University of Sunderland

  • Entry Standards Entry Standards

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

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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
  • Research Quality Research Quality

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

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    2.12 / 4.00
  • Research Intensity Research Intensity

    A measure of the proportion of staff involved in research in the University.

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    0.39 / 1.00
  • 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
  • Student-Staff Ratio Student-Staff Ratio

    The average staffing levels at the University.

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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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
  • 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


  • The University of Sunderland has been instrumental in teaching since 1901, and was made a University in 1992.
  • The University of Sunderland in London opened in 2012 – London students experience an identical level of academic excellence, with all courses undergoing the same rigorous quality processes.
  • Sunderland has been an important centre for education since 674 AD, when Benedict Biscop built St Peter's Church and monastery – our Sir Tom Cowie Campus is based next to this famous church.
  • Sunderland was the first in England to introduce the 'sandwich course' which enabled engineering apprentices to gain higher qualifications whilst working – and the university continue to lead the way with employment-led courses with internships and partnerships with giant organisations such as IBM and Nissan.
  • Sunderland’s Pharmacy and Education courses have particularly strong heritage, with the Pharmacy School opening in 1921 and Teacher Training starting in 1967.
  • In 1993, HM The Queen and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh met university staff and students and saw plans for the flagship St Peter's Campus development, which is now a buzzing centre for hundreds of Sunderland students.

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’s entry requirements vary course-by-course. Take a look at the subject area that suits you in Sunderland or London.

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

  • Part-time study options include evenings, Saturdays, occasional block weeks or studying one or two days midweek alongside full-time students.
  • You can study part-time for an undergraduate or postgraduate degree. You can also study part-time at a foundation, certificate or diploma level.
  • A number of our part-time courses are available to study via distance learning.
  • Distance learning typically involves accessing study materials online and communicating with academic and administrative staff via email and phone.
  • Take a look at the subject area that suits you in Sunderland or London to find out about the flexibility of the various courses on offer.

Teaching Standards

  • Ten academic areas are classified as having 'world leading' and 'internationally excellent' research.
  • Academic staff include leaders and experts in their field and have published key textbooks and several still actively work in leading areas of their field.

Research Standards

  • "The University of Sunderland is a research active university, with a research active curriculum, enhancing the academic standing of the institution as a seat of higher learning and scholarship, undertaking research which both enhances the learning experience of our students, and delivers impact" – University of Sunderland Research Plan 2012-2015.
  • Each of our beacons brings together a number of research themes, encouraging multidisciplinary collaborations as well as innovation around the boundaries of specific subjects.

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

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Student Facilities

  • The University's facilities are undoubtedly among the best in the UK, with over £130m having been invested in our two Sunderland campuses in recent years.
  • The two uniquely placed campuses in Sunderland – one in the city centre and one by the sea – offer an unforgettable student experience.
  • All of the University of Sunderland in London is conveniently located within one building including the Gateway – a one-stop-shop for all student information, the library, classrooms and the Career and Employability Service. See 360 degree photography of the London Campus.

Disability Services

  • The university offers a support service for students with disabilities and students who have a specific learning difficulty, such as dyslexia.
  • The Disability Support team can also offer advice and guidance to students who think they might have a specific learning difficulty but haven't had a formal diagnosis.
  • The service is confidential and can offer practical support on accessing financial support and learning aids.

Students' Union

The University of Sunderland Students' Union exists to enhance the overall experience of all our students and to support the student voice. We provide a network of support designed to help you have the best student experience here at Sunderland University. This includes:

  • Student Representation
  • Academic/Welfare advice & support
  • Entertainment and social activities
  • Sports and activities.

Availability of Part-Time Work

Working or volunteering while at university is an excellent way to help you stand out from the crowd. Not only will it enable you to develop many skills that graduate employers look for when recruiting, it will assist you in putting skills, developed through your degree, into practice.

At both our Sunderland and London locations there is the university’s Careers and Employability Service, where students can access advice and support on searching for a job, writing CVs, and interview preparation.

We organise a range of employer events on campus each term and advertise hundreds of vacancies through our Opportunities Online vacancy service, including:

  • volunteering opportunities
  • part-time jobs
  • summer vacation schemes
  • paid and unpaid projects
  • internships
  • graduate jobs.

Careers Guidance

Preparing you for employment is at the heart of everything we do. With our unique Sunderland Futures programme you will have the opportunity to develop a CV packed with the skills and experience you need to be successful in your graduate career.

Our Careers and Employability Service offers advice to help you decide what to do next, making an effective CV or application, as well as coaching for interviews and assessment centres.

Sunderland Futures encompasses personal and professional development opportunities like:

  • mentoring
  • placements
  • studying abroad
  • internships
  • events like our Graduate Recruitment and Placement Fair where you can rub shoulders with employers on campus.

The Sunderland Professional Award – an employer-recognised accolade – is a certificate that rewards you for making the most of your time at university and will enhance your future employment prospects by encouraging you to undertake extra-curricular activities and acquire new skills and experiences valued by employers.

And it’s not just current students who can access our services; anyone who has graduated within the last three years can receive specialist careers advice and support.

Recent/Prospective New Builds

  • We've invested more than £130m on our campuses in recent years to ensure that our facilities match the quality of our courses, which are underpinned by excellent teaching ratings.
  • Recent developments include a multi-million pund refurbishment of Science laboratories and the development of a Living Lab.
  • Media facilities are industry-quality while the university also boasts the National Glass Centre and the Sage Gateshead amongst its teaching buildings.

Notable Alumni

The university has several notable alumni, from all industries, including Olympic medal winners, business trailblazers, media hosshots and high flying entrepreneurs.

  • James Annal – CEO Asia, Middle East & Africa at ArcelorMittal Tubular Products
  • Waleed Ghafari – Chairman & Chief Executive Officer at G.E.E. Hospitality Group
  • Mike Johnson – CEO at Emergence global management consulting
  • Katy Mclean – Professional Rugby Player at RFU
  • Katie Bulmer-Cooke – Entrepreneur/Professional Speaker/Personal Trainer/TV Presenter/Fitness Business Consultant
  • Gita RAMJEE – Director, HIV Prevention Research Unit at the South African Medical Research Council.

Further Details

Address University of Sunderland
Edinburgh Building
City Campus
Chester Road

University of Sunderland in London
197 Marsh Wall
E14 9SH
Phone +44 (0) 20 7531 7333
UCAS Code S84