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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.

Your Finances



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.

What help is there for mature students at university?

There are more than 8,000 mature students here at the University of Sunderland, so you certainly won't be alone. You’ll find a friendly and welcoming environment here, with help from our top-class support services every step of the way.

Read Dawn's story

Further information for mature students

Meet our Mature and Postgraduate Officer, discover more about the study skills we offer and find out more about how equality, diversity and inclusion is at the heart of everything we do here at the University of Sunderland.

Find out more about support for our mature students

University student and social media expert on brand for fashion success

Sy Ahmed joined the University as a mature student on our Fashion Design and Promotion course. Having already achieved significant success in the industry, he's now studying for the second year of his degree alongside working for fashion houses and launching his own brand.

Read Sy's story



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.

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