University of Sunderland



Quick Facts

  • Student Experience Winner 2010 – Times Higher Education Awards.
  • Best new university in the North East Guardian University Guide 2011.
  • Pfizer has funded research projects at Sunderland for over 10 years and the University has strong partnerships with IBM, Intel, BT, Proctor and Gamble, and GlaxoSmithKline.

The University of Sunderland is an innovative, forward-thinking university with high standards of teaching, research and support. It has strong links with industry and business, and works closely with some of the world’s leading companies.

The two Sunderland campuses and the London campus are perfectly placed to ensure a quality student experience. The University of Sunderland is a truly life-changing university, which has been providing higher education in the since 1901, and is proud to be an innovative, accessible and inspirational university. The University of Sunderland  has over 1,300 staff members and 17,000 students, and its strengths range from widening access and student experience to research, international and industry links.

Sunderland and Canada
We are delighted that you are considering studying at the University of Sunderland, which has a long history of welcoming Canadian students to the University.

Sunderland currently has over 2,300 international students representing over 100 countries.  Sunderland was recently voted the top University in England for student satisfaction (The Times Higher Education Supplement).

There are over 130 Canadians studying at Sunderland with pharmacy, pharmacology, and law being among the most popular degree choices. The study of law in the UK is similar to Canada due to the Common law heritage. The Department of Law at the University of Sunderland attracts a large number of Canadian applicants to its LL.B (Hons) programme.

Ranka Celap, Canadian LL.B student at Sunderland

My experience has been amazing so far and studying here will allow me to complete my LL.B in a shorter time than in Canada. This is a real advantage and one which will help greatly with my future career aspirations.

Faculties and Departments
Sunderland is organised into four Faculties, with multiple Departments.Prospectuses
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For information on international student fees (non-EU), click here.

Sunderland offers a range of International Scholarships. Click here to learn more.

Over 17,000 students and 1,400 staff.

Entrance Requirements
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The University tries to accommodate all first-year undergraduates in halls of residence. There is a wide range of accommodation available and prices vary accordingly, but expect them to compare very favourably with costs in other parts of the country.

The Sir Tom Cowie campus was recently voted one of the top 10 student campuses in the UK. CitySpace is the university’s sport and social centre and it boasts a £7.5m sciences complex – the Quad open-air entertainment space. £9m was recently invested in the university’s largest on-campus teaching space, Priestman building, which houses performance and fine arts subjects, and further redevelopment of the photography studios on City campus. The University of Sunderland’s National Glass Centre reopened in summer 2013 following a £2m redevelopment of the Centre’s teaching and exhibition spaces

The metro is a light railway network with a station at the heart of City campus. Bus and road links are excellent, and rail transport to the rest of the UK is good too. London is under three hours away by train.

Living in Sunderland
Sunderland is located by the coast, in the North East of England. The city features a wonderful mixture of Georgian, Edwardian and Victorian architecture, and our 7th century St Peter’s Church, residence of ‘the father of English history’ the Venerable Bede, has been nominated for World Heritage Status.

The city centre is a short walk from literally miles of sandy beaches, and there is a year-round diary of cultural events and activities. The North East of England has one of the most beautiful and varied landscapes in the UK, with striking coastlines, ancient forests and rolling hills.

A third of the North East is designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty or National Park, and there are nine forests and 28 castles and Roman forts – in fact the North East has more castles than any other English region. The region also has a rich culture and heritage, with 65 museums and art galleries, and the world-famous heritage sites Hadrian’s Wall, Lindisfarne on Holy Island, and Durham Cathedral.  

As one of the largest cities in the North East, Sunderland has a buzzing nightlife. Students are spoilt for choice with a range of bars and clubs in the city, and with much of the student accommodation in the heart of the city or a short shuttle bus ride away, it’s no wonder that Sunderland is known as something of a party town for students.