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The life changing University of Sunderland has 20,000 students based in campuses on the North East coast, in London and Hong Kong and at its global partnerships with learning institutions in 15 countries. We are proud of our long-established commitment to widening participation, our world-leading research, public and private sector collaborations and our track-record for providing quality student experiences that result in graduates who are the tomorrow-makers of our societies and economies.

We are proud to be shortlisted as University of the Year for 2021, the leading category in the annual THE – Times Higher Education – awards. Our commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion was reinforced recently when we were named University of the Year for Social Inclusion (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021) and our We Care programme picked up the Widening Access Initiative (Retention and Progression) Award at the 2020 NEON awards.

In March 2018, we were successful in our bid to open a new School of Medicine. With a track-record of excellence in medical education spanning almost 100 years, the University is now well-placed to address the chronic shortage of doctors in the North East.


Percentage of graduates in employment or further study within six months (based on UK undergraduate students).

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Total number of students at the University.

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International students make up 36% of our student population.

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156 nationalities are represented by our student population.

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The university has invested over £130 million in the last 20 years.

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93.4% of our graduates are in employment or further study within six months of graduating, according to DLHE 2016/17 (based on UK undergraduate students).

95.3% of postgraduates are in employment or further study within six months of graduating, according to DLHE 2016/17 (based on UK postgraduate students).

Our students graduate with more than just an academic qualification; they have a CV full to bursting with the essential extra-curricular skills and experience needed to get ahead in their career. This is reflected by how many of our graduates go on to secure employment or further study after leaving us.

Read more about where a University of Sunderland degree has taken our students in our student case studies.

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Level Enrolments
Undergraduate courses 15,153
Postgraduate taught courses 4,028
Postgraduate research courses 350
Grand Total 19,531

For more information, download our Facts and Figures 2018/19 (.xlsx) document.

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International students make up 36% of our student population:

  • 64.5% of our students are classified as Home/EU
  • 35.5% of our students are classified as Overseas


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Grand Total


For more information, download our Facts and Figures 2018/19 (.xlsx) document.

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Nationality Enrolments
British 8160
Malaysian 1448
English 1353
Uzbek 987
Romanian 793
Hong Konger 779
Chinese 754
Nigerian 358
Indian 294
Sri Lankan 287
Bulgarian 252
Vietnamese 249
Greek 231
Bangladeshi 194
Portuguese 186
Canadian 183
Botswanan 171
Irish 157
Cypriot (European Union) 156
Polish 129
Pakistani 128
Singaporean 117
Kuwaiti 116
Italian 106
Kenyan 83
Egyptian 78
German 77
American 76
Lithuanian 75
Ghanaian 67
French 64
Trinidad and Tobago 61
Zimbabwean 49
Hungarian 44
South African 43
Congolese (DRC) 43
Spanish 42
Filipino 42
South Korean 38
Czech 37
Jordanian 36
Dutch 36
Scottish 35
Yemeni 34
Indonesian 33
Sudanese 31
Australian 30
Thai 27
Sierra Leonean 26
Maldivian 25
Syrian 24
Russian 24
Taiwanese 23
Omani 23
Saudi Arabian 22
Burmese 21
Iraqi 21
Ugandan 21
Slovak 21
Less than 20 511

In addition, the University of Sunderland has between 1-19 students from a further 90 countries.


The University’s facilities are undoubtedly among the best in the UK. Almost £130m has been invested in our two campuses over recent years.

The £12m sports and social facility at CitySpace, £14m Sciences Complex, £6.5m transformation of Priestman Building, and the newly opened Hope Street Xchange – home to FabLab Sunderland, the North East’s first digital fabrication laboratory and the Enterprise Place – are just a few highlights of our outstanding campuses.

The two uniquely placed campuses – one in the city centre and one by the sea – offer an unforgettable student experience.

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