How to: Apply to Sunderland University

The University of Sunderland, situated in the UK, aims to make a difference, create, and nurture an inclusive environment where students from all backgrounded can flourish. In 2017, it received a Silver Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) rating. It has a graduate student placement rate of 93.4% and an overall student satisfaction rate of 84%. It has associations with colleges in 15 nations that work with understudy and faculty exchange projects, offering a worldwide learning experience. The university boasts of cutting-edge facilities like the Living Lab and Helen McArdle House.


The university offers a broad range of courses under its undergraduate and postgraduate programs through different modes, such as part-time, full-time, and online. It has distance learning facilities for undergraduate and postgraduate students. The university offers a four-year integrated foundation degree, which is integrated with an honors degree course, like Screen Performance, Forensic Psychology, Social Media Management, Tourism, Aviation, Business, and Economics. Students can also choose additional or top-up courses in various fields like Business, Law, Art and Creative Industries, Tourism, Engineering, Health Science, and Well-being. Other than that, the university offers more than 50 undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Art, Engineering, Social Science, Hospitality, Law, Psychology, Nursing, and Medicine.


What are the Eligibility Requirements?

The university has program and course-specific requirements, thus, course or major will have separate academic requirements at all levels. However, in general, the university expects international students to have these basic qualifications:

Undergraduate candidates: High school certificate or diploma with a score of a minimum of 75-90% or higher in Grade 12.

Postgraduate candidates: A first-class undergraduate degree from a recognized institution or its local equivalent.

MBA candidates: A three-year bachelor’s degree in relevant field with at least 50-55%.


English Language Proficiency

If an international candidate is applying to the university from a country where English is not the first language, then they are required to qualify in any of the given examinations as a prerequisite to secure admission at the university.

English Proficiency Exam Accepted   Minimum Score Requirements (UG and PG)

IELTS                                                                Overall: 6.0   Each section: 5.5 or higher

Cambridge CPE                                                                                                  Above 180

Cambridge CAE                                                                                                  Above 170


Apart from academic transcripts and certificates, international students should have the following list of documents ready:

  • English proficiency score report
  • UCAS Essay
  • Personal Statement
  • Letters of Recommendation (LORs)
  • Student CV
  • Portfolio, research statement, or other course-specific documents
  • Copy of passport
  • Financial documents
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Is There Any Application Fees?

All undergraduate applicants need to pay a non-refundable application fee while applying through the UCAS portal. UCAS charges GBP 20 for one courses and GBP 26 for two or more courses. There is no application fee for postgraduate admissions unless applying through UCAS, such as a few medical or nursing courses.


What is the fee structure of courses offered by the university?

The university has estimated the following range of annual tuition fees for the following programs for international students:


Note: The tuition fee tends to change every year and some additional costs might be included. It is recommended that the students visit the university website for fee structure for the current academic year.



Is there any scholarship or financial aid available for international students?

The university has limited financial aid or scholarships options. International students receive a fee discount which usually ranges from GBP 1,000 for PG applicants to GBP 1,500 for UG applicants. All international students are eligible for this discount and no separate application is required. Apart from this, full-time MBChB (Home Medicine) students will get an accommodation grant, travel scholarship, and cash scholarship. Performance-based scholarships are also offered to international students after they have completed their first year at the university.


The university opens for admission in the Fall and Spring semesters. However, most of the UG programs are offered in the fall semester only. The application deadlines are usually program or course-specific. UG applicants can follow these UCAS key dates to plan their application accordingly:

Application opens       September

Equal consideration for most of the UG courses       Mid-January

UCAS Extra opens        Early-February

Last date for international students Late-June

Clearing opens              July


Note: For PG deadlines, you may refer to the respective course pages for exact closing dates for the current academic year.



How to apply to UG courses?

University of Sunderland gives you six options through which you can apply:

  • Apply Online (postgraduate mostly)
  • The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) portal (UG only)
  • University’s overseas office
  • In-country university representatives
  • Through a study center
  • Local representative in your country

International undergraduate applicants need to apply through the UCAS only.






How to apply to PG courses?


International postgraduate applicants can apply directly to the university using its online application portal. However, for some countries the university accepts application through representatives only, such as India. Indian aspirants can follow these steps to contact the university representatives:

Step 1: Find the course you are interested in here, and on the course page you will see a link to apply.

Step 2: Click on ‘Apply Now’

Contact the Sunderland Office for further process and apply with the required documents.


When will I hear from the university after I submit my application?

The university releases UG decisions as per the set timeline of UCAS portal. Students can track their application status on the portal as well. PG decisions can take up to four to six weeks as the application processing in time-consuming and depends on the volume of applications or the course.


What are the chances to get into this university?

The University of Sunderland is one of the leading research institutions in the UK. It is a highly competitive university and is quite strict while verifying academic qualifications. Applications are considered on individual merit. Qualifications are assessed by experienced staff, with careful consideration of other pertinent factors including work experience and educational experience. As per its fair practices policy, the university:

offers a flexible, fair, and student-focused admissions process

always acts with the best interests of the student in mind

communicates what students can expect and what is expected of them in return

responds to prospective student enquires in a timely manner

offers tailored support to students, assessing what is appropriate on a case-by-case basis



How many international students are studying at the university?

The University of Sunderland has a student body featuring about 20,000 students across all its national and international campuses. In 2018-19, the university enrolled 15,153 undergraduate, 4,027 postgraduate, and 350 research students. About 156 nationalities are represented by international students studying at the university and its campuses. Countries represented in the top ten nationalities include, England, Malaysia, Uzbekistan, Romania, Hong Kong, China, Nigeria, India, and Sri Lanka. In 2018-19, out of total enrolment of 19,531 students, 6,933 were international students.


Can I work while studying here?

While you are learning in the UK, your student visa may permit you to work. This data is typically expressed on your stamp inside identification or Biometric Residence Permit (BRP card). It ought to incorporate the number of hours you can work each week. It is essential to comprehend the guidelines that specify when and how much you are permitted to work while studying. Generally, international students are allowed to work 20 hours per week during the term and full-time during vacations, if you are pursuing any of the following:

A course at degree level or above (RFQ level 6+)

A temporary study abroad or exchange program

Students are allowed to work 10 hours every week during the term or full-time during vacations if you are pursuing a course below degree level or an English for Academic Purposes (EAP) certification. As an international student, you cannot be self-employed, work as a sports mentor, a performer, a specialist, or dental specialist while studying. If you work more than your permitted hours during term time, you will be in violation of your visa. Subsequently, you might not be allowed to continue the course.


How many colleges and campuses does the university have?

The University of Sunderland has four campuses – two in Sunderland, one in Hong Kong, and one in London.

The City Campus is situated in the core of Sunderland with excellent connections to the more extensive locale and history. It is the home to the main administration office, library, support services, lecture lobbies, and sports facilities. Sir Tom Cowie Campus at St Peter’s is situated near the River Wear, and home to the faculties of Law, Tourism, Business, and Social Sciences. The London campus concentrates mainly on professional courses in Business, Finance, Tourism, Health, Nursing, and Social Care. In Hong Kong, the university is situated in the island exchange center and key disciplines taught here are Business, Finance, and Tourism.

The university is made up of five unique faculties that further oversees distinct schools and areas of research. These faculties ensure quality teaching by bringing together academic expertise and encouraging interdisciplinary research across faculties.

Is on-campus housing available?

Sunderland is a student-friendly city and the university a variety of accommodations for all students. The rent costs include heating, lighting, water, fuel, Wi-Fi, and personal belongings insurance. All accommodations are self-catered with fully equipped kitchens and onsite coin-operated laundry facilities. The university also offers free transport facilities between the two campuses and accommodation residence. There are four residences; three are managed by the university and one is privately handled. Students can enjoy a riverside view from Panns Bank or Scotia Quay, the spacious surroundings of Clanny House, or The Forge U-Student Village offering a secure student environment with top-notch student facilities.

 You have the option to choose who you want to live with, whether with friends or alone, in a single gender flat, or in a single culture flat. The university also have the option of family accommodation. Estimates housing are as shown below:

Residence                                                                                        Weekly Cost (in GBP)

Panns Bank                                                                                           78.95-154.25

Scotia Quay                                                                                           95.50-154.25

The Forge U-Student Village                                                            82-144

Clanny House                                                                                        77.79-85.11

 Source: University of Sunderland

Although the living expenses differ as per each student’s lifestyle, the university estimates the following average monthly budget:

Living Expenses                                                     Monthly Average Budget (in GBP)

Travel                                                                                                        8

Food                                                                                                        150

Books and supplies                                                                              32

Clothes and toiletries                                                                          45

Social life                                                                                                 95

Miscellaneous                                                                                        35

Source: University of Sunderland

Note: The rates and prices are subject to change. Students are advised to check the university’s website for current academic year rates.


Whom should I contact in case of any doubts?

Students can contact the university in case of doubts or queries at:

Address: University of Sunderland, Edinburgh Building, City Campus, Chester Road, Sunderland SR1 3SD, UK

Telephone: +44 (0)191 515 2000


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