- Undergraduate Students
- Postgraduate Students
- International Students
- 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.
- Dublin Airport is only 2 hours from Belfast, with hourly bus services to and from Belfast.
- Entry standards vary by course at Ulster, please refer to our website for details.
- The online prospectus contains full details of entry requirements at Ulster.
- 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.
The 26,085 students enrolled in the academic year 2014/15 comprise:
Level of study
- Undergraduate 79%
- Postgraduate 21%
Mode of study
- Full Time 72%
- Part Time 28%
- UK 89%
- EU 7%
- Other 4%
- Male 46%
- Female 54%
- With over 25,000 students we are one of the larger universities in the UK and the largest on the island of Ireland.
- There are approximately 5,000 students currently studying for Ulster-accredited qualifications at other institutions or via distance learning.
- 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 (2000 of our students undertake work placements every year) and, wherever possible, co-terminus awards are made with students graduating with both a degree and a professional qualification.
- 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.
- We have an 89% overall student satisfaction rating in the National Student Survey.
- We provide a Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR) to all eligible full time graduates – a detailed record of your academic and extra-curricular achievements to supplement the traditional degree award. The HEAR allows you to showcase your achievements to employers or postgraduate tutors and helps your development during your time in higher education.
- 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 Ciencia sem Fronteiras (formerly known as 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 over 90% of graduates being in work or undertaking further study six months after they have completed their degree.
- 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, formed 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.
- 100% of our Biomedical Research Environment is judged as world-leading.
- 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% of all UK universities for overall research.
- 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.
- First in the UK for outstanding impact in law and joint first in the UK for outstanding and very considerable impact in education 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.
- Traditionally associated with Art and Design, our Belfast campus now spans an increasing and exciting range of subjects including architecture, hospitality, event management, photography and digital animation.
- Course provision at the Coleraine campus is broad – biomedical sciences, environmental science and geography, psychology, the humanities, media, film and journalism, travel and tourism and teacher training 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. Sport plays a significant role in the life of the campus, which is home to the Sports Institute of Northern Ireland, a partnership between the University and Sport Northern Ireland; most of Northern Ireland's leading athletes train here at our impressive facilities.
- Teaching strengths at Magee include business, computing, nursing, Irish language and literature, law, peace and conflict studies and the creative and performing arts – with plans to expand computing and engineering provision on this campus over the next few years. Ongoing investment has provided state-of-the-art teaching, research and support facilities for students and staff. Ulster University is part of a city with over 50 digital content companies, a city renowned for its creative and high-tech spirit.
- 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 500 institutes in over 130 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 Hubei Normal University in Huangshi, in central China.
- Ulster University’s new, enhanced Belfast campus is revitalising the northern edge of the city. The first phase of this landmark development opened its doors to welcome students and staff in October 2015. Now home to Ulster University Belfast School of Art, it provides a progressive practice based learning and teaching environment supported by the best innovative technology in flexible spaces. This ambitious £250m capital development plan will on completion, see most of the activity currently based in Jordanstown transferred to the University’s Belfast campus. The whole project is scheduled for completion in 2018.
- Other significant investments in world class facilities include – the development of a new £5.1m Sports Centre on the Coleraine campus as well as new Teaching and Arts/Humanities blocks which opened in 2015; the development of an £11m teaching block which has commenced at our Magee campus; and further enhancement to our world-class sporting facilities on our Jordanstown campus.
- 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.
- Our modern libraries combine a traditional library service – friendly staff, expert help and a large book collection – with state-of-the-art computing and group study facilities. As well as electronic and printed material, the library also provides access to a vast range of information in different formats such as slides, video/DVDs, CDs and microfilm.
- We spend over £3m per year on books and periodicals and are in the top 30 universities for faculties spend per student.
- Digital Learning aims to enhance the online learning experience of on-campus students of the University as well as those enrolled on distance learning and out-centre courses. Learning materials are made available online and can be accessed through dedicated apps for mobile phones and tablets.
- At Ulster University, we are passionate about ensuring our students are prepared for the world of employment, both with the skills that are valuable to your chosen industry and the skills that will help you secure a job. The Career Development Centre provides services to Ulster graduates up to three years after leaving.
- Ulster is a socially responsible university – we achieved Platinum, the highest scoring level in this year’s BiTC Arena Environmental Benchmarking Survey.
- 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.
- Ulster University’s Disability Service supports over 2000 students with disabilities with a confidential service across four campuses.
- This includes an AccessAbility Team with an assigned adviser for every student who can provide ongoing advice and support during their studies; a DSA Needs Assessment Centre and a Register of Support Providers with access to a range of non-medical helpers to provide on-campus support to students. Further information on all our services can be found on our website.
- 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.
- The annual UUSU Recognition Awards celebrate outstanding student achievement in areas such as volunteering, fundraising and service to societies.
- UUSU Learning and Teaching Awards recognise outstanding contributions by University staff as nominated by the student body.
- UUSU Sport provides funding and support for over 75 clubs and the annual Colours Awards recognise sporting excellence by students.
- Find out more at www.uusu.org.
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.
- Work Experience Recruit is our online system for accessing part time jobs, volunteering and internship opportunities.
- 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.
- Our award-winning Career Development Centre is one of the best and most innovative in the UK and Ireland. Located on each campus, the Centres offer friendly and impartial careers advice and provide support to all students in developing employability skills.
- There are extensive opportunities to liaise with employers at Careers fairs, forums, presentations, workshops, and dedicated subject specific events. We also co-ordinate and facilitate placement/employment interviews with employers on campus.
- We deliver accredited employability modules, either direct to your programme of study or as part of an open seminar series; provide drop-in advice clinics; one-one guidance service and a dedicated vacancy system for finding part-time work, volunteering, placement and graduate job opportunities.
- The Ulster EDGE Award provides official recognition and evidence of your relevant interests outside of university. It is awarded in addition to your degree and gives you the opportunity to engage in a wide range of activities that will boost your career prospects and show commitment to your personal development.
- The Career Development Centre offers careers support to graduates for 3 year’s post-graduation. Graduates can access 1-1 careers consultations as well our vacancy systems and events.
Recent/Prospective New Builds
- Ulster University’s new, enhanced Belfast campus is transforming higher education in the city, creating dynamic teaching and learning environments with state of the art facilities in line with Belfast’s vision of being a ‘Smart City’. This campus will be a world-class centre for research and innovation, facilitating creative and technological excellence. The whole project is scheduled for completion in 2018.
- The new campus once complete will house the 15,000 full-time and part-time students and staff. Visit http://www.ulster.ac.uk/greaterbelfastdevelopment 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.
- The development of a new £5.1m Sports Centre has begun on the Coleraine campus. This will provide a modern sports centre which will include eight multi-sports indoor courts, a fitness studio and upgraded changing facilities. This development will transform and revitalise the student experience from a sporting perspective at the Coleraine campus. Opening its doors in spring 2017, the centre will accommodate the high demand for student sport and create a fitness and well-being hub that can be accessed by all.
- This complements other development projects valued at over £15m including Students’ Union, catering facilities, Teaching Block and Arts Block which opened in 2015.
- The Coleraine campus is home to the £11m Centre for Molecular Biosciences. In 2012 the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Science was launched (following the introduction of pharmacy to the University in 2009).
- The development of an £11m teaching block has commenced at our Magee campus and this will almost double the physical footprint of the University in the city. This will provide two new lecture theatres as well as a range of new teaching rooms and informal student learning spaces. The construction works commenced on site in September 2015 and are due for completion in Spring 2017.
- Ulster has also consolidated pre-registration nursing programmes at the Magee campus, and has opened a £12m 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.
Ulster University has a number of notable alumni and recipients of honorary doctorates including:
- Roberta Blackman-Woods – MP
- Gregory Campbell – MP
- Mark Durkan – former Deputy First Minster of Northern Ireland
- Kate Hoey – MP
- Susan Phillipsz – winner of Turner Prize 2014
- Duncan Campbell – winner of Turner Prize 2010
- Colin Davidson – artist
- Jeremy Davidson – Irish and British and Irish Lions Rugby Union player
- Stephen (Sam) Martin – field hockey player, holder of Olympic Gold medal
- Alyson Hogg – founder and CEO Vita Liberata
- Mr Colin Walsh – Chairman of the CBI Northern Ireland
- Dr Sharon O’Kane – leading entrepreneur in the biotechnology industry
- Mr John McMullan MBE – Chief Executive, Bryson Charitable Group
- Kevin Kingston – CEO Danske Bank
- Gerry Mallon – Chief Executive of Ulster Bank in the Republic of Ireland
- Harry Cayton, CBE OBE – Chief Executive, Council for Healthcare Regulatory Excellence
- Professor Anthony Gallagher – Professor of Human Factors, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
- Alison Kitson – Head of Discipline School of Population, University of Adelaide
- Declan McGonagle – Director of National College of Art and Design
- Dr Aung San Suu Kyi – Nobel Peace Prize Winner
- Dr Tommy Bowe – British and Irish Lions Rugby Union player
- Dr Darren Clarke – professional golfer
- Dr Graeme McDowell – professional golfer
- Dr Wendy Austin – journalist and broadcaster
- Dr Sir Louis Blom-Cooper – former Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
- Dr Bill Clinton – former President of the United States of America
- Dr Hillary Rodham Clinton – former United States Secretary of State
- Lord Sebastian Coe – Olympic Gold Medal winner
- Dr Kenny Dalglish – former footballer and Liverpool manager
- Jeremy Davidson – British and Irish Lions Rugby Union player
- Dr Sir Alex Ferguson – former Manchester United manager
- Dr Sir Ian McKellan – actor
- Dr Gary Lightbody – musician
- Dr Fergal Sharkey – musician
- Professor Seamus Heaney – Nobel Prize winner for Literature
- His Holiness, The Dalai Lama
- Dr John Hume – former politician and co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize
- Dr Eddie Jordan – Entrepreneur and former motorsport team boss
- Stephen (Sam) Martin – Olympic Gold medallist
- Dr Ewan McGregor – actor
- His Grace, The Most Reverend Desmond Tutu