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Mature students

What is a mature student?

If you're over 21 when you commence your studies, UCAS considers you to be at mature student age. At Sunderland, we know age is just a number. We'll be with you every step of the way with whatever support you may need.

Find out more about what you can expect when you join us as a mature student at the University of Sunderland, or why not join us for one of our upcoming open days?

What can you study?

Take a look through our subject areas and explore the range of undergraduate courses we offer to mature students here at Sunderland.

Learn more about mature student courses

Funding for mature students

We know finance is a big consideration when making the decision to return to education. This is why we offer our mature students studying eligible courses the opportunity to apply for a range of scholarships and bursaries to support them during their studies.

Scholarships and bursaries



Grace McKenzie decided to come and study at the University of Sunderland when she was 25 years old. Hear her experiences of leaving full-time employment and where to find information on funding.

Hear from one of our mature students

Dawn Spearman tells us all about her experience as a mature student at the University of Sunderland, including the support she has received and how she manages to balance her work and home life with studying.

Read Dawn's story

Meet our Mature & Postgraduate Officer

Philip Tochukwu Uche-Obasi is our Mature & Postgraduate Officer, offering support to and representing all of our students over the age of 21 at the University of Sunderland.

Find out more about our officer



Meet Ashley Liddle, a BSc (Hons) Business and Financial Management with Integrated Foundation Year student and hear her experiences about life as a student parent.

University of Sunderland Podcasts

Whether it's an on-campus event or online, if you are considering studying at the University of Sunderland, open days are a great opportunity to find out everything you need to know. Stay tuned to discover all the exciting things you can expect at a University of Sunderland event and all the reasons you need to attend one.

For more episodes, find University of Sunderland Podcasts on Spotify and Apple Podcasts.

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