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University of Sunderland


Name of school:
University of Sunderland

Status of the institution: University

Name of Director : Prof Peter Fidler

Country: United Kingdom

Centre for International Education,
University of Sunderland,
North Sands Business Centre,
Liberty Way,

Telephone: + 44 191 515 2960
+ 44 191 515 2283

Web site :

The University of Sunderland enjoys an international reputation for the success and employability of its graduates. We have a forward-looking approach to education and offer courses that provide an excellent preparation for a variety of careers and professions. Our award-winning teaching and accommodation facilities are amongst the most modern in the UK. Over 1500 international students from nearly 70 countries study at the University.

Subject areas include Arts, Design, Communications and Media; Business, Law and Administrative Studies; Computing, Mathematical Sciences and Informatics; Education; Engineering and Technology; Sciences; Social Studies, Humanities and Languages. Combined and Independent programmes are also available.


BSc (Hons) Computing focusses on the more technical aspects of computing, enabling you to develop computer software using up-to-date tools and techniques. You study a range of programming paradigms and languages used in software development today.
You will learn analysis and design of software systems with an emphasis on applying your knowledge and skills to a range of practical problems. As well as learning how to write programs, you will have a sound grounding in the software engineering process preparing you to take up well paid careers in the software industry. There are five strands to the course: hardware, programming and software engineering, web/Internet and networks and human-computer interaction, plus also a range of further options.

BSc (Hons) Computing is one of the School of Computing, Engineering and Technology's highly attractive programmes.
It attracts good students who gain invaluable hands-on, practical and applied computing experience and then go on to careers in companies such as British Gas, BT, IBM, Orange, British Airways and many others.
Graduates are equipped to work as programmers/analysts for major computer manufacturers, software houses, branches of the scientific civil service and many other companies.

You'll work alongside real world industrial practitioners, using our state-of-the-art facilities to solve real problems faced by their IT departments. You'll be set a budget and work with them to meet their real world challenges. It is excellent IT problem solving experience, and a good basis for a year's industrial placement, and for future work.
You are strongly advised to take a one year paid industry placement with companies such as BT, Nissan, Orange, Jersey Telecom and software houses on salaries ranging from 9,000 to 19,000. Placements often lead to full-time job offers, and students return with invaluable work experience often applying their new skills in their final year projects and future careers. A friendly and helpful team will support you before and during the placement.

We regularly check that our course meets the needs of employers so those students leaving the course have excellent job prospects. The knowledge and skills you learn are not just computing related but also apply to other aspects of work - writing reports, delivering presentations, being able to work with clients to solve real industrial problems.
Exemption from the British Computer Society (BCS) examinations Part 1 and Part 2 has been submitted for approval for graduates of this programme.
All students are provided with Internet and e-mail facilities, as well as 24-hour access to the computing equipment in the new purpose-built Informatics Centre at St Peter's Campus.

BSc (Hons) Computing is a course with a strong technical flavour. It appeals to logical thinkers, who enjoy being creative and who want to find out more about computers.
You don't need to be a computer wizard - a general interest in computing, and the ability to think logically is all that's required. IT professionals do need to have a fairly logical mind - but if you don't think you are logical, you might surprise yourself.
As an IT professional you must like working and talking with people. When it comes to the crunch, presentations and impressions are of utmost importance. If you are not there yet, this course will help you develop these skills.
BSc (Hons) Computing won't be an easy ride! We expect you to work hard - and you can expect us to give you the support and guidance you need to succeed. This course will put you through your paces, help you develop your problem solving skills to bring out the best in you.

Level 1
Web Basics
o Computer Systems
o Computer Hardware and Software Configuration
o Software Development
o Introduction to Software Engineering
o Systems Analysis
o Introduction to Database Development
o IT and People
o Human-Computer Interaction
o Global Information Systems

Level 2
Object-oriented Software Development
o Intermediate Software Engineering
o Networks and Communications
o Real World Group Projecto Data Structures and Algorithms
o Advanced Architectures
o Simulationo Database Systems Development
o Intelligent Systems Development
o Systems Analysis and Design
o Human-Computer Interaction
o Internet Programming
o Global Information Retrieval and Management

Level 3
o Advanced Software Engineering
o Advanced Object-Oriented Software Development
o Natural Language Engineering
o Artificial Intelligence
o Graphics and Image Processing
o Human-Computer Interaction
o Concurrent and Distributed Systemso Adaptive Systems
o Advanced Database Systems
o Electronic Commerce
o Method Engineering

You will join a group of around 25 students in a supportive and friendly learning environment. Teaching methods include lectures, seminars, open and resource based learning, group and project work. The course is managed and supported by a highly professional and dedicated management and teaching team. You are assigned a personal tutor who assists with personal and academic matters. Assessment is through a mix of multiple-choice tests, essays, computer based assessment and examinations.
You can also obtain excellent support and advice from the University Student and Academic Services Office.

Field of Study :
Arts & Humanities
Environmental studies
Finance & Accounting
Fine Arts
Management & Business Administration
Technical Studies
Tourism & Hospitality


How to apply:
The Centre for International Education have a dedicated admissions team who will assess and process your application. To ensure a decision is made quickly please take time in completing your form and include all academic qualifications gained and pending. Work experience and vocational training may also be taken into consideration. We encourage you to apply to us as soon as possible.

If it is not possible to give an offer to your chosen programme the admissions team may be able to consider your application for a programme at a similar level that may suit you better.

Admission criteria:
Entry requirements

The University accepts all internationally recognised qualifications for entry to its programmes. Each application will be assessed individually and judged on its own merit.

Where to apply: Centre for International Education,
University of Sunderland,
North Sands Business Centre,
Liberty Way,
United Kingdom.


The University of Sunderland provides an extensive library and range of information services to support your learning and enable you to study more effectively. Study facilities are excellent. We offer 2,000 reader places for silent and quiet group work, many with full multimedia workstations. In addition to textbooks and periodicals, a wealth of electronic information is available through the campus IT network with over 150 databases and 3,000 electronic journals, and you can search many other online sources, document delivery services and the Internet.

Sunderland is Britain's newest city, and one of the fastest growing in Europe. Around 300,000 people live and work here, on England's North-East coast. Sunderland is a changing city with new public parks, restoration of historic buildings, new road systems, covered shopping areas, a pedestrianised city centre, office development, and landscaped business parks. Most noticeable of all, is the University's own contribution - St Peter's Campus on the riverside. St Peter's is the focus for 8,000 students and home to the School of Computing, Engineering and Technology and Sunderland's Business School. Sunderland is a compact city and both St Peter's and the main university campus at Chester Road are just minutes from the city centre, allowing most students to live within a short walk of all main facilities.

Housing :
The University provides a choice of high quality purpose-built halls of residence with over 3000 places in University managed properties. Most rooms are single study bedrooms. There are some rooms suitable for families and a new postgraduate hall with en suite rooms. The cost of living in Sunderland is generally lower than in other parts of the UK. All international students are guaranteed University accommodation.


Tuition and fees per year:
2001/2002 full-time tuition fees for full cost fee paying international students are as follows:

Undergraduate Band 1
- Classroom-based 6,450
Undergraduate Band 2
- Laboratory/workshop-based 7,450
Postgraduate Band 1
- Classroom-based 6,650
Postgraduate Band 2
- Laboratory/workshop-based 7,650
MBA 7,650
Foundation programmes 5,950
PhD Band 1 6,650
PhD Band 2 7,650
Study Abroad 5,100
Study abroad (1 semester) 2,600
Sandwich year 525


Director of admissions: Mr Leslie Brown

Director of alumni relations: Dr John Terry

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Distance Learning:Yes


Language studies:Yes

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