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International Prospectus 2018–19
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Based on the evidence available, the TEF Panel
judged that the University of Sunderland
delivers high quality teaching, learning and
outcomes for its students. It consistently
exceeds rigorous national quality requirements
for UK higher education.
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Why study in the UK? 4-5
Why study at the University of Sunderland? 6-7
Our history 8-9
Our Sunderland campuses 10-15
Join the Global University 16-17
Accommodation 18-21
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Academic life 38-39
Our academics 40-41
Levels of study 42
Our students 43-45
Cost of living and tuition fees 46-47
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Art 48
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Computing 49
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Engineering 50
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Journalism and Public Relations 51
Languages 51
Law 51-52
Media 52
Performing Arts 52
Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Science 52
Psychology 52
Social Sciences 53
Sport and Exercise Sciences 53
Tourism 53
International alumni 53
The Customised Awards Scheme 54
Entry requirements and how to apply 55-56
English and university preparation courses 57-58
Cambridge Education Group programmes 59-60
Our graduates 61-66
Terms and conditions 67-68
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Thousands of students come to
study in the UK every year,
and it’s not hard to see why –
a British university qualification
is universally known and highly
respected around the world.
University teaching is tightly regulated and
developed from new research, which means you’ll
develop academic knowledge of the very highest
quality. The British higher education system
encourages students to develop analytical
skills, independent thinking and self-discipline.
The University of Sunderland is extremely proud
to be one of the largest recruiters of overseas
students in the UK. This creates a fantastically
diverse student population, and means that you’ll
be studying alongside – and perhaps making
lifelong friends with – students from over 100
countries around the world. Our reach goes well
beyond the North East of England: as well as
our two campuses in Sunderland, we also have
up to 2,000 students studying at our London
facility next to the iconic Canary Wharf, and
1,077 at our campus in Central, Hong Kong.
6,695 students study our courses in their own
This, together with rigorous and high-level
countries, as part of transnational partnership.
academic development, means that students
graduate from British universities with the We believe that a university education is about
skills, knowledge and attitude that companies much more than just gaining a qualification:
are looking for. we believe it’s about encouraging you to
challenge yourself, develop yourself and
English is the language of business across the world,
build up the qualifications, knowledge,
and by living and studying in the UK you will be
experience and attitude you need to land
able to develop your English language skills to a
the career you want when you graduate.
very high level. Excellent language skills will open
up career opportunities around the world – both in
countries where English is a main language, and in
countries who trade with English-speaking countries.

The University of Sunderland is an ambitious university
with a vast global reach.
We’re internationally known for the quality of our teaching and research, and all of
our research-active staff also teach, which means that you benefit from cutting-edge
research at every stage of your degree. And it really is cutting-edge research: we’re
proud that 10 areas of our research are considered ‘world-leading’; according to the
most recent Research Excellence Framework, which assesses the quality of research
in all of the UK’s universities. The University is also rated Silver in the latest national
Teaching Excellence Framework, which recognises our achievements for employer
engagement, professional practice, academic support and excellent teaching.

Sunderland is well known as ‘the friendly university’, and that’s because we

genuinely care about the wellbeing of all our students. Our job is to make sure
you have the best possible experience at university, and so if you need any
support while you’re with us, we’ll do our very best to help you.

The North East of England has one of the most beautiful and varied landscapes in
the UK. It doesn’t take long to travel from bustling urban areas to ancient forests and
national parks. Sunderland itself is right on the dramatic North East coastline, and
there are miles of beautiful sandy beaches just a ten minute walk from the University.
The North East is also one of the most affordable regions of the UK, which helps
make living and studying in Sunderland extremely attractive.

At the University of Sunderland you’ll be encouraged to take on relevant placements

with local, regional or national companies. You’ll also have the chance to learn from
visiting speakers and take masterclasses given by industry experts. Come to the
University of Sunderland and you’ll graduate with more than just an excellent academic
qualification: you’ll also graduate with enviable job prospects and lifelong friends.

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The Most Affordable university in

the UK for International Students
as rated by The Complete
University Guide 2016.

Sunderland has been an important centre for education since 674AD, when Benedict Biscop
founded St Peter’s Church and monastery, which was home to the Venerable Bede and England’s
largest scriptorium. Here we take a look back at some of the key developments of the 20th and
21st Century which have helped create the modern University of Sunderland.

Special courses for HM armed

forces and the Ministry of Labour
introduced during the Second
World War.

Technical College
opened, built at a
cost of £27,800.
The Principal,
Mr Branford, was The College of
also responsible Departments of Arts and Crafts Sunderland Sunderland Polytechnic
for the School of Naval Architecture moved to new Technical College established the UK’s
Art, run from the and Pharmacy accommodation in became Sunderland first degree course in
Town Hall. established. Ashburne House. Polytechnic. Glass Design.

1901 1921 1934 1942 1969 1982

1908 1922 1939 1964 1973 1992

Sunderland Teacher Sunderland Teacher Priestman Building A new complex Sunderland created University of
Training College Training College opened, home to of buildings on the UK’s first Sunderland
opened. became ‘women the departments of Chester Road was part-time Bachelor established
only’ and remained Mathematics and opened by HRH of Education after receiving
that way until Mining. Prince Philip, Duke programme. university status.
1959. of Edinburgh.

Priestman Library at the Sunderland

Technical College – now part
of the Sunderland University
Priestman Building was named after
philanthropist Sir John Priestman.
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Sir Tom Cowie Campus opened

at St Peter’s, with the School of
Business, Law and Psychology
situated on the campus. Two
years later The David Goldman
National Glass Centre
Informatics Centre opened.
reopens after a £2.2m
refurbishment. The North East’s
first FabLab opens
on City Campus. Hope Street
Xchange opens, the
University’s new
Centre for Enterprise
and Innovation.

The £12m
In 2004 the £9m CitySpace sports
Media Centre facility opens in
was opened by preparation for Shirley Atkinson
Baroness Estelle the London 2012 appointed
Morris. Olympics. Vice-Chancellor.

1994 2004 2009 2013 2015 2017

1998 2008 2012 2014 2016

Oscar-winning Olympic athlete Priestman Building Work begins on Launch of the Sunderland School
film producer Steve Cram MBE is reopened the new £9m of Nursing and the Living Lab,
Lord Puttnam named as following a £6m Enterprise and marking completion of Sciences
of Queensgate new Chancellor. refurbishment as a Innovation Hub. Complex Phase II development.
CBE became the centre for Fine Arts
University’s first and Culture.
Chancellor in

The University opens a

new campus in Central,
Hong Kong.
The University announces the
establishment of a new site in
the capital, the University of
Sunderland in London.



Our City Campus has the benefit of being in the heart of 1 CitySpace – Centre for Sport
Sunderland – with a wide range of arts, culture, sports, and Recreation

retail, food & drink and entertainment on the doorstep. 2 Edinburgh Building
Academic areas covered on this campus include Health 3 The Sciences Complex
Sciences & Wellbeing and Arts & Creative Industries, 4 The Gateway
including the Northern Centre for Photography.
5 University Metro Station
Around £75m has been invested in City Campus to ensure we continue to 6 Technology Park
offer one of the best student experiences in the UK; recent developments
include Hope Street Xchange – the University’s new Centre for Enterprise & 7 The Murray Library
Innovation and the redevelopment of The Sciences Complex, which includes 8 Northern Centre of Photography
the Living Lab complete with immersive simulation suite and mock hospital and St Mary’s Nursery
ward for pharmacy, nursing and paramedic students. 9 Priestman Building
CitySpace, the flagship development, houses a six-badminton-court sports 10 Shackleton House
hall, 70-station fitness suite, sports massage and injuries centre managed by (inc. Islamic Prayer Centre)
members of Team GB, multi-purpose room, indoor climbing wall, and social,
catering, leisure and exhibition spaces. CitySpace was a pre-Olympic training
provider for the 2012 London Olympics.

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This impressive riverside campus sits right 11
Interfaith Chaplaincy Centre
next to one of the best stretches of coastline
12 St Peter’s Gate
in the UK.
13 St Peter’s 6th Form College (Sunderland College)
Two of the main buildings on the campus are The David
14 St Peter’s Church
Goldman Informatics Centre, an extraordinary space with over

15 The Reg Vardy Centre
300 computer workstations, which has been described as a
‘computing cathedral’.
16 The David Goldman Informatics Centre

17 The Sir Tom Cowie Lecture Theatre
The other building is The David Puttnam Media Centre, which
is home to subject areas of journalism, TV, video, radio and
18 St Peter’s Library
new media production, film studies and cultural studies.
19 Prospect Building
Students are able to take advantage of industry standard

20 The David Puttnam Media Centre
equipment in 4,600m2 of studios, workshops and edit suites.
21 National Glass Centre

22 Panns Bank Student Accommodation

23 Scotia Quay Student Accommodation


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Our City Campus has the benefit of being in the heart of the city – with a wide range of arts,
culture, sports, retail and entertainment on the doorstep.
Around £75m has been invested in City Campus to ensure we continue to offer one of the best student experiences in the UK.

City Campus is close to the city centre with its wide range of retail outlets, cafés and restaurants, nightlife, culture and history
(read more about the city on page 22).

The Campus features: Northern Centre of Photography

The University’s Northern Centre of Photography is a
CitySpace purpose-built home for photography and digital imaging.
CitySpace is a £12m sports and social facility housing a It has state-of-the-art chemical and digital darkrooms,
six-badminton-court sports hall, 70-station fitness suite, fully equipped studios, and student project spaces.
sports massage and injuries centre managed by members
of Team GB, multi-purpose room, indoor climbing wall and
social, catering, leisure and exhibition spaces. The centre The Sciences Complex
is a strong addition to the University’s support for world-
class athletes, and was used by the Grenada Team as a
Pre-Games Training Base for the 2012 London Olympics.

The Sciences Complex

Offering one of the best student experiences for those
interested in studying in the Health Sciences and Wellbeing
faculty, the complex is home to some of the latest facilities
and equipment in areas such as pharmacy, pharmaceutical,
biomedical, environmental and sports sciences.

The complex attracts high-quality sciences students and

staff from across the world and its academics have links
with the world’s biggest organisations, such as Pfizer and
Priestman Building
After undergoing a £6.5m transformation Priestman
Building accommodates the fine art, performing arts,
The Gateway culture and design courses and features an art gallery,
One of the busiest buildings on City Campus is The Gateway, teaching and learning spaces, art studios and workshops.
which is home to many of the University’s support services
including financial support, counselling, accommodation,
careers and health & wellbeing.

Murray Library
With three floors of books, journals, computers and other
learning and research resources, as well as space for individual
and group study, Murray is the University’s main library.

This impressive riverside campus sits right next to one of the best stretches of coastline in the UK
and as well as a library, student Gateway support, Students’ Union, 400-seat lecture theatre and
catering options, the Campus is the location for teaching across the University’s Education & Society,
Business, Law & Tourism, Engineering & Advanced Manufacturing and Computer Sciences faculties,
as well as the acclaimed Glass and Ceramics & Media and Communications courses.

The Campus features:

Glass Centre
The David Puttnam Media Centre
The David Puttnam Media Centre was specifically designed
for media teaching and is home to journalism, TV, video, radio
and new media production, film studies and cultural studies.
Students are able to take advantage of industry standard
equipment in 4,600m2 of studios, workshops and edit suites,
plus a 200-seat High Definition cinema.

107 Spark FM, our student-run community radio station,

operates from one of the six radio studios and the
David Puttnam Media Centre also boasts the mediaHUB, National Glass Centre
an innovative digital publishing and broadcasting space, The department of Glass and Ceramics is based in National
which runs like a modern news room and hosts BBC Glass Centre, a nationally recognised glass production and
Newcastle Journalists who work alongside our students. exhibition centre with world-class production facilities and
publicly accessible gallery spaces, with a programme of
international exhibitions and creative workshops and classes.
The David Goldman
Informatics Centre National Glass Centre is also the home of the Northern Gallery
for Contemporary Art and its critically acclaimed programme of
multi-media exhibitions.

The David Goldman Informatics Centre

The David Goldman Informatics Centre is an extraordinary space
with over 300 computer workstations, which has been described
as a ‘computing cathedral’; it’s home to Computer Science
(including Cyber Security), Engineering and Education & Society.

Reg Vardy Centre

Home to Business, Law and Tourism, the Reg Vardy Centre
The Prospect Building houses the University’s purpose-built Moot Court, a replica
At the heart of the Sir Tom Cowie Campus is Prospect Building, court for law students to demonstrate their knowledge of
which features the main campus library, catering, relaxation and the law and debating skills, as well as teaching and learning
quiet study areas, as well as a student support hub, The Gateway. spaces, group study areas and an airy café.

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The Sir Tom Cowie Campus

University of Sunderland in London

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Sunderland’s reputation as a dynamic, global University extends well beyond
the North East of England.

We are extremely proud to be one of the

largest recruiters of overseas students in the
UK. This creates a fantastically diverse student
population, and means that you’ll be studying
alongside – and perhaps making lifelong friends
with – students from over 100 countries.

When you study with us, you can be assured that

you are benefiting from decades of experience
of delivering life changing education to students
right around the world. The same high quality
courses offered in Sunderland are delivered
in a number of global locations too and this
international view of the world will be a critical University of Sunderland
element of your degree. in Hong Kong
We have a long and distinguished track record
of educating students from Asia and our links
with our Asian alumni are very strong. We are
enhancing these links by establishing a major
presence in this hugely influential region.

The University of Sunderland’s new campus in

the Central district of Hong Kong firmly places us
at the heart of one of the region’s most exciting
cities where we deliver a large range of business
and tourism courses. For more information visit:

Transnational education
around the world
University of Sunderland in London The University also works with over 18 educational
Situated right at the heart of London’s vibrant partners around the world to deliver our courses
financial district, next to the iconic Canary Wharf, to 6,695 students in a huge range of countries
our London facility offers courses in business, including Malaysia, Singapore, Trinidad and
management and finance, tourism, nursing and Tobago, Kenya and Vietnam.
health and English for Academic Purposes to UK,
European and International students. For more
information visit:

All international students studying at our Sunderland campuses are
guaranteed a room in university accommodation for the duration of
their course.
At the University of Sunderland we have four multicultural city, and it has a huge range of
student accommodation sites (including The Forge restaurants and speciality supermarkets.
U Student Village – working in partnership with
International students tell us that they
the University), which are all located within 1.5
want to make friends with UK students and
miles (2.5 kilometres) of Sunderland city centre.
experience UK life and culture, so we don’t
Living in university accommodation is convenient,
have separate accommodation for international
safe, cost-effective and a great way to make new
students – instead, you’ll have exactly the same
friends. All of our accommodation is covered by
experience as UK students. If you would like to
24/7 CCTV security cameras for your safety.
live with friends, we can arrange single culture
Living in Sunderland is great value for money, and accommodation on request. However, this will
the cost of our accommodation includes heating, depend on availability. You can choose to live
lighting, internet and personal possessions in a mixed gender, all-female or all-male flat.
insurance. There is a free campus bus service We are able to provide accommodation that has
which links all accommodation sites to both technology to support students who are deaf or
campuses, and a bedding pack (if required) is hearing impaired, and we have rooms, kitchens
available from your accommodation reception on and bathrooms which are easily accessible for
arrival which includes a pillow, pillowcase, duvet, students with physical and mobility impairments.
duvet cover and bed sheet. We can also help if you have any other requirements
such as agreeing to supply your own personal
Our accommodation is self-catered, and you will
fridge for storing medication. To ensure that this
have a fully furnished private single bedroom,
support is available we would suggest you make
and access to a shared kitchen, social areas, and
your requirements known on your accommodation
on-site laundry facilities. Cooking for yourself is all
application as soon as possible.
part of the fun of living at university, but you also
have a lot of meal options within the University Accommodation is available throughout
and the city. The University of Sunderland has a the year, including during holiday times.
wide range of food and drink in our food courts Our Students’ Union runs a society called
and cafés. We offer healthy eating choices that Connect, which organises events and
include daily vegetarian and halal options, and we activities during quieter times at the
are proud to have Fairtrade status in recognition University so there will always be friendly
of our commitment to promoting fair, ethical students and staff around.
and sustainable trading. Sunderland itself is a

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If you plan to live with your partner and/or children, you can
access our family and couple accommodation. At least one of
the couple must be a registered Sunderland student, and there
may be visa restrictions if you are coming to the UK from another
country. Family/couple accommodation is strictly limited and we
recommend booking as early as possible. If you are considering
bringing your partner or family to Sunderland you should contact
the Accommodation Office before making travel arrangements.

For more information about University of Sunderland

accommodation, and to see virtual tours of all our
accommodation sites, go to:

If you require further information or would like to speak to one

of the Accommodation Services team, we have a dedicated email
address for international students; where you are guaranteed a
response within 24 hours.

Tel: +44 (0)191 515 2943

The University of Sunderland’s student
accommodation is among the best in the world.
Awards our accommodation has won include:

• Top 10 in the UK – WhatUni Student Choice Awards 2015

• All University Halls finalist in the North East Student Hall
Housing Awards (NESHA) 2017

All our accommodation is also compliant with the University UUK

Student Accommodation Code (University Accommodation), ANUK
(The Forge U Student Village).

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(Self Catered and MIxed Halls)
Residences and Rent (All rents are subject to change)

Accommodation costs for 2018/19 will be confirmed on the website early in 2018 at





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ROOMS with private washroom NO NO YES YES

inc. Premium Rooms at The Forge
(showers in rooms)
£77.79 £78.95 TO £88.15 WASHROOM: ACCESSIBLE:
£95.50 TO £97.55 £76
X LARGE: £132.39 TO £135.14 £104
£77.79 £154.25 PREMIUM:

University accommodation internet is provided by StudentCom, options to upgrade to faster internet speeds are also available.
Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens

Roker Pier

Sunderland Marina

Souter Lighthouse

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Sunderland has everything you would expect from a major city: history, culture, arts and sport,
with the added benefit of being a city by the sea in one of the most beautiful parts of the UK.
Our people are also famous for being among the friendliest in the country.

Our city Theatre and music

Sunderland is a city with a warm heart and a great quality of If you’re a fan of musical theatre and West End shows, then
life. Set on the North East coast at the mouth of the River Wear, head to the Sunderland Empire – one of the largest theatres in
Sunderland has a rich heritage. There’s estimated to be around the North East – and if live music is more your thing there’s a
£1.5bn being invested over the next few years in Sunderland’s vibrant scene in the city centre’s independent bars and pubs.
regeneration work, with infrastructure improvements including
a new cable-stayed bridge over the Wear, investment in Sport
spaces for culture and performances, older buildings being The North East is passionate about sport and at the heart of it
redeveloped for modern uses and new office, hotel and retail is The Stadium of Light – the magnificent home of Sunderland
developments in the city centre - the future is looking bright. AFC, known locally by its loyal supporters as the ‘Black Cats’.
During football season you can watch a match there or take a
Sunderland’s 7th century St Peter’s Church was the residence tour with one of the knowledgeable guides all year round.
of Anglo-Saxon saint the Venerable Bede, and the Church
was also where the earliest surviving complete Latin version As you would expect being on the coast we have top class
of the Bible – the Codex Amiatinus – was written in the early water facilities at the Sunderland Marina and The Marine
8th century; the surviving copy is preserved in the Laurentian Activities Centre and there are excellent swimming facilities
Library in Florence. around the city, including Sunderland Aquatic Centre which
boasts the only 50m pool between Leeds and Edinburgh.
Arts and culture
Sunderland has a world of culture for you to Outdoor events
discover. Good places to start are the Sunderland Every year the city proudly hosts the Sunderland International
Museum & Winter Gardens, home to over 2,000 Airshow, the largest free airshow in Europe. Up to one
tropical plants and flowers; National Glass Centre, million people from across UK flock to Sunderland’s coastline
the only UK centre celebrating the history of between Seaburn and Roker to see a glorious display of plane
glassmaking and providing a world focus for acrobatics, including the RAF Red Arrows, one of the world’s
glass; and the Northern Gallery for Contemporary best aerobatic display teams.
Art, a place to experience exciting and cutting-
edge new art. And in 2018 Sunderland will host the prestigious Tall Ships
Races, a European maritime extravaganza. Once famed for its
And Sunderland’s cultural attractions have a great future too: shipbuilding prowess, the city is gearing up to welcome ships
new developments across the city include the renovation of the to the Wear again.
old Fire Station into a performance space and the regeneration
of the new Music, Arts and Culture Quarter and significant
heritage sites like Hylton Castle and Roker Pier are being
regenerated. Now is Sunderland’s time to stake a claim and
the city has submitted a first-stage bid to be UK City of
Culture in 2021.
The North East of England has one of the most
beautiful and varied landscapes in the UK, with Newcastle and Gateshead Quayside
striking coastlines, ancient forests and rolling hills.

A third of the North East is designated as an area

of outstanding natural beauty or a National Park,
and there are nine forests and over 50 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 world-
famous heritage sites Hadrian’s Wall, Lindisfarne
on Holy Island, and Durham Cathedral. Yorkshire – and all are easily accessible by train
or car. Whichever direction you take there will
be something incredible to fill your day.
Hadrian’s Wall
Travelling from Sunderland to many major cities
is easy. Taking the train to London takes just 3.5
hours, historic York is 1.5 hours away and you can
reach Edinburgh in Scotland in 2 hours.

Durham Cathedral

The time you spend at the University of

Sunderland will just about be enough to see the
highlights of this wonderful region. One day you
could be listening to the Northern Sinfonia at
Sage Gateshead, the next you could be exploring
the unspoilt beaches of Northumberland.

And getting around couldn’t be easier;

Sunderland is ideally placed to enjoy outdoor
activities such as cycling, walking or climbing
in Northumberland, the Lake District and North

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Bamburgh Castle

Sport is a way of life in Sunderland, and we provide you with the best possible opportunities
to watch, play, coach and study sport.
Anyone looking to get involved in sport, physical activity Join in the fun with our Clubs and Societies
and recreation has a huge array of opportunities available to
them. You can play a sport you already know, or try something We strongly encourage you to join a club or society when you
completely different, and it’s a great way to make new friends. come to the University of Sunderland. It is a great chance to
discover new talents and meet new people. Getting involved in
We have over 40 sports teams competing weekly in the clubs and societies is a great way to make friends with people
British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) Leagues, from across the world, and get the most out of university life.
as well as other competitions throughout the year. You can
follow the progress of all these teams through the We have more than 70 clubs and societies, and they’re all
University’s in-house sports media platform, SportsByte at: completely organised by students. To see the full list of clubs, go to:

If you’re serious about sport, the University funds talented For more information on our societies, go to:
individuals through the Elite Athlete scholarship scheme.
Our work in sports such as netball, football, futsal, basketball,
volleyball, swimming and tennis has seen a large increase in
Here’s a list of what’s on offer:
performance athletes and coaches coming to study in Sunderland. Aikido Jeet Kune Do
Sport at the University goes far beyond simply playing your chosen
Afro-Caribbean Society Judo
sport. Join the Sport Career Academy and access opportunities in
health and wellbeing, coaching, officiating, events and media. American Football Karate
Archery Kickboxing & Self-defence
CitySpace is the University’s iconic facility for sports, fitness
Badminton Kuwaiti Society
and social activity, and it offers something for every level and
ability. The newly refurbished fitness suite accommodates Basketball Law Society
state-of-the-art kit including cardiovascular, resistance and Business LGBT Society
plate loaded strength equipment. There is also a fully-equipped Cheerleading Malaysian Society (SUMAS)
sports hall, strength and conditioning room and an indoor Chinese Society Marine Adventure Club
climbing wall. CitySpace is also home to Team Sunderland,
Christian Union Netball
so you can watch National League volleyball, netball and
Cricket Pole Fitness
basketball. We also have a multi-use games facility at the
Sir Tom Cowie campus. Dance Rowing
Enterprise Society Rugby Union
Sunderland is a coastal city and many students enjoy surfing,
Equestrian Sikh Society
windsurfing, sailing and scuba diving. Sunderland’s Aquatic
Centre is the only 50m swimming pool between Leeds and Feminist Society Snow Sports
Edinburgh, and if you like climbing then the 23m high wall is Football Sub Aqua
the place to go. Futsal Swimming
If you prefer to watch sport, your choices include football in Gaelic Football Tennis
Sunderland, Middlesbrough and Newcastle, cricket at Durham Games Club Trampolining
County Cricket Club, basketball with Newcastle Eagles, and Golf Volleyball
rugby with Newcastle Falcons. Hockey Water Polo
Islamic Society
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“The University of Sunderland Nigerian

Society helps Nigerian students connect
at the University and within the local
“Since starting, the society has continued to grow
and provide great support for its members. The society
organises celebrations for key occasions such as the
Nigerian Independence day annually, the Annual
Awards and Dinner night where special recognition is
given for the accomplishments of Nigerian students.

“It was also a great achievement for the society to win

an award from the University for the ‘Best Society’ for
the 2015/16 academic year”.

Olugbenga Samuel Oyeniyi, from Nigeria

PhD Research Student (pictured above left)

One of the best things about being a student The Union also provides support to help make your learning

is the sense of belonging, and your Students’
Union is at the heart of this experience.
experience here excellent. This includes offering independent,
confidential advice to help you through the ups and
downs of university life. The Union coordinates the Student


Students’ Union membership is free and you are automatically
enrolled as a member as soon as you register on your course.
Representation system, and delivers training for Student Reps
empowering them to represent your views on academic issues
and always keeping your academic interests at the heart of
Your Students’ Union has students at its heart, and we pride
what we do.
ourselves on helping you make your university experience
valuable for life. Our team of elected student leaders are here The University of Sunderland Students’ Union is affiliated
to empower you, so you can play an active role in university life, with the National Union of Students (NUS), which means our
get the support you need while making friends and squeeze as students can access hundreds of student discounts through
much fun as possible out of your time here. NUS Extra. NUS Extra cards cost £12 a year, and offers many
shopping discounts both online and in store. The average
Whether you want to help raise money for charities, volunteer
student can save over £180 each year! For details visit
in the community, get elected and be involved in student Order your card online and it will be
democracy, take a leadership role in making positive change for
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course of Freshers Week events aimed at welcoming all new
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wide variety of student led activities including SU Communities,
which help you find like minded students and gives you access
to support and funding to make your community thrive.

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“The Students’ Union aims to enhance the
learning experience of all of our members, build
their confidence and connections and support
their wellbeing and happiness.
“I was elected by students to represent all of our members, shape
their university experience and represent them on a local and
national level. We believe that our members should have a say in
everything that we do. We act as your voice in the University, the
City and nationally.

“Whether it’s academic advice, campaigning and lobbying or just

general support, we at the Students’ Union aim to provide all
of the services which will help make your university experience
valuable for life.

“There are a number of ways for you to get involved with the
Students’ Union, whether that be through our events programme,
SU Communities, volunteering, union council or becoming one
of our coaches or buddies. We aim to provide all of our members
with the opportunities and support they deserve.

“Our door is always open and we love to talk to you about how
we can help you get the most out of your time here at Sunderland.
If you have any ideas or issues you wish to explore or you’d just like
to find out more information about who we are and how we can
support you, get in touch at”

Harry Chirnside
President of the University of Sunderland
Students’ Union

Some of the
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you‘ll ever get!
Going to university is a big decision Our Students’ Union has a great support structure in place for
for anyone, and we know that it’s a international students, organising a lot of social activities and
events to help you make friends and settle in to your new life here.
particularly important decision for our
international students. For more information about all student support and guidance
go to
Living in a new country, meeting people from different
cultures, learning new ways of studying: the time you spend Chaplaincy
at the University of Sunderland will be an unforgettable The University of Sunderland has a full-time Chaplain,
experience. It’s an exciting prospect, but if it feels slightly a friendly and helpful religious leader who supports students
daunting too, that’s OK – you’re not alone. and religious groups of all faiths and denominations.
There is also a larger Chaplaincy team which has representative
Sunderland is well known as ‘the friendly university’,
Chaplains for Islam, Sikhism, Buddhism, Catholicism and the
and that’s because we genuinely care about the wellbeing
Coptic Orthodox Church.
of all of our students. Our job is to make sure you have the
best possible experience at university, and so if you need any The University of Sunderland has an Interfaith Chaplaincy
support while you’re with us, we’ll do our very best to help you. Centre, and there is provision for prayer spaces at both of
our campuses. The Chaplaincy also offers practical information
Our professional support teams at The Gateway include
on the many religious groups and places of worship in the
Counselling, Careers, Disability Services, Financial Advice,
City of Sunderland.
Childcare and Health and Wellbeing. Each team is made up
of experts who can work with you to make sure you’re happy, For more information about the Chaplaincy go to:
healthy and safe throughout your time at university.

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The Chaplaincy team of Priests, Imams and faith advisers from

many traditions (Anglican, Catholic, Muslim, Coptic, Sikh, Buddhist
etc.) seek to support and welcome all our International Students.
Sunderland is an increasingly diverse city and our prayer
facilities on campus are a haven for reflection on faith and life.
Get involved with the active faith societies and make new friends
from all over the world.

Reverend Chris Howson

University Chaplain

Get Skills Ambassador Scheme you could offer a valuable insight into
You will be given professional career information, advice, university life for those considering higher education.
guidance and coaching to help you in graduate recruitment
Get Noticed
and selection processes – from CVs, covering letters and
Sunderland Futures encourages you to reflect and record your
application form writing to interviews and assessment centres.
experiences and skills gained within your studies and extra
A Professional Mentoring Scheme is available to all curricular activities. This enables you to apply for the Sunderland
current students and graduates up to three years after Professional Award (SuPA). This award demonstrates your value
graduation – connecting you to industry professionals to employers enhancing your CV and job prospects. By recording
from top employers in the country and our own university achievement and experience, you also gain a nationally valued
staff. These individuals will expertly give you insightful Higher Education Achievement Record.
advice and guidance to help you now and in the future.
Our unique offer to you:
An innovative four-day programme, called Leading Lights, Work Experience Opportunities
will give you the opportunity to learn the leadership qualities
(Volunteering, Career-Related Opportunities,
and attributes that many employers look for when recruiting
Placements and Internships)
In an increasingly competitive market, gaining work experience
Get Experience can play an important part in putting you ahead of the
We will help you find the right experience through paid competition when securing that all-important first job.
and voluntary work experience, internships and placements.
Volunteering and Career-Related Opportunities are a great
Gaining the right experience alongside your academic course
way to build up your experience, and develop valuable
is crucial to helping you get your dream graduate job.
work-related skills that we know employers are looking for.
Our Enterprise Place is the perfect place for students and The opportunities are flexible, varied and many local
graduates interested in setting up a business – providing businesses, charities and not-for-profit organisations greatly
practical support on how to succeed. We also know that value the skills and enthusiasm our students can offer.
our students are our best ambassadors, and with the Student

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“I knew I wanted to study a tourism related

degree, and so I researched universities
“I found that Sunderland performed really well in this
subject in the university league tables, and living in the
north east very much appealed to me.

“I’ve been fortunate enough to enjoy a varied placement

year at the Intercontinental London Park Lane Hotel as part
of my course, gaining valuable experience in a number of
different roles throughout my placement. I’ve been able to
apply theoretical knowledge to a real working environment
and develop my skills in communication, time management
and teamwork.

“My family encouraged me to study abroad and experience

a different education system to further my future career,
and I’m glad they did. Experiencing new cultures and foods,
and making friends from all over the world really excites
me, and it’s great to learn and exchange experiences and
ideas with new people. I’d encourage other students to
do the same; come to Sunderland and study in a brilliant
environment, meet friendly and professional staff, and enjoy
a wonderful social life.”

Lingjia Guan, from China

BSc (Hons) International Tourism and Hospitality

“I decided I wanted to set up my own
business in the second semester of my final
year at university, and made an appointment
with a careers advisor. He informed me
about the Enterprise Place, who have taught
me a great deal and made running my own
business a reality.
“The Enterprise Place offered me lots of helpful services,
including a six week course that I took whilst working on
my final project, covering everything from finance and
insurance, to business plans, invoices, and more. All of this
was new to me. I was also offered free office space
which I use twice a week, and one-to-one meetings with
business advisors.

“I now run my own UK based animation and design

company called Risk of Bear. I have joined forces with
another animator – a fellow graduate from the University
of Sunderland – to start our own animation studio together,
also with the support of the Enterprise Place. It is extremely
challenging, but it just makes it that much more rewarding
when things go right. Any mistakes fall on you, but so do
all the victories!”

Rosario Rivas Leal, from Argentina

Founder, Risk of Bear
BA (Hons) Animation and Design

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From short and long term projects, placements can play an advisers and mentors, networking opportunities and a
important part in putting you ahead of the competition and business planning course.
setting you off on your career. Research shows that more
International students can apply for a Tier 1 UK Graduate
than half of students who undertake a placement during
Entrepreneur Visa. Go to
their course get offered a job with their host company on
entrepreneur-visa/overview for further information.
graduation. Our placement team will support you in finding
the right company. Student Ambassador Scheme
Our Graduate Internship schemes offer an excellent way to As a Student Ambassador you can do paid work for the
take a step towards your graduate-level career. As an intern, University, helping with activities such as University of
you will be working for an organisation on a full-time basis Sunderland Open Days. It’s a great way of strengthening
and earn a wage of at least £17,000 pro rata*. You will your CV, and you’ll also be gaining an insight into how the
be working on projects under the guidance of a supervisor University runs and supports its students.
from the host company, as well as the University’s dedicated
Leading Lights
Internships Team. Many of our interns are later offered
Leadership potential is something employers have at
permanent positions with their host companies. An internship
the forefront of their minds when recruiting graduates.
is also a fantastic way to experience the type of career that
Discover the core skills it takes to be a leader within the
interests you and start building a network of professional
Leading Lights programme, where students learn from staff
contacts in your chosen career.
at some of the country’s leading businesses including
*Organisations must be UK Border Approved in order for Barclays, the BBC, John Lewis, Nissan and British Airways.
international students to be eligible.
University Language Scheme
Professional Mentoring Scheme With the University Language Scheme you can learn an extra
Sunderland’s Professional Mentoring initiative is designed language free of charge. You can take a University Language
to help you develop the work-related skills you will need to Scheme module as part of, or in addition to your degree, and it
realise your career ambitions. It draws upon the knowledge will appear on the transcript of results for your main course.
and expertise of some of the UK’s top employers, and your
Languages available in the University Language Scheme:
mentor will offer help and advice throughout your course to
make sure you are prepared for the future. French • German • Spanish • Mandarin
• Japanese • Arabic
You will be matched by career interest with mentors and take
part in one-to-one mentoring sessions, where you’ll develop If your first language is not English, you will need to have your
an understanding of the skills needed to be successful in the level of English assessed before you can take part.
world of work.
And there’s more
The Enterprise Place There’s a wide range of activities on offer to enhance your
Enterprising students who want to set up their own business university experience, CV and employability and in some cases
can get support within the University of Sunderland. they can be accredited as part of your qualification.

The Enterprise Place brings together entrepreneurs at all From working on the University’s Spark TV, Radio and
stages of their development and helps them to launch a Magazine, to building your own racing car with Formula
business. You can apply for membership which provides free, Student, there are numerous clubs and societies to sign up to.
professional workspace, support from specialist business
Helping you stand out from the crowd Supporting your career
The Careers and Employability Service will help you stand The Careers and Employability Service will help you to make
out from the crowd. We offer opportunities to gain paid informed career decisions, develop skills through work
and voluntary work experience during your course that will experience, understand the graduate recruitment market and
enable you to leave university with skills, experience and become effective applicants for work or further study.
attributes sought after by employers. We support you as you
Under Tier 4 Student visa regulations, international students
launch your graduate career and can advise you on your
studying on a degree or masters course can only work part-time,
career options, postgraduate study and self-employment.
which is no more than 20 hours a week. For more information
We offer: on the Tier 4 rules regarding working rights in the UK go to:

• Individual advice and guidance regarding your career

options and choices on-application-for-uk-visa-as-tier-4-student

• Opportunities Online, a web based vacancy service Using the Careers and Employability Service
advertising graduate jobs with regional and national – what’s in it for you?
employers and part-time and vacation student jobs Taking the time to research your career choices and develop a
career focus during your studies will help you make effective
• Opportunities to gain work experience and develop
applications for your ideal job in your final year.
employability skills with career-related opportunities and
volunteering Employers also value any work experience, whether it’s
part-time, voluntary or project-based work. Gaining work
• CV and application advice workshops and presentations
experience is a great way to develop employability skills such
– covering topics including looking for a job, creating a
as communication, problem solving, working with others and
CV and preparing for interviews
IT skills, and gives you examples of what you have done and
• Employer events including our annual Graduate achieved to use in your CV, applications and interviews.
Recruitment and Placement Fair
For more information on Sunderland Futures and
the Careers and Employability Service go to:

Study abroad
Studying abroad is becoming an increasingly important part
of students’ university courses across the globe, and many of
those students choosing to undertake a period of studying
abroad, choose to study in the UK.

Students can gain much from living in another country and,

at Sunderland, we do all we can to ensure that you receive a
• Extensive careers materials (including online resources) first-class education. We also give you extensive experience of
helping you discover the career options with your degree international, national and local culture, which further enriches
and how to make successful job and postgraduate your social, cultural and academic experiences.

• Access to free online resources including practice

aptitude tests and GoinGlobal, a resource advertising job
opportunities and internships across the UK and the world

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“I always knew I wanted go to another country.

I come from Watertown, South Dakota, a
fairly small town in a small state. I felt like
experiencing another culture and being on my
own so far away from home was something I
needed to do to grow and really put myself to
the test.
“At my home university, I study Studio Arts with an emphasis in
animation. However, I wanted one solid year where I could focus
on just animation, which led me to Sunderland. I believe I gained
a better sense of professionalism. I was able to make contacts in
my field, and in general expand my knowledge on how to make it
in the working world.

“Studying in another country was truly amazing. Everything here

is so different, but in the end the people are the same all over
the world.

“You should take part in Study Abroad, even if it scares you a

little, because it’s that slight fear that will change your life and
make your adventure that much more exciting. I can’t tell you
what exactly you will experience, that part is up to you, but I
can say no matter where you go or how long you stay there,
experiencing that culture is worth it.”

Miranda Schwanke, from the USA

On the Study Abroad programme

AcademIc lIfe
The University of Sunderland has a rich academic pedigree; we’ve been providing higher
education since 1901 and have over 140,000 graduates around the globe.
We’re also innovative and forward-thinking, having recently Expertise in your subject area
invested £10m in Hope Street Xchange, our new Centre for We have six Faculties covering a diverse range of subjects,
Enterprise and Innovation, which includes the region’s first from business studies, computing and engineering to nursing
FabLab. We’ve also opened the Living Lab to support the and pharmacy.
teaching and learning of our health sciences programmes,
including the recently opened School of Nursing. Already set You can be assured of a high-quality education at Sunderland
to expand into a newly renovated building, graduates from – we were awarded the Quality Mark by the Quality Assurance
the programme will help to meet the skills shortages in the Agency (QAA), which is only given to higher education
National Health Service and improve patient care. providers who have met or exceeded the UK expectations for
quality and standards in higher education.
Don’t just take our word for it – the University is ranked Silver
in the latest national Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF). Our academic expertise in a range of subjects is highlighted by
The TEF ranking acknowledges Sunderland’s excellent results from the latest Guardian League Tables:
engagement with employers in course development; students’ • The University has risen 38 places over the past two years
excellent professional practice through engagement with
industrial and community partners; academic support which • 5th in the UK for Nursing
is tailored to the individual student; and a culture of excellent
• 4th in the UK for Hospitality, Events Management and
teaching. Students also voted us the ‘Best University in the
North East’ in the WhatUni Student Choice Awards 2016
and 94% of our graduates are in work or higher level study • 4th in the UK for History for overall satisfaction with course
six months after graduation, according to the Destination of
We also perform very well in the National Student Survey (NSS)
Leavers from Higher Education Survey.
and are among the best in the country for how our students
Research excellence are assessed and supported with their assignments.
In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF), According to the latest NSS, 87% of our students feel they
which assesses the quality of research in all of the UK’s receive high quality teaching and 74% of students are satisfied
universities, ten areas were identified as having elements of with their assessment and feedback, which is above the
‘world-leading’ research: Pharmacy, Health and Wellbeing, national average.
Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering, Business, Social
Sciences, Education, English, History and Art, Design and Whatever your subject area, you are sure to find fantastic
Media. Three areas were identified as having elements of facilities, world-class research and deep academic expertise
‘internationally excellent’ research: Computing Software Big at Sunderland.
Data, Law and Music, Drama, Dance and Performing Arts.

All our research staff teach, so you will benefit from the
pioneering expertise our academics possess. This research is fed
into our teaching provision, which means that you will learn
the latest techniques and receive the most current information.
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Visit our website to learn more about the range of subjects you can study, read student stories and graduate case studies, read
interviews and opinions from staff, watch videos and much more:

Dr Sofianopoulou’s main research interests relate to the development, design
and implementation of solutions to business applications in Production
Planning and Control, Operational Research, Logistics and Supply Chain
Management, Optimal Design of Production Systems, Discrete Optimization
Methods and Discrete-Event Simulation. She holds a PhD and an MSc in
Operational Research from London School of Economics. Dr Sofianopoulou
lectured at the Athens University of Economics & Business, and was Professor
at the Department of Industrial Management & Technology at the University of
Piraeus in Greece. She has published more than 50 research papers in scientific
journals and conferences attracting more than 500 citations.

Dr Stella Sofianopoulou, Reader in Operations Management

Professor Peng’s research areas include Data Science, Artificial Professor Petrie was recognised for his contribution to glass
Intelligence and Machine Learning. His research has enabled and ceramics teaching and especially postgraduate support
the discovery of new biomarkers for melanoma, breast cancer with a National Teaching Fellowship from the Higher Education
and male infertility. He is the Chair for Big Data Task Force of Academy. He is a very experienced PhD supervisor and has
IEEE computational intelligence society, a member of Data worked with research students from the UK, Japan, Korea,
Mining and Big Data Analytics Technical Committee of IEEE, USA, and China. He has also examined PhDs in Denmark,
a member of the Technical Committee on Big Data of IEEE Australia, UK, and Sweden. He is Team Leader for Arts, and
Communications, and a member of Big Data Task Force of manages the academic team in the subjects of Glass and
China Information Industry Association. He is an associate Ceramics, Fine Art and Photography. As Professor of Glass and
editor for IEEE Transaction on Big Data, an editorial board Ceramics his particular interest is ‘blending’ printmaking and
member of Journal of Big Data Intelligence, and an academic glass and ceramics for creative use and critical writing in
editor of PeerJ and PeerJ Computer Science. glass and ceramics.

Professor Yonghon Peng Professor Kevin Petrie

Professor of Data Science Professor of Glass and Ceramics
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Professor Elmarakbi’s research interests focus on advanced Dr Faheem’s research interests focus on the use of
nanocomposite materials, graphene related materials, energy biodegradable nanoparticles for delivery and targeting of
conversion and storage systems, and multi-functional peptides, proteins and SiRNA with anticancer and antidiabetic
materials modelling and design. He obtained his PhD in properties. He graduated from the University of Tanta, Egypt,
Mechanical Engineering from University of Toronto, Canada. with a BSc (Hons) in Pharmaceutical Sciences, and then a
After successful postdoctoral fellowships in Canada and MSc in Pharmaceutical Technology. He gained his PhD in Drug
Japan, he moved to the University of Sunderland in 2007, Delivery and Targeting from London School of Pharmacy.
where he is currently Professor of Automotive Composites. He then undertook postdoctoral positions investigating drug
He has over 90 plenary lectures, invited talks, and delivery systems for pulmonary delivery of anticancer medicines
presentations and over 150 peer-reviewed research papers at University of Strathclyde, and for controlled delivery of HIV
and patents. He recently, produced two patents on novel microbicides at Queen’s University Belfast. Dr Faheem was
graphene-based nanocomposites and a book Advanced key to establishing a new School of Pharmacy at Ulster
Composite Materials for Automotive Applications: Structural University, where he was Course Director for MSc in
Integrity and Crashworthiness. He has extensive experience Pharmaceutical Sciences.
managing national and international projects with partners
from all over the world. Dr Ahmed Faheem
Senior Lecturer in Pharmaceutics
Professor Ahmed Elmarakbi
Professor of Automotive Composites

Sarah Dobbs is a novelist and short story writer. Her debut

novel Killing Daniel was nominated for the Guardian Not the
Booker Prize and shortlisted for the Cinnamon Press Novel
Award. She has a special interest in flash fiction, progressive
prose and hybrid forms; the boundaries of reality and fiction,
consciousness and narratology, and creative writing in the
community. She was a judge for the Word UK’s flash fiction
competition and is a peer reviewer for Short Fiction in Theory
and Practice. Sarah is editor of Prosegression: Journal of
Innovative Literature. She is the organiser of the University of
Sunderland/Waterstones Short Story Award.

Dr Sarah Dobbs
Lecturer in Creative Writing

Undergraduate Degrees and are usually made up of taught modules (lectures, seminars,
A full-time degree that leads to a qualification such as BA, practical work etc.), with a significant supervised project
BSc or BEng usually takes three years to complete, if you or dissertation at the last (Masters) stage of the award.
take a placement it will take four years. The MPharm also
Postgraduate Research Degrees
takes four years to complete. If you want more flexibility to
The University of Sunderland offers Research degrees for
your degree and can’t decide which course to study, you can
postgraduate study. Our research has been classified as
combine two different subjects in one degree. A Combined
‘world-leading’ and ‘internationally excellent’ in ten academic
Subjects degree is considered just as rigorous as a single
areas, by the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF).
subject degree, and some employers especially value the extra
Research degrees are the highest level of degree awarded by
flexibility and breadth that a Combined Subjects degree offers.
UK universities. If you want to research an area of interest, and
Postgraduate Degrees make an original contribution to existing knowledge, then a
Taught Masters programmes usually take a year to complete research degree provides the ideal framework to pursue your
if studied full-time, and are advanced level qualifications research aims. All of our research programmes are designed to
which are normally only studied after an undergraduate develop a deeper understanding through original investigation
honours degree. Masters programmes lead to an award and to generate new knowledge. Each degree is unique as it is
such as an MA, MSc or MBA, with typical interim awards of built around your personal research on a topic of your choice.
a Postgraduate Certificate and a Postgraduate Diploma,
We offer the following research degree programmes:

• Master of Philosophy (MPhil)

• Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

• Professional Doctorate (DProf) focuses on

work-based projects

• PhD by Existing Published or Creative Work. This route is

open to academics whose articles have been published

• Higher Doctorate – Doctor of Science (DSc), Doctor of

Letters (DLitt), Doctor of Technology (DTech) and Doctor of
Laws (LLD) are for people who are leading authorities in
their field of study

You will work closely with a supervisory team who will advise
and support you throughout your study.

We welcome applications from students with a wide variety of

backgrounds. Go to:

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We asked our students to share their experiences of
studying at the University of Sunderland.

“I have enjoyed the very practical approach

to learning. After each lecture we had
the chance to practice what we had just
been taught, a more pleasurable and
effective way of learning. The curriculum
is continuously evolving to match the
latest developments in the field and skills
employers want.
“At first I was a bit self-conscious about my English, but
realised that fellow students were going through the same
thing – it was a relief to know I wasn’t the only one.
The University is a very friendly and warm environment
which makes you feel welcomed right away and they
encourage students to meet, socialise and have fun.

“I did a placement year with Clicksco as a Junior Software

Developer which greatly improved my technical and social
skills. I gained experience that will give me an edge when
applying for future jobs.

“After graduation I have been offered a position at Unified

Software working on improving and adding features to
their existing products. At some point in the future I’d like
to study a Masters part-time.”

Raul Feresteanu, from Romania

BSc (Hons) Computer Science

“I really love Sunderland. It’s a very calm, convenient and
nice place for a student to stay focused on their studies.
I have made many friends from other countries, and we
support each other throughout our studies, and socially too.

“Cosmetic Science is a new course, and our lecturers are

very supportive and always willing to give advice and help
whenever we need it. I am really enjoying my time here.

“For now I’m going with the flow, but after graduation
I hope to work in Europe, and eventually create my own
brand of cosmetic products.”

Sabrina Baharin, from Malaysia

BA (Hons) Cosmetic Science

“Sunderland has given me the chance to meet great people “Step by step I’ve become more confident since coming to
from all over the world, from the United States to Nigeria. Sunderland. I’ve enjoyed the course, had a great chance
to improve my English and I have enjoyed swimming
“The tutors are very helpful and make the whole experience
and participating in various sports. I also took part in an
more interesting and enjoyable. The facilities are state-of-the-
International Fashion Show in my Foundation year. I would like
art, and the course itself is very hands on. I am writing for the
to try a lot of different things while I’m studying here.
University’s student news website, SRNews, and I am also a
production assistant on Made in Tyne and Wear on their news “When I graduate I would like to work in the publishing or
and current affairs show – The Week. advertising industry, making the most of what I have learned in
my degree. I couldn’t be any more excited for my next chapter
“I am having an amazing time, and I’m learning things I never
as an undergraduate student at Sunderland.”
imagined I would know in the first year of my degree.”
Yuno Kido, from Japan
Theofanis Pegkas, from Greece BA (Hons) English Language and Literature
BA (Hons) Broadcast Journalism

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Like many people, Levinia was initially confused about which Having already completed his MSc in Public Health at the
university she wanted to go to. University, Philip knew the University was the perfect place to
continue his studies.
“My instructors suggested that studying abroad would widen
my job prospects. So after comparing University rankings, He said: “I was taken by the University’s diversity, the rich
scholarships and tuition fees, the University came out on top. teaching and learning culture and it’s such a friendly city too.

“The lecturers are approachable and supportive – even if “The University is an ideal place for multidisciplinary research,
it is a personal issue. My course has given me the technical with supportive facilities, a conducive learning environment
knowledge to apply in practical situations, which, coupled with and a lively campus life. The research programme journey can
some fantastic help from the Careers and Employability Service, be a long and lonely one, but here at Sunderland you are never
has been instrumental in the fact that I have already secured a alone thanks to excellent supervisory support.”
graduate position in Cummins Turbo Technologies.
Philip Anyanwu, from Nigeria
“Sunderland helps you make the most of your degree, take PhD Pharmacy, Health and Wellbeing
on challenges, step out of your comfort zone and help change
your life.”

Levinia Mathews, from Kuwait

BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering

“I’ve enjoyed meeting and getting to know new people from

different cultures all over the world.

“I’ve really enjoyed giving presentations, which have improved

my research skills, my confidence and my communication skills.

“I work for The Housing Bank for Trade and Finance in Jordan,
who are sponsoring my Masters degree, so after graduation
I’ll return there.”

Ayah Aldohni, from Jordan

Masters in Business Administration

Money is always a big consideration when deciding your study The University of Sunderland also has an extensive scholarship
options. The good news is that the cost of an education at the scheme for international and EU students.
University of Sunderland is a value for money investment in
your future. Scholarships for overseas students from
outside the European Union (EU)
The University of Sunderland offers competitive fees for courses
If you are an international student on a foundation or
and these are guaranteed to stay the same for the duration of
undergraduate degree, you will receive a £1,500 scholarship in
your studies.
each year of your course. If you are an international student on
Sunderland is also one of the best value places to live in the a postgraduate degree, you will receive a £1,000 scholarship in
country, so you will find your money goes a lot further when each year of your course.
you are here.
Further details on this can be found by visiting:
From accommodation, transport costs and eating out,
Sunderland is significantly cheaper than many other parts of
the country, particularly the South East of England.
Scholarships for students from the European
Union (EU)
There is a free Campus Bus service for students which picks If you are a student from a country in the European Union (EU) you
you up from your accommodation and drops you off at either will have access to scholarships that you must apply for, and others
the City Campus or the Sir Tom Cowie Campus. The service that will be automatically awarded to you when you start. Visit
operates on a circular route throughout the day. for a full up-to-date list.
For more information go to: Go to scholarships-finance for further information.

Full International Tuition Fees for 2018/19 (for overseas students outside of the
European Union).
Full-time Undergraduate £11,000 £1,500 £9,500
Full-time Postgraduate Tier 1 Course £12,000 £1,000 £11,000
Full-time Postgraduate Tier 2 Course £12,600 £1,000 £11,600
Full-time Postgraduate Tier 3 Course £13,200 £1,000 £12,200
MBA £13,500 £1,000 £12,500
Research Fees £4,190 to £1,500 (only available to full-time, self- Price on
£12,250 funding students who are based on campus) application
Study Abroad Undergraduate – 1 Semester £4,250 No Scholarship £4,250
Study Abroad Undergraduate – 2 Semesters £8,500 No Scholarship £8,500
Study Abroad Postgraduate – 1 Semester £4,475 No Scholarship £4,475
Study Abroad Postgraduate – 2 Semesters £8,950 No Scholarship £8,950
English for Academic Purposes University Preparation Course A £3,600 No Scholarship £3,600
English for Academic Purposes University Preparation Course B £2,700 No Scholarship £2,700
English for Academic Purposes University Preparation Course C £1,800 No Scholarship £1,800
English for Academic Purposes University Preparation Course D £900 No Scholarship £900

European Union Students

Please visit our website for up-to-date information. For undergraduate students go to:
For postgraduate students go to:
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Here is an example of what you can expect to

pay in Sunderland for some of the essentials of
student life:

Average rent per week in

University of Sunderland halls of residence
(inclusive of heating, lighting and fuel) £78

Internet access in University Accommodation FREE

Personal Possession Insurance

included as part of the
accommodation package FREE

Campus Bus from University

Accommodation to campuses FREE

Happy hour Italian restaurant meal £5.95

Daily breakfast deal in CitySpace £1.70

Gym membership – the price you pay

each month is based on an annual
membership in CitySpace for students £10*

Cinema ticket (with student card) £6.50

*Terms and conditions apply.

Our list of courses are taught at undergraduate or postgraduate level. A typical undergraduate degree usually takes three years
to complete. However, if you have completed part of a bachelor degree elsewhere we offer advanced entry to a number of our
courses. For more information please contact your local representative.

For more detailed information on any of the courses shown in this prospectus, visit our website and key in the course ID number
into the ‘find a course’ search on our homepage at
PC Preparatory Course CPD Continuous Professional Development DL Distance Learning
UG Undergraduate CC City Campus
PG Postgraduate STC Sir Tom Cowie Campus


BTEC Diploma in Foundation Studies in Art and Design PC CID10 1 Year STC see page 46

BA (Hons) Art and Design Extended UG W908 4 Years STC see page 46

BA (Hons) Artist Designer Maker: Glass and Ceramics UG W260 3 Years STC see page 46

BA (Hons) Fine Art UG W100 3 Years CC see page 46

BA (Hons) Glass and Ceramics UG W266 3 Years STC see page 46

BA (Hons) Photography, Video and Digital Imaging UG W651 3 Years CC see page 46

MA Curating PG CID611 45 Weeks STC Tier 1*

MA Fine Art PG CID115 1 Year CC Tier 2*

MA Glass and Ceramics PG CID175 1 Year STC Tier 3*

MA Participatory Arts and Media PG CID1263 1 Year CC **

MA Photography PG CID179 1 Year CC Tier 2*

BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance (ACCA Exemption, CIMA Exemption)
1 Year – Twin Entry
BA (Hons) Accounting and Financial Management (Top-Up) UG NN43 Oct/Jan STC see page 46

BA (Hons) Banking and Finance (Top-Up) UG NN31 1 Year STC see page 46

BA (Hons) Business and Financial Management UG NN1H 3/4 Years STC see page 46

BA (Hons) Business and Human Resource Management (CIPD Accredited) UG NN1P 3/4 Years STC see page 46
3/4 Years –
BA (Hons) Business and Management UG NN2C STC see page 46
Twin Entry Sept/Jan
BA (Hons) Business and Marketing Management UG NN1N 3/4 Years STC see page 46

BA (Hons) Business and Marketing (Top-Up) UG NNC5 1 Year STC see page 46
1 Year – Twin Entry
BA (Hons) Business Management (Top-Up) UG NNC2 Oct/Jan STC see page 46

MSc Digital Marketing and Data Analytics PG CID1287 1 Year STC **

MA Integrated Marketing Communications PG CID1279 1 Year STC Tier 1*

1 Year – Twin Entry
MA International Management PG CID192 Oct/Mar STC Tier 1*

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MA Marketing PG CID674 1 Year STC Tier 1*

MBA (Enterprise and Innovation) PG CID1127 1 Year STC **

MBA (Finance) PG CID1028 1 Year STC **

MBA (Hospitality Management) PG CID1128 1 Year STC **

MBA (Human Resource Management) PG CID1030 1 Year STC **

MBA (Marketing) PG CID1029 1 Year STC **

1 Year – Twin Entry
MBA (Master of Business Administration) PG CID116 STC **
MBA (Supply Chain Management) PG CID1031 1 Year STC **
1 Year – Twin Entry
MBM Master of Business Management PG CID118 STC Tier 1*
MSc Finance and Management PG CID1167 1 Year STC Tier 1*

MSc Human Resource Management (CIPD Accredited) PG CID125 1 Year STC Tier 1*

MSc International Business Management PG CID1280 1 Year STC Tier 1*

MSc Operations and Logistics Management PG CID1281 1 Year STC Tier 1*

Extended Award MA/MBM/MSc PG CID1278 15 Months STC **

BSc (Hons) Applied Business Computing (Top-Up) UG G424 1 Year STC see page 46

BSc (Hons) Computing UG G400 3/4 Years STC see page 46

BSc (Hons) Cybersecurity and Digital Forensics UG FG45 3/4 Years STC see page 46

BSc (Hons) Computer Science UG G401 3/4 Years STC see page 46

BSc (Hons) Computer Systems Engineering (Top-Up) UG G602 1 Year STC see page 46

BSc (Hons) Games Software Development UG GG46 3/4 Years STC see page 46

BSc (Hons) Information Communication Technology (ICT) UG G420 3/4 Years STC see page 46

BSc (Hons) Network Computing UG G403 3/4 Years STC see page 46

BSc (Hons) Network Systems (Top-Up) UG GH46 1 Year STC see page 46

MSc Cybersecurity PG CID1267 1/2 Years STC Tier 3*

MSc Data Science PG CID1258 1/2 Years STC Tier 3*

60 Weeks –
MSc Information Technology Management PG CID131 STC Tier 2*
Twin Entry Oct/Feb
60 Weeks –
MSc Network Systems PG CID150 STC Tier 2*
Oct Entry
60 Weeks –
MSc Telecommunications Engineering PG CID867 STC Tier 2*
Twin Entry Oct/Feb

BA (Hons) Animation and Games Art UG W221 3 Years CC see page 46

BA (Hons) Fashion Product and Promotion UG WN25 3 Years CC see page 46

BA (Hons) Graphic Design (can also be taken as a 1 Year Top-Up) UG W214 3 Years CC see page 46

BA (Hons) Illustration and Design UG W215 3 Years CC see page 46

MA Design PG CID156 1 Year CC Tier 2*

Assessment Only Route to QTS CPD CID1099 6-12 weeks STC/DL see page 46

BA (Hons) Education Studies UG L9N8 3 Years STC see page 46

BA (Hons) English Education (11-16 yrs) with QTS UG XQ13 3 Years STC see page 46

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BSc (Hons) Mathematics Education (11-16 yrs) with QTS UG XG12 2 Years STC see page 46

BA (Hons) Modern Foreign Languages Education with QTS UG X330 3/4 Years STC see page 46

BA (Hons) Primary Education with QTS UG X122 3 Years STC see page 46

BSc (Hons) Physics with Mathematics (11-16 yrs) with QTS UG T53W 3 Years STC see page 46

MA Education (Generic) PG CID825 1 Year STC **

MA Education PG CID718 2/3 Years DL Tier 1*

MA International Education PG CID1033 2/3 Years DL **

PGCE Post Compulsory Education and Training (PCET) PG X341 1 Year STC **

PGCE Postgraduate Certificate in Education (Overseas) PG CID1032 34 Weeks DL **

PGCE Postgraduate/Professional Certificate in Education – School Direct Route also available in the subjects listed below: **

– Business with QTS PG N1X1 1 Year STC **

– Science with Biology with QTS PG C1X1 1 Year STC **

– Science with Chemistry with QTS PG F1X1 1 Year STC **

– Computer Science with QTS PG IX99 1 Year STC **

– Design and Technology with QTS PG W9X1 1 Year STC **

– English with QTS PG Q3X1 1 Year STC **

– Geography with QTS PG F8X1 1 Year STC **

– Mathematics Education with QTS PG G1X1 1 Year STC **

– Science with Physics with QTS PG F3X1 1 Year STC **

– Primary Education with QTS PG X100 1 Year STC **

Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) courses are Free. They are perfect for
Computer Science –
applicants who have a degree which is not specific to the subject you want to
teach. These courses prepare you for Initial Teacher Training by helping you to
PC Maths – CID509 8 – 24 Weeks Online /STC **
gain the depth of subject knowledge and skills you need to be able to teach
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your chosen subject. You may also be eligible for a SKE bursary to help with
Science – CID511
living costs whilst studying the course.

BEng (Hons) Automotive Engineering UG H3WF 3/4 Years STC see page 46

BEng (Hons) Electronic and Electrical Engineering UG H601 3/4 Years STC see page 46

BEng (Hons) Electronic and Electrical Engineering (Top-Up) UG H600 1 Year STC see page 46

BEng (Hons) Manufacturing Engineering (Top-Up) UG H700 1 Year STC see page 46

BEng (Hons) Manufacturing Engineering UG H701 3/4 Years STC see page 46

BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering UG H3W2 3/4 Years STC see page 46
60 Weeks –
MSc Engineering Management PG CID158 STC Tier 2*
Twin Entry Oct/Feb
MSc Manufacturing Engineering PG CID1255 1 Year STC Tier 2*
60 Weeks –
MSc Project Management PG CID133 STC Tier 1*
Twin Entry Oct/Feb

BA (Hons) English UG Q300 3 Years STC see page 46

MA English Studies PG CID143 1 Year STC Tier 1*

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MSc Environment, Health and Safety PG CID153 1 Year CC Tier 1*

MSc Environmental Management and Assessment (Health and Safety) PG (FT) CID876 1 Year DL Tier 1*

MSc Environmental Management and Assessment (Health and Safety) PG (PT) CID876 2/3 Years DL Tier 1*

MSc Health, Safety and Wellbeing PG CID1246 1 Year CC Tier 2*

Health and Clinical Sciences

BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science UG B940 3/4 Years CC see page 46

BSc (Hons) Nursing (Top-Up) UG B700 1 Year CC see page 46

BSc (Hons) Physiological Sciences UG B120 3 Years CC see page 46

BSc (Hons) Public Health UG B910 3 Years CC see page 46

MSc Nursing PG CID1083 1 Year CC Tier 2*

MSc Public Health PG CID722 1 Year CC Tier 2*

BA (Hons) History UG V101 3 Years STC see page 46

MA Historical Research PG CID1261 1 Year STC Tier 1*

Journalism and Public Relations

BA (Hons) Fashion Journalism UG P507 3 Years STC see page 46

BA (Hons) Journalism UG P500 3 Years STC see page 46

BA (Hons) Social Media Management UG P508 3 Years STC see page 46

BA (Hons) Sports Journalism UG P505 3 Years STC see page 46

MA Magazine Journalism PG CID920 1 Year STC Tier 1*

MA Journalism PG CID921 1 Year STC Tier 1*

MA Public Relations (CIPR Accredited) PG CID986 1 Year STC Tier 1*

MA Sports Journalism PG CID1075 1 Year STC Tier 1*

MA TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) PG CID472 1 Year STC Tier 1*

MA TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) PG CID625 1.5 Years DL **

BA (Hons) Business Law (Top-Up) UG M221 1 Year STC see page 46

LL.B Law UG M100 3 Years STC **

LL.M Law PG CID1252 1 Year STC Tier 1*

LL.M International Human Rights PG CID925 1 Year STC **

LL.M International Law PG CID1249 1 Year STC **

LL.M Legal Practice PG CID1254 1 Year STC **

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the most up-to-date course price.

LL.M Criminal Law and Procedure PG CID671 1 Year STC **

LL.M Commercial Law and International Trade PG CID1248 1 Year STC **

BA (Hons) Digital Film Production UG W612 3 Years STC see page 46

BA (Hons) Film and Media UG PW36 3 Years STC see page 46

BA (Hons) Mass Communications (Top-Up) UG P391 1 Year STC see page 46

BA (Hons) Media, Culture and Communication UG PP39 3 Years STC see page 46

BA (Hons) Media Production UG HP63 3 Years STC see page 46

BA (Hons) Screen Performance UG W600 3 Years STC see page 46

MA Film and Cultural Studies PG CID172 1 Year STC Tier 1*

MA Media and Cultural Studies (dissertation stage only) PG CID351 1 Year STC **

MA Media and Cultural Studies (dissertation stage – overseas off campus) PG CID351 6 Months DL **

MA Media Production (Film and Television) PG CID212 1 Year – Feb Entry STC Tier 2*

MA Radio PG CID352 1 Year STC Tier 2*

Performing Arts
BA (Hons) Dance/Drama/Music (Top-Up) – subjects listed below

– Dance UG W501 1 Year CC see page 46

– Drama UG W400 1 Year CC see page 46

– Music UG W301 1 Year CC see page 46

BA (Hons) Performing Arts UG W430 3 Years CC see page 46

Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Science

BSc (Hons) BioPharmaceutical Science UG F100 3/4 Years CC see page 46

BSc (Hons) Cosmetic Science UG B3R5 3/4 Years CC see page 46

MPharm UG B230 4 Years CC see page 46

MSc Drug Discovery and Development PG CID995 1 Year CC Tier 2*

MSc/PgDip Pharmaceutical Sciences for the
PG CID1035 1 Year CC Tier 2*
Overseas Pharmacist Assessment Programme
MSc Pharmaceutical and BioPharmaceutical Formulations PG CID1101 1 Year CC Tier 2*

BSc (Hons) Psychology UG C800 3 Years STC see page 46

BSc (Hons) Psychology with Counselling UG C8BX 3 Years STC see page 46

MSc Psychological Research Methods PG CID1108 1 Year STC Tier 2*

MSc Psychology PG CID210 1 Year STC Tier 1*

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Social Sciences
BA (Hons) Childhood Studies (0-11 yrs) (Non QTS) UG X310 3 Years STC see page 46

BA (Hons) Community and Youth Work Studies UG L522 3 Years STC see page 46

BSc (Hons) Criminology UG M930 3 Years STC see page 46

BSc (Hons) Health and Social Care UG L510 3 Years STC see page 46

MSc Practice Development PG CID1238 1 Year STC **

BA (Hons) Social Work UG L500 3 Years STC see page 46

BSc (Hons) Sociology UG L300 3 Years STC see page 46

Postgraduate Certificate in Early Years Teaching (Overseas) CPD CID1208 34 Weeks DL **

MA Social Work PG CID1191 2 Years STC **

Sport and Exercise Sciences

BA (Hons) Physical Education and Sports Coaching UG C6G2 3 Years CC see page 46

BSc (Hons) Exercise, Health and Fitness UG C609 3 Years CC see page 46

BSc (Hons) Sports Coaching UG CX6C 3 Years CC see page 46

BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Sciences UG C601 3 Years CC see page 46

MSc Sport and Exercise Sciences PG CID1081 1 Year CC Tier 1*

BSc (Hons) International Tourism and Hospitality Management UG NN28 3/4 Years STC see page 46
1 Year – Twin Entry
BSc (Hons) International Tourism and Hospitality Management (Top-Up) UG NN82 STC see page 46
BSc (Hons) Tourism Management UG N802 3/4 Years STC see page 46

BA (Hons) Events Management UG N820 3/4 Years STC see page 46

MSc Tourism and Events PG CID916 1 Year STC Tier 1*

MSc Tourism and Hospitality PG CID918 1 Year STC Tier 1*

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After graduation you become part of the students and supporting bursaries and scholarships through
University’s Alumni Association, which the Futures Fund.

provides a global network of over 140,000 Our online community enables you to engage no matter
former students in 32 countries. where you are based in the world. You will benefit from careers
advice, mentoring, professional development and access to
You will be able to access alumni branches in places such as
the University’s academic expertise. By staying involved you
Hong Kong, Malaysia, Nigeria, China, Singapore and Greece,
can also keep in touch with friends and your department.
among many others. These run a number of in-country events
Our alumni go on to great things and so will you.
with the University providing you with an opportunity to extend
your professional network. Alumni also continue to support the
University by acting as ambassadors, giving careers advice to

The customIsed Awards
This innovative scheme provides a new concept in learning
which allows you to customise a course to your personal
development aspirations or career aims. The scheme offers
both undergraduate and postgraduate routes of study.

This scheme is suitable if you wish to specialise in a subject or

subjects where a named single honours or Combined Subjects
programme does not exist. The title of your award will be
negotiated. Alternatively, you might wish to experience a range
of subjects and achieve a degree in Customised Studies.
Each course of study is individually constructed to ensure that
it has academic integrity and coherence.

Recent examples of named customised degrees include:

• MA Applied Linguistics and TESOL

• BSc (Hons) Sports and Exercise Studies

• BA (Hons) TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers As a student on the Customised Awards Scheme you have
of Other Languages) access to the full range of university services and facilities and
your course is supported by the Scheme’s academic team as
• BA (Hons) English Language and Linguistics and
well as individual subject staff.
Film Studies
For further information please contact the
• BA (Hons) English Language Studies
Student Helpline on +44 (0)191 515 3000 or email
• BA (Hons) MFL Spanish with Drama or
Freda Cook (CAS Scheme Leader) on +44 (0)191 515 3895
• BA (Hons) MFL Spanish
or email
• BA (Hons) Education Studies

The Customised Awards Scheme can also be used to take one

module or a selection of modules from a wide subject base as
an introduction to higher education. You might choose to take
a module for pleasure, for example a language. You might need
to take a selection of modules for professional development
in your workplace or you may wish to simply enhance your
academic knowledge.

Academic qualifications Please note: not all English Language requirements are not
The University recognises all internationally accredited listed. For further information please contact the Student
qualifications. Each application is considered on its own merits Administration Office: +44 (0)191 515 3154.
and we give careful consideration to other factors such as work
How to apply
and life experience.
For postgraduate and direct entry courses, apply directly to
To be considered for an undergraduate degree course it is the University via the online apply link or contact your local
necessary to have the equivalent of a minimum of two UK office or agent in your home country.
General Certificate of Education (GCE) Advanced Level passes.
Applying directly to the University:
Please see individual course information on the website for
more detail. 1) Go to and search for your course
at the top of the course page and click on ‘Apply Now’.
You can also apply for advanced entry to an undergraduate
course (for example, level 2 or 3) if you have a diploma 2) Follow the step-by-step guide through to completing your
equivalent to one or two years of a UK honours degree in online application form.
a relevant subject.
3) Once you have completed this, you will be given a unique
For postgraduate courses you need to have a degree Personal ID number so you can be kept up-to-date with any
equivalent to a UK honours degree and, in some cases, developments in your application process.
relevant work experience.
Disability and Specific Learning Difficulties
English language requirement If you have a disability or have a specific learning difficulty
If English is not your first language, you will be required to you should contact the Student Support Services:
demonstrate evidence of having achieved a score of 6 overall Tel: +44 (0)191 515 2952
in the International English Language Testing Scheme (IELTS)
with all element scores at 5.5 or higher. Please note: some
courses require a higher level of English language – read the The University encourages you to declare any health or
course description carefully to see if this applies to your wellbeing issues or disabilities in order to allow the University
chosen course. to consider how best to support you, and whether any
reasonable adjustments are required prior to you commencing
An alternative approved Secure English Language Test (SELT)
your course.
and the University’s recognised English language qualifications/
tests (as approved by the University’s Academic Board) are also
accepted if the applicant’s element scores are equivalent to
those required for IELTS.

If you are applying for a pre-sessional English Language course

you must take your IELTS exams at an approved UKVI test
centre listed on the UKVI website –

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Options available:
• Alternative programme/level
• ONCAMPUS Sunderland




Applying for a visa to study in the UK For more information about the immigration process:
The UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) rules are controlled by UK Visas and Immigration
a Points-Based System (PBS). Tier 4 is specifically for students
coming to the UK to study. All new non EEA/EU/Swiss National UKCISA (Council for International Student Affairs)
students wanting to study in the UK are required to apply for
entry clearance under Tier 4.
Study abroad
To apply for a Tier 4 visa, you will require a Confirmation of If you are coming to study on the course as part of your degree
Acceptance for Studies (CAS) letter together with the original from an overseas institution, and the period of time that you
copies of all supporting documents. CAS letters are only valid will be studying in the UK is six months or more, you will need
for six months and you cannot apply for a visa earlier than a Tier 4 (General) Student Visa. You will receive a Confirmation
three months before your course starts. of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) letter which you will need to
submit with your visa application.
When your visa is issued, it will be to study at the University
of Sunderland and your visa will show the University’s Sponsor If you are studying with us for one semester only then you can
Licence Number. Should you wish to study at an alternative enter the UK as a Short Term Student. You don’t need a
higher education institution in the UK, you will be required to Tier 4 (General) Student Visa to study with us for one semester.
apply for and obtain a new visa for the institution concerned You may, however, need to obtain entry clearance or apply for
before you would be allowed to enrol. your Short Term Student permissions before you come to study.

Under the UKVI regulations, the University of Sunderland will Please check the UKVI website for more information about
be required to report any student who obtains entry clearance visa requirements.
on the basis of our offer but does not enrol at the start of
their programme. Students who enrol at the University of
Sunderland but later decide to withdraw, interrupt or suspend
their studies, or who fail to attend their classes for significant
periods, will also be reported to the UKVI.

Pre-university or Preparatory Courses courses starting between September to November for those
students who wish to start a degree in January. A detailed
English outline is on the website at:
If you do not have the necessary English qualifications or international/entry-language-requirements/
would like to build on the qualifications you do have, then you
can study English for Academic Purposes (EAP) in the months If you study on any of these courses then you can stay in
before your degree course begins. university accommodation and you are also granted full
university status which allows you to access all of the
English for Academic Purposes – University’s excellent facilities and services (e.g. library,
pre-sessional courses internet access).
This scheme of short intensive programmes provides you with the
We also offer high levels of personal care and support ensuring
language skills required to succeed in higher education in the UK.
that you can focus on your studies and achieve your potential.
Classes focus on the development of skills to use English for
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study and research purposes, for example: note taking, study for the latest details.
techniques, seminar skills, writing essays and reports, planning
research projects, making presentations, individual study and English for Academic Purposes –
group work. Running alongside all EAP classes is our Social in-sessional provision
and Cultural Awareness programme. You will study issues We also provide English for Academic Purposes (EAP) and English
of international, national, regional, and local importance via for Business Purposes (EBS) classes to support you during your
lectures, workshops and field trips to places of interest. studies at the University of Sunderland.
If you are applying for full-time study then you are recommended More detailed information can be found on the website at
to complete one of our four EAP University Preparation courses and key in the course code
to get the most out of your degree studies. Courses start CID897. This course is free to those students who are already
between April-August and end in September and October for registered on one of our courses.
September/October degree course start dates. There are also

English for
Academic Purposes
Course A Course B Course C Course D
pre-sessional courses

Overall IELTS
or (Element) at:
IELTS 4.0 (3.5) IELTS 4.5 (4.0) IELTS 5.0 (4.5) IELTS 5.5 (5.0) Undergraduate
or Postgraduate
Course Length 20 Weeks 15 Weeks 10 Weeks 5 Weeks Degree Overall
IELTS 6.0, with a
Summer Start April/May May/June June/July July/August minimum 5.5 in
each Element*
Winter Start N/A September October November

Course Fee £3600 £2700 £1800 £900

*Some courses require higher IELTS requirements please see website for more details.

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ONCAMPUS Sunderland ONCAMPUS is situated on the University’s City Campus

ONCAMPUS Sunderland is part of Cambridge Education where you’ll have full access to the University’s teaching
Group, which has been preparing international students for and social facilities and can enjoy getting involved in
the UK’s leading universities since 1952 and was the UK’s first clubs and societies.
private provider of university foundation programmes.
For more information about all of these programmes, please go to:
The University of Sunderland works in partnership with
ONCAMPUS to deliver high quality preparation programmes
Students can access their chosen degree by studying
for students starting their university education.
the relevant pathway programme for them:
These programmes offer guaranteed progression* to some
Undergraduate Foundation Programme
of the University’s degree courses if you do not meet the
Guaranteed progression* to Year 1 of a wide range of
academic and/or English Language requirements to enter your
undergraduate degrees or the International Year One in Business
chosen degree course directly.
and Management. The following pathways are offered:
These comprehensive 25-hour week academic and English
• Business
programmes prepare you thoroughly for the demands of a UK
degree. Studying on one of these programmes you’ll benefit • Humanities and Social Sciences
from highly trained, experienced staff and a personal tutor
• Engineering and Physical Sciences
will be assigned to you with who you’ll have regular tutorial
meetings to ensure successful progress on your course. • Life Sciences
There are a number of different programmes available, Starts: September or January
including Undergraduate Foundation, International Year Terms: 3
One and Master’s Foundation. English entry level: from 4.5 IELTS or equivalent

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International Year One in Business

Guaranteed progression* to Year 2 of selected Business degrees. YOUR ROUTE TO A
September or January
3 or 4 terms
English entry level: from 5.0 IELTS or equivalent ONCAMPUS Programme
University of Sunderland Course
Master’s Foundation Programme
Guaranteed progression* to a wide range of Master’s degrees. Master’s
Starts: January, April, June or September
Undergraduate Pathways
Terms: 1, 2 or 3 terms, subject to your level
of English on entry and the level Degree Year Three Degree Year Three Foundation
required to progress onto your
Degree Year Two Degree Year Two
chosen Master’s degree.
English entry level: from 4.5 IELTS or equivalent Degree Year One
Students with IELTS 4.0 can take a 4 term programme from Year One
June or September.
English Language Programmes are available from 4.0 IELTS Foundation
or equivalent.

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*Guaranteed progression is subject to meeting the English Language Preparation

specified entry criteria for each university course.

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transforming how business is done
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“I am working in the field of Support Delivery
Management at Microsoft, moving our
customers to the cloud in addition to planning
with customers how I can help them reach their
business goals.

“I applied to Sunderland as the course had the

right combination of business and computing
that I needed to further my career. I needed a
solid understanding of technology, and business
skills to organise, operate and manage systems.

“Studying in the UK taught me a lot. I learnt to

manage my time, and how I studied. It really
gave me the skills to be able to fit into different
roles in a multinational company.

“What I learnt at Sunderland is that you need

to collaborate and network to succeed, and that
technology is the future.

“I believe now that I can learn anything.”

Abdelmoniem Hassan, from Egypt

Senior Technical Account Manager,
Microsoft Egypt
BSc (Hons) Applied Business Computing

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excellent choice of courses led Jia Li
(Jess) Wong to travel to Sunderland
to study advertising and design.
Graduate Jess Wong, who now works as a
copywriter at Leo Burnett in Kuala Lumpur,
explained her time at the University of
Sunderland gave her a refreshing perspective
on learning that helps her daily in her career.

She said: “I’d always wanted to experience life

abroad because I believe in pushing myself
out of my comfort zone and I thought being
exposed to different cultures would open my
mind and help me become a better learner.

“There’s such a friendly, supportive environment

at the University of Sunderland and the
course I did has definitely helped to shape my
thinking, which is an indispensable skill in my
day-to-day role as an advertising creative.”

Jess Wong, from Malaysia

Copywriter at Leo Burnett, Malaysia
BA (Hons) Advertising and Design

“Graduating with a degree from Sunderland
allowed me to go to London to continue my
Masters Degree in International Business and
Management. After that I was offered a job
as a Business System Analyst at the world’s
largest oil and gas company, Saudi Aramco,
in the Domestic Joint Ventures Department.
Without the University of Sunderland I would
not be where I am right now.
“The University helped develop my knowledge and skills
thanks to its amazing tutors, who are industry professionals.
They have so much expertise and enthusiasm; they were
extremely friendly and helpful all the way through my course.

“The whole place is full of inspiration. I’m not surprised that

Business at Sunderland was voted best in the North East for
Student Satisfaction (Sunday Times University Guide 2014).

“Sunderland is a place for new opportunities that you never

thought could be possible. It gave me valuable time to really
think about my future and prepare for success.”

Ahmed N. Al-Nasr, from Saudi Arabia

Business System Analyst, Saudi Aramco
BA (Hons) Business Management

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“I chose the University of Sunderland

because of its facilities and its connections
with industry. I enjoyed my course which
was very technical and practical, and the
facilities allowed me to turn my designs into
a reality. The general support, standard of
lectures and workshops was at a high level.
“I loved that Sunderland is close to the coast, and Newcastle
and Durham. I made friends with other international
students and learnt about different cultures. The Students’
Union’s sport and night life allowed me to socialise with
people outside of my course.

“A highlight of my studies was undertaking my work

placement in motorsport. This provided me with a clear
direction, and the desire to pursue a career as a Design
Engineer in motorsport.

“I now specialise in chassis design for F1 cars.”

Thomas Cepe, from Czech Republic

Composite Design Engineer, Ferrari F1,
Modena, Italy
BSc (Hons) Automotive Design and Technology

Dr Andrew Singleton has come a long way
from the labs of Sunderland. He is now
Chief of the Laboratory of Neurogenetics at
the National Institute of Aging, USA, leading
one of the world’s top research teams in
Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease.
“Sunderland felt like a very supportive place - the faculty
wanted you to do well.

“The University set me up with a job in a lab in

Newcastle working for the Medical Research Council on
the genetics of Alzheimer’s disease. I went back to this
lab after finishing at Sunderland and pursued a PhD in

Now Dr Singleton runs one of the world’s most advanced

research labs. He is a Scientific Advisor for The Michael
J Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, and on the
Scientific Advisory Board of the Lewy Body Dementia

“I’m incredibly proud of my lab, the people working in it

and what we’ve achieved over the last decade. And I am
very thankful for the opportunities Sunderland gave me at
the start of my career.”

Dr Andrew Singleton, from the UK

Chief, the Molecular Genetics Unit
Health and Clinical Sciences Graduate

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“My Chinese university had an exchange

relationship with Sunderland, and I thought
it was a good opportunity for me to go
abroad. I didn’t have any particular career
plan in my mind, but my module leader
encouraged me to pursue a career in Human
Computer Interaction, which proved to be
the perfect fit for me.
“My lecturers were supportive and approachable. My English
was rather poor when I joined the University of Sunderland,
but the lecturers were patient and I never felt nervous about
asking them questions. I also made lots of friends from
different nationalities while I was studying here – and the
wonderful beach and seafood are another added bonus for
food lovers!

“I’m now Senior User Researcher in Government Digital

Service. I’m currently leading research on the Digital
Marketplace, which aims to make Government procurement
easier, equal and transparent.

“At Sunderland I learnt to be resourceful – not to hesitate to

ask for support, and to reach out to experts in my field.”

Tingting Zhao, from China

Senior User Researcher,
Government Digital Services,
The Cabinet Office
PhD Human Computer Interaction

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