University profile

University of Brighton

2021/22 edition

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About University of Brighton

The University of Brighton is a thriving university with a community of over 3,800 postgraduate students from a diverse range of backgrounds and nationalities, studying at outstanding locations on the south coast of England.

Accredited courses

The university takes a career-focused approach to learning and many of our 200 postgraduate courses are recognised and accredited by leading professional bodies. Some courses offer exchanges and collaborations with our research partners in industry, public services and other professional associations, providing opportunities to gain valuable work-related experience.

Flexible study

The university offers a range of flexible study options which allow students to study full or part-time, and balance their work, lives and study. For students who want to join the university for continuing personal development, there are opportunities to study individual masters-level modules.

Research-active community

The University of Brighton’s research has been recognised for having a direct impact on the world, our communities and how we live. The latest Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014) ranks us in the top 25% of UK universities for world-leading research impact.


The university supports and encourages high-achieving students, and offers a number of funding packages specifically for postgraduate students that you may be eligible to apply for. There are also discounts for University of Brighton alumni.

Campuses and locations

Modern campuses in great locations

The university has four modern campuses, three in Brighton and one further along the south coast in Eastbourne. Wherever you’re based you’ll be near the sea and countryside and within easy reach of London.


Brighton is one of the most diverse and popular cities in the UK. With festivals, museums, a lively arts and music scene and independent cafes and shops, Brighton has a forward-thinking attitude which makes it a brilliant place to live and study.


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.

Read more about living on the south coast.


Specialist learning facilities

The university has invested over £100 million on equipment and facilities in the last decade. Students learn on modern campuses using industry-standard facilities designed to build real-world, professional skills they can use throughout their careers. This includes:

  • a new advanced engineering building opening in 2017
  • 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.


The University of Brighton has a well-established and research-active community which is committed to producing research that can be directly applied to society, culture, economy and the environment.

In the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014) the university’s research was found to bring significant benefits to the economy and society, with 92 per cent rated as being world-leading or internationally excellent.

Recent research projects include:

  • finding low-cost approaches to treating cholera in Haiti
  • developing fuel-efficient truck engines that reduce pollution
  • research on gun crime that has changed government policy on gun licensing
  • developing life-changing therapy for people with diabetes.

We collaborate with a wide range of research partners including organisations from the public and private sectors, charities and start-ups.

Read more about our research.

Postgraduate research degrees

Brighton’s research community is made up of experienced academics, professionals and people who are returning to education.

The university is part of an established national and international research network with strong links to industry, public services and professional associations. This provides great opportunities for exchanges and collaborative working.

Read more about our postgraduate research degrees.

Fees 2017/18

Tuition fees for students starting in the 2016/2017 academic year are:

  • Postgraduate taught degree fees for UK/EU students: £6,120
  • PhD fees for UK/EU students: £4,620
  • PhD fees for international students: £14,400
  • PhD fees for international students in School of Humanities or Brighton Business School: £12,690


The university offers a range of funding to support UK, EU and international postgraduate students, which you may be eligible to apply for.

  • Vice-Chancellor's excellence scholarship worth £3,000, for graduates with a first-class degree from a UK university who progress directly to postgraduate study with us in the 2017/18 academic year.
  • Vice-Chancellor's alumni scholarship worth £3,000, for Brighton students who graduate with a first or 2:1 in the 2016/17 academic year.
  • 15 different types of scholarships for international students, some worth up to £5,000.
  • PGCE, NHS and social work bursaries.
  • 10% alumni discount for former University of Brighton students.

Read more about fees and funding.


The university’s accommodation team is on hand to help you find the right place to live whether you’re based in Brighton or Eastbourne. Housing options include halls of residence, university-managed housing, privately rented accommodation and homestay with a local family.

Halls of residence

International postgraduate students are guaranteed a place in halls of residence in their first year as long as they apply before the accommodation deadline. 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.

Renting locally

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 meet 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 about accommodation and current rent levels visit the university’s website.

Student support

The University of Brighton supports students in many different ways.

This includes:

  • academic supervision
  • study skills workshops
  • career planning
  • help finding accommodation
  • disability support including dyslexia or any other long-term medical condition
  • orientation programmes for international students
  • confidential support for emotional issues.

Read more about student support.

Open days

The best way to find out more about the University of Brighton’s postgraduate courses is to come to an open day. Meet some of our lecturers, researchers and current students, and find out what it’s like to study here.

The university runs open days throughout the year.

Find out about upcoming open days and events.

How to apply

Postgraduate taught degree courses

Applications for most postgraduate taught degree courses can be made online, directly to the university.

Applications open in September and we always advise students to apply early.

Read more about applying for a postgraduate taught degree course.

Postgraduate research degree

Applications for postgraduate research courses can be made online, directly to the University of Brighton’s Doctoral College. This includes:

  • MPhil
  • PhD
  • Professional doctorate

Read more about applying for a postgraduate research degree course.

Find out more

For more information about studying at the University of Brighton, get in touch online or call +44 (0)1273 644644.

Contact details

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Student Admission Office
+44 (0)1273 644644
University of Brighton
Watts Building
Lewes Road
East Sussex
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