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University of Sussex

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School ID: SU440057
Rank: 160
* The Times Higher Education World University Rankings
Applied number: 1

8th in the world: World’s Universities with Real Impact (WURI) Ranking 2021 - Student Mobility and Openness

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General decription

The University of Sussex is a leading research-intensive university near Brighton. We have both an international and local outlook, with staff and students from more than 100 countries and frequent engagement in community activities and services.

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 (4*) or internationally excellent (3*) in terms of originality, significance and rigour. 

Individual highlights of the REF 2014 results include: 

  • Sussex History was the highest rated History submission in the UK for the quality of its research outputs 
  • the Sussex English submission rose from 31st to 9th across the UK since the last research assessment exercise in 2008
  • 84% of the University’s research impact in Psychology was rated as the top possible grade, 4* 
  • Sussex Geography had the most 4*-rated research impact of any Geography submission across the UK.

Overall, the University was placed 36th (of multi-disciplinary institutions) by grade point average (GPA).

The University of Sussex has 18,510 students (2019-20 full-time equivalent figures), of which around one-fifth are postgraduates. 65% of our student population are UK students and 35% are overseas students.

Creative thinking, diversity in our teaching, intellectual challenge and interdisciplinarity have always been fundamental to a Sussex education.

Our goal is to deliver teaching and learning programmes informed by current research, attractive to students from all socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds and which deliver skills for life.

Sussex has developed a reputation for innovation and inspiration, and attracts leading thinkers and researchers.

In 2019/20 the University employed 3,395 staff which is equivalent to 2,615 full time employees. This incorporated 1,610 staff in a Teaching or Teaching and Research role (equivalent to 1,070 full time employees). Other staff were employed in Research only or Professional Services positions (HESA 2019/20).

We have had three Nobel Prize winners, 12 Fellows of the British Academy and a winner of the prestigious Crafoord Prize on our staff.

Why choose us

We are highly ranked in the UK and world league tables, and are recognised internationally for our research, teaching and outreach.

University league table rankings

  • Joint 41st in the UK: The Complete University Guide (CUG) 2022
  • 47th in the UK: The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022 [subscription only]
  • 44th in the UK: The Guardian University league tables 2022
  • 21st out of 101 UK institutions in the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2022

World rankings

  • Joint 15th in the world: Times Higher Education (THE) “Golden Age” ranking (for universities established between 1945 and 1967)
  • 41st in the world: Times Higher Education (THE) World Impact Rankings 2021
  • Joint 151st in the world: The Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2022
  • 8th in the world: World’s Universities with Real Impact (WURI) Ranking 2021 - Student Mobility and Openness

QS World Rankings

In the QS World Rankings 2021, we have been:

  • rated number one in the world for Development Studies
  • rated high for research output.
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Avg Cost of Tuition/Year £18,500
Cost of Living/Year £11,000
Application Fee £0
Estimated Total/Year £29,500

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