgraduate International students.

MBA Scholarship (international): £2,000 scholarship for International students on the full-time MBA.

Alumni Postgraduate Loyalty Scheme: Up to 25% reduction in fees for postgraduate degrees for alumni of the University. 

Academic strengths
Academic strengths

Academic strengths

Engineering, Arts, Science and Technology

Our dynamic learning and innovation environment is an ideal place for people with curious minds and a passion for solving problems. Our Programmes provide stronger integration of Arts, Science, Engineering and Creative Technologies to equip our graduates with the skills they need to meet the demands of the ever-changing societal needs.

Health and Sports Sciences

We pride ourselves on our close working relationships with our placement providers and clinical partners, and all of our programmes are designed in partnership with industry experts and the relevant regulatory bodies.

Social Sciences and Humanities

Exploring and understanding human relationships, societies and culture: fact and fiction, past, present and future. You will be part of an academic community which is exploring and defining how we understand human society and culture, and how we might make a positive contribution to its development.


Our connections with the world of business provides real, exciting and challenging learning opportunities for our students -  developing their talent and supporting our local business community to grow and innovate.

Entry requirements
Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Entry requirements vary from course to course. For example, students looking for a place on the Digital Film Production course will be looking at achieving BBC at A-Level, as well as showing a portfolio. Students might also be required to go for an interview with the university before being offered a place.

Those wishing to gain a place on the Midwifery course will need to achieve BBC at A-Level and complete a successful interview. Students will also be required to get a DBS check and a health check, as well as showing two references.

Visit the website to check the entry requirements for the course(s) you are interested in.


Key stats

WUSCA ranking The overall ranking is decided by students from this institution rating them in a Whatuni review. This forms the basis of the Whatuni Student Choice Awards (WUSCA for short).

25th / 131

CUG ranking Source: Complete University Guide 2020

129th / 131

Undergraduate students Source: HESA, 2018 (note: only applies to undergraduate records)


TEF score The Teaching Excellence Framework is how the standard of teaching at this institution is judged by an independent panel of experts. It's broken down into three levels; gold, silver and bronze, and looks at teaching quality, learning environment and student outcomes.

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