Situated next to a national park, close to Brighton and the coast, and just an hour from London, the University of Sussex provides the perfect location to study geography for both undergraduates and postgraduates. As part of the School of Global Studies, Geography at Sussex also has a unique international outlook, with research, study and career opportunities around the world.


Our research ranked first in the country for the outstanding reach and significance of its impacts in the December 2014 Research Excellence Framework

Why Geography at Sussex?

Ranked highly in international league tables


QS World University Rankings

One of the 40 top Geography departments in the world -  ­ the 2014 QS World University Rankings put Sussex Geography in 38th place ­ - and in the top 10 in the UK for academic standing.

Global perspective for global careers

Sussex geographers work around the world, in international organisations and companies, as well as small firms and NGOs.  UN building New York
Sussex Geography alumni include Keme Nzerem of Channel 4 news, and Geoffrey Dennis, head of Care International, a major development charity.

International fieldtrips and study abroad

Students on Vietnam field classInternational study is core to our curriculum.  That includes exciting field trips – this year to China, Vietnam and Las Vegas – as well as opportunities to study abroad in Asia, North America, Australia, North Africa and Europe.  We also offer 12-week international work placements.

Exciting research

The department has an international reputation for research excellence, with particular strengths in the study of migration; climate change; histories, cultures and networks; geographies of globalisation and development; and geomorphology.  
Alum BayOur research was ranked first in the country in the December 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) for the outstanding reach and significance of its impacts. Its overall ranking at 14 out of 54 also puts it first among smaller Geography departments. Sussex Geography punches above its weight!