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2 ulster.ac.uk Undergraduate Guide 2017-2018 3 Contents Contents Welcome to Ulster University 5 SECTION 3 Faculties at Ulster University SECTION 1 Art, Design and Choose Ulster University the Built Environment 45 Why Ulster University? 6 Arts 49 Pioneering research 8 Computing and Engineering 53 See your career take shape 11 Life and Health Sciences 56 Working with industry Social Sciences 61 and professional bodies 12 Ulster University Business School 65 Go global 15 Welcoming students from near and far 17 SECTION 4 Applying to Ulster University SECTION 2 Your UCAS application 69 The Ulster University Experience Equivalence of qualifications 70 A snapshot of Northern Ireland 19 General entrance requirements 72 A multi-campus University, Fees and funding 74 one great experience 22 A new vision for learning Get to know us 77 in the heart of Belfast 29 Your home away from home 30 Accessible learning 33 Combined degrees at Ulster University 35 Your learning experience 37 Work hard, play hard 38 Get involved 40 Help and advice when you need it 43
4 ulster.ac.uk Undergraduate Guide 2017-2018 5 Welcome to Ulster University Welcome to Ulster University Going to university is an exciting step and choosing where to study is an important decision that will shape your future. This guide gives you a flavour of life at Ulster; the unique student experience, outstanding facilities and stimulating learning environment where you can pursue your ambitions at one of the world’s top 100 young universities. What sets us apart is how we prepare you for your future career. The Ulster student experience goes far beyond the classroom or lecture theatre. Our strong links with industry and professional bodies ensure that our courses meet market needs and that our graduates are fully equipped with the skills and know-how to forge successful, rewarding careers. Our Above all else, we are firmly committed to providing figures speak for themselves; 2,000 Ulster students the best learning experience and environment, and undertake work placement every year and over 90 we place our students at the heart of all that we percent of our graduates are in work or further study do. This is reflected in our campus developments within six months of leaving Ulster. which have included a £5.1 million teaching block at Coleraine and planning permission for a new We are a forward-thinking University and this is £11 million facility at Magee. reflected in our world-leading research profile. We are at the forefront of pioneering breakthroughs, the You may have also seen the extensive building benefits of which are being felt far and wide, across all work that is taking place at the Belfast campus. This aspects of life. We are in the top 25 percent of all UK £250 million redevelopment represents an exciting universities for research and spend over £40 million new chapter for Ulster and our talented students. If each year on our discoveries, solving real-world issues. you choose to study at Jordanstown you will have the Our innovations also influence and shape our student opportunity to complete your degree at this world- learning experience. class facility. “If you are dedicated towards We understand that going to university is a big step in Whatever your aspirations, you can shape your future putting in hard work, you will reap your learning journey. We are committed to making at Ulster University. the rewards. University will test your transition as smooth as possible and offer a full and push you to make you better range of support services designed to enhance your and that is exactly what Ulster experience at Ulster. We put our students first, a University does. My time studying commitment which they have acknowledged. In the with Ulster University has given 2015 National Student Survey, we achieved an overall With best wishes, me a great sense of achievement satisfaction rating of 89 percent, greater than the Professor Paddy Nixon that will remain close to me sector average. Vice-Chancellor throughout my career.” Timothy McCurdy BSc Hons Architectural Technology and Management
6 ulster.ac.uk Undergraduate Guide 2017-2018 7 Section 1: Choose Ulster University We recruit TOP international students FROM MORE THAN 100 100 DIFFERENT COUNTRIES We are in the world’s Top £49M 100 Young TOP Universities (Source: Times Higher Section 1 Education) 25% How much we invest each year in research Choose 2,000 Ulster OF ALL UK UNIVERSITIES of our students undertake work University FOR OVERALL RESEARCH placements NUMBER ONE IN THE UK every year FOR OUTSTANDING IMPACT IN LAW RESEARCH Northern Ireland’s capital Why Ulster University? UNIVERSITY IN THE UK BELFAST is the most affordable We are renowned for the student experience we offer. From great teaching to first class FOR STUDYING PHARMACY place to study in the UK resources and facilities, all within a welcoming and supportive learning environment, 89% 90% you will receive a ‘uniquely Ulster’ experience that will help you to fulfil your potential. OVERALL STUDENT SATISFACTION RATING of our graduates are in work or further study (Source: National Student Survey) 6 MONTHS after leaving university
8 ulster.ac.uk Undergraduate Guide 2017-2018 9 Section 1: Choose Ulster University Pioneering research As an Ulster University student, you will benefit number one in Northern Ireland for research into first-hand from the research we undertake. Our biomedical sciences, law, business and management, teaching is inspired by our discoveries. architecture and built environment, art and design, social policy, sport, media studies and nursing. Each year we spend over £40 million on research, challenging and testing new knowledge and skills to We continue to develop and invest in our capabilities to positively impact the economic, social and cultural life ensure we stay at the forefront of innovation. of Northern Ireland and beyond. FIND OUT MORE In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) W: ulster.ac.uk/research assessment, Ulster was named as one of the top universities in the UK for world-leading research and
10 ulster.ac.uk Undergraduate Guide 2017-2018 11 Section 1: Choose Ulster University See your career take shape “Careers guidance is available from first to final year, helping students focus on long-term plans. At Ulster, we don’t just provide you with At Ulster, every full-time undergraduate and integrated As I am studying on a sandwich a first rate education, we also prepare master’s degree includes a period of work-based degree, it also prepared me for learning. In addition you will have the opportunity you for life after graduation. to build your international profile through work placement interviews, helping me secure a paid placement! experience overseas. The professional experience has Our learning experience is career-focused and relevant, provided valuable knowledge and offering you a range of opportunities to enhance You can also gain extra University recognition for prepared me for life post-university.” your CV and stand out to potential employers. This your professional development gained in part-time ensures that when you leave us, you do so with the work, summer internship and year-long placement. Lisa Sheldon knowledge, skills and confidence to make your mark in a If you successfully complete a placement year in BSc Hons Environmental Health competitive job market. employment, you could be awarded a Diploma in Professional Practice (DPP) or a Diploma in Professional Teaching excellence Practice (International) if your employment is overseas. The quality of our teaching ensures that your learning Alternatively, you could be awarded the Diploma in experience is of the highest academic standard. Our International Academic Studies (DIAS) if you complete a programmes are regularly reviewed and we constantly placement year studying abroad. monitor the changing employment market to ensure you attain relevant knowledge, skills and professional You will also have the opportunity to count these qualifications to excel in your future career. Many of our experiences towards the Ulster EDGE Award. academic staff are involved in cutting-edge research, which W: ulster.ac.uk/careers shapes and informs the teaching you receive at Ulster. Giving you the EDGE Professional accreditation Employers are placing more emphasis on recruiting Most of our degree programmes are developed in graduates who not only have a degree, but who are collaboration with industry and professional bodies. also equipped with key transferable skills. The Ulster Many offer an additional professional qualification or EDGE Award provides official recognition and evidence accreditation, something you will find invaluable once of activities outside of your studies. It is awarded in you graduate and are applying for jobs. addition to your degree and gives you the opportunity to engage in a wide range of activities that will boost Career planning your career prospects and show commitment to your Our professional Career Development Centre staff offer personal development. friendly and impartial advice to help you plan your W: ulster.ac.uk/edge career, and provide a range of opportunities designed to develop your employability skills. You will have access Higher Education Achievement Report to vacancies for permanent employment, placement The University provides a Higher Education Achievement opportunities and vacation or part-time work. We Report (HEAR) to all students upon graduation. It is a also organise regular fairs and forums to give you the detailed record of your academic and extra-curricular opportunity to meet employers and professional bodies. achievements to supplement your degree. The HEAR W: ulster.ac.uk/careers allows you to showcase your achievements to employers and postgraduate tutors. Work experience W: www.hear.ac.uk According to the Graduate Market 2015 Report, recruiters have confirmed that a third of this year’s FIND OUT MORE entry-level positions will be filled by graduates who W: ulster.ac.uk/careers have already worked for their organisations, either F: Careers at Ulster through paid internships, industrial placements or T: @CareersatUlster vacation work.
12 ulster.ac.uk Undergraduate Guide 2017-2018 13 Section 1: Choose Ulster University Working with industry and professional bodies Life and Health Sciences We work hard to ensure employability is at the heart of the learning experience we deliver and that our courses are professionally relevant, in line with industry needs. We work in close collaboration with employers and awarding bodies to develop our curriculum and have achieved extensive accreditation from a range of professional bodies, across our entire suite of programmes. (Check individual course information for accreditation details.) Art, Design and the Built Environment Social Sciences Ulster University Business School Computing and Engineering
14 ulster.ac.uk Undergraduate Guide 2017-2018 15 Section 1: Choose Ulster University Go global One of the best things about studying with us is International placement the opportunity for you to ‘go global’. Experience and internship programmes of different cultures can be a very positive asset in Your degree at Ulster can connect you to our today’s competitive labour market. international employer partners and provide you with opportunities to work in Australia, America and Europe Study abroad for up to one year, either as part of your placement As an Ulster University student, you will have the during your degree, during your holidays or as a exciting opportunity to study at a university overseas graduate. These include Mountbatten Institute New as part of your course. Studying abroad allows you to York Programme, the US-NI Mentorship Programme, the enhance the knowledge and skills that you acquire IBEC EOP Multinational, Tourism and Global Graduates during your course and adds a desirable international Programmes. Funding for international placements dimension to your career prospects. is available through Erasmus+ and British Council programmes. You may choose to study at one of Ulster’s many partner institutions in Europe through the Erasmus+ Additional international work experiences programme, or further afield in North America, Latin There is a wide range of short-term work and study America, Asia or Australia. options available, including paid internships abroad for computing, science and construction students through There are a number of shorter study abroad IAESTE (the International Association for the Exchange opportunities available such as Study USA or the three- of Students for Technical Experience), and the week Study China and Study India programmes. Washington-Ireland Programme, allowing students to undertake an eight-week internship in Washington, DC. There are also a wide variety of academic summer schools offered internationally in many universities and You can broaden your horizons whilst studying by other organisations. working in a children’s summer camp or through the Project Children Intern Programme, in USA. Other FIND OUT MORE opportunities include the British Council’s Generation “The one year work placement W: ulster.ac.uk/international/outgoing-students UK India Work Placement or Thailand English Teaching allows you to work anywhere in the E: email@example.com programme. world, learning from the best and F: Ulster University Study Abroad exploring exciting new trends first FIND OUT MORE hand. In addition to this, all of the W: ulster.ac.uk/careers lecturers have first hand experience F: Careers at Ulster in industry and have integral T: @CareersatUlster links with employers, locally and internationally.” Matt Logan BSc Hons Culinary Arts Management
16 ulster.ac.uk Undergraduate Guide 2017-2018 17 Section 1: Choose Ulster University Welcoming students from near and far If you live outside of the UK and Ireland and are considering studying here, we can offer you a first-class education in a modern, exciting and dynamic environment. Students from all around the world have chosen to study at Ulster and gain a highly valued degree. The Ulster experience not only offers you academic excellence, but you will also be part of a friendly and welcoming university, committed to providing you with a quality student experience. Modern facilities for sport, leisure and accommodation combine with our international reputation for excellence in teaching and research to make us a leading UK education provider. Our team in the International Department will provide you with advice on our courses, assistance with your application and information about life at Ulster. They will also continue to support you during your time with us. The International Student Experience team works to support you while you study at Ulster. You will have the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of events organised for international students on all campuses. You will also be encouraged to get to know other Ulster students through engagement with the Students’ Union. We have dedicated teaching staff who provide English language support programmes throughout the year. Immigration advisers are available to provide visa and immigration advice. Our Student Support staff and the Students’ Union are also on hand to help you with any problems. FIND OUT MORE W: ulster.ac.uk/international E: firstname.lastname@example.org
18 ulster.ac.uk Undergraduate Guide 2017-2018 19 Section 2: The Ulster University Experience A snapshot of Northern Ireland Whether you are from ‘our wee country’ or further afield, studying in Northern Ireland will be an unforgettable experience. From breath-taking landscapes and intriguing towns and villages, to some of the most cultural and history-rich cities, the variety is remarkable. Section 2 The Ulster University Experience
20 ulster.ac.uk Undergraduate Guide 2017-2018 21 Section 2: The Ulster University Experience Whichever Ulster campus you choose, you’ll experience a vibrant, eclectic social scene and will be a stone’s throw away from renowned clubs and hot spots. For music that hits all the right notes, we have traditional sessions in local pubs, global superstars in concert, up and coming performers in intimate venues or great festivals in wonderful settings – you’ll see it all in Northern Ireland. Immerse yourself in Northern Ireland life with well- known annual events including St. Patrick’s Day, the Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival (Belfast), North West 200 (Portrush/Causeway Coast) and the Banks of the Foyle Halloween Carnival (Derry~Londonderry). For lovers of good food, Northern Ireland caters for every culinary taste. From seafront restaurants along the Causeway Coastal Route to seafood bars at the foot of the Mourne Mountains, cosmopolitan fine dining, and hearty pub grub in quaint rural spots. Outdoorsy types are spoilt for choice with their very own adventure playground. Paddle along canoe trails, surf or body board on waves coming from the roaring North Atlantic or head to the Mourne Mountains, where you can walk, climb or horse-ride. Theatre and literature aficionados can enjoy a new play by local writers including Marie Jones and Owen McCafferty, classic works from internationally acclaimed Brian Friel, or touring productions at world- class theatre venues. Whatever your interest or passion, we have it covered. And what’s more, you can expect the friendliest of welcomes, in typical Northern Ireland fashion. Is it any wonder a survey by the Office of National Statistics ranked Northern Ireland as the happiest place to live in the UK? (Source: www.itv.com/news, 2014) FIND OUT MORE W: www.discovernorthernireland.com
22 ulster.ac.uk Undergraduate Guide 2017-2018 23 Section 2: The Ulster University Experience Ulster University, Belfast Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter is the artistic and cultural centre of the city and home to our Belfast campus. If you choose to study here in Northern Ireland’s capital, you can take advantage of its wealth of culture and entertainment. Ulster’s art and design heritage dates to the establishment of the School of Art and Design in 1849. Although traditionally associated with art, the campus spans an increasing and exciting range of subjects A multi-campus including architecture, hospitality, photography and digital animation. University, Facilities include purpose-built design spaces, sound recording, mixing and animation, teaching and exhibition one great areas as well as a library. Our vibrant campus plays host to frequent fashion and art exhibitions and is an exciting place to study and work. experience The Belfast campus is continuing to expand and develop as part of one of Northern Ireland’s largest urban developments. In a few years we will have 15,000 students and staff based in the city centre. Many students starting their degree at Jordanstown in 2017 will complete their course in the new Belfast campus. See page 29 for more information. We are one University with four distinct campuses across Northern Ireland – Belfast, Coleraine, Jordanstown and Magee. Courses are also delivered at our branch campuses in London and Birmingham. While each campus differs in size and has its own distinctive atmosphere, wherever you choose to study, you will receive the same first class teaching and supportive learning environment, and experience the unique character that makes Ulster one of the most popular universities in the UK.
24 ulster.ac.uk Undergraduate Guide 2017-2018 25 Section 2: The Ulster University Experience “The Coleraine campus combines world- class teaching and research facilities with a vibrant and picturesque environment. The quality of student housing and widespread Ulster access to excellent sporting facilities, Ulster many of which are not available at other university campuses within the UK, makes University, Coleraine the ideal place to study.” University, Pádraig Mulholland Jordanstown BSc Hons Optometry/PhD Vision Science Coleraine Our bustling Jordanstown campus is the largest of The feeling of community at our Coleraine campus The campus sits on the banks of the River Bann, less Ulster’s campuses and is located just seven miles makes for a warm and welcoming student experience. than a mile from the town centre. Coleraine town north of the city on Belfast Lough. The relaxed, outdoor atmosphere of the north coast is is the largest and busiest on the Causeway coast. reflected in the feel of this thriving campus. Together with the nearby seaside towns of Portrush and The campus has a strong profile in business, Portstewart and the Giant’s Causeway World Heritage engineering, social sciences, communication and Campus developments include the addition of a new Site, this area is a major international tourist destination academic disciplines relating to the science and teaching block and sports centre. and has an excellent selection of bars, clubs and award- coaching of sport. Sport plays a significant part in the winning restaurants. For those interested in outdoor life of the campus. It is home to the Sports Institute A wide range of subjects are available at Coleraine, activities the local beaches, coastline and hills provide of Northern Ireland (SINI), a partnership between the which makes for an interesting mixture of students great opportunities to get outside and explore. University and Sport Northern Ireland, and most of and staff. Subject areas include biomedical sciences, Northern Ireland’s leading athletes train here at our environmental science and geography, psychology, impressive facilities. English, history, media and journalism, travel and tourism, and teacher training. Buildings are structured around a central ‘mall’ allowing students to walk from one end of the campus to the other without going outside. The mall area is home to a bank, restaurants, coffee shops, sandwich bars, a supermarket, the chaplains’ office and the Students’ Union. Many students starting their degree at Jordanstown in 2017 will complete their course in the new Belfast campus or Coleraine.
26 ulster.ac.uk Undergraduate Guide 2017-2018 27 Section 2: The Ulster University Experience Ulster University, Birmingham (branch campus) Magee With a student population of more than 65,000, Birmingham has an eclectic social scene, making it one of the best places to study in the UK. Our Birmingham branch campus has a great location in the heart of The friendly village atmosphere of our Magee the city centre, close to the main New Street rail campus offers an intimate learning environment station. Excellent teaching facilities and faculty staff in the heart of Northern Ireland’s second city, complement a cosy campus geared towards learning and Derry~Londonderry. As part of the Magee your employability. community you will receive excellent support and FIND OUT MORE enjoy a full social life. W: www.qabs.ulster.ac.uk/birmingham Magee is synonymous with creativity; it is home to Ulster’s School of Creative Arts and Technologies and creativity runs through every programme. Teaching strengths include business, creative arts, creative London (branch campus) technologies, computing, engineering, nursing and law. London is a bustling and cosmopolitan city, with a diverse social scene, exciting nightlife, vibrant culture, fantastic The beautiful, leafy campus comprises a mixture shopping and a wealth of sightseeing opportunities. Our of historical and new buildings and is dominated branch campus is located in historic Holborn, in central by the main building – known by some students as London. Situated between the city’s financial centre and ‘Hogwarts’ due to its impressive gothic architecture. the cultural district, access to London’s resources could not Magee College was opened in 1845 as a centre for arts be easier. It is also close to plenty of transport links, offering and theology at the bequest of Martha Magee, the convenient travel solutions to the campus. widow of a Presbyterian minister. This magnificent building was opened in 1865 and remains the hub of Equipped with state-of-the-art classrooms and computer the campus. suites, library facilities, free WiFi and private study areas, our London branch campus provides the ideal student The famous walled city centre and the River Foyle environment. are a short walk from the campus. Located in the North West of Northern Ireland and a short distance FIND OUT MORE from County Donegal, Derry~Londonderry is ideally W: www.qabs.ulster.ac.uk/london situated for exploring some of Ireland’s most dramatic landscapes.
28 ulster.ac.uk Undergraduate Guide 2017-2018 29 Section 2: The Ulster University Experience A new vision for learning in the heart of Belfast As part of our ongoing redevelopment programme, we have officially opened the doors on the first phase of our new landmark Belfast campus. This ambitious £250 million project will transform higher education and be a world-class centre for teaching, research and innovation. The overwhelming design priority for the Belfast campus has been ‘flexibility’. This includes: • The creation of fully-equipped student hubs and open-plan spaces which cater for informal, collaborative and individual study. • Specialised, state-of-the-art workshop and studio facilities, equipped with emerging technologies, which will facilitate excellence in teaching, learning and research. • A continued commitment to high-quality design and sustainable regeneration, with energy conservation a priority throughout the campus. The Belfast campus will house up to 15,000 students and staff by 2018. By bringing our bright, ambitious and creative students and staff into the city centre, we will form a lively student community and promote an innovative and vibrant environment that will stimulate and inspire. Most courses currently based at Jordanstown will be relocated to Belfast. Health Science courses will move to Coleraine. If you apply for a course in Jordanstown starting in September 2017, lasting two or more years, you will be relocated. FIND OUT MORE W: ulster.ac.uk/greaterbelfastdevelopment
30 ulster.ac.uk Undergraduate Guide 2017-2018 31 Section 2: The Ulster University Experience Your home away from home To help you settle into university life, we can Ulster University, Jordanstown guarantee you a place in one of our halls of The majority of the accommodation in our on-campus residence in your first year of study, providing you student village comprises five-bedroom, en-suite make Ulster your first choice. In fact, some of our apartments with broadband connection and shared students like our accommodation so much they live kitchen/dining facilities. If you require a bigger space with us for their entire programme of study. you can rent self-contained apartments on-campus. We provide adapted accessible accommodation for University-managed accommodation is reasonably students with disabilities. There are also 170 student priced, clean, comfortable and modern. We offer 2,200 apartments close to the Jordanstown campus for those places across, and in the vicinity of, our four campuses. seeking more independent living. There is also an exciting range of social events organised throughout the year to encourage students FIND OUT MORE to get to know one another and develop a strong sense W: ulster.ac.uk/accommodation of community. You can browse through the range of E: email@example.com accommodation, take a virtual tour and see price lists F: Residential Services Jordanstown on our accommodation website. W: ulster.ac.uk/accommodation Ulster University, Magee We offer accommodation for over 600 students in our Ulster University, Belfast student village and our halls of residence, Coppin House, If you are studying at the Belfast campus you can both less than five minutes’ walk from the campus. All apply to live in University accommodation at the accommodation has access to broadband with WiFi Jordanstown campus. There are excellent rail, bus and throughout. There are self-contained units available taxi links between these campuses. Alternatively, you for students who require additional space, privacy and may consider private accommodation. independence. Adapted accessible accommodation is available for students with a disability. FIND OUT MORE W: ulster.ac.uk/accommodation E: firstname.lastname@example.org F: Residential Services Magee Ulster University, Coleraine Our student village offers great on-campus accommodation. Most rooms have en-suite facilities, and all have a broadband connection and access to the internet with WiFi throughout. There are some suites available for students with special or mobility needs. Students seeking more independence may choose to live in leased accommodation in the nearby seaside town of Portstewart. The University allocates and manages this accommodation. FIND OUT MORE W: ulster.ac.uk/accommodation E: email@example.com F: Residential Services Coleraine
32 ulster.ac.uk Undergraduate Guide 2017-2018 33 Section 2: The Ulster University Experience Accessible learning We recognise that flexibility and convenience are Access to higher education important when it comes to your learning journey. If you are returning to education and you do not That is why we offer a range of opportunities at a currently have the qualifications to apply for our variety of levels to suit your lifestyle. undergraduate degrees, you can enrol on one of our validated Access courses at a local college. To find out Our community of learners study at undergraduate more, contact your local further education college. and postgraduate levels, including doctorates, on full-time and part-time courses, some of which are Foundation degrees delivered fully online. Whatever your ambition, we Ulster validates a range of foundation degrees at will offer a way of studying that works with your life. local partner colleges. These qualifications are a great way of studying for a vocational qualification Part-time study to improve your employability or as a means of Part-time study gives you the flexibility to balance progressing to university. Graduates from our your personal commitments with your learning. foundation degrees typically start on year two of our Depending on the course, you may be taught on undergraduate degree programmes. campus, entirely online or a combination of both – W: ulster.ac.uk/ulster-life/go-to-ulster/associate- often called ‘blended’ learning. You will receive the students same teaching, excellent support and use the same facilities as full-time students. In most cases you will be taught alongside full-time students. W: ulster.ac.uk/ulster-life/go-to-ulster/part-time eLearning eLearning courses offer flexibility enabling you to “I entered University through the study at your own pace, any place and any time. Our APEL route and began my degree in graduates come from around the world, all walks of life September 2013, part-time. Being and have studied a variety of subjects. an adult learner I was worried about W: ulster.ac.uk/ulster-life/go-to-ulster/elearning how I would be perceived by other students, but my lecturers ensured Lifelong learning my class and other students were We provide high-quality short courses for everyone. made to feel at ease. They really Whether you want to improve your job prospects, helped to give all of us confidence learn new skills, get a qualification or develop about returning to adult education.” workplace training, we can help. We have a wide range of learning opportunities available, at Caroline Birch affordable prices. BSc Hons Community Development W: ulster.ac.uk/ulster-life/go-to-ulster/short-courses
34 ulster.ac.uk Undergraduate Guide 2017-2018 35 Section 2: The Ulster University Experience Combined degrees at Ulster University A combined degree is a flexible programme that allows you to study two subjects at the same time. This means you can build the degree that you want, one that meets your strengths and interests and best serves your individual career aspirations. You can choose from a wide list of subjects across a range of disciplines. You can structure the subjects within your combined degree in one of two ways: Main/Main A ‘main/main’ degree means you study two subjects in equal proportions. For example, a BSc Hons Accounting and Advertising would involve 50 percent accounting studies and 50 percent advertising studies. The word ‘and’ between the two subjects indicates an even split. Major/Minor A ‘major/minor’ combination degree is where more time is devoted to one subject than another. The major subject, referenced first in the degree name, equates to two thirds of your course and the minor subject, referenced second, accounts for the remaining third, e.g. BSc Hons Music with Drama. The word ‘with’ indicates a major/minor subject combination. There are a number of benefits to undertaking a combined degree: • Greater flexibility • Opportunity to study different disciplines • Explore new interests • More personalised • Broad knowledge can be attractive to employers.
36 ulster.ac.uk Undergraduate Guide 2017-2018 37 Section 2: The Ulster University Experience “The Learning Resource Centre has been the most useful for me. There is a huge range of academic resources that we can make use of through our Ulster University Portal, which have been useful in helping broaden my knowledge on my field of study.” David Bailie BSc Hons International Travel and Tourism Your learning experience Studying at university is not the same as Academic year studying at school. The key difference is that The academic year is divided into two semesters for you will be more responsible for your own most students (some students, e.g. nursing, have a day-to-day work. A typical university student’s longer academic year). The first semester runs from timetable consists of fewer taught hours than September until mid-January and the second from late a typical school pupil’s. However, a full-time January to May. Each semester comprises 12 weeks of student should be studying approximately 40 teaching followed by an exam period. Full-time students hours per week. will typically study three modules in each semester (18 modules of study make up a standard three-year The main difference from school is that you are degree programme). Most modules are assessed through expected to study independently – to organise coursework and/or exams. The first-semester exams are in your time to study effectively by deciding early January and the second-semester exams are in May. which materials to study and how. You are expected to read about your subject (reading Lectures, seminars and tutorials lists are generally provided, particularly in the Teaching is delivered through lectures, seminars and first year), prepare for seminars and complete tutorials, and sometimes practicals and fieldwork. assignments. You will be allocated a studies Lectures are formal teaching sessions, often with a larger adviser to support you, but remember to keep group of students. Seminars, which usually provide a staff informed if you are having any difficulties. form of follow-up to lectures, take place in smaller groups and are often used to promote group discussion about a specific topic. In tutorials, a small number of students meet with a tutor to discuss work and to raise points of particular interest or difficulty. Work placement or study abroad You may have the opportunity to go on work experience or study abroad during your third year. For some medical- related courses, you will be required to undertake block work placements throughout the course.
38 ulster.ac.uk Undergraduate Guide 2017-2018 39 Section 2: The Ulster University Experience Work hard, play hard Talented Athlete Entry Scheme We have a strong heritage of sporting achievement and sport plays an important part in Ulster life. As one of the leading universities for sport Hundreds of our students play for ‘Team Ulster’ in Ireland and the UK, we understand the every day and the buzz around our facilities is immense dedication and commitment it takes electric. We encourage everyone to be active and to be successful when competing at the highest get involved, whether you just want to keep fit or level. Hours of training, intense regimes and are competing at the highest level. competitions can sometimes mean a sacrifice in examination performance. You don’t have to be a professional athlete to benefit from First-class facilities our world-class sporting and recreational facilities, which The Talented Athlete Entry Scheme is designed to are available at very affordable student rates. You can also support and nurture aspiring athletes by reducing take part without joining up – simply pay as you go. the entry grades required for full-time undergraduate courses. Details are available at ulster.ac.uk/sport Coleraine By getting involved in our Sports Union you are sure from September to January each year. Facilities include two sports halls, squash courts, a to find something exciting, from archery to volleyball steam room, strength and conditioning suite and and lots more. fitness studio with the latest cardiovascular equipment from the Technogym Wellness System. There are five types of aerobic training equipment, the latest fixed- weight training machines and a range of free-weight equipment. Outdoor facilities include grass tennis courts, football, rugby and Gaelic sports pitches, a 3G multisport pitch, a pavilion and a multisports area. Jordanstown and Belfast The world-class facilities at Jordanstown include a jacuzzi, sauna, plunge pool, steam room, indoor and outdoor sprint tracks, jumps area, physiotherapy and sports science rooms. Other facilities include a Technogym Wellness System suite with kinesis wall, indoor sports halls, acclimatisation chamber, strength and conditioning suite, gymnasium, squash courts, floodlit sand-based synthetic-grass hockey pitch, outdoor tennis courts and grass pitches to facilitate soccer, rugby and Gaelic games. Students from the Belfast campus have the opportunity to use the sports facilities at Jordanstown. Magee The Magee campus was the first university sports centre in the UK and Ireland to achieve QUEST registration, the UK Quality Award for sport and recreation services. Students have a fantastic choice of classes and sports courses through indoor and outdoor facilities such as a sports hall, studio, pavilion, grass FIND OUT MORE pitch and a 3G multisport pitch. W: ulster.ac.uk/sport T: @SportsUnion
40 ulster.ac.uk Undergraduate Guide 2017-2018 41 Section 2: The Ulster University Experience Get involved “The Students’ Union have been great in helping me settle over the past year, with meet-ups Once you register to study at Ulster University, and events through the year. you automatically become a member of the Lecturers have also supported me Ulster University Students’ Union (UUSU), one of through tough times – I always the largest in Ireland. The Union looks after the feel able to talk to someone if interests of Ulster students and is represented on there’s ever a problem.” each of our four campuses. Luke Merritt BA Hons Drama The Union is the focus of entertainment on each campus and organises social events, trips and activities to ensure you have an unforgettable experience at Ulster. Student voice The Union represents the student population on Clubs and societies every University committee, ensuring the student Open to all Ulster students, clubs and societies are an voice is always heard – an important way for us integral part of the Students’ Union. There is a wide to get feedback on our teaching and facilities. The range of activities on offer where you can meet new Students’ Union also runs the course rep system at people, have fun and try something new, all at the the University. Being a course rep is a great addition same time. Clubs and societies are also a great way Volunteer to your CV. to get valuable experience and skills to enhance your The UUSU Volunteering Centre supports students who CV. Whether you are interested in athletics, comic want to lend a helping hand in their local community Supporting you books, debating, politics or surfing (and everything in or Students’ Union, whether they are passionate about The Students’ Union is an important part of our between), get involved. social change, seeking to gain valuable experience, or FIND OUT MORE student support network. You can receive free, just want to meet new friends and have fun. W: uusu.org confidential advice and information on any F: Ulster SU issue or aspect of student life at Ulster. Site vice- You can also gain accreditation for your volunteering T: @UUSU presidents can advise you on issues such as study, through the Ulster EDGE Award (see page 11) and accommodation, how to deal with stress or anything Millennium Volunteers. else that affects your ability to make the most of your student experience.
42 ulster.ac.uk Undergraduate Guide 2017-2018 43 Section 2: The Ulster University Experience Help and advice when you need it Life as a student is exciting, but it can also be Student finance demanding and you may face personal challenges Our staff will advise you on financial matters to help you along the way. That’s where Student Support can manage your money better. They provide budgeting assist. We offer a range of services to help you workshops and can provide access to financial support cope, allowing you to make the most of your time for students in financial hardship. Visit at Ulster. Our professional services are free and www.studentfinanceni.co.uk for more information. confidential for all Ulster University students. FIND OUT MORE Triage service W: ulster.ac.uk/studentsupport There is a Student Support triage assistant on each campus who will meet with you to assess your needs Belfast campus (Room BA-02-34) and provide assistance with emotional support, health T: +44 (0)28 9536 7300 enquiries, finance worries, disability needs or any other E: firstname.lastname@example.org concerns. Our triage assistants act as a first point of contact for all of our services and will signpost you to the Jordanstown campus (Block 15G20) most appropriate source of information. T: +44 (0)28 9036 6336 E: email@example.com AccessAbility If you have a disability or medical condition please get Coleraine campus (Room E023) in touch as soon as you apply for a place at Ulster. Our T: +44 (0)28 7012 4105 AccessAbility advisers can help with additional study E: firstname.lastname@example.org needs, provide guidance on funding for disability support and recommend any other reasonable adjustments Magee campus (Room MG108G) required. T: +44 (0)28 7167 5218 E: email@example.com Health and wellbeing It is important to look after yourself at university, both Opening hours are Monday to Thursday, 8.45am to 5pm, physically and emotionally. Our health and wellbeing and Friday, 8.45am to 4pm. advisers provide guidance and support on academic issues, coping with stress or family or relationship problems. Our prominent health campaigns ensure that all students have the know-how to keep themselves safe and healthy while studying with us. Counselling Appointments with a trained counsellor can be arranged quickly and conveniently, on campus or closer to your home. Support doesn’t end after normal working hours – a confidential 24/7 helpline is available on T: 0800 028 5510 or E: firstname.lastname@example.org.
44 ulster.ac.uk Undergraduate Guide 2017-2018 45 Section 3: Faculties at Ulster University “Ulster has provided me with so many great years studying my undergraduate degree that I now want to stay at Ulster and further my education more. Ulster is a university that strives for the best and provides its students with excellent support services, opportunities and facilities.” Clare Aylward BSc Hons Environmental Health Faculty of Art, Design Section 3 and the Built Environment Dynamic and creative, the Faculty of A new environmentally-conscious perspective Art, Design and the Built Environment for infrastructure changes will drive our comprises three schools: Belfast School engineers, designers and planners to create Faculties of Architecture; Belfast School of Art; innovative solutions locally, nationally and and the School of the Built Environment. internationally. The School of the Built The Faculty integrates the creative Environment is leading the way in meeting industries of art practice and creative at Ulster the needs of our communities across public, design, with the practical disciplines domestic, commercial and the wider built of architecture, construction, civil and natural environments. Attention is now engineering, surveying, property, turning to using the built environment as a University planning, environmental health and way of encouraging economic recovery. This sustainable energy to meet the needs of will require better infrastructure provision our modern society which demands high- which respects the fragile environment, quality design, innovation and creativity. devising appropriate energy provision and As such, we operate at the cutting-edge technology in the existing housing stock, and in course provision and research, while ensuring the best standards for sustainable delivering a high-quality, professionally communities and neighbourhoods. relevant experience to all of our students. We are forward-thinking and pioneering. Our The creative industries, including courses are developed in close collaboration architecture, product design, fashion, with practitioners, industry and professional animation and interaction design, bodies and are strongly research informed constitutes one of the fastest-growing to ensure that what you study is relevant. sectors in the UK, contributing over half a Students from the Faculty of Art, Design and billion pounds each year to the Northern the Built Environment graduate prepared for Ireland economy. The sector has continued work, fully-equipped with the knowledge, to grow significantly in recent years and the skills and qualities needed to make a Belfast Schools of Architecture and Art are difference to the community they work and at the forefront in creating innovative and live in and with an appetite for success. exciting new courses. FIND OUT MORE This is also an important time for looking at W: ulster.ac.uk/adbe an exciting career in the built environment. E: email@example.com T: +44 (0)28 9036 6521
46 ulster.ac.uk Undergraduate Guide 2017-2018 47 Section 3: Faculties at Ulster University Faculty of Art, Design and the Built Environment Course Award UCAS code Campus Attendance A level Animation BDes Hons WW26 B FT BCC-BBB∆ Architectural Engineering BEng Hons J1H1 J FT, PT BBB∆† Architectural Technology BSc Hons K235 J FT BCC∆† and Management Architecture BA Hons K100 B FT BBB∆ Art and Design (Foundation Year BDes WW1F B FT CC for Specialist Degrees) Building Surveying BSc Hons K231 J FT, PT BBB∆ Civil Engineering BEng Hons/MEng H200 J FT, PT BBC∆† Civil Engineering (Geoinformatics) BSc Hons H202 J FT CCC∆† Construction Engineering BSc Hons K220 J FT, PT BBB∆† and Management Contemporary Applied Art BA Hons W901 B FT, PT BCC-BBB∆ Energy BSc Hons H222 J FT BBB∆† Environmental Health BSc Hons B910 J FT ABC∆† Fine Art BA Hons W100 B FT, PT BCC-BBB∆ Graphic Design and Illustration BDes Hons W210 B FT BCC-BBB∆ Interaction Design BDes Hons 2D13 B FT BCC-BBB∆ Photography BA Hons W641 B FT BCC-BBB∆ Planning and Property Development MSci KK42 J FT BBB∆ Product and Furniture Design BDes Hons W260 B FT CCC∆ Quantity Surveying and BSc Hons K240 J FT, PT BBB∆ Commercial Management Real Estate BSc Hons K291 J FT, PT BBC∆ Safety Engineering and BEng Hons H123 J FT BCC∆† Disaster Management Safety Engineering and MEng H224 J FT BBB∆† Disaster Management Textile Art, Design and Fashion BA Hons W232 B FT, PT BCC-BBB∆ Key B Belfast C Coleraine Cn Cookstown J Jordanstown FT Full-time M Magee Mn Monaghan Dn Dublin PT Part-time ∆ Applicants may be able to satisfy the requirements for the third/lower grade by substituting a combination of alternative qualifications to the same Visit our online course prospectus at ulster.ac.uk for further details standard as defined by UCAS. and up-to-date information on entrance requirements. † There may be additional entry stipulations or requirements for this course. Please refer to our online course prospectus at ulster.ac.uk for further details.
48 ulster.ac.uk Undergraduate Guide 2017-2018 49 Section 3: Faculties at Ulster University Faculty of Arts The Faculty of Arts is home to those who dare to Our students learn to read closely, write clearly and think differently, ask big questions and explore speak confidently. These are skills the world needs and stories and cultures beyond their own. We are that you can take anywhere. An arts degree will help internationally renowned for our provision in you discover your passion and develop your talents. humanities and the arts. We are Ulster University’s most research-intensive We are primarily based on two campuses, Coleraine faculty and our teaching is inspired by the range and and Magee, and we recruit to courses across four depth of our scholarship. Our innovative curriculum, schools: Creative Arts and Technologies; English and developed and delivered by staff who share your History; Irish Language and Literature; and Media, passion for learning, will challenge and change you. Film and Journalism. Throughout our course portfolio, we deliver excellent teaching and learning in world-class facilities. For Studying literature, history, students taking technology-intensive courses, facilities include: a television studio; Apple labs; journalism and the media, or the sound studios; recording and imaging equipment; performing and creative arts multimedia language learning labs and software; allows you to better understand multimedia research archives; and video editing suites. Students on more traditional library-based the human experience. It gives courses have access to the University’s rich collection you an insight into the past, of books and journals, as well as a wide range of electronic resources, accessible round the clock in as well as tools to imagine well-equipped computer labs. the future. Employers in every industry and institution seek people capable of original thought, analysis, and creativity, people who communicate well, who can adapt their skills to new situations, and who can keep learning and developing. Some of the world’s most successful journalists, lawyers, business leaders, writers, actors, advertisers and teachers studied arts at university. Regardless of your future career path – business, banking, administration, law, public service, teaching, journalism, or politics – certain abilities remain valuable in every context. That is what the arts and humanities are all about. An arts degree from Ulster University will give you the knowledge, skills and confidence to make your mark in a competitive job market. FIND OUT MORE W: ulster.ac.uk/arts E: firstname.lastname@example.org F: UlsterArts
50 ulster.ac.uk Undergraduate Guide 2017-2018 51 Section 3: Faculties at Ulster University Faculty of Arts Course Award UCAS code Campus Attendance A level Course Award UCAS code Campus Attendance A level Cinematic Arts BSc Hons W600 M FT BCC-BBC∆ Ireland: History and Culture AdvCert/ / C FT ulster.ac.uk AdvDip/ Creative Technologies BSc Hons W900 M FT BCC-BBC∆ Cert/CertHE Drama BA Hons W440 M FT BBC-BBB∆ Irish Language and Literature BA Hons Q540 B, M FT (M) PT/FT (B) BCC∆ Drama Subject Combinations BA Hons Various M FT Irish Language Diploma / B, M, Cn PT ulster.ac.uk • Drama with Advertising – W4NM BBC-BBB∆ • Drama with Irish – W4Q5 BBC-BBB∆ Irish Studies AdvDip/ / M FT ulster.ac.uk • Drama with Marketing – W4N5 BBC-BBB∆ Cert/CertHE • Drama with Music – W4W3 BBC-BBB∆† Irish Subject Combinations BA Hons Various M FT • Advertising with Drama – N5W4 ulster.ac.uk • Irish with Computing – QI31 BCC∆† • Business Studies with Drama – N1W4 BCC-BBB∆ • Irish with Drama – Q5W4 BCC∆† • Irish with Drama – Q5W4 BCC∆† • Irish with Management Studies – Q5NF BCC∆† • Music with Drama – W3W4 BBC-BBB∆† • Irish with Marketing – Q5NM BCC∆† English BA Hons Q300 C FT BBC-BBB∆ • Irish with Music – Q5W3 BBD∆† • Advertising with Irish – N5Q5 ulster.ac.uk English Subject Combinations BA Hons Various C FT • Business Studies with Irish – N1Q5 BCC-BBB∆† • English with Education – Q3X3 BBC-BBB∆ • Drama with Irish – W4Q5 BBC-BBB∆† • English with History – Q3V1 BBC-BBB∆ • Law with Irish – M1Q5 ulster.ac.uk • English with Media Studies – Q3PH BBC-BBB∆ • Music with Irish – W3Q5 BBC-BBB∆† • English and History – QV31 BBC-BBB∆ • English and Media Studies – PQ33 BBC-BBB∆ Journalism Subject Combinations BA Hons Various C FT • History with English – V1Q3 BBC-BBB∆ • Journalism with Education – P5X3 BBC-BBB∆ • Journalism with English – P5Q3 BBC-BBB∆ • Journalism with English – P5Q3 BBC-BBB∆ • Media Studies with English – P3Q3 BBC∆ • Journalism with History – P5V1 BBC-BBB∆ History BA Hons V145 C FT BBC-BBB∆ Media Studies and Production BA Hons P300 C FT BBC-BBB∆ History Subject Combinations BA Hons Various C FT Media Studies Subject Combinations BA Hons Various C FT • History with Education – V1X3 BBC-BBB ∆ • Media Studies with English – P3Q3 BBC∆ • History with English – V1Q3 BBC-BBB∆ • Media Studies with History – P3V1 BBC∆ • History with Media Studies – V1PH BBC-BBB∆ • English and Media Studies – PQ33 BBC-BBB∆ • English and History – QV31 BBC-BBB∆ • History and Media Studies – VP13 BBC-BBB∆ • History and Media Studies – VP13 BBC-BBB∆ • English with Media Studies – Q3PH BBC-BBB∆ • English with History – Q3V1 BBC-BBB∆ • History with Media Studies – V1PH BBC-BBB∆ • Journalism with History – P5V1 BBC-BBB∆ Music BMus Hons W302 M FT BBC-BBB∆ • Media Studies with History – P3V1 BBC∆ Music Subject Combinations BA Hons Various M FT Interactive Media BSc Hons P310 C FT BCC∆ • Music with Drama – W3W4 BBC-BBB∆† • Music with Irish – W3Q5 BBC-BBB∆† • Drama with Music – W4W3 BBC-BBB∆† Key • Irish with Music – Q5W3 BBD∆† B Belfast C Coleraine Cn Cookstown J Jordanstown FT Full-time M Magee Mn Monaghan Dn Dublin PT Part-time ∆ Applicants may be able to satisfy the requirements for the third/lower grade by substituting a combination of alternative qualifications to the same standard as defined by UCAS. † Visit our online course prospectus at ulster.ac.uk for further details There may be additional entry stipulations or requirements for this course. Please refer to our online course prospectus at ulster.ac.uk for further details. and up-to-date information on entrance requirements.
52 ulster.ac.uk Undergraduate Guide 2017-2018 53 Section 3: Faculties at Ulster University Faculty of management, network infrastructure, cloud computing and digital media. The burgeoning creative Computing industries, pharmaceuticals, healthcare technologies and business/financial services also provide great opportunities for computing graduates. and Engineering Engineering The engineering sector is so diverse that it needs a constant flow of graduates from traditional disciplines Northern Ireland (NI) has one of the youngest such as mechanical, electrical and electronic, populations in Europe with 55 percent of the mechatronic, and advanced manufacturing (among population under 40. Many companies choose others), as well as modern disciplines including clean to invest in NI because of our young, skilled technology, renewable energy, biomedical engineering workforce, as well as our strong partnerships and engineering science. We offer courses in all of these between academia and business and competitive areas and in recent years have expanded our provision set-up costs. Attracting inward investment at the Magee campus. contributes greatly to NI’s status as a fast growing knowledge-based economy. This has resulted in Within engineering, NI has key sector strengths huge demand for STEM graduates. which have enjoyed sustained growth and inward investment recently, such as aerospace and transport, To ensure that NI stays in pole position, the Faculty defence, renewables and clean technologies, material of Computing and Engineering offers a vast range of science and material handling. Engineering is not only courses at the Jordanstown and Magee campuses to part of our heritage – it is also part of our future. effectively meet industry needs. There has never been a better Computing Careers within the computing sector require different time to study and work in the skills so there is something for everyone. This is computing and engineering reflected in our course portfolio. Technical courses sectors. Both are expanding include Computer Engineering and Computer Science, while other courses like Information Technologies industries, offering a huge range bridge the gap between technical expertise and of local and global opportunities. “I would definitely recommend studying business needs. Those interested in a creative career at Ulster University. The facilities and can consider Interactive Multimedia Design or The Faculty of Computing and Engineering is perfectly teaching are excellent and I am really Computing Games Development. placed to meet the rising demand for qualified enjoying my time studying here. The new professionals with accredited, industry-linked, career- engineering facilities including industrial NI continues to be the leading foreign investment focused courses. Our graduates are work-ready machinery at Magee are fantastic and region in Europe for software development and IT professionals, with the technical know-how and the mirror what is available in professional support. Job roles for IT graduates are in areas business acumen needed to contribute, compete and practice. Class sizes are smaller, so this such as mobile- and tele-communications, succeed in today’s economy. provides an ideal learning environment.” cyber security, software development, data analytics, information FIND OUT MORE Emer Smith W: ulster.ac.uk/compeng BEng Hons Renewable Energy Engineering E: email@example.com
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