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Ulster University

2016 League Table Ranking 66
2016 Overall Score 624
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Entry Standards 308 Help
Entry Standards
The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University.

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Student-Staff Ratio 16.6 Help
Student-Staff Ratio
The average staffing levels at the University.

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Research Quality 2.91 Help
Research Quality
A measure of the quality of the research undertaken in the University.

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Academic Services Spend 1,105 Help
Academic Services Spend
A guide to how much the University spends on supporting services such as libraries and IT.

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Student Satisfaction 4.09 Help
Student Satisfaction
A guide to how satisfied students are with the quality of teaching they receive.

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Facilities Spend 491 Help
Facilities Spend
A guide to how much the University spends on supporting facilities such as the careers service, health and counselling services and sport facilities.

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Graduate Prospects 56.5 Help
Graduate Prospects
A guide to the employability of graduates on completion of their courses at the University.

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Degree Completion 82.3 Help
Degree Completion
The proportion of students expected to successfully complete their studies and gain a degree from the University.

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Good Honours 66.4 Help
Good Honours
The percentage of graduates achieving a first or upper second class honours degree – the class of degree achieved can impact a graduate’s employment prospects.

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Green Score 38.7 Help
Green Score
This environmental & ethical ranking of the University is provided courtesy of the People & Planet Green League - the only comprehensive and independent green ranking of every UK university. Choosing a greener university can reduce your carbon footprint and improve your job prospects in a global low-carbon economy.

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  • Ulster University, located in Northern Ireland, was founded in 1984 by Royal Charter.
  • The University can trace its roots back to 1845 when Magee College was established in Derry~Londonderry and, 1849 when the School of Art and Design was inaugurated in Belfast.

Location and Transport

  • The University has four campuses: Coleraine, Belfast, Jordanstown (seven miles outside Belfast) and the Magee campus in Derry~Londonderry. 
  • All campuses are served by excellent bus and train networks.
  • There are regular ferry services to Scotland and England, and Northern Ireland's three regional airports serve many GB and international destinations.

Entry Standards

  • Entry standards vary by course at Ulster.
  • The online prospectus contains full details of entry requirements at Ulster.
  • Our fees are £3,805 for Northern Ireland and EU students and £6,200 for GB students for full-time undergraduate courses (2014-15 entry).
  • There is no cap or limit on the number of GB or international students which the University is permitted to admit (except in the Allied Health Professions and social work).
  • Ulster University's Talented Athlete Entry Scheme is designed to assist talented athletes in gaining access to a quality education whilst attaining success at the highest level in their chosen sport.

Student Mix

The 26,200 students enrolled in the academic year 2013/14 comprise:

Level of study
Mode of study
Full Time
Part Time
Student gender
  • There are approximately 5,000 students currently studying for Ulster-accredited qualifications at other institutions or via distance learning.

Course Flexibility

  • Our six faculties: Arts; Art, Design and the Built Environment; Computing and Engineering; Life & Health Sciences; Social Sciences; and the Ulster Business School offer a wide range of part-time and full-time courses, many with the option of industrial placements or study abroad built-in.
  • The majority of courses include a year-long work placement (70% of our students have the opportunity to undertake work placements) and, wherever possible, co-terminus awards are made with students graduating with both a degree and a professional qualification.
  • It is possible to study a wide range of subjects in combination, resulting in over 300 individual degree possibilities at undergraduate level across six faculties, resulting in tailored qualifications that match students' interests and career aims.
  • The University provides a wide range of distance learning options.
  • In line with its emphasis on employability, Ulster has introduced the EDGE Award which provides official recognition and evidence of activities undertaken by students outside their course of study.

Teaching Standards

  • Ulster University is ranked number one in the UK benchmark index for Good Teachers (International Student barometer, 2014).
  • We are committed to implementing the new Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR) for all undergraduate students in accordance with national developments.
  • The quality of our teaching and the learning experience for students has been given the highest level of confidence by the Quality Assurance Agency.
  • We are proud to be one of the UK participating universities in the Science without Borders programme.
  • Skills+ is a unique resource for students providing access to a wide range of online tools and materials that will help them throughout their time at Ulster.
  • The University has one of the highest employment and/or further study rates in the UK, with nearly 90% of graduates being in work or undertaking further study six months after they have completed their degree.
  • Ulster has a Student Charter which explains what students can expect from the University in terms of the academic and other services available. The Charter also explains what the University expects of students.

Research Standards

  • The evaluation, which identified Ulster University as one of the top five universities in the UK for world-leading research in law, biomedical sciences, nursing and art and design, came as part of the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) assessment.
  • The findings show that Ulster University has confirmed its position as a top UK academic institution with world-leading research identified in all areas of the University.
  • Specifically, Ulster University has almost doubled its level of 4 star rated world-leading research since 2008 – with 4 star being the highest accolade that can be awarded.

Ulster University is:

  • in the top 25 per cent of all UK universities
  • in the top 10 UK-wide for built environment, biomedical sciences, law, art and design and nursing research.
  • second in the UK for Celtic Studies research
  • top in Northern Ireland for the overall impact of its world-leading research
  • top in Northern Ireland for research into biomedical sciences, law, business and management, architecture and built environment, art and design, social policy, sport, media studies and nursing.

Academic Strengths

  • Traditionally associated with Art and Design, our Belfast campus now spans an increasing and exciting range of subjects including architecture, hospitality, Irish language, event management, photography and digital animation.
  • Course provision at the Coleraine campus is broad - biomedical sciences, environmental science and geography, psychology, business, the humanities and languages, film and journalism, travel and tourism, teacher training and computing are among the campus strengths.
  • The Jordanstown campus has a strong profile in engineering, built environment, social sciences, business, law, communication and academic disciplines relating to the science and coaching of sport.
  • Teaching strengths at Magee include business, computing, nursing, Irish language and literature, social sciences, law, psychology, peace and conflict studies and the performing arts - with plans to expand computing and engineering provision on this campus over the next few years.

Student Facilities

  • Ulster students have access to high-class learning facilities with excellent library and 24/7 computing facilities on all four of our campuses at Belfast, Coleraine, Jordanstown and Derry~Londonderry.
  • We spend over £3m per year on books and periodicals and are in the top 30 universities for faculties spend per student.
  • There is free email and internet access to all students. All student accommodation has built-in broadband connection and most has wi-fi.
  • University managed student accommodation is reasonably priced, comfortable and modern. We offer almost 2,400 rooms across, and in the vicinity of our four campuses. You can browse through the range of accommodation, or take a virtual tour on our accommodation website
  • The Career Development Centre provides services to Ulster graduates up to three years after leaving.
  • Ulster is a socially responsible university – we are ranked joint 23rd in the People and Planet Green League 2012.

Disability Services

Visit our website for information about AccessAbility services at Ulster University, or contact us on:

  • Belfast Campus 028 9536 3700
  • Coleraine campus 028 7012 4105
  • Jordanstown campus 028 9036 6336
  • Magee campus 028 7167 5218

Students' Union

  • The Students' Union (UUSU) provides a broad range of support services, including financial and welfare advice, entertainment, societies, clubs and events. It operates a number of shops, bars and catering facilities offering excellent value for money as well as somewhere for students to meet or just chill out and relax.
  • There are seven elected student officers supported by 860 Class Reps representing the views of Ulster students within the University.
  • UUSU Enterprise provides a range of activities for students to demonstrate their business acumen and increase their employability skills.
  • Over 100 organisations are registered with UUSU Volunteering hub providing volunteering opportunities for students.
  • The annual UUSU Recognition Awards celebrate outstanding student achievement in areas such as volunteering, fundraising and service to societies.
  • The UUSU Learning and Teaching Awards recognise outstanding contributions by University staff as nominated by the student body.
  • Ulster Sports Union provides funding and support for over 75 clubs and the annual Colours Awards recognise sporting excellence by students.
  • UUSU achieved Investors in People status in 2012.
  • In 2011 UUSU received a UK award under the Students’ Union Evaluation Initiative (SUEI), an assessment project run by the National Union of Students for displaying continuous improvement to the services and activities they deliver to their members.
  • The Students’ Union also received official Fairtrade status in 2012, an award which it worked in partnership with the University to achieve.
  • The UUSU Voluntary Centre supports students who want to lend a helping hand in their local community.
  • Find out more about the Ulster University, Students' Union online at


  • Ulster has world-class training and support facilities for sport. A £20m High Performance Sports centre opened at the Jordanstown campus in 2008. Many of the region’s professional sports teams use these facilities for training.
  • Sports Services provide recreational and competitive sporting opportunities for all staff and students and there over 75 clubs across the four campuses that represent the University in competitive sport across Ireland and the UK.
  • The sports centres at the Coleraine, Jordanstown and Magee campuses provide a wide range of modern indoor (sports halls, fitness and health suites, squash courts, etc.) and outdoor (synthetic and grass pitches, tennis courts etc.) facilities supporting a wide range of Sports Union club sports. See
  • Annual Fitness Suite Membership for students is £10 month.
  • Sports Scholarships and a Talented Athlete Scheme help balance the academic and sporting needs of high performing athletes and opportunities to avail of these schemes are made available in October each year.

Recent/Prospective New Builds

  • In March 2012 the University received planning approval for ambitious £250-m capital development plans which will see most of the activity currently based at Jordanstown transferred to the University’s Belfast campus, where it has acquired a substantial additional site in the city’s Cathedral Quarter. The first phase of that development is now under construction, and is scheduled for completion in 2018.
  • Vice-Chancellor, Professor Richard Barnett, said: "We are proposing a world-class campus in the heart of the city which will not only provide a dynamic learning and research environment for our students and staff, but will also interact with the wider public. Universities which were built in the city have, in the past, tended to be inward-facing institutions behind iron railings and walls excluding the communities around them. We are breaking from that tradition with a bold design that sends out a very strong message that we want everyone to feel that this is their University, regardless of their background, and we want them to have access to the building and facilities inside.
  • The new campus will house the 15,000 full-time and part-time students and staff. Visit and take a look at the stunning architects’ impression and images of the new development.
  • The Jordanstown campus will be retained and developed further as it remains home to the University’s world-class sporting facilities; specialist engineering facilities for FireSERT (one of only eight fire training facilities in the world, and which can boast a 100% graduate employment rate); and modern student residences.
  • The University’s plans for development of the Jordanstown campus focus on the creation of an urban village-style residential development, including mixed use community facilities which will become an integral part of the area, creating an exciting and vibrant place to live.
  • A further expansion in student numbers at the University will be concentrated at the Magee campus in Derry~Londonderry, where the University signed an option agreement in 2011 which will see Ulster almost double its physical footprint in the city. The University has committed to allocate to the Magee campus all additional full-time undergraduate places awarded by the Northern Ireland government to the University, and a new £11m teaching block is also to be constructed on the campus to supplement the existing facilities.
  • This will see growth in computer science, engineering, creative technologies - with a new course in renewable energy engineering introduced in 2013 at the Centre for Renewable Energy Engineering at Magee.
  • Ulster has also consolidated pre-registration nursing programmes at the Magee campus, and has opened a £12-m Centre for Stratified Medicine near the campus at Altnagelvin Hospital. The first ever undergraduate degree course in Stratified Medicine in the UK and Ireland commenced in September 2014. See for more information on our plans for Magee.
  • At our Coleraine campus development projects valued at over £15m and providing new Students’ Union, Catering facilities, Teaching Block and Arts and Education Block will be completed over the period 2014 to 2016.
  • The Coleraine campus is home to the £11m Centre for Molecular Biosciences. In 2012, two new Schools were launched at Coleraine - the School of Modern Languages and the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Science (following the introduction of pharmacy to the University in 2009). The campus has also recently introduced increased history provision, which now includes Irish history, and has expanded its biomedical sciences activity.
  • The University was honoured to be chosen as the location for a prestigious institute aimed at fostering closer ties between China and Northern Ireland. The Confucius Institute at Ulster University (CIUU) develops academic, cultural, economic and social ties between the two countries. It is part of a network of 322 institutes in over 50 countries worldwide which promote and teach Chinese language and culture, and facilitate cultural exchanges aimed at fostering trade links with China. It operates in partnership with the Zhejiang University of Media and Communications in south-eastern China.

Availability of Part-Time Work

  • There are many opportunities for part-time work for Ulster students; the Careers Development Centre at Ulster is available to offer friendly and impartial help with career planning and personal development.
  • There are opportunities to gain valuable experiences and try different working situations through work-based learning placements and voluntary activities.

Careers Guidance

  • The Career Development Centre (CDC) provides impartial careers advice and opportunities for you to develop your employability skills from day one of year one.
  • The Award-Winning Career Development Centre is made up of an experienced team with expertise in careers & employability, work experience, employer engagement and more.
  • Career Development Centres at each campus are open throughout the year and students can call in for information and use the daily (Mon-Fri) drop-in times to speak to a Career Development Consultant.
  • You can contact the Career Development Centre by emailing or telephone the relevant campus Career Development Centre.
  • Belfast Campus, tel: 028 903 67341
  • Coleraine Campus, tel: 028 701 24210
  • Jordanstown Campus, tel: 028 903 66247
  • Magee Campus, tel: 028 716 75600

Notable Alumni

Ulster has a large body of famed alumni, including:

  • MP's: Kate Hoey, Gregory Campbell, Conor Murphy, Michelle Gildernew, Roberta Blackman-Woods, Mark Durkan
  • Turner Prize Winner: Susan Philipsz
  • Olympic Gold Medallist: Stephen (Sam) Martin
  • International Rugby Union Footballer: Tommy Bowe
  • Comedian: Omid Djalili,
  • Composer: Brian Irvine
  • Musician: David Lyttle

For further information

  • 028 7012 3456
  • Ulster University
    Cromore Road
    BT52 1SA
UCAS Code U20

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