Important information for starting Masters study in January 2021

We are delighted that you are currently holding an offer to study one of our Masters courses that start in January 2021. The UK has now entered a new national lockdown due to a rise in coronavirus cases so please read the important information below.

You may be aware that the UK is experiencing a rise in coronavirus cases and that the UK Prime Minister has announced a new national lockdown. We wanted to provide you with an update on what this means for the start of your course at University of Sussex this January.

The new lockdown restrictions

To control the spread of Covid-19 and reduce pressure on the national health services, everyone in the UK must follow the national lockdown restrictions. You can find out more information about the new lockdown restrictions here. These restrictions are very clear, everyone must stay at home wherever possible, unless to shop for food or other essential items, for medical needs, or to exercise.

Change your travel plans if you can

At this moment, teaching for your course will need to be delivered online. This will now need to be at least until the middle of February. We will give you as much advance notice as possible about any extension to this. Until then you should start your course remotely and should not arrive on campus. Please note the following:

  • All students should not travel to campus and instead begin their studies online at home.
  • The advice for EU and international students travelling from overseas is that you should consider delaying travel plans only if travel plans can be rearranged without undue costs.
  • If you are unable to move your flight, you will be asked to complete a passenger locator form before you arrive in the UK. You will then need to self-isolate in your accommodation for 10 days.
  • It has been announced that you will need to provide a negative Covid-19 test result before you travel to the UK. Find out more here.
  • The University of Sussex will support all students arriving at Sussex who need to self-isolate with the University’s self-isolation support package. On arrival to the UK, you will need to go to your accommodation to immediately self-isolate. View our webpages which provide information on how we support our students in isolation.
  • If you are planning to live in university-managed accommodation, you will not be charged for your accommodation until you arrive.
  • Check out our Frequently Asked Questions for more guidance.

Start online in January

Our teaching staff are strongly committed to ensuring that you receive the highest quality online experience possible. In order to start your course online please do the following:

  • Please check your email for our registration information and complete all the tasks for Online Registration
  • Once you have registered, look up your Get Settled timetable for January Welcome Week: log into Sussex Direct, select your study timetable and view the activities for January Welcome Week, beginning Monday 18 January. There'll be talks and activities happening each day, to help you get settled at Sussex.

Get in contact

We are working closely with the Government on the new guidance and we will continue to be in touch. If you would like to talk to us to discuss arrival, online learning, Welcome Week and your study, please email and we can answer your questions.

Frequently asked questions

Paying your tuition fee deposit

Find out how to pay, terms and conditions and exemptions for the tuition fee deposit. More on paying your tuition fee deposit.