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Postgraduate study

It's never been more affordable to advance your career with a postgraduate course. Find out how postgraduate study can help you increase your earnings and secure your dream job:

Taught Masters

A taught Masters degree (normally an MA, MSc or MEd) is an award granted on the basis of an individually initiated and registered research programme. The programme is built around a supervised thesis on a substantial piece of work, which may need to show evidence of originality and contain material worthy of publication. It also involves an element of research training through generic courses and taught modules and/or courses.

Research degrees

The University of Sunderland offers Taught Masters and Research degrees for postgraduate study. Our research has been classed as 'world leading' in 10 subjects and 'internationally excellent' in an additional three subjects, by the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF). All our research programmes are designed to develop deeper understanding through original investigation and to generate new knowledge.

Reasons to study a postgraduate course

  • Master your skills

    Specialise in an area of interest and enhance your skills and knowledge. By having a postgraduate qualification, you will stand out in the highly competitive graduate jobs market.

  • Advance your career

    A postgraduate qualification enhances your employability and increases your career opportunities. Employers value the range of skills that you acquire from a higher level of intensive learning.

  • Increase your earnings

    You can expect to earn an extra £5,500 per year by having a postgraduate degree, according to a report carried out by the Sutton Trust.

  • Change of career

    Postgraduate study presents the ideal opportunity to embark on a new career. Advantageously, more and more postgraduate courses are being taught part-time, which means you have the flexibility to fit your studies around other commitments.

  • Government loans for postgraduate study

    If you’re starting a Masters from September 2016 you may be entitled to a government-backed loan of up to £10,000, and there’s no need to start making repayments until you’re earning £21,000 or more.

  • Academic expertise

    Research at Sunderland has been classified as ‘word leading’ and ‘internationally excellent’ in ten academic areas, by the latest Research Excellence Framework, including: Business, Engineering, Education, English, Art and Design and Media.

  • Alumni discount and overseas scholarships

    All alumni undertaking a full-time taught postgraduate course will benefit from a postgraduate study discount of £750. All international students studying a taught postgraduate course will be awarded a £1,000 scholarship (£1,500 for research degree students) in each year of study.

  • Internship opportunities

    The Graduate Internship Scheme offers an excellent way to begin your graduate-level career. As an intern, you will be working for an organisation on a full-time basis and will earn a wage of at least £17,000 pro rata.

  • Dedicated support network

    Our approachable support team can help you with everything from how to manage your finances to accessing our free and confidential Health and Wellbeing Service. Whatever support you need, you’ll find it at Sunderland.

  • Accommodation

    The University of Sunderland was ranked top 10 in UK for Student Accommodation – Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2015. Our rent prices are among the cheapest in the UK to include heating, lighting, water, fuel, wifi and personal possessions insurance. We have a selection of self-catered accommodation for you to choose from, all located within 1.5 miles of the city centre.

Student stories

Tom Chittenden Media Production case studyMA Media Production graduate Tom Chittenden landed a dream job as an Assistant Editor on Coronation Street shortly after graduating from the University of Sunderland.

“I was already working for ITV and decided an MA would improve my media production skills. I was also eager to gain a qualification that would enhance my career.‌

“The University offers some of the best facilities I've seen in the eight years I've been working in the television industry. I was very impressed by the variety of professional industry-standard equipment offered and I was able to explore new methods of media production. Using a Steadicam for the first time was a lot of fun!

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