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Welcome to the University of Brighton

The University of Brighton is a careers-focused university with excellent facilities and business connections. Brighton is a student-friendly city with famous beaches, where you’ll be part of a diverse global community.

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We offer you routes into the University of Brighton through the on-campus University of Brighton International College (UBIC).

Top reasons to study here

94% of graduates in work or further study in 6 months

Destination of Leavers from Higher Education 2016–17

Students and staff from 150+ countries, with 100+ student societies

Meet an incredibly diverse group of people

Links with over 1,800 businesses

Make connections with local, national, and international companies

Leading university in Art, Fashion and Architecture

Succeed in a creative environment

Fantastic seaside location

in the small, friendly city of Brighton

Guaranteed entry

when you pass your UBIC pathway course at the required level with good attendance

Subject rankings

Subject areaUK rankingSource
Chemistry28thGuardian University Guide 2020
Education20thGuardian University Guide 2020
Earth & Marine Sciences33rdGuardian University Guide 2020
Fashion and Textiles 27thGuardian University Guide 2020
History of Art19thGuardian University Guide 2020
(at Brighton and Sussex Medical School)
10thGuardian University Guide 2020
Pharmacy and Pharmacology29thComplete University Guide 2020
Philosophy30th Guardian University Guide 2020
Physiotherapy28thComplete University Guide 2020

Why choose the University of Brighton?

Brighton student Felix from China

Felix from China

Postgraduate degree in Sustainable Design at the University of Brighton

I’d recommend the University of Brighton to other international students, as it is a great place to study Art and Design. There are some really creative people here and everyone really wants to help you.

Brighton student Hissah from Kuwait

Hissah from Kuwait

Undergraduate degree in Pharmacy at the University of Brighton

Everyone here is really easy-going, and they listen to what you have to say. The teachers are all really good. Come to Brighton; you’ll never regret it!

Notable alumni

  • Anne Zielinski-Old (USA)

    Graduated from the University of Brighton

    Earned a BA in Fashion and Design in 1973.

    Lifetime achievements

    Artist and designer focusing on fashion dolls. Zielinski-Old worked for Mattel Inc. in California between 1997-1998 as an Art Director for Barbie Collectibles. Some of her notable clients have included Harrods of Knightsbridge, Fortnum and Mason, Burberrys, Macy’s, The Sunday Times, Vogue and Cosmopolitan Magazine.

  • Barbara Hulanicki (Poland)

    Graduated from the University of Brighton

    Earned a BA in Fashion Illustration at Brighton School of Art, now the University of Brighton, in 1956.

    Lifetime achievements

    Founder of the fashion label Biba. Hulanicki has designed wallpaper for the retail chains Habitat and Graham & Brown. She also launched a fashion and home range in India.

  • Carmen Nibigira (Nigeria)

    Graduated from the University of Brighton

    Earned a BA in International Travel Management in 2005.

    Lifetime achievements

    Regional Co-ordinator for the East African Tourism Platform. She has been instrumental in the opening of the Akilah Institute for Women in Burundi’s capital, Bujumbura. She is quoted as saying “I believed in the need to equip local women with core skills for the country’s changing economy, shaping them into leaders within their own communities as well as in the local, regional and international job markets.”

  • Cliff Wright (UK)

    Graduated from the University of Birmingham

    Earned a BA in Illustration in 1986.

    Lifetime achievements

    A renowned illustrator who specialises in illustrations of animals and children’s books. His most notable works include illustrations in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, as well as the classic novel The Wind in the Willows.

  • Dato Ir. Abdul Rahim Abu Bakar (Malaysia)

    Graduated from the University of Brighton

    Earned a BSc in Electrical Engineering in 1969.

    Lifetime achievements

    Former Vice-President of Petronas from 1999 to 2002. He is currently the Chairman of UEM Builders and serves on the board of TIME dotcom, Bank Pembangunan Malaysia, Scomi Engineering, Global Maritime Ventures and BI Credit & Leasing.

  • Dr Hong Lu OBE (China)


    With a degree in Teaching English as a Foreign Language.

    Lifetime achievements

    Deputy Director at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) Confucius Institute for Business. She has presented her research at international TESOL conferences across China, as well as in New York, Vancouver and London.

  • Ragheb Aga (Kenya)

    Graduated from the University of Brighton

    Earned a BSC in Sport and Exercise Science in 2006.

    Lifetime achievements

    An international cricketer, Aga played county cricket for Sussex in England from 2008 to 2010. In 2013 Aga was the first batsman to score a T20I half-century when batting at number 8 (or lower), this record was held until 2018.

  • Renata Yumi Shimabukuro (Brazil)

    Graduated from the University of Brighton

    Earned an MSC in Digital Television Management and Production in 2008.

    Lifetime achievements

    Communication and Marketing Manager at TV Cultura, a Brazilian television network. Shimabukuro has also written research papers and articles which have gone on to be published in industry recognised publications. She was notably a Juror of the 2016 International Emmy Awards in the semi-final of the Kids category.

Looking to start at the International College in September 2020 or later?

Want to start sooner? Download the 2019-20 prospectus

The University of Brighton is a place where different opinions, ideas and visions of the world gather to create something unique. We welcome students from across the world, and offer you the chance to study an exceptional choice of subjects in beautiful locations. While you’re a student here, we will help you to put what you learn into practice through the wealth of work experience, placement and entrepreneurial opportunities that we offer, our excellent connections to industry and our outstanding Careers Service. We wish you the best of luck with your studies, and look forward to helping you prepare for your future.

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