Coronavirus: Advice for applicants

We understand this is still a complex time for anyone arriving at or planning to apply for university. Find out all the information you need about coming to Sussex below.

Updated 1 October

We are currently welcoming thousands of new students to our campus as we begin the Autumn 2020 semester.

You can find lots of useful advice and information on Student Hub about how the University is responding to the current global pandemic.

The new admissions cycle for entry in September 2021 has now opened. We will be updating information about any changes to the 2021 admissions cycle below.

Information for students arriving in September 2020

We’re doing things differently for autumn 2020 during the coronavirus situation. Follow all the latest information on Student Hub.

If you are starting at Sussex in September 2020, you will have been sent information about registration and should be in the process of registering.

Whether you are arriving in person or starting your learning online and arriving later on, we are working to get you registered and set up at Sussex.

Information for applicants applying for September 2021

If you’re looking to join Sussex in September 2021 and are in the process of applying, we know you’ll have questions about the impact of coronavirus on our admissions process. We’ll be updating information below throughout the year so we’d recommend bookmarking this page for future reference.

Will there be changes to the way I apply due to coronavirus?

No, there are no changes to how you apply. However, there may be some changes to how you explore your options as the cycle progresses and we are very aware that the global pandemic continues to create lots of challenges for those studying at school, college and university.

If you are applying to an undergraduate degree then you will apply via UCAS. You can also find more information on our webpages about the application process.

To apply for postgraduate courses (both Masters and PhDs) you apply directly via the University’s postgraduate application system. We offer lots of advice about both applying for a Masters and a PhD.

How do I contact the Admissions team about my application?

The Admissions Office is working remotely at the moment as the University prioritises the use of the campus for those staff who have an essential role in teaching and supporting our students.

We are, however, maintaining our usual applicant services and the Admissions and Scholarships teams can be contacted by email or telephone as follows:

As we are physically away from the office at the moment, please avoid sending information to us in the post. Wherever possible please scan and email documents rather than mail them to us as we have difficulty accessing post at this time and it is delayed in reaching us.

Is the University planning to make changes to entry requirements in light of coronavirus?

The University has already taken the decision to adjust our 2021 Undergraduate offer levels in light of the ongoing challenges faced by students currently still in school and college.

We realise that, as you enter your final year of schooling, many of you have already had a very disrupted education and have spent much of 2020 learning from home. Although we hope that teaching returns to ‘normal’ this year, we decided in the summer of 2020 to adjust our offer levels for entry in 2021.

In most cases, this meant that standard offer levels are reduced by at least one grade. We made similar adjustments to our contextual offers. Our course listings for 2021 show the new offer levels we will be using this cycle.

For postgraduate courses, we still expect a good result in your bachelor honours degree, but we do always look very carefully at all applications and we continue to review our requirements in light of the ongoing challenges faced by students across the globe. 

The latest information about our postgraduate entry requirements is shown in our Masters and PhD listings.

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