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University of Sussex

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Overview
Overview

Overview

The University of Sussex is a word-leading leading research (REF 2014) intensive university located near the bustling seaside town of Brighton.

There are more than 500 courses undergraduate and postgraduate courses to choose from at The University of Sussex. They provide a rounded approach to university life and encourages students to explore and develop outside of their studies as well. Read about some of the inspiring things that their students have achieved here, including campaigning for equality and becoming a world champion powerlifter.

Sustainability is high on the agenda at this university, with its campaign called Go Greener, which is working towards the university reducing its carbon emissions by 45%, by 2020.

Job Prospects
Job Prospects

Job Prospects

96% of undergraduates found a job or were undertaking further studies six months after graduating (Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey, 2016). It also received a silver rating from the Teaching Excellence Framework in 2017.

The university’s Careers and Employability Advisers are available to students throughout their time there and for up to three years after graduating. There are also workshops you can attend to develop your skills. Many courses have professional placements or internships available to give students experience in the workplace before leaving university.

University of Sussex students on Whatuni say:

“Great careers dept and events. Got internship in year 1”

“Career and employability centre is great and provides good help.”

“They try their very best and it is really amazing.”

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

Course and lecturers

All of the courses are structured around the latest research conducted by the university. Undergraduate and postgraduate courses are available in a wide variety of subjects and they are all designed to give you the knowledge and skills to succeed in the working world. You can build on your undergraduate course by applying to go on a placement or to study abroad, and this will lengthen your time of study beyond the usual three years. Their Masters courses will enable you to take your studies to the next level and develop your career. While their PhD degrees offer you the opportunity to take part in the university’s world-leading research.

University of Sussex students on Whatuni say:

“We can always email our tutor about problems”

“Great lecturers and content”

“Very interesting and useful info, amazing tutors”

Students' Union
Students' Union

Students' Union

When you join the University of Sussex you automatically become a member of the Students’ Union. The Students’ Union represents students’ views to the university staff and is run by elected members from the student body as well as 2,000 volunteers. There’s a lot of fun to be had within the Students’ Union, as it organises a host of events throughout the year, provides opportunities through clubs and societies, and runs facilities such as the Union bars and shop.

University of Sussex students on Whatuni say:

“SU bars on campus are very good.”

“So much going on and lots of support.”

“Good activities/representation/run on democracy.”

Accommodation
Accommodation

Accommodation

The University of Sussex has accommodation both on and off campus, so you can choose which option you’d prefer. On campus, there are nine different choices for you, which are all self-catered. Some housing has en-suite rooms available, whereas others have shared bathroom facilities, which reduces the rent amount. Prices are between £91 and £162 per week depending on the housing option you choose.

If you’d like to live off-site for a more city centre experience, there are plenty of university owned options within the city of Brighton. Again, all are self-catered.

There’s also the option of renting privately, and the university can provide you with help regarding your tenancy agreement etc.

University of Sussex students on Whatuni say:

“Best thing ever.”

“York House was relatively good, but then I moved to Stanmer Court (it's better)”

“Really like my off campus house. A bit far from good bus stop though.”

Cost of living
Accommodation This is the average annual cost for a full time student at this uni.
Source: IDP Connect 2019

£8,112

per annum
Cost of living
Living costs This is the average annual cost of living for a student studying in the town where this uni is based.
Source: IDP Connect 2019

£12,280

per annum
Facilities
Facilities

Facilities

The University of Sussex has a world-class library providing all the resources you need. It contains 750,000 books and ebooks, as well as 38,000 online journals. There’s Wifi available throughout and different study areas are available (including quiet or group ones) for you to choose from.

The university has invested heavily in specialist research facilities, such as the Sussex Humanities Lab, the £10 million Future Technologies Labs and the Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts.

On campus there are 11 bars and cafes to choose from, and a weekly market, supermarket, Post Office, launderette, bank, dentist and a health centre, as well as two sporting facilities.

University of Sussex students on Whatuni say:

“Nice, welcoming, good to study and hangout”

“Nice classrooms, cafes and bars.”

“Increased amount of computer space has been helpful.”

City life
City life

City life

Being located just nine minutes from Brighton, you can access city life quickly and easily when taking a break from studying. This beautiful seaside city is full of cafes and bars and has a stunning beachfront to enjoy all year round. There’s a great selection of independent stores and cafes to be found in the alleyways of The Lanes, and you’ll find a buzzing nightlife in the city too.

Not only do you have Brighton city centre, but London is only an hour away by train. However, if it all gets too busy, the South Downs National Park is next to the university campus and provides beautiful opportunities to get away from it all and enjoy the outdoors.

University of Sussex students on Whatuni say:

“Amazing, I love being so close to Brighton.”

“Brighton is such a good area.”

“Brighton is lovely - a bit pricy, but beautiful, excellent food.”

Cost of living
Cost of a pint This is the average cost of a pint.
Source: IDP Connect 2019

£3.50 - £3.90

per pint
Clubs and Societies
Clubs and Societies

Clubs and Societies

There are 230 clubs and societies to choose from, so you’re bound to find something that fits with your interests. There’s the Board Games Society, Dance Society, Equestrian and Polo, International Cuisine Society and Rewilding Sussex, to name but a few.

University of Sussex students on Whatuni say:

“Huge variety accessible to all.”

“Lacrosse - from what I've experienced, very good. Fun and everyone is involved.”

“I am active in LGBTQ soc and find it a good way to make friends.”

Student support
Student support

Student support

You’ll be provided with academic support from your course tutors, and the university has an online system called Study Direct, which you can use to access your timetable and lecture notes as well as other learning resources.

The Student Life Centre is a place for students to receive any support that they need around welfare issues, such as study or money. The drop-in desk operates there from 9am-5pm every weekday.

There are workshops available for people who don’t have English as their first language. The university also provides support for students with a disability, that are dealing with mental health issues, or that have other learning needs.

In order to help students feel safe on campus there are security cameras and officers on site at all times.

University of Sussex students on Whatuni say:

“Great student counselling in my experience, very helpful.”

“Especially good with mental health support.”

“Amazing - academic advisor is really motivating - student support was great.”

Fees
Fees

Fees

Please check the individual course pages for undergraduate and Master’s degrees and look at the fees and scholarships section to find out the costs for the courses you’re interested in studying.

PhD tuition fees for UK/EU students are £4,327 per year. For international students, fees are £16,750 (non-lab) and £20,750 (lab) per year.

Scholarships/ Bursaries
Scholarships/ Bursaries

Scholarships/ Bursaries

The University of Sussex offer a range of Scholarships and Bursaries to undergraduates, including:

Article 26 Scholarship

This scholarship is offered to an asylum seeker or those with a temporary form of leave. It offers the full tuition fee waiver and £3,000 maintenance loan each year you are studying.

Dr John Birch Music Scholarship

This award of £800 supports talented musicians and is open to all undergraduate and postgraduate students, regardless of whether they are actually studying music. Participation in musical life on campus is a requirement and all applicants must audition.

EU Excellence Scholarship

This award, worth £2,000 (paid in two £1,000 instalments), is for EU-domiciled students and rewards excellence.

Further details of the above scholarships and all others offered by the university can be found on this page.

Details of all Masters scholarships can be found here and PhD funding sources can be found here.

Academic strengths
Academic strengths

Academic strengths

The University of Sussex a research-intensive university and 75% of research undertaken here has been described as world-leading or internationally excellent (Research Excellence Framework 2014). Sussex History was rated the highest for its research outputs, the Sussex English submission came 9th in the country, and Psychology and Sussex Geography have also achieved incredibly high results. The university also boasts three Nobel Prize winners and 12 Fellows of the British Academy.

 

Entry requirements
Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Please see course pages for the specific details of entry requirements for each course you’re interested in applying for. If you don’t meet the entry requirements, you can look at the university’s Foundation Year course to get you to the level needed for the course you wish to study.

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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).

92nd / 131

CUG ranking Source: Complete University Guide 2020

32nd / 131

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

12,040
HIGH

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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