University of Sunderland

  • Entry Standards Entry Standards

    The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University.

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  • Student-Staff Ratio Student-Staff Ratio

    The average staffing levels at the University.

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  • Research Quality Research Quality

    A measure of the quality of the research undertaken in the University.

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    2.12 / 4.00
  • Academic Services Spend Academic Services Spend

    A guide to how much the University spends on supporting services such as libraries and IT.

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  • Student Satisfaction Student Satisfaction

    A guide to how satisfied students are with the quality of teaching they receive.

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    4.10 / 5.00
  • Facilities Spend Facilities Spend

    A guide to how much the University spends on supporting facilities such as the careers service, health and counselling services and sport facilities.

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  • Graduate Prospects Graduate Prospects

    A guide to the employability of graduates on completion of their courses at the University.

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    62.2 / 100.0
  • Degree Completion Degree Completion

    The proportion of students expected to successfully complete their studies and gain a degree from the University.

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    80.3 / 100.0
  • Good Honours Good Honours

    The percentage of graduates achieving a first or upper second class honours degree – the class of degree achieved can impact a graduate’s employment prospects.

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    54.6 / 100.0


  • The University's modern roots lie in Sunderland Technical College which opened in 1901.
  • Sunderland Polytechnic was established in 1969, becoming the University of Sunderland in 1992.
  • The University celebrated a centenary of teacher education in 2008, 150 years of art and design in 2010 and 90 years of pharmacy in Sunderland in 2011.

Location and Transport

  • The university has three campus developments, one in Sunderland city centre, a multi-million pound award-winning riverside development, and a third at Canary Wharf in London.
  • The city has a Metro light rail link which provides easy affordable access to the wider north east region. All full-time UK and EU students can enjoy free travel on Metro, bus, ferry and Northern Rail services in their fresher year, or £600 discount on University of Sunderland accommodation. In addition, full time students in their second, third and fourth year can enjoy discounted travel through the Get Around scheme. There is also free bus travel around the two Sunderland campuses and the Halls of Residence.
  • Located at the heart of the great north east, close to miles of fabulous coastline, unspoilt countryside and excellent city amenities.

Entry Requirements

  • The university accepts nationally recognised advanced qualifications and gives equal consideration to academic and vocational qualifications.
  • The university also requires three passes GCSE passes grade C or above, or an equivalent, which must include Mathematics and English Language. This requirement differs for teaching training programmes, which can have individual programme specifications for the GCSE requirement. Please refer to teacher training programme specifications for further information.
  • Entry requirements including pre-requisites and UCAS points required for specific programmes are listed in the prospectus and are available online.
  • Work experience or vocational training may be taken into account, and admissions tutors view each application on merit.
  • Our admissions policy can be found on our website.

Student Mix

The 13,695 students enrolled in the academic year 2014/15 comprise:

Level of study

  • Undergraduate 80%
  • Postgraduate 20%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 82%
  • Part Time 18%


  • UK 69%
  • EU 5%
  • Other 26%

Student gender

  • Male 40%
  • Female 60%

Course Flexibility

  • Students can opt for flexible work placements as part of their programme of study to gain valuable work-related skills.
  • Opportunities allow for students to gain work related skills and qualifications within a fully flexible work based learning framework.
  • Students can opt to study a range of Sunderland programmes off-campus via a network of local college partners.

Teaching Standards

  • All official Government teaching quality assessments over the past seven years have awarded the University of Sunderland the highest possible ratings available.
  • The university's Teacher Training provision for secondary education has 'A' Grade recognition by OFSTED and is therefore among the best in the country.
  • The university's partnerships with businesses and industry bodies inform the curriculum, offering real-world projects and industry networking opportunities.

Research Standards

  • The latest Research Excellence Framework results reinforced the university's position as a research-active institution with world-leading research in Pharmacy, Engineering, Business, Education, Social Work, Sports & Exercise Sciences, Leisure & Tourism, English, History, Art & Design and Media.
  • Students are in regular contact with research academics, benefiting from a research informed curriculum.

Academic Strengths

  • The university works in twelve academic areas organised within four academic faculties.
  • Strengths include: Sciences (including Pharmacy); Enterprise and Innovation; Advanced Manufacturing; Creative and Cultural (including Media, Art & Design); Teacher Training; Business; Software; Social Sciences and Law.

Undergraduate Courses

Type of Qualification:

Mode of study:

Student Facilities

  • 24/7 access at the Murray Library and midnight opening at St Peter's Library during core teaching weeks.
  • A range of facilities are available including computers, interactive learning technologies and printing.
  • The student 'gateways' on each of the university's three campuses provide a one-stop-shop for all aspects of student service, support, advice and guidance.
  • Free wi-fi is available in all University of Sunderland buildings on campus and for use by residents in the university's accommodation.
  • Careers advice, support and opportunities are offered through Sunderland Futures.
  • In London the library shares the same opening times as campus buildings, except exam and assignment submission times when opening times are extended.

Disability Services

  • Disability Support offers assistance to students with disabilities and those who have a specific learning difficulty, such as dyslexia or mental health difficulties.

Students' Union

  • Free membership for all students. Wide range of benefits from social activities through to confidential, independent advice and guidance.
  • Clubs and societies provide for a diverse range of activities, and provide support for students from different faiths and cultures.

Availability of Part-Time Work

  • Students can access employment opportunities, work experience, paid projects and volunteering and graduate jobs via the Careers and Employability Service. The university encourages students to access these via the online vacancy system, Opportunities Online.
  • This system also allows access to graduate jobs, paid projects and volunteering.
  • Placements as part of a programme of study are available via individual Faculties, all of which have dedicated Placement Officers.
  • The University employs 87 Student Ambassadors each year.

Careers Guidance

Sunderland Futures offers students extra and co-curricula experiences to increase employability prospects. focusing on:

  • Skills – preparing a CV, interview skills, careers advice and guidance, mentoring, masterclasses and leadership.
  • Experience – enterprise, student exchanges, internships, student and graduate jobs, volunteering and paid projects, and the Student Ambassador Scheme.
  • Getting noticed – Sunderland Professional Award (SuPA) and the Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR).
  • Industrial placements as part of a programme of study are available via individual faculties, all of which have dedicated Placement Officers.

Recent/Prospective New Builds

  • The award-winning Sir Tom Cowie riverside campus was voted one of the top 5 campuses in the UK. It has a Gateway one-stop-shop for easy access to student support and has recently invested in a MediaHUB home to 7 student-run media platforms.
  • City Campus investment has included the £12m CitySpace sports and social space, a multi-million pound refurbishment of the Murray Library and the Gateway, offering multiple support services to students.
  • The Phase 1 £7.5m Sciences Complex, new public square and final phase of a new £12m student village close to City Campus all opened in 2011. Phase 2 of the Sciences Complex, which includes the new Living Lab scheme is on track to complete in 2016.
  • 2012 saw £7m invested in the university's largest on-campus teaching space, Priestman Building, which houses performance and fine arts subjects, and a new centre for photography on City Campus. 2013 saw further significant investment in teaching space and exhibition space at National Glass Centre, owned and run by the University of Sunderland.
  • Since opening in 2012 there has been continued updating and refurbishment of the University of Sunderland in London on Canary Wharf, including a new Gateway and library, designed in response to student feedback on what they would like to see.
  • In 2015 a new £6m hotel opened close to campus and a £10.6m FabLab, the first in the North East and opened as part of the university's city centre campus expansion and development to support enterprise and innovation. FabLab combines a collaborative workspace, business incubator, community maker-space and learning zone.

Notable Alumni

  • Katy McLean (Captain, England Women's Rugby), BSc Sport Studies, 2007.
  • Steve Cram, BSc Sport Studies, 1983.
  • Terry Deary, Teaching Certificate, 1968.
  • Tony Scott, BA Fine Art, 1962.

Further Details

Address University of Sunderland Edinburgh Building City Campus Chester Road Sunderland SR1 3SD University of Sunderland in London 197 Marsh Wall London E14 9SH Web Email Phone +44 (0) 20 7531 7333
UCAS Code S84
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