Postgraduate prospectus 2009 section 2 Why Sussex

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Section 2 of the University of Sussex postgraduate prospectus 2009. Visit www.sussex.ac.uk to view online or order a printed copy of the 2010 prospectus.

Section 2 of the University of Sussex postgraduate prospectus 2009. Visit www.sussex.ac.uk to view online or order a printed copy of the 2010 prospectus.

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  • 1. Why Sussex? Why us? Commitment A great place to be to teaching Our students voted us the Because graduate education ‘Best Place to Be’ in a survey works best when teaching of 91 universities. Our learning excellence combines with support and expert lecturers, first-rate research, we’ve our safe and multicultural developed strong links between campus, and our all-round our research and our taught friendliness were all highly rated programmes International Student Barometer, conducted by i-Graduate, autumn 2007 Superb learning An international resources university We have an excellent library, With students from over 120 an extensive computer network, countries and flourishing specialist laboratories, international academic links, media facilities and music we offer a global perspective to rooms to support you whatever your postgraduate study. Our your subject financial awards schemes also demonstrate our commitment to attracting high-quality students worldwide Top location Our stunning green campus is eight minutes from the lively seaside city of Brighton & Hove by train and only an hour from London. Transport links are excellent, with both London Gatwick and London Heathrow Airports within easy reach 2
  • 2. Research excellence World leading Why Sussex? Why us? We are a leading research Top 25 in UK university – every one of our Top 50 in Europe subject areas is rated as having Top 150 in the world research of national or international excellence The Times Higher Education Supplement – World University Higher Education Funding Rankings 2007 Council 2001 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) Investing in research Distinguished We are committed to our faculty reputation as a leading Our international reputation research university and have attracts teachers and already invested £20 million researchers at the forefront of over recent years and have their fields, and we are proud plans for a further £40 million to have counted Nobel Prize to support new research winners and fellows of the Royal facilities across the arts, Society and British Academy on science and social sciences our staff Skills and career development Our Doctoral School and our careers and employability services provide you with excellent academic skills support and early career development 3
  • 3. Welcome to Sussex Welcome to Sussex Why Sussex? Why Sussex? T he University of Sussex is a leading research institution with strengths across a broad range of disciplines. Many of our faculty are academics of world renown, working at the cutting edge of their disciplines. The growth in the numbers of postgraduate applications and admissions to Sussex over recent years reflects the quality and excellence of what we offer. The University’s tradition of interdisciplinarity is reflected in the organisation of graduate studies, which brings subjects together, encourages intellectual exchange across disciplines, and creates a sense of community for graduate students. The University arranges seminars, promotes conferences, welcomes well-known research visitors from overseas, fosters research clusters and circulates research papers and other publications. We run a graduate assistantship scheme for doctoral students. Under this scheme, which provides financial support at least equal to a home/EU fee, doctoral students in many subjects have the opportunity of doing paid undergraduate teaching alongside their research work. This is particularly attractive to students who are contemplating a career in academia. Sussex has had a strong international focus since its foundation and has academic links with every continent. The University is home to researchers and students from over 120 countries. We have a diverse student population, enriching the experience of all who study here. The University campus is situated in beautiful parkland on the edge of Brighton and is entirely self-contained. The friendly and informal campus life is a reflection of the community at large; Brighton is a tolerant, lively and exciting place. We are committed to our reputation as a world-leading university for graduate studies and research. In this prospectus we have tried to provide the information that will help you decide whether Sussex is the right place for you. Please do not hesitate to contact our postgraduate admissions staff if you have any further queries. Further information Professor Michael Farthing Student Recruitment Services, Vice-Chancellor Sussex House, University of Sussex, Falmer, Brighton BN1 9RH, UK T +44 (0)1273 876787 F +44 (0)1273 876677 E pg.enquiries@sussex.ac.uk www.sussex.ac.uk 4
  • 4. Finding out Finding out about Sussex Why Sussex? about Sussex Why Sussex? W hether you’re based in the UK or overseas, there are a variety of ways to meet us and find out more about Sussex. Postgraduate Open Day 2009 Meeting us outside the University We aim to make this prospectus as informative If you live outside the UK, you can meet our as possible but it can never really give you a true University-based advisors, who visit a number of feel of what life is like at Sussex. To get the real countries each year, and our representatives who picture we would like to invite you to come and are permanently based overseas. see for yourself at our Postgraduate Open Day. A list of forthcoming visits by our advisors is You’ll get the chance to talk to the academic available at www.sussex.ac.uk/International/ faculty, postgraduate students and representatives admissions/overseas from a range of support services including Contact details for our overseas representatives accommodation, careers, computing, library are available at and sport. There are also presentations on www.sussex.ac.uk/International/agents/ postgraduate study, research, funding and career opportunities. Get more information The Open Day takes place on 28 January 2009, Stay in touch with us by regularly checking the Vicky’s 11.30am – 2pm, at Bramber House, University postgraduate section of the Sussex website at perspective of Sussex. For more information or to register www.sussex.ac.uk/pgstudy ‘As x part of the international liaison team, my job your interest in attending this event, please go to The section includes our e-newsletter which is x to help overseas students fulfil their ambitions www.sussex.ac.uk/pgstudy provides regular updates for postgraduate to x study in the UK by providing them with more Other ways to visit Sussex applicants. information about Sussex. I travel widely with x the x University to places such as Japan, Taiwan If you can’t make it to our Postgraduate Open If you live outside the UK, you can also find out and x Mexico and get the opportunity to talk to Day, you are welcome to attend one of our more about Sussex by getting a copy of our students about their degree of choice, their goals x Discover Postgraduate Study drop-in sessions. international student CD. This contains a variety for x the future and other important information These are held each month during term time and of information, including prospectuses, a virtual like x accommodation and fees. Often international enable you to find out more about postgraduate campus tour, videos and information on fees students are nervous and apprehensive about x study and the opportunities Sussex has to offer. and scholarships. Request your copy by emailing studying in a foreign country, so the opportunity x Please go to www.sussex.ac.uk/pgstudy to pg.enquiries@sussex.ac.uk to x speak to a representative of the University is book your place. invaluable in helping them choose Sussex. xx You are also welcome to visit the University ‘One of the attractions of Sussex is our large x independently without any pre-arrangement. international community, which is made up of x On weekdays, please go to Sussex House students from 120 countries. Sussex students x also benefit from an extensive network of help x reception and ask for a member of our Student and x support, with additional language resources Recruitment Services team. They can provide such x x as the Sussex Language Institute. you with a postgraduate visitor pack and explain ‘One of the most enjoyable parts of my job is when x how to get the most out of your visit. I x get feedback from students who have gone on to If you are unable to visit us, you can get an study here – many of them tell me how delighted x excellent introduction to the University at they are that they chose Sussex.’ www.sussex.ac.uk/USIS/campustour Vicky Shaw You may find it helpful to visit your chosen Senior International department or meet your prospective supervisor Liaison Officer during the application process. You will need to contact the member of staff listed in the relevant subject area (see pages 41-170) before you visit us. We always do our best to accommodate such requests. 5
  • 5. ‘The research facilities at Sussex are great. Everything I need is right here.’ James Karamath, DPhil in Physics