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University of Sussex

University of Sussex

The University of Sussex is a leading research-intensive university near Brighton, that has been ranked Nº1 in the world for Development studies for 6 years running (QS World Rankings 2017-2022).

The university has both an international and local outlook, with staff and students from more than 140 countries and frequent engagement in community activities and services.

Fast Facts


  • Brighton, United Kingdom

Number of Students

  • Over 17,000


  • 4,080


  • School of Business, Management and Economics
  • School of Education and Social Work
  • School of Engineering and Informatics
  • School of English
  • School of Global Studies
  • School of History, Art History and Philosophy
  • School of Law, Politics and Sociology
  • School of Life Sciences
  • School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences
  • School of Media, Film and Music
  • School of Psychology
  • Brighton and Sussex Medical School
  • Doctoral School and research groups

Notable Alumni

  • Anthony Leggett – Physics Nobel Prize Winner
  • Sir John Warcup Cornforth – Chemistry Nobel Prize Winner
  • Sir Harry Kroto – Chemistry Nobel Prize Winner
  • Ian McEwan CBE – Man Booker Prize-winning author.
  • Harriet Lamb CBE – CEO, International Alert.
  • Lucy Worsley – historian, curator and television presenter.
  • Zhang Xin – Co-founder and CEO, SOHO China.
  • Jeremy Deller – Turner Prize-wining artist.
  • Shamshad Akhtar – Executive Secretary, Economic and Social Commission for Asia and Pacific, United Nations.

Key strengths in teaching and research

1st in Development Studies*

4th in American Studies

4th in Drama, Dance & Cinematics

13th in Communication & Media Studies

15th in Biological Sciences

18th in Business & Management Studies

(*QS World Rankings by Subject 2019, The Complete University Guide 2019)



Sussex is a leading research university, as reflected in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF).

Over 75% of research activity at Sussex is categorised as world leading or internationally excellent in terms of originality, significance and rigour.

in the world in Development Studies

QS World Rankings by Subject 2019

in the world in Social Sciences

THE World University Rankings 2019

in the world in Business & Economics

THE World University Rankings 2019


For centuries, Londoners have escaped the city’s grey weather for a weekend of sun, sea and sizzle in Brighton, which is just an hour’s ride by train…

An eclectic mix of London hip and SoHo avant-garde, Brighton one-ups the English capital and other top UK tourist destinations with its exclusive offer of an eight-mile stretch of pebbly seaside enclaves – stomping grounds for mostly affluent free spirits out for a taste of this coastal haven’s eccentric diversity, flamboyant counter-culture and indie landscape. (Now boarding by Changi Airport).

Brighton is a vibrant place to live in with its artists, activism, politics and music, and it has been voted the happiest city in England for students (Student Living Survey, Sodexo).

Other information

Programmes in the Spotlight

Master programmes

  • Development Studies MA

Ranked 1st in the world for Development Studies in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2018.

Develop the analytical and practical skills required to address some of today’s most pressing global challenges including inequality, sustainability and security. Based at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), you’ll learn how to approach development problems with creativity, confidence and the ability to work collaboratively. You’ll develop an understanding of the main debates in development, and engage in informed and critical ways with professionals from diverse backgrounds.


  • Anthropology of Development and Social Transformation MA

Sussex is an internationally recognised centre for teaching and research in international development in the UK. Sussex Anthropology pioneered the anthropological critique of development. We examine the impact of economic and social change on local practices, meanings and identities. This MA has a strong focus on issues of anthropological engagement, development policy and activism. It’s for you if you have experience, or are considering a career, in the development field.


Undergraduate programmes

  • American Studies(with a study abroad year) BA

1st in the UK for American Studies (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018).

Learn from leading experts in American Studies, and explore the literature, culture and history of a global powerhouse. With your year abroad, you not only study America, but you experience it too. Build your confidence and expand your intellectual horizons with this once-in-a-lifetime journey. We’re proud to have more prestigious American partner institutions – including UC Berkeley and Georgetown – than any other programme in England.


  • Drama, Theatre and Performance BA

Through a distinctive combination of practice and theory, this degree allows you to examine theatre’s historical, political and cultural contexts. You’ll discover how theatre has impacted on society and encourages new modes of thinking. Alongside this, you’ll develop skills in theatre-making and performance analysis. You have the opportunity to use our versatile facilities, including the state-of-the-art Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts on campus.

Did you know…?

The royal couple of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were granted the title of Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

Scholarships and Funding

The University of Sussex has various funding and scholarship arrangements in place for international students. Scholarships may be offered by the university itself, some by the British Government, whilst others are country-specific scholarships or study loans, part of an agreement with funding bodies across Latin America. Below is an overview of opportunities available to Latin American students interested in studying at the University of Sussex.

For further information please do some research directly with these funding bodies, or contact the Inova Education team and we can assist you identifying opportunities available in your country. Note that in most cases you cannot apply for scholarships or study loans until after you have secured a university offer.

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