Graduates are provided with one original certificate following completion of their course and confirmation of their award by the examination board. 

At the time of issue all financial obligations to the University must have been met, otherwise the certificate will be withheld until the outstanding fees have been paid. Once the debt has been paid, please contact certificates@sunderland.ac.uk


Certificates are issued by one of the  following methods:  

  • posted to a graduate's 'home address' as detailed on their student record (this is not your term time or correspondence address) PLEASE NOTE IT IS THE GRADUATES' RESPONSIBILITY TO ENSURE THEIR CURRENT ADDRESS IS CORRECT ON E-VISION.
  • available for collection, on pre-arranged dates, in the week following the Summer Graduation Ceremonies.
  • For students at overseas study centres; your parchment will be available to collect from your study centre directly. 


PLEASE NOTE:  You will receive an email when your certificate is due to be printed , this will give you the opportunity to do the following:

  • check your address and change it if necessary
  • choose to collect your certificate in person or have someone collect it on your behalf from the University's Gateway Reception, City Campus
  • select to have your certificate posted by DHL (tracked post) using the link provided in the email. 

Unless DHL posting has been selected all certificates are sent via 2nd class post or normal airmail. Please note post to overseas addresses can take up to 8 weeks to arrive from the date they are posted if normal airmail posting is used.

Obtaining 'verified photocopies' of your original certificate

Graduates can only have one original certificate, however you can request 'verified photocopies'.  The first five requested are free, for any additional copies required a fee of £10 per copy will be payable, a maximum of 10 copies can be requested.

To do this you must photocopy your original and send the copies either to:

  • Academic Administration Services, Room 203, Second Floor, Edinburgh Building, Chester Road, Sunderland, SR1 3SD, UK.
  • hand them to staff at the Gateway Reception on City Campus, Sunderland

Alternatively you can scan a copy of your certificate to certificates@sunderland.ac.uk 

All applicants must pay if applicable, by one of the following methods;

  • In person - at the payments desk in Gateway, City Campus, Sunderland 
  • By phone - contact the Revenue Section on 0191 515 2455 

Please supply an address for return of your 'verified' copies. Each copy will be stamped  with the wording 'certified true copy of the orginal document' and signed and dated by a member of staff from Academic Administration Services.

Notarisation, Legalisation and the Apostille stamp

Notarisation is the legal form of certification, to certify that a document or signature is authentic.

Legalisation is the process by which the Foreign and Commonwealth Office attaches an apostille (certificate) to a UK public document.  Legalisation is the official confirmation that a signature, seal or stamp on a public document is genuine.  It does not authenticate the content of the document.  Legalisation is usually required by foreign authorities before they will allow a UK document to be used for official purposes in their country.  The UK does not require any documents to be legalised for use within the UK. 

For further information please download (word) Notarisation, legalisation and the apostille stamp.