Education in the UK

Students studying in a communal area

Why study at Sussex?

Sussex University has always had a reputation for innovation. The high quality of a UK education is recognised around the world, and the University of Sussex is ranked among the top 20 universities in the UK (Guardian University League Tables 2018). Studying at Sussex will help you achieve success in your UK degree, career, and future.

Excellence in research

Many universities in the UK are referred to as research universities. These are academic institutions with a focus on theoretical learning through lectures and independent study.

The UK has many universities which are praised for their high levels of research, with the top university league tables using research as a factor in their rankings. Research allows students to study new developments in their subject as they are happening, creating graduates at the forefront of their field.

The University of Sussex is one of the leading research universities in the country. In the Research Excellence Framework 2014, 75% of the university’s research activity was rated ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’.

Modern facilities

Universities in the UK receive funding to improve and add to their facilities. By investing in facilities, universities can ensure students get the best quality of teaching available. The University of Sussex has recently renovated facilities across a variety of faculties, including:

  • The Attenborough Centre of the Arts, a 350-seat auditorium provides the campus with a space for exhibitions, performance, teaching and research
  • The Jubilee Building, a 500-seat lecture theatre with seminar rooms, social spaces and a café
  • The Fulton building, which acts as a space for modern teaching with two 160-seat lecture theatres

British education system

The UK education system encourages you to think for yourself. Studying at the University of Sussex, you will develop key life and career skills that global employers look for in outstanding graduate job candidates. These include the ability to identify important questions and solve complex problems.

You will learn through a variety of teaching techniques, such as lectures, seminars, assessments and professional experience.

Practical experience

Many degrees offer practical experience in addition to learning through lectures and classes. This allows students to build on what they learn in a classroom, as well as getting a taste of their future careers. Depending on the course you study, you may have the opportunity to work in a laboratory or studio, or with computers and medical equipment.

High employability

Studying in the UK is all about preparing for your future. As well as a strong focus on academic success, many UK universities offer work experience through a year in industry. Combined, these help you stand out when you enter the job market. When you begin your education at the International Study Centre we will help you learn valuable career skills through our innovative CareerAhead programme.