University of Sunderland

The University of Sunderland has 20,000 students at four campuses, in Sunderland, London and Hong Kong. Key strengths are sciences, advanced manufacturing, software, enterprise and innovation and creative industries, reflected in its world-leading research, global partnerships, and knowledge transfer partnerships. The university has also been shortlisted for awards in recognition of providing opportunities for disadvantaged and non-traditional students.

City Centre
City Centre

In or close to the centre of a city


On the coast, near the sea


The university (including student accommodation, teaching, and leisure facilities) is located on one site

UCAS Code: S84

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

TEF Silver is awarded to institutions that deliver high-quality teaching, learning and outcomes for their students, and consistently exceed "rigorous national quality requirements" for higher education in the UK. Find out more about TEF.

Student Statistics

Student population


Level of study

  • Undergraduate 80%
  • Postgraduate 20%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 82%
  • Part Time 18%

Where students come from

  • UK 81%
  • EU 7%
  • Other 11%

Student gender

  • Male 42%
  • Female 58%

Undergraduate Open Days

Open days allow you to experience the university first hand, and help you decide if it's the right place for you​.

Student Services and Facilities

Libraries and Information Services

  • The university has two modern and well-equipped libraries: The Murray Library and St Peter's Library. Opening hours vary but both libraries are open 24 hours a day during key periods, with reduced hours during holidays.
  • Resources include books, journals and e-books; extensive online support includes a library catalogue where students can find and reserve books, an online journal search to find print and electronic journal articles, and subject-specific resources.
  • The library also has a range of well-designed and flexible quiet, individual and group learning spaces to suit varied study needs.

Student jobs

  • Hundreds of jobs are advertised through the university's Opportunities Online vacancy service. 

Careers advice

  • As a leading university in widening participation, the university builds confidence and employability in its students through support, opportunities, and strong links with business.
  • The Sunderland Futures programme helps students develop the skills and experience needed for success in their graduate career, with opportunities for mentoring, placements, studying abroad, internships and more.
  • The Sunderland Professional Award (SuPA) is an employer-recognised certificate awarded to students who successfully demonstrate skills achieved across areas of academic activity, work experience and career planning as well as other relevant extracurricular areas.
  • The Careers and Employability Service is available on all UK campuses. It helps students make career choices, create an effective CV or application and prepare for interviews and assessment centres. The service continues to help students for up to three years after they complete their studies.
  • Graduate recruitment and placement fairs enable students to network with employers on campus.

Health services

  • A free and confidential health and well-being service is available to all students.
  • The university health team are made up of registered nurses who can provide support on sexual health, pregnancy, the C-Card Scheme, immunisation, healthy eating and lifestyle, smoking cessation and addiction and recovery, cancer awareness and more.

Counselling and Mental Health Support

  • The university Counselling and Mental Health team offer an accessible and supportive service for all students experiencing emotional and mental health difficulties, including stress, anxiety, low mood, self-harming, bereavement, eating issues, dependency, concerns about sexuality and more.
  • The team and service exist to enable students to overcome barriers and achieve their full potential.

Disability support

  • The Disability Support team provides information, support and guidance to students with disabilities, mental health difficulties, specific learning differences such as dyslexia, and long term medical conditions. Those who feel they may have a specific learning difference are supported in arranging a professional diagnostic assessment.
  • This service is available before students start their course, allowing time to discuss and assess needs, and plan support.
  • The service is confidential and can offer practical support on accessing financial support and learning aids.

Other services and facilities

Specialist course facilities include:

  • The Sciences Complex, a multi-million pound, industry-compatible science and health facility that's home to the School of Medicine and a unique Living Lab. It features advanced sector simulation equipment, including industry-standard research and teaching laboratories, testing equipment for various specialisms, and academic links with world-leading organisations including Pfizer and GlaxoSmithKline.
  • Helen McArdle House, home to Psychology, Paramedic Sciences and Nursing. This complex has recently seen a multi-million pound investment and features mock wards, consultation rooms, a mock patient-transfer suite, an industry-standard positive pressure isolation room, the Patient Diagnostic Suite, and simulation facilities.
  • Priestman Building, which has recently undergone a £6.5m transformation and features modern equipment in an environment filled with creative thinkers, including three art and design galleries; art, design and fashion studios; wood, metal and print workshops; Performing Arts spaces; and Wacom Cintiq design studio.
  • Northern Centre of Photography, based on the City Campus and featuring dedicated chemical and digital darkrooms, fully-equipped studios, digital suites, and video/sound-editing and screening facilities.
  • The David Puttnam Media Centre, packed with industry-standard media equipment and technology, and home to Journalism and Media. Facilities include two 4K TV studios; six radio stations and a HD cinema; the mediaHUB, an innovative digital publishing and broadcasting space that's home to five student digital publications; broadcast-standard TV studios; editing systems; digital and post-production facilities; location recording kits; cinema space; fully-equipped radio stations; voiceover booths; industry-leading software; and Wacom Cintiq design studio.
  • The David Goldman Informatics Centre, home to the Faculty of Technology and the Faculty of Education and Society. This building has benefited from a recent investment in engineering facilities and has over 240 computers available for use.
  • The Reg Vardy Centre, a self-contained teaching and learning facility that houses the disciplines of Business, Law, Tourism, Culture, and Social Sciences, and is also home to the University’s Law Clinic.
  • National Glass Centre, a centre of excellence in glass and ceramics featuring refurbished student and gallery spaces following a £3.7 million investment, spaces for Artist Designer Makers, the Northern Centre for Contemporary Art gallery, an international exchange programme, and expert demonstrations.

Students' Union

  • The University of Sunderland Students' Union exists to enhance the overall experience and provide a network of support designed to help students.
  • This includes student representation, academic and welfare advice, and support.
  • The Students' Union also offers entertainment and social activities along with sports groups.


  • The University of Sunderland’s roots can be traced back to the establishment of Sunderland Technical College in 1901. It became a university in 1992 and its latest campus opened in Hong Kong in 2017.
  • Sunderland has been an important centre for education since 674 AD, when Benedict Biscop built St Peter's Church and monastery. The Sir Tom Cowie Campus is located next to this famous church.
  • Sunderland’s new School of Medicine welcomed its first cohort of students in September 2019 and continues the university's record of excellence in science and healthcare education, which spans almost 100 years.

Fascinating Fact

  • At the University of Sunderland, students can go to watch free glassblowing demonstrations at the National Glass Centre. Sunderland was the first location to have stained glass windows in the UK, commissioned in 674 AD by the city's patron saint, Benedict Biscop.

Notable Alumni and Famous Faces

  • Waleed Ghafari – chairman and CEO at GEE Hospitality Group.
  • Mike Johnson – CEO at Emergence global management consulting.
  • Katy Mclean MBE – professional rugby union player.
  • Gita Ramjee – director of the HIV prevention research unit, South African Medical Research Council.
  • Allan Ahlberg – renowned children's book author.
  • Jonathan Riall – head coach for the Great Britain paratriathlon team.
  • William Kellibrew V – director of trauma programs at Baltimore City Department of Health.
  • Stephen McGregor – director at the Manchester Institute of Health and Performance.
  • Mah Hussain-Gambles – founder and director of Saaf Pure Skincare.
  • Andrew Singleton – chief of the laboratory of neurogenetics at the National Institute on Aging.


University of Sunderland, Edinburgh Building, City Campus, Chester Road, Sunderland, SR1 3SD, or University of Sunderland in London, 197 Marsh Wall, London, E14 9SH