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.

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

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 78%
  • Postgraduate 22%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 72%
  • Part Time 28%

Where students come from

  • UK 91%
  • EU 6%
  • Other 3%

Student gender

  • Male 46%
  • Female 54%

Student Services and Facilities


  • Each campus has a library providing a wide range of services, collections and facilities to support teaching, learning and research within the university.
  • Resources include journals (print and electronic versions), special collections of interest to researchers, and a document delivery service to request books not available within the library service.

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 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.

Health services

  • Triage assistants have an in-depth knowledge of the university's Student Support services; they are trained to provide advice and guidance on a variety of issues, ensuring that students are seen faster by the most relevant service for their particular issue. Drop-in and scheduled appointments are available.
  • Further support is available in terms of health and well-being, and sexual health advice. 
  • The university also supports a wide range of helplines.

Counselling services

  • Confidential counselling is provided 24/7 in collaboration with Inspire, and is free to all Ulster University students.
  • Counsellors are fully trained and experienced in supporting students with a wide range of problems.

Disability support

  • 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.

Other services and facilities

  • A range of support programmes include 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 a safeTALK training courses that links students at risk of suicide with students trained in suicide prevention interventions.
  • The university chaplaincy service can be variously 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 with financial issues. It offers guidance on budgeting and money management, and provides advice to students in serious financial hardship.

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, the UUSU Learning and Teaching Awards recognise outstanding contributions by university staff as nominated by the student body, and the annual Colours Awards recognise sporting excellence by 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.

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 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.


Ulster University, Cromore Road, Coleraine, BT52 1SA