University of Sunderland

University of Sunderland

University of Sunderland

The University of Sunderland is a forward-thinking and innovative university that has been providing higher education since 1901. Known as ‘the friendly University’, we offer high levels of support and life-changing opportunities to help you stand out from the crowd when you graduate.

Our forward-thinking academics, state-of-the-art facilities and strong links to world-renowned companies provide outstanding preparation for your chosen career.

We have an international reputation for the quality of our teaching and our research is classified as ‘world-leading’ and ‘internationally excellent’.

By embarking on your postgraduate journey at Sunderland you are making a fundamental investment in your future. A postgraduate qualification enhances your employability and increases your career opportunities and earning potential.

Postgraduate study

We offer a range of postgraduate courses which are available full or part-time or via distance learning. Courses are available within the following areas: computing, engineering, psychology, sport, pharmacy, pharmaceuticals sciences, health, nursing, wellbeing, law, business tourism, culture, social studies, education, media, art, design, media, journalism and public relations.

You will work alongside academics who are leaders in their fields, have access to excellent facilities, and the opportunity to participate in the creation of knowledge through our collaborative approach to research.<

You will engage with like-minded professionals from over 100 countries, creating a culturally diverse community of students and academics from around the world.


Our research has been classed as 'world leading' in 10 subjects and 'internationally excellent' in an additional three subjects, by the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF).

Our research programmes allow you to develop a deeper understanding through original investigation and to generate new knowledge. Each degree is unique as it is built around your personal research on a topic of your choice.

We offer the following Research degree programmes:

  • Master of Philosophy (MPhil).
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).
  • Professional Doctorate (DProf)
  • PhD by Existing Published or Creative Work.
  • Higher Doctorate

You will work closely with a supervisory team consisting of a Director of Studies (lead supervisor) and at least one additional Co-Supervisor based at the University. Your supervisor will play a vital role in advising and supporting you.


The University's facilities are undoubtedly among the best in the UK, with over £130m having been invested in our two Sunderland campuses in recent years, ensuring that you have access to state of the art specialist equipment. We have a campus in the city centre and one by the sea – offering an unforgettable student experience.

All students have the full use of the University’s two libraries, and they are open extensive hours, including weekends and evenings. You will have access to thousands of books, journals, e-books, and conference and research papers to support your postgraduate research and study.

You’ll also be able to take advantage of CitySpace, our £12 million sports and social facility, which has a vast sports hall, a 70-station fitness gym and a sports massage and injuries centre.

Whatever your course, you can be sure you’ll be provided with everything you need to succeed.


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Key information

Edinburgh Building, City Campus
Chester Road
Telephone number: 
0191 515 2000