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The life changing University of Sunderland has over 24,000 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. The University is focused on ensuring our graduates leave equipped with the knowledge, skills, confidence, and connections to make a positive difference in the wider world.

We have been rooted in the city of Sunderland since the establishment of Sunderland Technical College in 1901 and this year we celebrate our 30th anniversary as a university.

Sunderland is recognised internationally as a leading university, receiving five stars for teaching, inclusiveness, employability and facilities in the QS World University Rankings 2023. The University is also one of the UK’s leading widening participation Universities and was named The Times/Sunday Times University of the Year for Social Inclusion 2021. We were also shortlisted as University of the Year by the THE – Times Higher Education, and our We Care programme picked up the Widening Access Initiative (Retention and Progression) Award at the 2020 NEON awards.

The University of Sunderland is integral to the city and our region.  Our Strategic Plan 2020-25 sets out our “Life-Changing” mission, through transformative experiences for our students, career-focused and professions-facing teaching, and the positive difference we aim to make to society. All of these have a distinct local and regional impact.


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 38% of our student population.

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160 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 17,527
Postgraduate taught courses 6,903
Postgraduate research courses 366
Grand Total 24,796

For more information, download our Facts and Figures 2020/21 document.

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International students make up 36% of our student population:

  • 61.8% of our students are classified as Home/EU
  • 38.2% of our students are classified as Overseas


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Grand Total


For more information, download our Facts and Figures 2020/21

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Nationality Enrolments
UK National 10859
Chinese 1833
Uzbek 1559
Romanian 1350
Malaysian 1112
Nigerian 817
Bulgarian 697
Hong Kong 671
Indian 530
Sri Lankan 522
Greek 500
Vietnamese 249
Irish 241
Kuwaiti 219
Botswanan 217
Portuguese 213
Canadian 199
Bangladeshi 174
Cypriot (European Union) 160
Italian 153
Pakistani 142
Singaporean 139
Polish 112
Egyptian 104
Spanish 94
United States citizen 88
Ghanaian 81
Trinidad and Tobago 79
South African 69
Indonesian 62
Zimbabwean 60
Lithuanian 58
French 57
Hungarian 52
Kenyan 51
Burmese 49
South Korean 46
Philippine 45
German 42
Czech 41
Moroccan 40
Congolese (DRC) 36
Jordanian 36
Nepalese 36
Jamaican 36
Russian 34
Dutch 31
Tajik 30
Slovak 28
Sudanese 24
Iraqi 24
Iranian 24
Belgian 22
Lebanese 22
Syrian 21
Thai 20
Australian 20
Less than 20 566

In addition, the University of Sunderland has between 1-19 students from a further 103 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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