• Entry Standards
    Entry Standards

    The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University. These tables use the old UCAS tariff.

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  • Student Satisfaction
    Student Satisfaction

    A guide to how satisfied students are with the quality of teaching they receive.

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    4.15 / 5.00
  • Research Quality
    Research Quality

    A measure of the quality of the research undertaken in the University.

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    2.91 / 4.00
  • Research Intensity
    Research Intensity

    A measure of the proportion of staff involved in high-quality research in the University.

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    0.84 / 1.00
  • Graduate Prospects
    Graduate Prospects

    A guide to the employability of graduates on completion of their courses at the University.

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    65.1 / 100.0
  • Student-Staff Ratio
    Student-Staff Ratio

    The average staffing levels at the University.

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  • Academic Services Spend
    Academic Services Spend

    A guide to how much the University spends on supporting services such as libraries and IT.

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  • Facilities Spend
    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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  • Good Honours
    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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    71.6 / 100.0
  • Degree Completion
    Degree Completion

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

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    83.5 / 100.0

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.

Entry Requirements

  • Entry standards vary by course, please refer to the university website for details.
  • There is no cap or limit on the number of students from outside Northern Ireland, except in the Allied Health Professions and social work.

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

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

Teaching Methods

  • Skills+ is a unique resource for students providing access to a wide range of online tools and materials.

Undergraduate Courses

Type of Qualification:

Mode of study:

Course Flexibility

  • The university offers a wide range of part-time and full-time courses. Distance learning options are also available.
  • Most courses include the option of year-long industrial placements or study abroad; wherever possible, co-terminus awards are made enabling students to graduate with both a degree and a professional qualification.

Student Services and Facilities

  • The Belfast campus is home to Belfast School of Art, providing practice based learning supported by flexible spaces. Scheduled for completion in 2018, most of the activity currently based at Jordanstown will be transferred to the Belfast campus.
  • Other developments include investment in Teaching and Arts/Humanities blocks at Coleraine, opened in 2015; and an £11m teaching block at the  Magee campus.
  • All four campuses provide 24/7 computing facilities and excellent libraries. 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.
  • Digital Learning aims to enhance the learning of on-campus students as well as off-site and distance learning students. Learning materials are available online and can be accessed via dedicated apps for mobile phones and tablets.

Disability Services

  • Ulster University’s Disability Service supports over 2,000 students with disabilities with a confidential service across all four campuses.
  • The service includes an AccessAbility Team with an assigned adviser for every student, providing 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.
  • AccessAbility advisers encourage students to disclose any disability or medical condition to ensure that reasonable adjustments can be arranged, including for specific learning difficulties such as dyslexia, sensory impairments, mobility difficulties, medical conditions or mental health concerns.

Students' Union

  • The Students' Union (UUSU) provides a range of services, including financial and welfare advice, entertainment, societies, clubs and events, as well as operating a number of shops, bars and catering facilities.
  • Seven elected student officers are supported by 860 class reps to represent 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, and the 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.

Availability of Part-Time Work

  • 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 Guidance

  • The award-winning 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 3 years after graduating.
  • The service offers accredited employability modules, drop-in advice clinics, 1-to-1 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 dedicated 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.

Student Mix

Student population


Level of study

  • Undergraduate 79%
  • Postgraduate 21%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 70%
  • Part Time 30%

Where students come from

  • UK 91%
  • EU 6%
  • Other 3%

Student gender

  • Male 44%
  • Female 56%


  • 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.

Notable Alumni

  • Kate Hoey – MP.
  • Susan Phillipsz – winner of Turner Prize 2014.
  • Stephen (Sam) Martin – field hockey player and Olympic gold medallist.
  • Alyson Hogg – founder and CEO Vita Liberata.
  • Mr Colin Walsh – Chairman of the CBI Northern Ireland.
  • Kevin Kingston – CEO Danske Bank (MBA).
  • Harry Cayton, CBE OBE – Chief Executive, Council for Healthcare Regulatory Excellence.
  • Dr Sonia Flynn - Vice President SoundCloud.
  • Dr Brian Irvine MBE – composer.
  • Brian Keenan – writer.
  • Dr Joe Schmidt – Irish Rugby Union coach.

Further Details

Address Ulster University
Cromore Road
BT52 1SA
UCAS Code U20