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Study with the School of Education and Social Work at Sussex

Study with the School of Education and Social Work at Sussex

Join an academic community that encourages intellectual engagement, reflection and debate

The University of Sussex is a research-active university with an excellent international reputation. We are based in the cosmopolitan seaside city of Brighton & Hove and welcome spirited students who want to study in a creative and intellectually challenging environment. At Sussex you will be encouraged to open your mind, deepen your thinking, and make your mark on the world.

We offer postgraduate qualifications in Social Work, Childhood and Youth Studies, Education, International Education and Development or Early Years Education (with or without Early Years Teacher Status).

You’ll benefit from our lecturers’ world-leading research on issues within education, childhood and youth, social work and social care. This research underpins our teaching and means you’ll be exploring the very latest insights and practices during your studies. You will be able to take part in an extensive programme of additional seminars, workshops and other events, all hosted by our research centres.

Our courses

Scholarships and funding

The University of Sussex offers postgraduate scholarships worth up to £3,000. Find out more about our Masters scholarships.

The Early Years Education (with Early Years Teacher Status) MA is currently funded by the UK Government’s body responsible for Early Years Initial Teacher Education. This means there is no fee to pay on this course for UK or EU students.

Department of Education

Our caring community of scholars prides itself on the quality of our courses, and on the research we undertake. We are committed to our students, and to our involvement with policy-makers and professionals, and we’re engaged in every aspect of education - both in the UK and internationally.

In addition to co-hosting the Centre for Innovation and Research in Childhood and Youth (CIRCY), the Department of Education hosts three research centres:

  • The Centre for International Education (CIE)
  • The Centre for Higher Education and Equity Research (CHEER)
  • The Centre for Teaching and Learning Research (CTLR)

Department of Social Work and Social Care

We are at the forefront of innovation and development in this rapidly changing profession. We offer attractive opportunities in a department noted for its strength in professional education and its contribution to professional knowledge and practice.

We are among the leading institutions in the UK for the quality of our research (top 15 for research quality in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020). In addition to co-hosting the Centre for Innovation and Research in Childhood and Youth (CIRCY), the Department of Social Work and Social Care hosts two research centres:

  • The Centre for Innovation and Research in Wellbeing (CIRW)
  • The Centre for Innovation and Research in Social Work (CSWIR)

Brighton campus

Our beautiful green campus is located on the edge of the South Downs National Park and is just a 9-minute train journey from the centre of Brighton. This famously cosmopolitan coastal city, with its fantastic shopping, nightlife and eclectic cultural scene is only 30 minutes from Gatwick Airport and an hour from London - making Sussex one of the UK's most ideally situated universities. Find out more about campus life.


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