Ulster University is at the heart of Northern Ireland, with campuses in Belfast, Coleraine, Jordanstown (Greater Belfast) and Derry~Londonderry (Magee campus). It offers an extensive range of courses at both undergraduate and postgraduate level via full-time or part-time study. With over 25,000 students, it is one of the larger universities in the UK and the largest on the island of Ireland.

City Centre
City Centre

In or close to the centre of a city

Town Centre
Town Centre

In or close to the centre of a town


On the outskirts of a city or town


In or close to the countryside


On the coast, near the sea


The university (including student accommodation, teaching, and leisure facilities) is located on one site

Full Service
Full Service

Offers degrees in a wide range of subjects

UCAS Code: U20

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

This institution did not take part in the TEF. Participation is voluntary. Find out more about TEF.

Student Statistics

Student population


Level of study

  • Undergraduate 77%
  • Postgraduate 23%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 73%
  • Part Time 27%

Where students come from

  • UK 91%
  • EU 6%
  • Other 2%

Student gender

  • Male 44%
  • Female 56%

Student Services and Facilities

Libraries and Information Services

  • Ulster University has four libraries, one on each campus. It has approximately 500,000 print books and a number of special collections to support teaching, learning and research. Most journal subscriptions are online, which together with 800,000 e-books can be accessed by members of the university from anywhere. The library also provides access to a vast range of information in different formats such as slides, video/DVDs, CDs and microfilm.
  • There are spaces for quiet study, group study, informal social learning, presentation practice, silent reading, and revision space. Learning spaces offer a range of different technologies to suit the needs of students, including PCs, loanable laptops, Macs, extensive Wi-Fi access and online support. All four campuses provide 24/7 computing facilities.
  • There is wide-ranging support and guidance available: in person, by email, telephone and live web chat services. Online web guides and tutorials supplement the induction sessions and study skills training run by faculty subject librarians to help students make the best use of resources.

Student jobs

  • There are many opportunities for part-time work.
  • Work-based learning placements and voluntary activities enable students to gain valuable experience and try different working situations.
  • Work Experience Recruit is the university's online system for accessing part-time jobs, volunteering and internship opportunities.

Careers advice

  • The Career Development Centre offers friendly and impartial help with career planning and personal development. Located on each campus, the centres are open throughout the year offering support to students up to three years after graduating.
  • The service offers accredited employability modules, drop-in advice clinics, one-to-one guidance and a dedicated vacancy system for finding part-time work, volunteering, placement and graduate job opportunities. 
  • Events include careers fairs, forums, presentations, workshops, and subject specific events. The service also arranges placement or employment interviews with employers on campus.
  • In line with its emphasis on employability, Ulster University has introduced the EDGE Award which provides official recognition and evidence of activities undertaken by students outside their course of study, helping boost career prospects.

Health services

  • The Student Well-being team have an in-depth knowledge of a broad range of health and well-being concerns and  are trained to provide confidential advice and guidance on a range of issues. Along with the Students' Union they promote campaigns raising awareness around student well-being and safety, such the risks of alcohol and drugs, and promoting sexual consent.
  • Students have access to a wide range of helplines on a range of topics including accommodation, disability support, mental health, money management, physical health and sexuality.
  • A Sexual Health Clinic operates on the Jordanstown and Coleraine campuses one day per week. This professional and confidential service is run by the local NHS Health Trust.

Counselling and Mental Health Support

  • The Student Well-being team has professionally trained advisers who can support to students struggling with a range of mental health conditions. This includes helping students with getting reasonable adjustments to meet their academic needs as well as the provision of funded disability support.
  • The Student Well-being team can also refer students to the counselling service, Inspire Students, for face-to-face or telephone counselling with professional counsellors on or off campus. This includes access to out of hours support through a Freephone 24/7 helpline.
  • Ulster University promotes positive student mental health through the student-led mental health campaign Mind Your Mood. As well as reducing the stigma of mental health conditions among young people, it funds initiatives such as workshops on resilience, mindfulness and creative therapy.

Disability support

  • Ulster University's Student Well-being team supports students with disabilities through its AccessAbility advisers on each of our four campuses. They provide ongoing advice and support, reasonable adjustment recommendations, a Disabled Students' Allowances needs assessment centre, and access to a range of non-medical helpers providing on-campus support.
  • AccessAbility advisers encourage students to disclose their disability or medical condition to ensure that reasonable adjustments can be arranged, including for specific learning differences such as dyslexia, sensory impairments, mobility difficulties, medical conditions or mental health.
  • An Assistive Technology Cooordinator has specialist knowledge in assistive technology and provides training for students in specialist equipment and software.

Other services and facilities

  • A range of support programmes are in place at Ulster University to enhance the student experience including, a sport and recreation referral scheme, Mind Your Mood campaign, PASS 'peer-assisted study sessions' peer mentoring, 'less stress more success' learning and resilience programme, and PIPS suicide prevention training.
  • The university chaplaincy service can be a listening ear, a worship space, a relaxation room, a meeting place – or even a building site, in partnership with schemes such as Habitat for Humanity, where students get to make a difference in the world.
  • The Student Money Advice team provides support for students in serious financial hardship as well as workshops on budgeting and money management to empower students with long-term tools and techniques to develop financial capability and responsible money management.
  • The Belfast campus is home to Belfast School of Art, providing practice based learning supported by flexible spaces. Scheduled for completion in 2020, most of the activity currently based at Jordanstown will be transferred to the Belfast campus.

Students' Union

  • Ulster University Students' Union (UUSU) is the voice for all students, with staff, offices and café/social spaces on all campuses. Led by a group of elected full-time student officers, supported by more than 50 staff, it works in partnership with the university to represent the student voice and provide independent advocacy and advice for students with academic or disciplinary issues.
  • UUSU has 130 student led sports and societies. Its sports clubs compete in the highest leagues and competitions, as well as having something for everyone with activities such as mountaineering, fencing, archery and judo. Societies can be based on academic courses or shared interests, such as debating or online gaming. Students can also get involved with the community on or off campus through a volunteer centre.
  • UUSU Enterprise Centre supports and nurtures student entrepreneurs, offering support to grow business ideas, enter competitions or encourage students to explore the possibilities of self-employment after university.


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

Fascinating Fact

  • Ulster University's Belfast School of Art boasts two Turner Prize winners and a further five nominees among its alumni and staff.

Notable Alumni and Famous Faces

  • Kate Hoey – MP.
  • Susan Phillipsz – winner of the Turner Prize in 2014.
  • Stephen (Sam) Martin – field hockey player and Olympic gold-medallist.
  • Alyson Hogg – founder and CEO of Vita Liberata.
  • Mr Colin Walsh – chair of the CBI Northern Ireland.
  • Kevin Kingston – CEO Danske Bank.
  • Harry Cayton, CBE OBE – chief executive of the Council for Healthcare Regulatory Excellence.
  • Sonia Flynn – former vice president of SoundCloud.
  • Dr Brian Irvine MBE – composer.
  • Brian Keenan – writer.
  • Dr Joe Schmidt – Irish rugby union coach.


Ulster University, Cromore Road, Coleraine, BT52 1SA