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University of Brighton

United Kingdom


The University of Brighton is a dynamic public institution located on the south coast of the UK. Over 200 programmes are offered at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, with courses ranging from fine art to mathematics. The university is highly regarded for the quality of its teaching, and achieves excellent results in national and international assessments.

Practical work is designed into many programmes, with work placements and internships allowing students to build experience and confidence in their university work, as well as their future careers.

There is also a dedicated Careers and Employability team, offering advice and guidance including CV and cover letter guidance, interview training, and access to a timetable of workshops and networking events throughout the year. As a result of this, the University of Brighton has a very high graduate employment rate, with 91.6 per cent of students finding work within six months of completing their course.

Distributed across four campuses in Brighton and Eastbourne, the university has excellent facilities and resources, with both course-specific and recreational facilities available to all students. The university supports more than 60 sports clubs and organises over 100 special interest societies, where students can learn new skills and pursue their interests while making friends and meeting like-minded individuals. Enterprising students may even start their own society, and take the opportunity to contribute to the wider student community. Over 3,000 international students are enrolled each year.

There is a range of dedicated student support services, helping all students to feel secure and confident in their decision to study in Brighton, with a free and confidential counselling service, LGBTQ+ support, academic tutoring and disability support. The university works hard to ensure the success of its students, both academically and personally.

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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.

Brighton among the best fashion schools in the world

The University of Brighton has been ranked 13th by the CEOWORLD magazine, 6th Best Fashion School in the UK (top 20 globally) and 8th for art and design (top 40 globally) by the QS rankings 2019. The fashion courses at the university are recognised as amongst the best in the world, and renowned for its teaching, practice and research in the arts.

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 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 well known for teaching excellence and the quality of its curriculum, which is delivered by a highly qualified and widely experienced faculty team. Many staff are involved in active research and professional work within their field and are able to guide and inspire their students towards academic success.

Professional accreditation

Courses are accredited by more than 50 professional organisations, giving students an additional qualification, a licence to practie 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.

English language courses

The university's specialist team from Brighton Student Skills Hub (BSSH) provide a comprehensive range of pre-sessional English language courses for students who want to improve their language skills before starting their UK degree. Students can also access in-sessional support throughout the duration of their studies through workshops and one-to-one tutorials. BSSH is in the top 2% of accredited centres worldwide.

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Department structure

Department structure

The university offers study options across the following academic schools:

School of Applied Sciences

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

School of Architecture, Technology and Engineering

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

School of Art and Media

Produces skilled practitioners and artists across a range of disciplines.

School of Business and Law

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

School of Education

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

School of Humanities and Social Science

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

School of Sport and Health Sciences

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

Brighton Doctoral College

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

Brighton and Sussex Medical School (BSMS)

A partnership between the universities of Brighton and Sussex and NHS organisations in the south-east.

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.

Academic preparation courses

In conjunction with partners, Kaplan International Pathways, the university offers 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's Brighton Student Skills Hub 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 University of Brighton has invested heavily into building fully modernised teaching facilities, with over GBP 100 million spent over the last decade. New spaces are furnished with industry standard equipment and cutting-edge technologies, enabling students to learn in environments which closely resemble their future professional workplaces. Facilities include:

  • 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 GBP 27 million invested in the development of halls of residence and support facilities at Varley Park.

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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 scholarships worth up to GBP 2,500 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.

University of Brighton sports scholarships

These scholarships are for talented sports performers who are able to demonstrate potential in a 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.

Alumni Postgraduate scholarship

The university offers scholarships to students who already hold a University of Brighton academic award and who wish to study at the postgraduate level at the university.

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