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    Welcome to University of Brighton

    The University of Brighton originally was founded as an art college in 1858 and its original campus was in Brighton's iconic Royal Pavilion building. It moved to its current site on Grand Parade 17 years later, and since then it's expanded and now has a purpose built campus in Moulsecoombe, plus facilities in Eastbourne and Hastings.

    Courses on offer don't just focus on the arts: there are qualifications available in subjects covering education, sport, health, science, engineering and medicine - and in the latter the university offers joint degrees with Sussex University.

    Brighton itself is a welcoming, typical student city, with plenty of things to do, no matter where your interests may lie.

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    Courses and fees

    Brighton University offers both postgraduate and undergraduate courses including bachelors, masters and PhD qualifications. Entry requirements vary broadly from 180 UCAS points, up to 360 for specialist qualifications, but the university also has a flexible admissions procedure where applications are considered on merit too.


    There are four faculties which make up the University of Brighton: the Faculty of Arts, Faculty of Education and Sport, Faculty of Health and Social Science, and the Faculty of Science and Engineering. The Brighton and Sussex Medical School and the University of Brighton Doctoral College also make up the departments of the university.

    The Faculty of the Arts has been with the university since its inception and offers courses in design, architecture, art history, media studies, literature and languages. The Faculty of Education and Sport makes use of the £7.6 million sports centre on site and also offers teacher training.

    The Faculty of Health and Social Science specialises in training for nurses, midwives, social workers and more, while the Faculty of Science and Engineering has specialist courses in computing, earth sciences, pharmacy, and natural and life sciences.


    The university has 30 agreements in place with 11 institutions abroad allowing students to study abroad for between three months and a year. During this time you will gain lots of experience of another culture while still working towards completing your degree course.

    Tuition fees

    Tuition fees for undergraduate UK/EU students are £9,000 per year in 2014/15. It costs £11,220 per year for international students on classroom based undergraduate degrees, and £13,220 for laboratory based degrees.

    Taught postgraduate courses cost around £5,580 for UK/EU students and start at £11,840 for international students.


    The University of Brighton has lots of specialist facilities to help you with your studies including arts studios, a joint medical school, an extensive library and plenty of on site amenities.


    The university has three sites in Brighton, plus one in Hastings and one in Eastbourne. Brighton is a lively coastal town with eclectic inhabitants, and there is always something for everyone here. The city has a pub on virtually every corner, and the iconic piers and pavilion will be your backdrop if you study there. Elsewhere, although Eastbourne and Hastings aren't as lively, they have their fair share of nightlife and have easy links to the main campus via train.

    Library and study facilities

    There are more than half a million books to browse through at the University of Brighton and the libraries are open for long hours during the week to ensure that you have plenty of time to continue your studies.


    More than 1,400 computers are available for student use on campus, with many accessible during weekend and evening times - especially useful if you're working on a big project. There's also wifi zones for students with laptops and each student will have access to Studentcentral, a remote learning environment where you can find course notes, lecture slides and more.

    Careers service

    The careers service has a presence on each campus and they will help you choose your career path, develop the skills you need and find a job when you finish your studies. They also organise an annual careers fair which attracts more than 100 exhibitors.


    There are restaurants and cafes on each campus site, and there are plenty of amenities on your doorstep no matter where you're staying. There's a variety of supermarkets, pubs and cafes in Brighton's city centre which is easily accessible from campus.

    Student Union

    The Students' Union is led by a team of elected officers who campaign on the students' behalf. In addition to the serious side of university life, the union runs more than 60 societies, from the Belly dancing Society to Engineers Without Borders - and everything in between.


    The sports on offer at the University of Brighton is organised by the Student Union. There are a number of clubs and teams to join, plus there are a variety of fitness, health and wellbeing classes which take place in the student union.

    Medical and welfare services

    On site medical assistance is available at two of the main campuses and there is a dedicated welfare team on hand to help you through university life. They offer a counselling service, a nursery, and a chaplaincy, as well as support for students with disabilities or learning difficulties.

    Financial aid

    The University of Brighton has a Money Matters section of their website which helps you plan your budget and gives advice on how to combat any tricky financial situations. You can also speak with an advisor in a drop-in session, should you need more urgent advice.


    There are more than 2,000 places in halls of residence for students studying at the University of Brighton. Most rooms on offer are single rooms, although there a few double spaces which are designated for couples and disabled students. Each hall also has flats reserved for mature students. There's also a catered option which serves breakfast and lunch Monday to Friday during term time.

    Grand Parade

    There is one hall close to Grand Parade and it offers just under 300 self catered rooms which are en suite and grouped into self contained flats with shared kitchen facilities.It costs £138 per week to live here.


    Situated close to Eastbourne's main campus Welkin halls is set in its own landscaped gardens and offers en suite rooms which are grouped into self contained flats. You'll be sharing kitchen facilities with between three and six other people and it costs £153 per week to live here.


    There are two halls of residence at Falmer which is the main campus set across the backdrop of the Sussex Downs. Both halls offer en suite rooms split into self contained flats, with Paddock Field offering catered rooms for £157 per week and standard en suite rooms for £128 per week; great Wilkins has single rooms for £135 per week.


    There's one hall of residence in Hastings which was refurbished in 2008 and offers students en suite rooms with shared kitchens. There are 60 rooms here and you'll be sharing with between 7 and 10 other students so it has quite a community feel. Rent starts from £110 per week here.


    There is one hall at the Moulsecoomb campus which is catered and offers room which share both bathroom and kitchen facilities. There's 163 rooms here which are divided into flats of between six and eight, costing £149 per week.

    Varley Park

    This special student village is located four miles from Brighton city centre, between Falmer and Moulsecoombe and has five different halls of residence on offer. A mixture of catered and self-catered facilities are on offer, and it costs from £135 per week to stay here. See the full list of halls here.

    Open days

    The open days which take place at the University of Brighton provide you with the information you'll need to decide whether the uni is the right place for you. You'll have the chance to meet with academic staff, current students and see the campus up close.

    Special course information days happen throughout spring, designed for applicants and offer holders, plus general open days take place during summer and autumn.

    Term Dates

    The academic year is divided into three terms and two semesters. The dates for the 2014/15 year were as follows:

    • Autumn term: 29 September - 12 December 2014
    • Spring term: 5 January - 27 March 2015
    • Summer term: 20 April - 12 June 2015
    • Semester 1: 29 September 2014 - 6 February 2015
    • Semester 2: 9 February - 12 June 2015