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University of Brighton

United Kingdom


The University of Brighton is a public university spread across four campuses in Brighton and Eastbourne in the UK, offering over 200 programmes in subjects ranging from illustration to engineering. The University holds many accolades, including the TEF Silver Award, which recognises its high-quality teaching.

Throughout their time at the institution, students have the chance to undertake work placements on their course to gain practical experience in the industry of their choice. This has resulted in 94.4% of graduates going on to find work within six months of graduating (DLHE). Students also benefit from a dedicated careers service, which offers everything from one-to-one guidance with an advisor, to help with writing a stand-out CV and cover letter.

There are over 60 sports clubs and more than 100 student societies on offer at the University, and students are encouraged to get involved in some to meet new friends, pursue their interests and gain a new skill for their CV. There is also the option of starting their own society.

It is important to the institution that all students feel happy and safe during their time learning, and are well looked after with a range of support services. These include a confidential counselling team, LGBTQ+ support, access to study tutors, information on health and wellbeing and a dedicated service for those with a disability or special need.

During their degree, students can apply to study abroad at an exchange university. This is an ideal way for them to learn about a new culture, experience life in another country and gain confidence while facing new challenges.

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What's new

What's new

Advanced Engineering Building

The University of Brighton's GBP 14 million Advanced Engineering Building opened recently and is a great addition to the university facilities. The building houses the Advanced Engineering Centre which supports both undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and innovative research. It has state-of-the-art facilities for mechanical, automotive and aerospace engineering and provides an inspiring environment for the next generation of engineering students and researchers.

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Brighton among the best fashion schools in the world

The University of Brighton has been ranked 13th by the CEOWORLD magazine, out of the 110 best fashion schools in the world for 2018. The fashion courses at the University are recognised as amongst the best in the world, and renowned for international reputation for its teaching, practice and research in the arts.

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The Big Build

The university is continuously investing in facilities that enhance students' experiences and has planned improvements to existing facilities in Brighton and Eastbourne, as well as a transformation of the largest campus at Moulsecoomb. The campus development at Moulsecoomb will provide students with access to new halls of residence, teaching and learning spaces and social and fitness facilities. The project that aims to transform the University of Brighton's Moulsecoomb campus over the next three years has made the shortlist for the prestigious Times Higher Education Leadership & Management Awards (THELMAs).

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Teaching quality

Teaching quality

The University of Brighton is committed to continual advancement in providing a teaching and learning environment that encourages students to excel in their areas of study.

TEF silver award for teaching quality

The quality of teaching and learning environment experienced by students at the University of Brighton has been judged to consistently exceed the rigorous national requirements for Higher Education in the UK by the Government's Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).

Professional accreditation

More than 50 professional organisations recognise and accredit our courses, giving students an additional qualification, a licence to practise or exemption from professional exams.

Outstanding Initial Teacher Education

The University of Brighton is the only institution in the UK to achieve an 'outstanding' rating from Ofsted for its quality of teaching across the full range of primary, secondary and post-compulsory (16+) teacher education courses.

Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning

The University is a Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning through Design (CETLD). The CETLD is a partnership led by the University of Brighton in collaboration with the V&A Museum, the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and the Royal College of Art (RCA).

Regular course reviews

The University of Brighton ensures the highest quality of teaching through course development. The university's courses and modules are subject to annual monitoring, taking into account student feedback and knowledge of academic staff in order to ensure that courses are always up to date.

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Department structure

Department structure

The University offers study options across the following schools:

School of Applied Social Science

The School has demonstrated excellence in teaching and learning, producing highly employable graduates.

School of Architecture and Design

The School boasts respected professors, world-leading research impact and dynamic alumni.

School of Art

The School produces skilled practitioners and artists across a range of disciplines.

Brighton Business School

The School teaches, conducts research and consults on a wide range of business topics.

Brighton and Sussex Medical School (BSMS)

A partnership between the Universities of Brighton and Sussex together with NHS organisations in the south-east region.

School of Computing, Engineering and Mathematics

The School develops courses in close consultation with the industry and professional bodies.

School of Education

One of the UK's largest providers of education and training for teachers and other learning and development professionals.

School of Environment and Technology

Extensive applied research and consultancy activity ensures courses are up to date and relevant.

School of Health Sciences

At the forefront of professional teaching and research in Nursing, Midwifery, Physiotherapy, and more.

School of Humanities

The School has an academically rewarding environment and covers areas including Literature, Linguistics, History and Culture.

School of Media

From practical production courses to traditional media studies, the School offers a broad range of communication subjects.

School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences

One of the UK's leading university departments in the field.

School of Sport and Service Management

The School offers courses in Hospitality, Retail, Tourism, Physical Education, Sports and Exercise Science.

Brighton Doctoral College

Students can choose from doctoral programmes across a broad range of disciplines.

Preparing for university

The University of Brighton Language Institute offers language programmes and the International College offers pathway courses.

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

The university encourages and supports students with potential, and operates a flexible admissions policy based on merit. Exam grades are considered alongside other factors such as the student's vocational achievements, work experience, background and personal circumstances.


Students applying for undergraduate courses should meet specific entry requirements detailed on the course pages.


Masters-level degree courses typically require a first degree. Students who don't have this qualification but can demonstrate an equivalent level of experience, will be considered on the basis of their potential to benefit from, and contribute to, a course. Students should also meet subject specific entry requirements detailed on the course pages.

English language requirements

Undergraduate students need to provide evidence of having met the language requirements through a Secure English Language Test (SELT) with an approved test provider.

Most postgraduate courses require an overall IELTS score of at least 6.5 with no element less than 5.5, but a number of courses do have higher IELTS requirements than this. Students can find out course specific entry requirements by visiting the course finder page.

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Academic preparation courses

In conjunction with our partner, Kaplan International Pathways, we offer a number of undergraduate and postgraduate pathway courses. A pathway course offers complete preparation for university-level study, and is taken at the University of Brighton International College. Upon successful completion of the course at the required level, students planning to progress are guaranteed a place on their chosen degree.

English language preparation courses

The University of Brighton Language Institute provides a comprehensive range of English for Academic Purposes and pre-sessional language programmes for students who wish to attain the English language level qualification to start their degree.

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The equipment and facilities at the university replicate industry and professional environments, allowing students to gain experience and develop skills that will be beneficial in their future careers. Over £100 million has been invested on equipment and buildings over the last decade, including:

  • a podiatry hospital
  • flight simulators
  • human movement labs
  • molecular biology facilities
  • a real-time time trading room
  • dispensing pharmacy
  • an advanced engineering building
  • studios and specialist equipment for the arts
  • on-site arts exhibition gallery
  • clinical skills facilities
  • wind tunnel
  • 3D printers
  • psychology lab

There has also been £27 million invested in the development of halls of residence and support facilities at Varley Park.

Find out about the facilities available on course pages.

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Scholarships & funding

Scholarships & funding

The University of Brighton offers a number of different scholarships for international students, for undergraduate, postgraduate and research study.

Some of the scholarships include:

International scholarships

The university offers 50 merit-based scholarships worth GBP 5,000 each, to new full-time international students on undergraduate or postgraduate taught degree courses. The criteria are primarily based on academic merit.

International research scholarships

A maximum of two international research scholarships worth the full tuition fee for each year of a research degree (for up to a maximum of three years) are available to outstanding international research students across all areas of study.

International Huxley scholarships

The university offers a number of scholarships worth GBP 2,000 each, for international students studying certain MSc and MRes programmes within the School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences.

University of Brighton sports scholarships

These scholarships are for talented sports performers who are able to demonstrate potential in national or regional level sports competition.

Merit scholarships

Each year, the university awards scholarships worth approximately GBP 1,000 each, to eligible undergraduate students on the basis of their academic performance in end-of-year assessments.

International student hardship fund

The international student hardship fund, not exceeding GBP 500 per student, is a University fund open to all current, full fee paying international students who are experiencing financial problems due to unexpected circumstances.

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