The University is made up of four academic departments known as Faculties:
- Faculty of Applied Sciences (contact details)
- Faculty of Arts, Design and Media (contact details)
- Sunderland Business School and Sunderland Law School (contact details)
- Faculty of Education and Society (contact details)
Faculties are responsible for teaching and learning, academic development and research, and working with partners in business and industry.
The University has seven Services which administer all non-academic activity within the institution: