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University of Brighton

At a glance

The University of Brighton takes its name from one of the most diverse, energetic and popular cities in the UK. The university is spread across the city to the seafront and also has campuses along the coast in lively Eastbourne and in Hastings – brilliant locations to study and live. All three campuses are close to the beach and the countryside, with easy access to London and mainland Europe. 

Your UK education at Brighton will prepare you for a successful career anywhere in the world. You’ll be inspired by academic staff who are leaders in their field - this year over 1,100 nominations were received from the students, putting their teachers forward for the Students’ Union Excellence Awards. ‘Inspirational’, ‘very supportive’ and ‘engaging’ were just some of the words used to describe our fantastic teachers. While learning from the best, you will live in beautiful coastal locations and have some great experiences along the way. A degree from the University of Brighton will prepare you for career success and give you the opportunity to enjoy the best of English culture. 

With a track record of over 150 years in education, today many of the university’s courses are at the leading edge of global trends. You will benefit from a course that is developed and taught within an active research community focused on quality. Brighton’s research in business, management, the arts and engineering was highly rated in the latest Research Assessment Exercise – a national assessment of the quality of research in UK universities. 

The university has received five National Teaching Fellowships and Brighton’s staff combine professional practice with teaching and research activity. Many of Brighton’s courses incorporate UK and international work placements, projects and case studies, and many of Brighton’s qualifications are accredited by 68 professional and statutory bodies. 

The university regularly invests in industry-standard facilities and technology to allow students to use new academic knowledge and apply it to real-world situations. 

Brighton’s Students’ Union has over 100 societies ranging from cooking to cultural groups; there are also over 60 sports societies.

Facts & figures

Year of foundation


Type of institution

Tier 4 Sponsor, Higher Education Institution (HEI)

Course offered

Foundation, International Year One, Pre-Masters, Undergraduate, Postgraduate, Research


September / January (direct entry), January / April / June / July (with pre-sessional English), September/ October / January / February / March (with Foundation, International Year One, Pre-Masters)

Campus locations

Brighton, Eastbourne and Hastings



Main strengths

Arts, Education, Business, Science and Engineering

No of academic staff




Total student number


Overseas student number


No of countries represented


Student union


Facilities and supports

Radio station, newsroom, podiatric hospital, flight simulator, real-time trading room, human movement laboratories and a dispensing pharmacy, libraries, media centres, computer rooms, campus-wide wi-fi and Studentcentral – the university’s online learning environment, sports centres, student societies

Career after 6 months

92% of students in work or further study

Career development supports


Professional associations

Our courses are recognised and accredited by over 60 professional organisations in fields including engineering, education, health, computing, architecture and construction.

Guardian University Rank


Awards obtained

Top 25% of UK universities for world-leading research impact (REF 2014); First class award for environmental sustainability and ethical performance (People and Planet University League Table 2015); One of the best teaching quality ratings in the UK; Ranked in the UK’s top 5 most sustainable universities for the last two years.

Famous alumni

Dato Ir. Abdul Rahim Abu Bakar - Former Vice-President of Petronas Petrochemical Business, Malaysia; Edward Bell - Artist, photographer and illustrator; Mandy Chessell - Computer scientist, IBM Master Inventor; Lin Cheung - Designer of the 2012 Paralympic medals; Norman Cook (Fatboy Slim) - DJ, musician and producer; Sheila Flavell - Chief operating officer at the FDM Group, Everywoman in Technology’s Leader of the Year in a corporate organisation 2012; Barbara Hulanicki - Founder of iconic fashion label, Biba Group; Saira Khan - TV presenter and businesswoman; Dr Hong Lu - Chairman of the Trustees, Chinese Education Development Project; Chris Riddell - Children’s Laureate 2015–2017, cartoonist for The Observer, award-winning author and illustrator, Alumnus Award winner 2013; Anne Zielinski-Old - Artist, inventor and designer for Barbie and Classic Sindy.

Why choose University of Brighton

University of Brighton is bright on its reputation in quality teaching, outstanding student support, and career oriented teaching. Work-related learning and work placements allow students to apply

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