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


In or close to the centre of a town


On the coast, near the sea


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

UCAS Code: S84

League Table Scores

  • 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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    4.00 / 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 high-quality 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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    67.8 / 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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    66.7 / 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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    78.2 / 100.0

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 82%
  • Postgraduate 18%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 82%
  • Part Time 18%

Where students come from

  • UK 79%
  • EU 7%
  • Other 14%

Student gender

  • Male 43%
  • Female 57%

Student Services and Facilities


  • The university has two modern and well-equipped libraries: The Murray Library and St Peter's Library. The Murray Library is open 24 hours a day and St Peter's Library until midnight during term time.
  • Resources include books, journals and e-books, and extensive online support, including an online 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 much 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 extra-curricular 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 much more.

Counselling services

  • The university Counselling and Mental Health team are all health professionals who 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.

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 was the first educational centre in the region to install a digital computer – a PDP8 model. It was so large it required a crane to haul it through the roof of the building in which it was housed.

Fascinating Fact

  • With the National Glass Centre being based at the University of Sunderland, students can go to watch free glassblowing demonstrations. 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 Chief Executive Officer at GEE Hospitality Group.
  • Mike Johnson – CEO at Emergence global management consulting.
  • Katy Mclean MBE – professional rugby player at RFU.
  • Gita Ramjee – Director, HIV Prevention Research Unit at the South African Medical Research Council.
  • Allan Alhberg – English writer.
  • 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, University of Sunderland in London, 197 Marsh Wall, London, E14 9SH, Web www.london.sunderland.ac.uk, Email admissions-london@sunderland.ac.uk, Phone +44 (0) 20 7531 7333