University of Brighton
Welcome to University of Brighton
The University of Brighton is a thriving university with campuses in three locations along south coast of England.
We take a career-focused approach to learning, preparing students for success in a wide range of professions where they can apply their knowledge for social and economic change.
Over 50 professional bodies accredit our courses, all of our undergraduate courses offer opportunities for work-related learning and many offer placements of up to a year. Over 90% of our graduates are working, studying or training within six months of completing their course.
During their time here, students can build additional experience and skills through project work, volunteering or joining local entrepreneurial and other networks.
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Courses and fees
With over 500 undergraduate and postgraduate courses to choose from, the university offers something for everyone. Courses have a strong professional focus allowing you to develop specialist skills, use industry-standard equipment and build real-world experience on work-related learning opportunities.
Most our undergraduate courses are flexible, allowing you to pursue your interests, specialise and tailor your learning to your career aspirations.
We believe in encouraging and supporting students with potential to study with us, and operate a flexible admissions policy based on merit. This means that when we assess your application, we’ll consider exam grades alongside a range of other factors such as your family background, work experience and personal circumstances.
For a full list of courses visit our website.
Tuition fees 2016-17
UK/EU full-time undergraduate students: £9,000 per year.
International undergraduate students: classroom-based courses from £12,420 per year, laboratory/studio-based courses from £13,800 per year.
Taught postgraduate courses cost start from £6,030 per year for UK/EU students and from £12,690 for international students.
Bursaries and scholarships
We offer a number of funding packages through bursaries and scholarships that you may be eligible to apply for.
Read more about fees and finance.
Specialist learning facilities
The university's professional-standard learning facilities will help you build skills and practical experience you can use throughout your career. Facilities include TV and radio stations, a podiatry hospital, flight simulator, human movement labs, a dispensing pharmacy, prototyping facilities and many more.
We are committed to continual investment in our equipment and buildings. Construction of a new advanced engineering building is currently underway at our Moulescoomb campus which will provide specialist facilities for teaching and research. In central Brighton our Edward Street development is expanding facilities for the College of Arts and Humanities, providing a new home for photography, moving image and film and screen studies students.
Career planning support is available through our careers service from the moment you arrive. There are careers centres on every campus offering guidance, mentoring and employability skills. There is also an annual careers fair. The university's Vacancies Service is an online jobs database which advertises part-time and holiday work, including university-based roles.
IT and study facilities
Students have access to libraries, media centres, computer rooms, campus-wide Wi-Fi and studentcentral, the university’s online learning environment.
Whilst at Brighton you’ll have the chance to meet new people, visit new places and take part in a wide range of activities including student societies, sports clubs and international exchange programmes.
Medical and welfare services
We support our students in many different ways. This includes a dedicated welfare team which offers counselling as well as support for students with disabilities or learning difficulties. There are doctor's surgeries on our Eastbourne and Moulsecoomb campuses.
The university’s accommodation team is on hand to help you find the right place to live whether you’re based in Brighton, Eastbourne or Hastings. Housing options include halls of residence, university-managed housing, privately rented accommodation or homestay with a local family.
Halls of residence
The university has more than 2,000 places in halls of residence. There is a mix of catered and self-catered accommodation and all students share a kitchen and communal areas. 70% of eligible students were offered places in university accommodation in 2015.
Unihomes are properties that the university lets out on behalf of local landlords. With this option you have the security of paying your rent to the university and still have the benefits of living in the private sector.
Studentpad is our database for students who want to rent privately. We vet all Studentpad properties to make sure they adhere to our code of standards. Around a third of the university’s first year students live in private sector rented accommodation.
You can also join our Facebook groups to look for flatshares and housemates.
Homestay is a good option if you want a more supportive home environment as you settle into university life. You can choose to live in a house with a family, a couple or a single person in the local area.
For up-to-date information and rent levels visit the university’s website.
Come to an open day
The best way to find out more about us is to come to an open day. You’ll have the chance to meet staff and students, look around the campus and get a general feel for the university and the town where you’ll be based.
We run open days throughout the year.
Find out about upcoming open days and events.
The academic year is divided into three terms. The dates for the 2015/16 year are as follows:
- Autumn term: 28th September - 11th December 2015
- Spring term: 4th January - 18th March 2016
- Summer term: 11th April - 10th June 2016
The university has three campuses in Brighton, with further campuses along the coast in Eastbourne and Hastings. Wherever you’re based you’ll be close to the sea and countryside, and within easy reach of London.
Just an hour from London, Brighton is an original and forward thinking city which offers a great student experience. Brighton features in Lonely Planet's list of 10 cities with brilliant beaches and has the beautiful South Downs on its doorstep.
Eastbourne is known for being sunny, friendly and relaxed. Forty minutes along the coast from Brighton, the town offers the beach, countryside, shopping, art galleries, theatre and sporting facilities.
An hour from Brighton, Hastings is a busy town and home to a creative community of writers, artists, performers and media professionals.
Find out more about life on the south coast.
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What do you look for in your students?
Students who come to Brighton are full of potential, with a huge range of talents and strengths – and a real desire to go out into the world and make a difference. We look for students who will join our community and make the most of the experiences and opportunities we offer – be it volunteering, entrepreneurship or taking part in sports.
Do you have any famous or notable alumni?
Many of our alumni have gone on to forge rewarding and successful careers. Here are just a few: Norman Cook (DJ, musician and producer), Mandy Chesswell (Master Inventor and Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering), Rachel Whiteread CBE (Artist and Turner Prize winner), Dr Gary Brickley (British Paralympic cycling team coach) and Ben Cooper (Controller, Radio 1 and 1Xtra).
What grants/scholarships do you offer?
We offer a range of bursaries which are carefully targeted at students from the UK and EU who most need financial help. We also provide a range of scholarships which recognise and reward academic and sporting merit. To find out more visit our website.
How much of an emphasis do you place on building workplace skills like presenting, project management and people skills?
Our aim is to make sure that you leave us at the end of your degree fully prepared and confident to begin your career. Our courses have a strong professional focus where you can gain skills and experience that your future employers will value. Outside of your studies you can join volunteering programmes and take advantage of Brighton’s digital, creative and entrepreneurial networks.
What's university welfare and disability support like?
Welfare and disability support is available for all our students, whether you have dyslexia, specific learning difficulties, mental health issues, hearing impairment, visual impairment, mobility impairment or any other long-term medical condition.
What support is available to students who are struggling for any reason?
We want all our students to fulfil their potential and have a great university experience. If you find that you’re struggling in any way with your studies, settling into your new university life or just need a sympathetic ear to listen, our friendly and supportive staff is on hand to help.
Do you offer any courses/sessions to help mature students with the university experience?
If you’ve taken a break from academic study and feel you’d benefit from additional support, we offer free weekly study support group sessions. You’ll cover skills such as exam techniques, note taking, and essay and dissertation writing. You’ll also have access to our online academic study kit which provides additional resources and advice.
What social events do you offer when people first join to help people make friends and settle in?
Brighton’s a very friendly and welcoming university with plenty going on for new students, so you’ll soon make new friends and feel at home here. During Freshers’ Fortnight you can come along to our welcome events, meet other students, join one of our many societies and sports clubs and really get involved in student life.
What will my first few weeks at your uni be like?
Your first few weeks will be busy and lots of fun. Everything’s structured so you’ll know where you need to be and when, and there are plenty of opportunities to meet other new students and make friends. During your first week you’ll complete your enrolment, go to your course inductions and join in with Students’ Union and freshers’ events.
Is it a campus or city based university? What advantages do you think this offers?
The university has three campuses in Brighton, with further campuses along the coast in Eastbourne and Hastings. Depending on where you’re based you’ll either be in the city or town centre, or within easy reach by bus or rail. Being centrally located means you can take advantage of everything our south coast locations have to offer including arts and music festivals, independent cafes and bars, boutique shopping as well as fantastic beaches and countryside.
What sort of societies are there?
With over 100 student societies to choose from there’s something for everyone, whatever your interests. Choose from business clubs, community engagement and volunteering societies, music, theatre and the arts, and social clubs or get involved in something linked to your course, religion or nationality. If the club you want to join doesn’t exist, we’ll help you start it!
How far is the campus from the town centre and what is the public transport like?
All of our campuses are either centrally located or a short bus or train ride away. The Brighton campuses are located in the city centre at Grand Parade, and to the north of the city in Moulsecoomb and Falmer – both have great transport links to the centre. Forty minutes along the coast from Brighton, our Eastbourne campus is just a mile from the town centre and a short walk to the seafront. The Hastings campus is located in the town centre and is around an hour from Brighton.
How far apart are different university buildings, and how far away is the accommodation?
Brighton is a multi-campus university, with three in Brighton and two further along the coast in Eastbourne Hastings. Wherever you live you’ll be within walking distance or a short bus or train ride away from your campus.
What percentage of your students get a full time job after 6 months of graduating?
Over 90% of our graduates are working, studying or training within six months of completing their course.
What’s the ratio of male/female students?
The ratio of male/female students is 60:40.
What fields of study is the university best known for?
The university offers professionally focused and accredited courses including health, teaching and engineering, art and design.
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