University of Brighton

At a glance

A proud member of the University Alliance, University of Brighton started its journey in education in 1859. The University 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 4 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 staffs who are leaders in their field and they are ‘Inspirational’, ‘very supportive’ and ‘engaging’. 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.

The university has received five National Teaching Fellowships and Brighton’s staffs 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 partners with several leading institutes and organisations, such as the University of Sussex and NHS, to bring together a vast research and learning network at its doorstep.

With a track record of over 162 years in education, today many of the university’s courses are at the leading edge of global trends. Some of the subjects at University of Brighton ranks than those of other UK universities. These include Chemistry 23rd for graduate prospects, Education 22nd, Pharmacy and Pharmacology 32nd, Philosophy 5th for student satisfaction, Physiotherapy 28th (Complete University Guide 2021), Accounting and Finance 4th, Earth & Marine Sciences 29th, Fashion & Textiles 27th, History of Art 20th, Medicine (at Brighton and Sussex Medical School) 5th (Guardian University Guide 2021). The university is in the top 25% of UK universities for world-leading research impact with 92 per cent rated as being world-leading or internationally excellent (REF 2014).

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 is in the top 10 UK best student cities and 83rd in the world (the QS Best Student Cities 2019 rankings). Brighton has the largest student ratio of all UK student cities, with students making up 11.7% of the total population. 25% of student population in Brighton are international students – this place the city in 24th position in the world in the student mix ranking.

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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 knowledge in practice and get first-hand experience from real world scenarios. The study locations make the learning experience even brighter.

  • Over 90% of Brighton’s courses offer students the opportunity to gain practical work experience as part of their curriculum. This adds extra value to the qualification and provides competitive edge for employment. Students become career ready from as early as undergraduate level and gain transferrable skills. Examples of past placements of Brighton’s international students include: Nike, Goldman Sachs London, Disney and American Express.
  • 100% of Brighton’s full-time undergraduates have the chance to do work-related learning as part of their course.
  • 92.6% of the university’s  full-time, first degree graduates are working, studying or training within six months of completing their course (DLHE 2016-2017).
  • 50+ professional organisations recognise and accredit Brighton’s courses, giving you an additional qualification, a licence to practise or exemption from professional exams.
  • The university provide personal tutor to every student to support them academically. Students can also become involved with a career mentoring scheme where they are matched with a business person working in their field of study, who can help them to develop their career plan to build toward future career success.
  • Students get the opportunity to be a volunteer in the local community and get training in the entrepreneurial skills if they intend to run their own business on graduation.
  • The university has 60+ sports clubs and you can use sport and fitness facilities at any of the campus locations.
  • University of Brighton has 100+ student societies – you can join any of these of your interest and you will have chance to start your own society too.
  • The University offers International students guaranteed place in university accommodation in their first year of study.
  • At Brighton, students get industry-standard facilities designed to build real-world, professional skills they can use throughout their careers. This includes: a new advanced engineering building, a flight simulator, wind turbines, and biodiesel research and development labs, a podiatric hospital where students treat NHS patients, studios, exhibition spaces and specialist equipment for architecture, design, fine art, fashion textiles and media courses, more than 20 laboratories including a clinical skills lab where pharmacy students can work in a real-world environment, BASES-accredited facilities including a biomechanics lab and hypoxic chambers, letterpresses, industrial textile looms, music studios and design archives, modern computer rooms and libraries with over 1,400 computers and over 600,000 books, journals and audio-visual materials.
  • Outside academic study, Brighton encourages additional activities to students and want you to ‘Be More’ so that you involve and interact on real-life work projects and develop your soft-skills and other transferrable skills for employability.
  • At the university, you will have volunteering opportunity as Peer Assisted Study Support (PASS) Leader, Pi Ship (maths) Leader, Mood Boost Coach. You will have the chance to undertake the university’s award-winning mentoring programmes to boost your confidence, personal and professional growth and plan your development in academic and career success.
  • You will have the chance to work for the university as student helpers, student ambassadors, staff member of Students’ Union, residential accommodation advisers. If you are a 3rd or 4th year PhD student, you can apply to offer maths supports at the Pi Shop as Pi Shop (Maths) Leader. These are all paid jobs.
  • You will have the opportunity to develop as an entrepreneur through the Brighton’s ‘beepurple’ entrepreneurship programme, for training courses and one-to-one support and turn your entrepreneurial ideas into reality. You will be able to raise funds for your projects, ideas and events through ‘Springboard’.
  • You will have the freedom to join Students’ Union elected roles, stand for School and course representatives roles, Sports Committee Member elected role, Society Federation committee members elected role and join an SU society in one of the 3 committee positions.
  • The university has been ranked 25th in the People and Planet University League 2019 out of the 154 universities and higher education institutions in the UK, in recognition of its commitment to, and progress towards, sustainability including cutting carbon emissions, increasing recycling rates, ensuring the sustainability of food and drink outlets, investing ethically, and embedding sustainability across teaching and learning.
  • University of Brighton holds Institutional Athena SWAN Bronze Award since 2013 (while Brighton and Sussex Medical School & School of Pharmacy and Bimolecular Science won Silver Awards) and in 2016 won Athena Swan Race Equality Charter Bronze Award.
  • It won Stonewall Diversity Champion and joined Stonewall’s Top 100 Employers list in the 2019 Workplace Equality Index in 2019. The university is a Level 2 Disability Confident employer, which recognises its demonstrable action to ensure disabled people have a fair chance to work for and progress at the university.

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