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2 ulster.ac.uk Undergraduate Prospectus 2019-2020 3 “I made friends for life attending Ulster; such a happy, supportive environment to learn and flourish as a young “ professional. It was one of the best times in my life! Ruth Boyce Dietetics Contents YOUR ULSTER EXPERIENCE 19 Here to support you 38 Faculty of Life and Health Sciences 56 Learning and living in Northern Ireland 20 APPLYING TO ULSTER 41 Ulster University Business School 58 Welcome to Ulster University 5 Learning in the heart of Belfast 22 Your application to Ulster University 42 COURSES AT ULSTER 61 WHY ULSTER? 6 Campus life 24 Equivalence of qualifications 44 Course index 154 Life and learning at Ulster University 8 Live here, love here 28 General entrance requirements 46 DISCOVER MORE 156 Research and impact 10 Learning that works with your life 30 Fees and funding 48 OPEN DAYS 2018 158 Investing in your future career 12 Your learning experience 33 FACULTIES AT ULSTER 51 Disclaimer 158 Opportunities on a worldwide scale 14 Be part of the team 34 Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences 52 A global university 16 Making the most of student life 37 Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment 54
4 ulster.ac.uk Undergraduate Prospectus 2019-2020 5 Welcome Welcome to Ulster University At Ulster, our students are at the heart of everything that we do as we work to provide you with the most rewarding student experience and education possible. We are committed to providing an educational experience that helps you to develop skills, raises your ambitions and prepares you to be a future leader in your chosen field, transforming lives both locally and globally. Our teaching is underpinned by world-leading research that has global significance and meaningful impact. This means your learning will be influenced by experts Whatever your aspirations, Ulster University can who are making pioneering breakthroughs and deliver the educational experience to help you shaping our understanding of their subject and your achieve them. area of study. I look forward to welcoming you. We work with business and industry to make sure that our courses meet their needs, and all of our students have the opportunity to undertake work experience. By joining Ulster University, you will join a vibrant student community where there are new friendships to be made, ideas to be shared, thinking to be With best wishes, challenged and opportunities to be explored. Professor Paddy Nixon Vice-Chancellor and President This prospectus offers you a flavour of life at Ulster University; the unique student experience, the outstanding facilities on our campuses across Northern Ireland and the stimulating learning environment where you can pursue your ambitions.
8 ulster.ac.uk Undergraduate Prospectus 2019-2020 9 Why Ulster? OVER Life and learning We recruit £42M invested in international students at Ulster FROM MORE THAN 99 research and innovation (2015/16) University We are in the top 3% of DIFFERENT COUNTRIES Going to university is an exciting step and choosing where to study is an important universities in 27,000 decision that will shape your future. the world Ulster University is based in Northern Ireland, with four distinct campuses (Source: QS World University in Belfast, Coleraine, Jordanstown and Derry~Londonderry (Magee). Rankings 2015/16) students The student experience we offer is second 190,000 to none. From great teaching to first class resources and facilities, all within a supportive learning environment, you will receive a ‘uniquely Ulster’ experience that ALUMNI WORLDWIDE TOP will help you to fulfil your potential. 93% “ 25% TOP 150 OF OUR GRADUATES Ulster is very much ARE IN WORK OR FURTHER STUDY a community-driven University. You aren’t “ 6 MONTHS AFTER LEAVING UNIVERSITY just a ‘number’ at Ulster, you really do matter We are in the 2,000 (Destination of Leavers in Higher Education 2015/16) Jason Hayes world’s Top Business Information Systems 150 universities OF ALL UK UNIVERSITIES under 50 years old of our students undertake FOR OVERALL RESEARCH (Source: Times Higher Education) work placements every year (REF: 2014)
10 ulster.ac.uk Undergraduate Prospectus 2019-2020 11 Why Ulster? “ Ulster in three words… “ Exciting, inspiring, unforgettable! Emer Smith Renewable Energy Research and impact Excellence in teaching, underpinned by world- leading research, is the foundation upon which every quality university is built. Ulster University has an outstanding reputation for teaching and a strong track record in research and innovation, addressing real-world issues of both local and global relevance. Ulster is renowned and respected for its world-leading research, as demonstrated in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF). As an Ulster student, you benefit first hand from our discoveries and advances, working with leading academics to develop the knowledge and skills to transform our economy and society. Each year we spend over £42 million on research. We continue to develop and invest in our capabilities to ensure we stay at the forefront of innovation. FIND OUT MORE W: ulster.ac.uk/research
12 ulster.ac.uk Undergraduate Prospectus 2019-2020 13 Why Ulster? Investing in your future career Our learning experience is career-focused and Giving you the EDGE relevant, offering a range of opportunities to Employers are placing more emphasis on recruiting enhance your CV and stand out to potential graduates who not only have a degree, but who are employers. This ensures that you graduate with also equipped with key transferable skills. The Ulster the knowledge, skills and confidence to make your EDGE Award provides official recognition for activities mark in a competitive job market. undertaken outside of your studies. It is awarded in addition to your degree and gives you the opportunity Career planning to engage in a wide range of activities that will boost Our Career Development Centre team offers friendly your career prospects and show commitment to your and impartial advice to help you plan your career personal development. and provides a range of opportunities designed to enhance your employability. You will have access to Higher Education Achievement Report job vacancies, placement opportunities and vacation The University provides a Higher Education or part-time work. We also organise regular fairs Achievement Report (HEAR) to all full-time students and forums where you can meet employers and upon graduation. It is a detailed record of your professional bodies. academic and extra-curricular achievements to supplement your degree. The HEAR allows you to “ Professional accreditation showcase your achievements to employers and Most of our degree programmes are developed in postgraduate tutors. collaboration with industry and professional bodies. W: hear.ac.uk Many also offer an additional professional qualification You haven’t got to or accreditation, something you will find invaluable FIND OUT MORE once you graduate. W: ulster.ac.uk/careers look too far to find : Careers at Ulster opportunities at Ulster. Work experience : @CareersAtUlster At Ulster, most full-time undergraduate and integrated Completing EDGE master’s degrees include a period of work-based accredited activities learning. You also have the opportunity to build your international profile through work experience abroad. allows you to develop skills and grow as an If you successfully complete a placement year in employment, you could be awarded a Diploma in individual, which will “ Professional Practice (DPP) or a Diploma in Professional greatly enhance your Practice - International (DPPI) if your employment employability. is overseas. Alternatively, you could be awarded the Diploma in International Academic Studies (DIAS) if Scott Reid you complete a placement year studying abroad. Marketing
14 ulster.ac.uk Undergraduate Prospectus 2019-2020 15 Why Ulster? “ Ulster University will provide you with lots of opportunities… whether that’s a placement year, Erasmus grant or the chance to be a course representative. These can be life-changing and Opportunities set you up to excel and “ on a worldwide scale get that graduate job. Christopher McCausland Electronic Engineering One of the best things about studying with us is the International placement opportunity to ‘go global’. Experience of different and internship programmes cultures can be a very positive asset in today’s We can connect you with our international partners labour market. offering opportunities to work in Australia, America and Europe for up to one year, either as part of As an Ulster University student, you can opt to study your placement during your degree, during your overseas as part of your course. Studying abroad holidays or as a graduate. These include Mountbatten allows you to enhance the knowledge and skills that Institute New York Programme, the US-NI Mentorship you acquire during your course and adds a desirable Programme, the IBEC EOP Multinational, Tourism international dimension to your career prospects. and Global Graduates Programmes. Funding for international placements is available through We are committed to offering as many Ulster students Erasmus+ and British Council programmes. as possible the opportunity to spend part of their degree programme abroad and offer access to over Additional international work experiences 300 institutions worldwide for student exchange There is a wide range of short-term work and study opportunities. options available, including paid internships abroad for computing, science and construction students You may choose to study at one of Ulster’s many through IAESTE (the International Association for partner institutions in Europe through the Erasmus+ the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience), programme, or further afield in North America, Latin and the Washington-Ireland Programme, allowing America, Asia or Australia. students to undertake an eight-week internship in Washington, DC. There are a number of shorter study abroad opportunities available such as Study USA, the You can broaden your horizons whilst studying by Washington Ireland Programme or the Generation UK- working in a children’s summer camp or through the China and Generation UK-India programmes. Project Children Intern Programme, in the USA. Other opportunities include the British Council’s Generation There are also a wide variety of academic summer UK-India Work Placement or Thailand English Teaching schools offered internationally in many universities programme. and other organisations. FIND OUT MORE FIND OUT MORE W: ulster.ac.uk/international/outgoing-students W: ulster.ac.uk/careers E: email@example.com : Careers at Ulster : Ulster University Study Abroad : @CareersAtUlster
16 ulster.ac.uk Undergraduate Prospectus 2019-2020 17 Why Ulster? “ Ulster in three words… “ Challenging, rewarding, illuminating. Cathal McDaid English A global university Students from across the world have chosen to study at Ulster University 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 international team 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. To ensure you feel right at home, you will have the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of events organised for international students across 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 settle in to Ulster life. FIND OUT MORE W: ulster.ac.uk/international E: firstname.lastname@example.org
20 ulster.ac.uk Undergraduate Prospectus 2019-2020 21 Your Ulster experience Learning and living in Northern Ireland University is a life changing experience so If the great outdoors is more your thing, get where you study can often be as important as acquainted with our breathtaking landscapes and the course you choose. Wherever you’re from, quaint towns and villages. Enjoy a woodland walk at studying in Northern Ireland is guaranteed to be one of our many parks, forests and gardens, or visit an unforgettable experience. We may be a ‘wee’ the Antrim coast to enjoy areas of outstanding natural country, but we have a lot to offer! beauty. Paddle along canoe trails, surf or body board on waves coming from the roaring North Atlantic, or Across all our campuses you’ll experience a vibrant, head to the Mourne Mountains where you can walk, eclectic social scene and will be a stone’s throw away climb or horse-ride. from top clubs and hot spots. Whether you’re up for dancing the night away, sipping a cocktail or having a Explore the cultural heritage and historic sites, quiet one by a log fire, there’s something for everyone. museums and landmarks which earned Belfast and Causeway Coast the coveted number one spot in the From traditional Irish music sessions in local pubs, Lonely Planet’s top regions to visit in 2018. Experience global superstars in concert, up and coming performers the wonder of the Giant’s Causeway with its iconic in intimate venues or great festivals in wonderful rocks, tour locations made famous by the popular TV settings – you’ll see it all in Northern Ireland. series Game of Thrones, or visit Titanic Belfast, the world’s largest Titanic visitor experience, showcasing Happiest people Whatever your taste, we’ve a packed calendar of an engineering masterpiece. in the UK events including St Patrick’s Day, the Cathedral (Office of National Statistics, 2017) Quarter Arts Festival (Belfast), the famous North Whatever your interest or passion, we have it covered. West 200 motorcycle race (Portrush/Causeway What’s more, you’ll be guaranteed the friendliest of Coast) and the Banks of the Foyle Halloween Carnival welcomes, in typical Northern Ireland fashion. What (Derry~Londonderry), as well as Belsonic and Tennent’s more would you expect from the happiest people in Vital music festivals (Belfast), among many more! the UK? (Office of National Statistics, 2017) Lonely Planet’s Theatre enthusiasts can enjoy the stage with an array FIND OUT MORE Top Region of plays, workshops, musicals or touring productions W: discovernorthernireland.com to visit in 2018 at first-class theatre venues including the Grand Opera House, the Lyric Theatre, the MAC Belfast and our very own Riverside Theatre.
22 ulster.ac.uk Undergraduate Prospectus 2019-2020 23 Your Ulster experience Belfast campus redevelopment Ulster University is transforming the higher It will also be publicly accessible and a valuable asset education landscape with the £250 million for Belfast as a city in which to live, work, study and do landmark development at the Belfast campus. business. Located in the heart of the vibrant Cathedral Quarter, Over the next few years, the 75,000sqm campus will the visionary new campus is one of the largest house up to 15,000 students and staff. By locating our higher education capital builds in Europe. It will bright, ambitious and creative students in the heart of provide a progressive learning, teaching and research Northern Ireland’s capital, we will form a lively student environment supported by the best innovative community and promote a dynamic environment, technology, allowing us to nurture talent and which will stimulate and inspire. innovation. FIND OUT MORE The new campus will not only transform the student W: ulster.ac.uk/greaterbelfastdevelopment experience as a centre of academic excellence. Learning in the heart of Belfast
24 ulster.ac.uk Undergraduate Prospectus 2019-2020 25 Your Ulster experience Campus life We are one University with four distinct campuses While each campus differs in size and has its across Northern Ireland - Belfast, Coleraine, own distinctive atmosphere, wherever you Jordanstown and Magee. Courses are also delivered choose to study, you will still experience Ulster’s at our branch campuses in London and Birmingham. unique character. Belfast Coleraine Jordanstown Magee The Belfast campus is situated in the artistic and The feeling of community at our Coleraine campus Jordanstown is the largest of Ulster’s campuses, The friendly village atmosphere of our Magee campus cultural centre of the city, the Cathedral Quarter. makes for a warm and welcoming student experience. located just seven miles north of Belfast. The campus offers an intimate learning environment in the heart Although traditionally associated with art, the campus The relaxed, outdoor atmosphere of the north coast is has a strong profile in computing, built environment, of Northern Ireland’s second city, Derry~Londonderry. spans an increasing and exciting range of subjects reflected in the feel of this thriving campus. business, engineering, social sciences, communication Located in the North West of Northern Ireland including architecture, hospitality, event management, and academic disciplines relating to the science and and a short distance from County Donegal, photography and digital animation. Together with the nearby seaside towns of Portrush and coaching of sport. Derry~Londonderry is ideally situated for exploring Portstewart and the Giant’s Causeway World Heritage some of Ireland’s most dramatic landscapes. Our vibrant campus plays host to frequent fashion shows Site, this area is a major international tourist destination. Sport plays a significant part in the life of the campus and art exhibitions and is an exciting place to study and which is home to the Sports Institute of Northern Ongoing investment has provided state-of-the-art teaching, work. It is also home to The Academy training restaurant. A wide range of subjects is available at Coleraine, Ireland (SINI). research and support facilities for students and staff. which makes for an interesting mixture of students and staff. Subject areas include biomedical sciences, Many students starting their degree at Jordanstown in Teaching strengths on campus include business, geography and environmental science, psychology, 2019 will complete their course in the new Belfast campus. cinematic arts, Irish, music, drama, computing, pharmacy, English, history, media and journalism, engineering, nursing and law. travel and tourism, and teacher training.
26 ulster.ac.uk Undergraduate Prospectus 2019-2020 27 Your Ulster experience “ Jump in! Immerse yourself in both academic and social aspects while at Ulster, and gain lifelong skills and memorable experiences. Tutors teach from a wealth of knowledge and practical “ experience, and the facilities are second to none. Birmingham (branch campus) With a student population of more than 65,000, Daniel Cartin Birmingham has an eclectic social scene, making it one Architecture of the best places to study in the UK. Our Birmingham branch campus has a great location in the heart of the city centre, close to the recently refurbished New Street rail station. Excellent teaching facilities and faculty staff complement a cosy campus geared towards your learning and employability. With more businesses moving to Birmingham than ever before, it is a truly exciting time to study here as you’ll be in a city with one of the fastest growing entrepreneurial communities in the country. FIND OUT MORE W: qa.ulster.ac.uk/birmingham London (branch campus) London is a lively and cosmopolitan city with a diverse social scene, exciting nightlife, vibrant culture, fantastic shopping and a wealth of sightseeing opportunities. Our branch campus is located in historic Holborn, in central London, with plenty of transport links offering convenient travel options to the campus. Situated between the city’s financial centre and the cultural district, access to London’s resources could not be easier. Our location means that you’ll be perfectly placed to take advantage of all that London has to offer, from its thriving international community to the continually growing professional community. FIND OUT MORE W: qa.ulster.ac.uk/london
28 ulster.ac.uk Undergraduate Prospectus 2019-2020 29 Your Ulster experience Live here, love here To help you settle into university life, we can Ulster University, Magee guarantee you a place in one of our halls of We offer accommodation for over 630 students in residence in your first year of study, providing you our student village and our halls of residence, Coppin make Ulster your first choice. House, both less than five minutes’ walk from the campus. All accommodation has access to high-speed University-managed accommodation is well priced, broadband with WiFi throughout. There are self- clean, comfortable and modern. We offer places across contained units available for students who require all campuses to cater for every budget and taste. additional space, privacy and independence. Adapted accessible accommodation is available for students We also arrange a ‘Reslife’ calendar of social events with a disability. on arrival and throughout the year so you can get to know other students and develop a sense of E: email@example.com community on campus. Activities include bake-offs, : Residential Services Magee quiz nights and fun sports events. Ulster University, Coleraine FIND OUT MORE Our student village offers fantastic on-campus W: ulster.ac.uk/accommodation accommodation. Most rooms have en-suite facilities and all have a broadband connection and access to the Campus accommodation starts from: internet with WiFi throughout. There are some suites • Jordanstown £87 per week* available for students with special or mobility needs. • Coleraine £72 per week* Students seeking more independence may choose to • Magee £73 per week* live in leased accommodation in the nearby seaside (*Correct at time of print) town of Portstewart. The University allocates and manages this accommodation. Ulster University, Belfast If you are studying at the Belfast campus you can E: firstname.lastname@example.org apply to live in University accommodation at the : Residential Services Coleraine “ Jordanstown campus. There are excellent rail, bus and taxi links between these campuses. Alternatively, you may consider private accommodation. The teaching is really Ulster University, Jordanstown good and the lecturers are Most of the accommodation in our on-campus student village comprises five-bedroom, en-suite genuinely interested in apartments with high-speed broadband and WiFi your education, which is connections with shared kitchen/dining facilities. If you require a bigger space you can rent self-contained a really important factor. apartments on-campus. We provide adapted accessible They’re always available accommodation for students with disabilities. There are a few houses and apartments available on-campus to help you out and will “ which have a shared bathroom facility and kitchen/ always do everything living dining areas between five or six residents. they can for you. E: email@example.com : Residential Services Jordanstown Andrew Murray History
30 ulster.ac.uk Undergraduate Prospectus 2019-2020 31 Your Ulster experience Learning that works with your life Whatever your ambition, we will offer a way of Access to higher education studying that works with your life, with flexibility If you are returning to education and do not currently and convenience in mind. have the qualifications to apply for our undergraduate degrees, you can enrol on one of our validated Access Our community of learners study at undergraduate courses at a local college. To find out more, contact and postgraduate levels, including doctorates, on your local further education college. full-time and part-time courses, some of which are delivered fully online. Foundation degrees Ulster validates a range of foundation degrees at local Part-time study partner colleges. These qualifications are a great way Part-time study gives you the flexibility to balance of studying for a vocational qualification to improve your personal commitments with your learning. your employability or as a means of progressing to Depending on the course, you may be taught on university. Graduates from our foundation degrees campus, entirely online or a combination of both – typically start on year two of our undergraduate often called ‘blended’ learning. You will receive the degree programmes. same teaching, excellent support and use the same W: ulster.ac.uk/ulster-life/study-at-ulster facilities as full-time students. In most cases you will /associate-students be taught alongside full-time students. W: ulster.ac.uk/part-time eLearning eLearning courses offer flexibility enabling you to study at your own pace, any place and any time. Our graduates come from around the world, all walks of life and have studied a variety of subjects. W: ulster.ac.uk/elearning Lifelong learning We provide high-quality short courses for everyone. Whether you want to improve your job prospects, learn new skills, get a qualification or develop workplace training, we can help. We have a wide range of learning opportunities available at affordable prices. W: ulster.ac.uk/ulster-life/study-at-ulster/short-courses
32 ulster.ac.uk Undergraduate Prospectus 2019-2020 33 Your Ulster experience Your learning experience Studying at university is not the same as studying at school. The main difference is that you are expected to study independently – to organise your time to study effectively by deciding which materials to study and how. You will be required to read about your subject (reading lists are generally provided, particularly in the first year), prepare for seminars and complete assignments. You will have a studies adviser to support you, but remember to keep staff informed if you are having any difficulties. Academic year The academic year is divided into two semesters for most students (some students, e.g. nursing, have a longer academic year). The first semester runs from September until mid-January and the second from late January to May. Each semester comprises 12 weeks of teaching followed by an exam period. Full-time students will typically study three modules in each semester (18 modules of study make up a standard three-year degree programme). Most modules are assessed through coursework and/or exams. The first- semester exams are in early January and the second- semester exams are in May. Lectures, seminars and tutorials Teaching is delivered through lectures, seminars and tutorials, and sometimes practicals and fieldwork. Lectures are formal teaching sessions, often with a larger group of students. Seminars, which usually provide a 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. Ulster in three “ Work placement or study abroad words… Empowering, You may have the opportunity to go on work fulfilling and fun! experience or study abroad during your third year. For some medical-related courses, you will be required Rebecca Hunt to undertake block work placements throughout the Health and Social Care course.
34 ulster.ac.uk Undergraduate Prospectus 2019-2020 35 Your Ulster experience Be part of the team Sport is an important part of life at Ulster and Our sports centres have it all, including state-of-the-art many of our students play for ‘Team Ulster’ in fitness studios, a wide range of classes, multi-sport social, friendly and competitive sport every day. indoor and outdoor facilities, and fully trained fitness staff. Whether you are an athlete or a beginner, everyone can benefit from our world-class sporting and recreational FIND OUT MORE facilities, which are available at affordable student rates, W: ulster.ac.uk/sport including membership and pay as you go options. Coleraine Jordanstown Magee • Fitness suite • Indoor 3G artificial pitch • Multi purpose indoor sports hall • Strength and conditioning • Health suite (including sauna, • Fitness suite suites steam room, jacuzzi, plunge • Spin cycle studio • Two multi-purpose sports halls pool) • Indoor and outdoor athletics • Acupressure and sports massage • Steam room and sauna room areas • Sports pavilion • Two sports halls • Exercise and fitness studio • Four artificial grass tennis courts • Gymnasium • 3G floodlit pitch • Six football pitches • Two squash courts • Grass pitch • Three pitches for Gaelic sports • Two strength and conditioning • 3G pitch suites • Acclimatisation chamber • Two rugby pitches • Three tennis courts • Multi sports area • Floodlit outdoor 3G pitch • Floodlit water-based synthetic grass hockey pitch • Technogym wellness suite Talented Athlete Entry Scheme At Ulster University we understand the dedication and commitment it takes to compete at the highest level. Hours of training, intense regimes and competitions can sometimes mean a sacrifice in examination performance. The Talented Athlete Entry Scheme is designed to support and nurture aspiring athletes by reducing the entry grades required for full-time undergraduate courses. FIND OUT MORE W: ulster.ac.uk/sport/performance-sport/ programmes/talented-athlete-scheme
36 ulster.ac.uk Undergraduate Prospectus 2019-2020 37 Your Ulster experience Making the most of student life Once you register to study at Ulster University, Clubs and societies you automatically become a member of the Ulster Open to all Ulster students, clubs and societies are an University Students’ Union (UUSU). The Union looks integral part of the Students’ Union. There is a wide after the interests of students and is represented range of activities on offer where you can meet new across all Ulster campuses. people, have fun and try something new, all at the same time. Clubs and societies are also a great way The Union is the focus of entertainment on each campus to get valuable experience and skills to enhance your and organises social events, trips and activities to ensure CV. Whether you are interested in athletics, comic you have an unforgettable experience at Ulster. books, debating, politics or surfing (and everything in between), get involved. Student voice The Union represents the student population on every UUSU Enterprise University committee, ensuring the student voice is UUSU Enterprise offers advice and guidance to help always heard – an important way for us to get feedback you get your business idea up and running, from on our teaching and facilities. The Students’ Union also developing a business plan to sourcing funding. There runs the course rep system at the University. Being a are a range of opportunities and competitions on offer course rep is a great addition to your CV. for you to get involved. Supporting you FIND OUT MORE The Students’ Union is an important part of our student W: uusu.org support network. You can receive free, confidential : Ulster SU advice and information on any issue or aspect of : @UUSU “ student life at Ulster. Site vice-presidents can advise you on issues such as study, accommodation, how to deal with stress or anything else that affects your ability to make the most of your student experience. Attending Ulster for my undergraduate and postgraduate degrees has shaped my career as an optometrist. The world- class teaching and research facilities, coupled with the supportive learning environment created by staff made “ Ulster the ideal place to study. Pádraig Mulholland Optometry/Vision Science
38 ulster.ac.uk Undergraduate Prospectus Undergraduate2019-2020 Prospectus 2019-2020 39 Your Ulster experience Here to support you Life as a student is exciting but it can also be Concerned or worried? demanding. You may face personal challenges You can drop into the Student Support office on your and that’s where we can help. We offer a range of campus, or contact us by telephone or email. A triage services to ensure you make the most of your time at service is available to assess your needs on your first Ulster University. Our professional services are free, visit and we will make an appointment with one of our confidential and inclusive for all Ulster students. specialist advisers if you need further consultation. Health and wellbeing FIND OUT MORE We provide advice and guidance for many student T: +44 (0)28 9536 7000 concerns, such as academic issues, coping with stress, E: firstname.lastname@example.org family or relationship problems, and loneliness or W: ulster.ac.uk/studentsupport isolation. We want to ensure you take good care of : ulsteruniversitystudentsupport yourself, both physically and emotionally. : @UlsterStuSupp Financial matters Belfast campus (Room BA-02-034) Our team can help you to budget and manage your Coleraine campus (Room E023) money, as well as offer advice on financial matters Jordanstown campus (Room 15G20A) including tuition fees, bursaries and access to financial Magee campus (Room MG108G) support. Opening hours are Monday to Thursday, 8.45am to Disabilities and medical conditions 5pm and Friday, 8.45am to 4pm. If you have a disability, please get in touch as soon as you apply for a place to study. Our AccessAbility team will advise you on the support and funding available if you have a diagnosed disability or medical condition, mental health difficulties or specific learning difficulties (e.g. ADHD, dyslexia). Counselling All Ulster University students can access face-to-face counselling support from a trained counsellor, on or off campus. A confidential 24/7 counselling helpline is also available.
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42 ulster.ac.uk Undergraduate Prospectus 2019-2020 43 Applying to Ulster Your application to Ulster University Applications to full-time undergraduate courses You are encouraged to provide details of all are submitted online through the Universities qualifications you are studying in your application, and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). UCAS as they may be considered should you not meet the has a range of deadlines for different categories conditions set out in your offer. of applicants and course choices. Visit the UCAS website for more details. Course requirements Some courses will ask for specific achievement in FIND OUT MORE certain subjects, particularly where that subject forms W: ucas.ac.uk a major part of your degree. Check the course entry online for details of subject specific qualifications Applications to most full-time courses should normally such as GCSE, A level, BTEC or Irish Leaving Certificate be submitted by the main UCAS deadline of 15 grades. January in the year of entry. The deadline for art and design courses is 24 March. Applications can still be Additional requirements made after the deadline but will only be considered if As part of your entry requirements you may also be there are vacancies available. asked to attend an interview or audition, present a portfolio of work or sit a test. Applications to part-time undergraduate courses must be made online through the Ulster University website. If you are applying to study any of the following degree courses: Diagnostic Radiography and Imaging; FIND OUT MORE Dietetics; Occupational Therapy; Physiotherapy; W: ulster.ac.uk/apply Podiatry; Radiotherapy and Oncology; and Speech and Language Therapy, you will be required to sit the UCAS tariff Health Professions Admission Test (HPAT-Ulster). We will make a graded offer rather than use the UCAS tariff to express entry requirements. This is to ensure Satisfactory attainment in this test (together with that the offer being made to you is clear and relevant other academic requirements) is required for entry to the qualifications you are studying. onto the listed courses. We recognise a wide range of qualifications including FIND OUT MORE GCE A level, BTEC, Irish Leaving Certificate, Access or a W: hpat-ulster.acer.edu.au combination of these qualifications. Please refer to the Equivalence of Qualification table on p44 for further information.
44 ulster.ac.uk Undergraduate Prospectus 2019-2020 45 Applying to Ulster Equivalence of qualifications The table below outlines indicative equivalencies to operate for entry in 2018. Please refer to the online prospectus at ulster.ac.uk for entry requirements for any particular course. BTEC Level 3 A level Overall BTEC Award Grade Level 3 Unit Profile Qualification A*A*A* Distinction*, Distinction*, Distinction* To include a minimum of 15 Distinctions GCE or Applied AAA AAB ABB BBB BBC BCC CCC CCD A levels (grades) A*A*A Distinction, Distinction*, Distinction* To include a minimum of 14 Distinctions A*AA Distinction, Distinction, Distinction* To include a minimum of 13 Distinctions Two A levels plus BTEC Subsidiary AAA Distinction, Distinction, Distinction To include a minimum of 12 Distinctions Diploma/ AA plus D AA plus D AB plus D BB plus D BB plus M BC plus M CC plus M CC plus M National National AAB Distinction, Distinction, Distinction To include a minimum of 11 Distinctions Extended Extended Certificate* Diploma ABB Distinction, Distinction, Merit To include a minimum of 10 Distinctions A level plus (180 credits) BBB Distinction, Distinction, Merit To include a minimum of 9 Distinctions BTEC National DD plus A DD plus B DD plus B DM plus B DM plus C DM plus C MM plus C MM plus D Diploma* BBC Distinction, Merit, Merit To include a minimum of 8 Distinctions BTEC National BCC Distinction, Merit, Merit To include a minimum of 7 Distinctions Extended DDD DDD DDM DDM DMM DMM MMM MMM Diploma* CCC Merit, Merit, Merit To include a minimum of 15 Merits CCD Merit, Merit, Merit To include a minimum of 13 Merits International Min. 29 Min. 28 Min. 27 Min. 26 Min. 25 Min. 24 Min. 24 Min. 24 points (14 points (14 points (13 points (13 points (12 points (12 points (12 points (12 Baccalaureate A*A* Distinction*, Distinction* To include a minimum of 10 Distinctions at higher at higher at higher at higher at higher at higher at higher at higher (points) level) level) level) level) level) level) level) level) A*A Distinction, Distinction* To include a minimum of 9 Distinctions Irish Leaving AA Distinction, Distinction To include a minimum of 8 Distinctions Certificate Min. H2, Min. H2, Min. H2, Min. H3, Min. H3, Min. H3, Min. H3, Min. H4, H2, H2, H2, H2, H2, H3, H3, H3, H3, H3, H3, H3, H3, H3, H3, H3, H3, H4, H4, H4, H4, H4, H4, H4, National (Higher level H3 H3 H3 H3 H4 H4 H4 H4 AB Distinction, Distinction To include a minimum of 7 Distinctions grades) Diploma (120 credits) BB Distinction, Merit To include a minimum of 6 Distinctions Ulster BC Distinction, Merit To include a minimum of 5 Distinctions Foundation Degree 70% 65% 60% 55% 50% 45% 40% 40% CC Merit, Merit To include a minimum of 10 Merits (Overall percentage in level 5 modules) CD Merit, Merit To include a minimum of 9 Merits Access A* Distinction* To include a minimum of 5 Distinctions Subsidiary (Overall 75% 70% 65% 60% Diploma/ A Distinction To include a minimum of 4 Distinctions percentage) National (N. Ireland awards) B Distinction To include a minimum of 3 Distinctions Extended HNC Certificate C Merit To include a minimum of 5 Merits Please note: (60 credits) Performance in Overall Distinction Overall Merit D Merit To include a minimum of 4 Merits level 4 units/credits may be specified NOTES HND Please note: Overall GCSE: Grade C equivalences - ILC Ordinary = O4, GB = 4. Grade Foundation degree applicants will normally be considered Performance in Overall Distinction Overall Merit level 5 units/credits Pass B equivalences - ILC Ordinary = O3, GB = 5 or 6 (Determined for entry to an associated honours degree (normally year may be specified on a course basis. See online prospectus.) two entry, or part-time equivalent). BTEC level 3 qualifications: Offers will be expressed in terms For HNDs and foundation degrees the same entrance of Overall Award Grade(s) to include a Unit Profile. Please see requirement applies regardless of the point of entry. Applicants should include all qualifications they are taking in the Qualification section of their UCAS application. table for specific details. The 90 Credit Diploma/National Other qualifications: We welcome applications from *Please note: Additional unit profile requirements are stipulated for BTEC level 3 awards - see BTEC table on following page. Foundation Diploma will be considered as equivalent to one international applicants and those who may be studying and a half A levels. a UK Benchmark Qualification not shown. We will consider HNC: Candidates will be considered for year one entry only. such applications on an individual basis. Whilst we will HND: Candidates may be considered for year two entry consider your entire academic profile we normally make (or part-time equivalent) where the curriculum sufficiently offers in terms of benchmark qualifications. matches that of the Ulster University full-time year one In all qualifications specific requirements in individual course. subjects/units/credits may be required.
46 ulster.ac.uk Undergraduate Prospectus 2019-2020 47 Applying to Ulster General entrance requirements The general entrance requirements identify the To be eligible to apply you must: minimum qualifications needed for application to a course at Ulster University. 1. Provide evidence of competence in written and spoken English (GCSE English Language grades A-C/ They set out the range of the most commonly offered 4-9 or equivalent); and acceptable qualifications but do not identify where 2. Provide evidence of passes in five subjects, two of particular subjects are needed for specific courses, nor which must be at A level (grades A-E) and three at do they represent the actual offer standard or ‘asking GCSE level* (grades A-C/4-9); grades’, which are normally higher than the minimum threshold standard of a pass grade. 3. Provide evidence of passes in four subjects, three of which must be at A level (grades A-E) and one at This is particularly the case for full-time study where GCSE level* (grades A-C/4-9); or the offer grades are affected by the availability of places on the course and the level of demand. 4. Provide evidence of an approved qualification at an equivalent level such as Access to Higher Education The summary below refers to honours degrees. In qualification or equivalent**; or practice, with regard to A levels, no full-time honours degree will accept fewer than three A level subjects 5. Provide evidence, for a process of formal unless presented in combination with other Level 3 accreditation by the University, of learning you have qualifications deemed acceptable by the University. gained through work or other experience. The Equivalence of Qualification table lists the * GCSE English Language (grades A-C/4-9) may be used most commonly accepted qualifications and as part of the GCSE requirement. equivalent asking grades. You should refer to the ** Please refer to the Equivalence of Qualification online prospectus at ulster.ac.uk for specific entry table for the most common alternative Level 3 requirements to individual courses. qualifications. Entry requirements for part-time courses vary. Some Note: Advanced Subsidiary (AS) level subjects, are have identical entry requirements to the full-time regarded as 40% of one GCE A level, provided that your version of the same course, whilst others will vary from profile also contains two GCE A levels or equivalent. those of the full-time version. FIND OUT MORE It is important to refer to the online prospectus and/ W: ulster.ac.uk/apply/entrance-requirements or to contact the course team before making an application for study. Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning Learning you have gained from work or other experience may be used to demonstrate your ability to study your chosen course. You must provide evidence of some reasonably substantial and significant element of learning for a process of formal assessment and accreditation by the University. You may be required to attend an interview and/ or submit a portfolio of evidence. (Contact the Admissions Service about your chosen course for more information.)
48 ulster.ac.uk Undergraduate Prospectus 2019-2020 49 Applying to Ulster Fees and funding Finances are an important consideration for As a Republic of Ireland student, you can transfer your Part-time study * Correct at the time of publishing. Fees illustrated are based on 18/19 students. As an Ulster University student you can maintenance awards to Northern Ireland. Our typical fee for a part-time degree is £5,470* in entry and are subject to an annual increase. Please visit ulster.ac.uk/ take advantage of our competitive fees, affordable total (18/19 entry). Studying part-time gives you the finance/student/tuition-fees-rates/tuition-fees-201819 for full FIND OUT MORE details of fees. Annual part-time fees are based on the number of locations and flexible payment options. flexibility to learn and pay at your own pace. Part-time modules you study each year (you only pay for the modules you W: studentfinance.ie students typically complete their studies over five to study). Full-time undergraduate fees for home and EU seven years. students (excluding England, Scotland and Wales) are Tuition fees for students from England, Scotland and ** Five-month payment plan is paid by direct debit. Ten-month payment determined by the Department for the Economy and Wales are £9,250* per year (18/19 entry) for full-time Part-time tuition fee loans are available. Visit plan is paid by a Recurring Card Payment plan (credit/debit card). are normally increased annually. undergraduate courses, integrated master’s and studentfinanceni.co.uk for full details. equivalent. Discounts are available. Visit ulster.ac.uk/ FIND OUT MORE Visit ulster.ac.uk for up-to-date information on tuition fees. findoutmore for details. Fees do not have to be paid Flexible payment W: ulster.ac.uk/apply/fees-and-finance up front – a tuition fees loan can be taken out and you To help spread the cost of your studies, part-time Fees do not have to be paid up-front – a tuition fees can defer payment until you have graduated and are tuition fees can be paid back in monthly instalments Department of Health funded courses loan can be taken out and you can defer payment until in employment. Funding arrangements for students while you learn. Following the issue of guidance by the Department of you have graduated and are in employment. Northern from England, Scotland and Wales may vary. Health, the tuition fee for the following courses is fully Ireland students can also apply for maintenance loans, If you study for a part-time degree, you can pay your funded by the Department of Health for students who government grants (part-time students only) and FIND OUT MORE fees up-front or in either five** or ten** equal monthly have been habitually resident in Northern Ireland for University bursaries. Student Finance England payments during each year of study. three years prior to the commencement of the course, W: direct.gov.uk and students from EU countries (excluding England, Some courses may have additional costs which are Up-front payment discount Scotland and Wales): not included in your tuition fee. Check the individual Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) Part-time students can take advantage of a payment programme specification for details. W: saas.gov.uk/student_support discount. If you pay the full cost of your annual fees at Diagnostic Radiography and Imaging; Dietetics; enrolment you will receive a five percent discount. This Occupational Therapy; Physiotherapy; Podiatry; FIND OUT MORE Student Finance Wales offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other Radiotherapy and Oncology; Speech and Language W: ulster.ac.uk/apply/fees-and-finance W: studentfinancewales.co.uk discount, offer or scholarship. Therapy; and Nursing (Adult/Mental Health). W: studentfinanceni.co.uk
50 ulster.ac.uk Undergraduate Prospectus 2019-2020 51 Faculties at Ulster Faculties at Ulster
52 ulster.ac.uk Undergraduate Prospectus 2019-2020 53 Faculties at Ulster Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences The Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences We are home to the award-winning Ulster University offers courses on all four of Ulster’s campuses, Law Clinic and the Transitional Justice Institute, across six schools: the world’s first academic research centre on transitional justice. • Belfast School of Art • School of Applied Social and Policy Sciences We are a research-intensive faculty and our teaching • School of Arts and Humanities is inspired by the range and depth of our scholarship. • School of Communication and Media Our innovative curriculum, developed and delivered • School of Education by staff who share your passion for learning, will • School of Law challenge and change you. We place a strong emphasis on professional FIND OUT MORE accreditation, work-based learning and employability, W: ulster.ac.uk/faculties/arts-humanities-and- to equip you with the necessary skills and social-sciences qualifications to gain a competitive edge in your future career.
54 ulster.ac.uk Undergraduate Prospectus 2019-2020 55 Faculties at Ulster Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment The Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Sponsored scholarships and prizes further Built Environment consists of four schools, offering demonstrate the relevance of our courses and the industry-informed, professionally recognised quality of our students. courses. These include: Numerous opportunities for personal development • Belfast School of Architecture exist such as Ulster’s EDGE Award, Tutoring in and the Built Environment Schools, mentoring and class representation, STEM • School of Computing Ambassadorships, Athena Swan champions, peer- • School of Computing, Engineering mentoring and widening access partnerships. and Intelligent Systems • School of Engineering FIND OUT MORE W: ulster.ac.uk/cebe With the Faculty having developed strong industry partnerships in both teaching and research, students on placement gain invaluable experience and on successful completion will be awarded an additional diploma. The number of professional occupations relating to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) also means employment opportunities in this sector are excellent.
56 ulster.ac.uk Undergraduate Prospectus 2019-2020 57 Faculties at Ulster Faculty of Life and Health Sciences As a leading provider of health-related education, You will grow in an environment where knowledge and Ulster’s Faculty of Life and Health Sciences has a skills are generated, challenged, tested and applied. strong portfolio of accredited degree programmes covering seven exciting yet diverse disciplines: Through the integration of placement opportunities across a wide range of health, medical and industrial • Biomedical Sciences settings in the UK, Ireland and further afield, you • Geography and Environmental Sciences will gain a competitive edge at Ulster. Whether you • Health Sciences choose a one-year placement, or are rotating in • Nursing clinical settings, you will have the opportunity to • Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences enhance your professional practice and develop unique • Psychology employability skills. • Sport FIND OUT MORE Well-established links with government and the public W: ulster.ac.uk/lhs and private sectors play an important role in the design of our high-quality scientific provision. Whichever discipline you undertake, you will benefit from state-of-the-art facilities and multidisciplinary teaching, informed by world-leading research.
58 ulster.ac.uk Undergraduate Prospectus 2019-2020 59 Faculties at Ulster Ulster University Business School Ulster University Business School (UUBS) is We work hard to ensure employability is at the entrepreneurial and dynamic. With approximately 120 centre of the student learning experience and have academic staff and more than 6,000 students, we are built strong links with a number of internationally- one of the largest providers of university-accredited recognised professional bodies who accredit and business and management education in Britain and quality-assure our courses. Ireland. Our degree programmes are shaped by our world-leading research, the impact of which was FIND OUT MORE ranked 7th out of 101 business schools in the Research W: ulster.ac.uk/uubs Excellence Framework (REF 2014). We also work with some of Ireland’s biggest companies and have nurtured strong relationships with a variety of businesses and organisations to provide a broad range of invaluable opportunities and work experience to students.
60 ulster.ac.uk Undergraduate Prospectus 2019-2020 61 Welcomeat Ulster University Courses Courses at Ulster
62 ulster.ac.uk Undergraduate Prospectus 2019-2020 63 Courses at Ulster University Accounting (Pathways) Accounting and Law BSc Hons BSc Hons UCAS code: N400 UCAS code: NM41 Campus: Jordanstown Full-time Campus: Jordanstown Full-time Ulster University Business School Ulster University Business School A IMPORTANT NOTICE – CAMPUS CHANGE IMPORTANT NOTICE – CAMPUS CHANGE This course will move to the Belfast campus. Students will change This course will move to the Belfast campus. Students will change campus part way through this course. campus part way through this course. ABOUT THIS COURSE ABOUT THIS COURSE The BSc Hons Accounting (Pathways) is an innovative suite This is a four-year course with an equal weighting of accounting of pathways that offers you the opportunity to progress your and law modules covered each year. It also has the option of a studies within the fast growing areas of professional services. placement year. The degree produces graduates who have both You will be able to graduate with one of the following awards: a qualifying law degree and significant professional exemptions BSc Hons Accounting; BSc Hons Accounting (Forensic Services); from parts of the professional examinations of the major BSc Hons Accounting (Financial Economics); or BSc Hons accounting bodies. Accounting (Management Consulting). This suite of pathways offers you high quality teaching, expertise in accounting, It is accredited by Chartered Accountants Ireland (CAI), the forensic, economics and financial services and well-established Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and the links with the accounting professional bodies, key graduate Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA). It is also employers, public sector and local industry. recognised by the Joint Academic Stage Board for England and Wales (JASB) and the Law Society and Bar Council of Northern This programme has been designed to broaden your Ireland. opportunities in accounting and utilise our high-level employer links to ensure you get excellent employment opportunities. The This degree is of interest to those wishing to pursue careers in programme has been accredited by UK and Ireland professional accounting (auditing, taxation, insolvency and forensics) and accounting bodies, Chartered Accountants Ireland (CAI), the law (knowledge of business and taxation issues influence legal Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales advice given about probate, divorce settlements). Students may (ICAEW), the Association of Chartered Accountants (ACCA) and progress to a Postgraduate Diploma or Master’s in Advanced the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA). Accounting, which is unique to Ulster in Ireland. As this course is You have the opportunity to gain maximum exemptions from dedicated to Chartered Accountants Ireland, all CAP1 exemptions professional examinations depending on the pathway selected must be in place before enrolment. For those wishing to pursue for study and the final module mark achieved. their law studies, there is the LLM in Human Rights Law and As a graduate, you may take up a position as an accounting Transitional Justice and the LLM in Human Rights Law and Peace practitioner providing audit, accountancy, forensic services and Building. taxation services to a variety of businesses and individuals. You could also avail of many accounting and finance roles in any The aim of this degree is to produce professionally focused type of business such as financial or management accountant graduates who have an in-depth knowledge of the theory and in a large commercial enterprise or within central or local practice of accounting and law. The degree prepares students for government, a taxation specialist, a management consultant or a career in accountancy (specialising in those areas which require an educationalist. a more in-depth knowledge of law, such as forensic accounting, taxation and business recovery); a career in law (in particular, ENTRY REQUIREMENTS corporate law); and/or postgraduate studies in accounting, law or cognate disciplines. Refer to the University’s General Entrance Requirements. A level: ABB or BBB ENTRY REQUIREMENTS (If applying with A level Maths, the tariff is a minimum BBB) Refer to the University’s General Entrance Requirements. GCSE: Maths (minimum grade B) A level: ABB or BBB Visit the online prospectus at ulster.ac.uk for further details. (If applying with A level Maths, the tariff is a minimum BBB) GCSE: Maths (minimum grade B) Visit the online prospectus at ulster.ac.uk for further details. Visit ulster.ac.uk for full entry requirements. Applications to part-time courses are made directly to the University at ulster.ac.uk.
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