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Why Ulster?                                                                                                                                                                                             

Introduction                                                                                                                Contents

              Welcome to Ulster University. This guide offers          We recognise that relocating and, in many            Why Ulster?                                               Courses at Ulster University
              you a flavour of life at Ulster University; the unique   instances, living away from family and friends for
                                                                                                                            06     We are Ulster University                           50     Undergraduate Degrees
              student experience, the outstanding facilities on        the first time can be a daunting experience – it
              our campuses across Northern Ireland and the             is also an exciting one. Our international team is   08     Excellence in Numbers                              60     Postgraduate Degrees
              stimulating learning environment where you can           dedicated to ensuring your transition from home      10     Teaching Inspired by Pioneering Research           70     Student Reviews
              pursue your ambitions.                                   to studying with us is as smooth as possible.
                                                                                                                            11     Your Learning Experience
              At Ulster, our students are at the heart of everything   By joining Ulster University, you will join a                                                                  Applying to Ulster University
                                                                                                                            12     Investing in Your Future Career
              that we do as we work to provide you with the            vibrant student community where there are new                                                                  72     Entry Requirements
              most rewarding student experience and                    friendships to be made, ideas to be shared,
                                                                                                                            Your Ulster Experience                                    73     English Language Support
              education possible.                                      thinking to be challenged and opportunities to be
                                                                       explored.                                            14     A Taste of Northern Ireland                        75     How to Apply
              We are committed to providing an educational
              experience that helps you to develop skills, raises      Whatever your aspirations, Ulster University can     16     Live & Learn in Northern Ireland                   76     Fees, Funding and Finance
              your ambitions and prepares you to be a future           deliver the educational experience to help you       18     Getting Here                                       77     International Scholarships & Discounts
              leader in your chosen field, transforming lives          achieve them.                                                                                                  78     Useful Contacts
              both locally and globally.                                                                                    20     Welcome to Ulster University
                                                                                                                            22     Multi-campus
              Our teaching is underpinned by world-leading
                                                                       I look forward to welcoming you.                     25     Campus Life Belfast
              research that has global significance and
              meaningful impact. This means your learning                                                                   25     Campus Life Jordanstown
              will be influenced by experts who are making
                                                                                                                            26     Campus Life Magee
              pioneering breakthroughs and shaping our
              understanding of their subject and your                                                                       26     Campus Life Coleraine
              area of study.                                                                                                28     Branch Campuses (London & Birmingham)
              Ranked number 1 in the UK in the International                                                                29     Distance Learning
                                                                       Professor Paddy Nixon
              Student Barometer and as one of the top 200                                                                   30     Accommodation
              most outward-looking institutions in the world by        Vice-Chancellor & President
              Times Higher Education, we have a richly diverse,
              multicultural community of learners. We promote                                                               Making the Most of Student Life
              a strong, internationally relevant curriculum                                                                 32     Campus Connect
              across our broad range of undergraduate and
                                                                                                                            34     We Support You
              postgraduate courses.
                                                                                                                            36     Student's Union and Sports
              What sets us apart is how we prepare you for
              your future career. We work with business and                                                                 38     Top 10 Belfast
              industry to make sure that our courses meet                                                                   40     Top 10 Derry~Londonderry
              their needs, and all of our students have the                                                                 42     Top 10 Causeway Coast
              opportunity to undertake work experience.
              Our dedication to developing highly employable                                                                44     Opportunities to Study, Work or Volunteer Abroad
              graduates is reflected in Ulster being one of the                                                             46     Global Outreach Ambassadors
              UK’s top ten entrepreneurial universities.                                                                    47     Preparing You for a Successful Career
              Northern Ireland is renowned for its friendliness                                                             48     Ulster's Alumni Community
              and warm welcome. Our vibrant cities, unspoilt
              countryside, efficient public transport and minimal
              congestion ensure a quality of life unsurpassed
              by few.

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Why Ulster?                                                                                                                                                                                    

We are                                                                                                                       We Deliver
Ulster                                                                                                                       Excellence.
                                                                                                                             Leading in sport

                                                                                                                             Ulster is a leading university for sport in
                                                                                                                             Ireland and the UK. Across our campuses are
                                                                                                                             opportunities to participate in a wide variety of
              Great teaching                                        Affordable education                                     individual and team sports for fun or at a more
              We strive to deliver an excellent student             Northern Ireland is one of the most affordable           competitive level. Most sports are represented by
              experience in every way. We are renowned for          UK regions in which to live and study. In addition to    one of our clubs and societies.
              the quality of our teaching, which is enhanced by     low fees, our high-quality student accommodation is
              world-class research.                                 some of the best-priced in the UK.                       Career-focused

                                                                                                                             We are one of the top universities for providing
                                                                                                                                                                                  The lecturers at Ulster
              Teaching informed by research                         Popularity                                               a period of work placement. Our courses are
                                                                                                                             developed with employer and professional body
                                                                                                                                                                                  University are among
              Our teaching is inspired by our discoveries.          As an Ulster student, you will belong to one of the
              In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF)       most popular universities in the UK and one of the       input, ensuring that you graduate ‘work-ready’       the best in the world.
                                                                                                                             and with the skills and knowledge that
              assessment, Ulster was named as one of the top
              universities in the UK for world-leading research
                                                                    largest on the island of Ireland. We were ranked
                                                                    12th in The Sunday Times University Guide 2014           employers need.                                      Their knowledge, passion
              and number one in Northern Ireland for research
              into biomedical sciences, law, business and
                                                                    for the number of UCAS applications received,
                                                                    around 35,000 each year.
                                                                                                                                                                                  and unconditional care
                                                                                                                             Social responsibility
              management, architecture and built environment,
                                                                                                                             We recognise the impact the University has on the
                                                                                                                                                                                  and support makes
              art and design, social policy, sport, media studies
              and nursing.
                                                                    Providing top facilities                                 environment and strive to reduce our footprint.      me feel emotional -
                                                                    We invest significantly in our estate to ensure our      We received a first class award in the People

              Ulster welcome
                                                                    campuses and facilities provide the best learning        and Planet Green League (2013) for our actions       it was so superb.
                                                                    experience. Our £265 million Belfast campus              and attitudes towards green living. We invest in
              The friendliness and support we offer ensures         redevelopment represents a new chapter for               companies whose activities are consistent with
              you will feel at home and make an easy transition     Ulster, providing a state-of-the-art teaching and        our vision and values. Fairtrade produce is widely   The whole experience of
              to living in Northern Ireland and university life.
              Our campuses provide an inclusive learning
                                                                    learning facility and a first rate centre for research
                                                                    and innovation in the heart of Belfast city.
                                                                                                                             available across our campuses.
                                                                                                                                                                                  Ulster and the warmth,
              environment, welcoming learners from over                                                                                                                           generosity and hospitality
              100 countries.
                                                                                                                                                                                  Northern Irish people
                                                                                                                                                                                  have made a lasting
                                                                                                                                                                                  impression on my life.
                                                                                                                                                                                                   Azadeh Sobout, Iran
                                                                                                                                                                                                             PhD Law

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Excellence in Numbers.
                                                                                  25,000                                       TOP
                                              INVESTED IN
                                          RESEARCH EVERY YEAR                  STUDENTS                                 OF UNIVERSITIES
                                                                                                                      UNDER 50 YEARS OLD
                                                                                                                         Times Higher Education 2018

     TOP                                           15K+

       OVERALL RESEARCH                     MOST IMPROVED                       IN THE UK FOR ART &                  IS THE MOST AFFORDABLE
       IN UK UNIVERSITIES                 STUDENT EXPERIENCE                      DESIGN RESEARCH                     CITY TO LIVE AND STUDY
     Research Excellence Framework 2014   Times Higher Education Awards 2016
                                                                                      INTENSITY                              IN THE UK
                                                                                Research Excellence Framework 2014     NatWest Student Living Index 2016

                  #1                            #1                                       94%
                                                                                94% OF OUR GRADUATES                            #3
                                               IN UK FOR                                                               IN THE UK FOR LAND
                                                                               ARE IN WORK OR FURTHER
       & PHARMACOLOGY                                                           STUDY 6 MONTHS AFTER                      AND PROPERTY
    The Guardian in 2015, 2016 and 2017    FOR LAW RESEARCH                       LEAVING UNIVERSITY.                     MANAGEMENT
                                          Research Excellence Framework 2014
                                                                                      DLHE Survey 2016/17             The Complete University Guide 2019

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Teaching Inspired by                                                                                      Your Learning
Pioneering Research                                                                                       Experience

     Thanks to the modern
     laboratory, I can perform
     amazing research that will
     broaden my knowledge                                                                                         Studying at university is not the same as studying at school.
                                                                                                                  The main difference is that you are expected to study
     and give me an amazing
                                                                                                                  independently – to organise your time to study effectively
     experience for the future.                                                                                   by deciding which materials to study and how. You will
     Thanks to these facilities it                                                                                be required to read about your subject (reading lists are
                                                                                                                  generally provided, particularly in the first year), prepare
     is easier for me to acquire
                                                                                                                  for seminars and complete assignments. You will have
     knowledge and understand                                                                                     a studies adviser to support you, but remember to keep
     many phenomena.                                                                                              staff informed if you are having any difficulties.

                          Paula Smyczek, Poland
                    FireSERT (Safety, Engineering,
                   Research & Technology Centre)
                                                                                                                Academic year                                         Lectures, seminars and tutorials
                                                     Excellence in teaching, underpinned by world
                                                     leading research, is the foundation upon which             The academic year is divided into two semesters       Teaching is delivered through lectures, seminars
                                                     every quality university is built.                         for most students (some students, e.g. nursing,       and tutorials, and sometimes practicals and
                                                                                                                have a longer academic year). The first semester      fieldwork. Lectures are formal teaching sessions,
                                                     Ulster University has an outstanding reputation            runs from September until mid-January and the         often with a larger group of students. Seminars,
                                                     for teaching and a strong track record in research         second from late January to May.                      which usually provide a form of follow-up to
                                                     and innovation, addressing real-world issues                                                                     lectures, take place in smaller groups and are
                                                     of both local and global relevance. Ulster is              Each semester comprises 12 weeks of teaching
                                                                                                                                                                      often used to promote group discussion about
                                                     renowned and respected for its world-leading               followed by an exam period. Full-time students
                                                                                                                                                                      a specific topic. In tutorials, a small number of
                                                     research, as demonstrated in the 2014 Research             will typically study three modules in each semester
                                                                                                                                                                      students meet with a tutor to discuss work and to
                                                     Excellence Framework (REF).                                (18 modules of study make up a standard three-
                                                                                                                                                                      raise points of particular interest or difficulty.
                                                                                                                year degree programme). Most modules are
                                                     As an Ulster student, you benefit first hand from          assessed through coursework and/or exams. The
                                                     our discoveries and advances, working with                 first semester exams are in early January and the     Work placement or study abroad
                                                     leading academics to develop the knowledge and             second semester exams are in May.                     You may have the opportunity to go on work
                                                     skills to transform our economy and society. Each
                                                                                                                                                                      experience or study abroad during your third
                                                     year we spend over £42 million on research. We
                                                                                                                                                                      year. For some medical-related courses, you will
                                                     continue to develop and invest in our capabilities
                                                                                                                                                                      be required to undertake block work placements
                                                     to ensure we stay at the forefront of innovation.
                                                                                                                                                                      throughout the course.
                                                     FIND OUT MORE:

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Investing in Your
Future Career

Our learning experience is career-focused and relevant, offering a
range of opportunities to enhance your CV and stand out to potential
employers. This ensures that you graduate with the knowledge, skills
and confidence to make your mark in a competitive job market.

                Career planning                                      Giving you the EDGE

                Our Career Development Centre team offers            Employers are placing more emphasis on
                friendly and impartial advice to help you plan       recruiting graduates who not only have a degree,
                your career and provides a range of opportunities    but who are also equipped with key transferable
                designed to enhance your employability. You          skills. The Ulster EDGE Award provides official
                will have access to job vacancies, placement         recognition for activities undertaken outside of
                opportunities and vacation or part-time work. We     your studies. It is awarded in addition to your
                also organise regular fairs and forums where you     degree and gives you the opportunity to engage
                can meet employers and professional bodies.          in a wide range of activities that will boost your
                                                                     career prospects and show commitment to your
                Professional accreditation                           personal development.

                Most of our degree programmes are developed
                                                                     Higher Education
                in collaboration with industry and professional
                                                                     Achievement Report
                bodies. Many also offer an additional professional
                qualification or accreditation, something you will   The University provides a Higher Education
                find invaluable once you graduate.                   Achievement Report (HEAR) to all full-time
                                                                     students upon graduation. It is a detailed
                Work experience                                      record of your academic and extra-curricular
                                                                     achievements to supplement your degree. The
                At Ulster, most full-time undergraduate and          HEAR allows you to showcase your achievements
                integrated Master’s degrees include a period         to employers and postgraduate tutors;
                of work-based learning. You also have the
                opportunity to build your international profile
                                                                     Find out more:
                through work experience abroad.

                If you successfully complete a placement year in
                employment, you could be awarded a Diploma              CareersatUlster
                in Professional Practice (DPP) or a Diploma in          @CareersAtUlster
                Professional Practice - International (DPPI) if
                your employment is overseas. Alternatively, you
                could be awarded the Diploma in International
                Academic Studies (DIAS) if you complete a
                placement year studying abroad.
                                                                                                                          OF OUR GRADUATES ARE
                                                                                                                           IN WORK OR FURTHER
                                                                                                                          STUDY 6 MONTHS AFTER
                                                                                                                            LEAVING UNIVERSITY
                                                                                                                              DLHE Survey 2016/17

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Your Ulster Experience                                                                                   

A Taste of
Welcome to
Northern Ireland

     No matter where in the world you are             Belfast is the
     from, studying in Northern Ireland will be
     an unforgettable experience.
                                                      Most Affordable
                                                      City in the UK*
     International students love our location
     because it is so convenient to the rest of the
     UK and Europe.                                   Happiest
     Belfast is less than one hour from London
     by air and there are almost 30 daily flights
                                                      in the UK*
     to choose from.

     International students also enjoy our green      Lonely Planet’s
     landscape and dramatic coastlines – not to
     mention our cultural and historic-rich cities.
                                                      Top Region to visit
                                                      in 2018
                                                                            *Office of National Statistics, 2017

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Live & Learn in
Northern Ireland
                                   Unmissable music                                        Literature and theatre                                Made for golf
Live.                              Love Music? Then check out a scene that is
                                   vibrant, exciting and cutting edge. Traditional
                                   sessions in local pubs, global superstars in
                                   concert, the next big thing in a local rock venue
                                                                                           Northern Ireland is home to Nobel Laureates
                                                                                           and award-winning playwrights. Tour Heaney
                                                                                           country in Magherafelt and gain an insight
                                                                                           into the landscape that inspired world-famous
                                                                                                                                                 Northern Ireland is made for golf and our home-
                                                                                                                                                 grown talent in Darren Clarke, Graeme McDowell
                                                                                                                                                 and Rory McIlroy – all of whom are honorary
                                                                                                                                                 graduates of Ulster – is testament to this. Northern
                                   or great festivals in wonderful settings – you’ll see   poet Seamus Heaney. Enjoy a new play by               Ireland really is the playground of champions.
                                   it all in Northern Ireland. Unearth the rich musical    local writers including Marie Jones and Owen          Perfect your technique on the superb world-class
                                   heritage that attracted MTV to stage the EMA            McCaferty, classic works from internationally         links of Royal Portrush and Royal County Down or
                                   here or take a musical bus tour of Belfast and          acclaimed Brian Friel, or touring productions at      hone your skills on a diverse range of parkland
                                   see the city that influenced Van Morrison, Snow         world class theatre venues. Maybe even take in        and seaside courses. We have over 90 great
                                   Patrol, Ruby Murray and many more.                      one of our excellent literary festivals or summer     courses to choose from.
                                   Fabulous food                                                                                                 The Giant’s Causeway Visitor Centre
                                                                                           The legend of Titanic                                 and the Causeway Coastal Route
                                   Northern Ireland is a great destination for lovers
                                   of good food and drink. From seafront restaurants       Only in Belfast can you follow Titanic’s remarkable   The Giant’s Causeway is a spectacular natural
                                   along the Causeway Coastal Route to seafood             journey from the drawing board to the slipways,       attraction and Northern Ireland’s only UNESCO
                                   bars at the foot of the Mourne Mountains,               or stand on the vast floor of the dock where she      World Heritage Site. Visit the world-class visitor
                                   contemporary city restaurants, and hearty pub           was fitted out – her last footprint on land.          centre. Are the basaltic columns the work of giant,
                                   grub in beautiful rural spots. The quality and                                                                Finn McCool or Mother Nature? You decide.
                                   authenticity of our local produce is undeniable         An adventure playground                               Complete the experience by driving the Causeway
                                   too, with a number of recent worldwide                                                                        Coastal Route, a road trip recognised as one of
                                   accolades.                                              Paddle along canoe trails, surf or body board on      the top-5 drives in the world.
                                                                                           waves coming from the roaring North Atlantic or
                                                                                           head to the Mourne Mountains, where you can
                                   Pubs and clubs                                                                                                Find out more:
                                                                                           walk, climb or horse-ride. Fermanagh is perfect
                                   Whichever Ulster campus you choose, you will            for cruising, canoeing and all things water-based.
                                   never be far away from renowned pubs and                Multi-activity centres are a great way to pack
                                   clubs. Some of the most well-known student venues       in several activities in a day and try something
                                   include the Anchor bar in Portstewart, Sugar            new – caving, sailing, parachuting or white water
                                   nightclub in Derry~Londonderry, and The Duke of         kayaking. Less extreme, cycling is one of the best
                                   York and The Spaniard in Belfast – a pub enjoyed        ways to take in idyllic areas such as the Sperrins,
                                   by the cast of Game of Thrones.                         with off-road family routes to more challenging
                                                                                           mountain bike trails.
In association with                The big event
                                   Famous annual events to look out for include
                                   St. Patrick’s Day (celebrated in cities and towns
                                   throughout Northern Ireland), the Cathedral
                                   Quarter Arts Festival (Belfast), North West 200
                                   (Portrush/Causeway Coast) and the Banks of the
                                   Foyle Halloween Carnival (Derry~Londonderry).

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                    2 airports in Belfast,                                                                                                           2HRS
                    Dublin airport only 90                                                                              Amsterdam     Berlin
                                                                   Edinburgh                                            1HR           1HR
                    minutes away.                            Glasgow                                                    35MINS        35MINS
                    Direct flights from Belfast                                Newcastle                                                           50MINS

                    to over 180 destinations       Belfast
                    in 42 countries.                                                                           1HR                      Salzburg
                                                                                                               45MINS                   2HRS
                    1 hour from London,           Dublin                 Liverpool                                           2HRS
                    35 flights per day.                                                                                               2HRS
                                                                             Birmingham                                               35MINS                Dubrovnik

                                                                         Bristol                                 Barcelona
                                                               Cardiff               London                      35MINS

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Welcome to Ulster

                         Students from across the world have chosen
                         to study at Ulster University and gain a highly
                         valued degree.

                         The Ulster experience offers you academic
                         excellence and 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 into Ulster life.

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                                                        Belfast Campus

One Great
                                                        Ulster University is transforming the
                                                        higher education landscape with the

                                                        £265 million landmark development at
                                                        the Belfast campus.

                                                        Located in the heart of the vibrant Cathedral

                                                        Quarter, the visionary new campus is one of the
                                                        largest higher education capital builds in Europe.
                                                        It will provide a progressive learning, teaching
                                                        and research environment supported by the best
                                                        innovative technology, allowing us to nurture
                                                        talent and innovation.

                                                        The new campus will transform the student

Ulster is one university with four distinct campuses    experience as a centre of academic excellence.

across Northern Ireland – Belfast, Coleraine,           It will be publicly accessible and a valuable asset
Jordanstown and Magee. Courses are also                 for Belfast as a city in which to live, work, study
delivered at our branch campuses in London              and do business.

and Birmingham.
                                                        Over the next few years, the 75,000m2 campus
While each campus differs in size and has its own       will house up to 15,000 students and staff.
distinctive atmosphere, wherever you choose to          By locating our bright, ambitious and creative
study, you will receive the same first class teaching   students in the heart of Northern Ireland’s capital,
and supportive learning environment, and                we will form a lively student community and
experience the unique character that makes Ulster       promote a dynamic environment, which will
one of the most popular universities in the UK.         stimulate and inspire.


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                          Campus Life                                          Campus Life
                          Belfast                                              Jordanstown

 Life.                    Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter is the artistic          Our bustling Jordanstown campus is the largest
                          and cultural centre of the city and home to          of Ulster’s campuses and is located just seven

                          our Belfast campus. If you choose to study           miles north of the city on Belfast Lough.
                          here in Northern Ireland’s capital, you can
                                                                               The campus has a strong profile in business,
                          take advantage of its wealth of culture
                                                                               engineering, computing, social sciences,
                          and entertainment.
                                                                               communication and academic disciplines relating

                          Ulster’s art and design heritage dates to the        to the science and coaching of sport. Sport plays
                          establishment of the School of Art and Design        a significant part in the life of the campus.
                          in 1849. Although traditionally associated
                                                                               It is home to the Sports Institute of Northern
                          with art, the campus spans an increasing and
                                                                               Ireland (SINI), a partnership between the
                          exciting range of subjects including architecture,
                                                                               University and Sport Northern Ireland, and most
                          hospitality, Irish language, event management,

                                                                               of Northern Ireland’s leading athletes train here at
                          photography and digital animation.
                                                                               our impressive facilities.
                          Facilities include purpose-built design spaces,
                                                                               Buildings are structured around a central ‘mall’
                          studios for recording and editing live and
                                                                               allowing students to walk from one end of the
                          off-air television, sound recording, mixing and
                                                                               campus to the other without going outside.

                          animation, teaching and exhibition areas as well
                                                                               The mall area is home to banks, restaurants,
                          as a library. Our vibrant campus plays host to
                                                                               coffee shops, sandwich bars, a supermarket, the
                          frequent fashion and art exhibitions and is an
                                                                               Chaplains’ Office and the Students’ Union.
                          exciting place to study and work.
                                                                               The main building is surrounded by lawns and
                          The Belfast campus is continuing to expand and

                                                                               trees and is just a few hundred metres from
                          develop as part of one of Northern Ireland’s
                                                                               Loughshore Park. We also have a complex of
                          largest urban developments.
                                                                               student accommodation on campus for students
                                                                               choosing to live a little closer.


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Campus Life                                         Campus Life
Magee                                               Coleraine

The friendly village atmosphere of our Magee        The feeling of community at our Coleraine
campus offers an intimate learning environment      campus makes for a warm and welcoming
in the heart of Northern Ireland’s second city,     student experience. The relaxed, outdoor
Derry~Londonderry. As part of the Magee             atmosphere of the north coast is reflected in the
community you will receive excellent support        feel of this thriving campus.
and enjoy a full social life.
                                                    A wide range of subjects are available at
Magee is synonymous with creativity; it is          Coleraine, which makes for an interesting mixture   One of the top reasons I
home to Ulster’s School of Creative Arts and        of students and staff. Subject areas include
Technologies and creativity runs through every      biomedical sciences, environmental science and      chose to study at Ulster
programme. Teaching strengths include business,     geography, psychology, business, the humanities
creative arts, creative technologies, computing,    and languages, media and journalism, travel and     University is that it is situated
engineering, nursing, Irish language and            tourism, teacher training and computing.
literature, social sciences, law, psychology and
                                                    The campus sits on the banks of the River Bann,     in Derry~Londonderry, the
peace and conflict studies.

The beautiful, leafy campus comprises a mixture
                                                    less than a mile from the town centre. Coleraine
                                                    town is the largest and busiest on the Causeway     north west of Ireland. It’s
of historical and new buildings and is dominated
by the main building – known by some students
                                                    coast. Together with the nearby seaside towns
                                                    of Portrush and Portstewart and the Giant’s         one of the most exciting
as ‘Hogwarts’ due to its impressive Gothic
architecture. Magee College was opened in 1845
                                                    Causeway World Heritage Site, this area is a
                                                    major international tourist destination and has     locations possible for a
as a centre for arts and theology at the bequest
of Martha Magee, the widow of a Presbyterian
                                                    an excellent selection of bars, clubs and award-
                                                    winning restaurants. For those interested in        student and an educational
Minister. This magnificent building was opened in
1865 and remains the hub of the campus.
                                                    outdoor activities, the local beaches, coastline
                                                    and hills provide great opportunities to get        centre for many centuries.
                                                    outside and explore.
The famous walled city centre and the River
Foyle are a short walk from the campus.
Located in the North West of Northern Ireland
                                                                                                        I never regret coming and I
and a short distance from County Donegal,
Derry~Londonderry is ideally situated for
                                                                                                        am having a great time here
exploring some of Ireland’s most dramatic
                                                                                                        so far. The study and the
                                                                                                        supervision are excellent.

                                                                                                                             Yogesh Kumar Meena, India
                                                                                                                                       PhD Engineering

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London & Birmingham                                                                                                   Distance
                                                                                                                      Ulster University’s eLearning programme is well established and we offer

                                                                                                                      one of the most comprehensive distance learning provisions in the UK across
                                                                                                                      undergraduate, postgraduate and part-time courses.

                                                                                                                      More than 4,000 students from over 50 countries have successfully
                                                                                                                      completed our distance learning programmes to date.

                                                                                                                      Our eLearning students are very much considered part of the Ulster
                                                                                                                      University family and have access to the same facilities and services available
                                                                                                                      to all students.

                                                                                                                      We constantly evolve our curricula in this area and introduce new courses,
                                                                                                                      such as the first postgraduate degree in health psychology to be offered by
                                                                                                                      distance learning of any university in the UK or Ireland.

Birmingham                                           London

With a student population of more than 65,000,
Birmingham has an eclectic social scene, making
                                                     London is a lively and cosmopolitan city with a
                                                     diverse social scene, exciting nightlife, vibrant
                                                                                                           At the start I was really
it one of the best places to study in the UK.        culture, fantastic shopping and a wealth of
                                                     sightseeing opportunities.
                                                                                                           worried being thousands
Our Birmingham branch campus has a great
location in the heart of the city centre, close to   Our branch campus is located in historic Holborn,     of miles away from the
the recently refurbished New Street rail station.
Excellent teaching facilities and faculty staff
                                                     in central London, with plenty of transport links
                                                     offering convenient travel options to the campus.     university but the orientation
complement a cosy campus geared towards
your learning and employability.
                                                     Situated between the city’s financial centre and
                                                     the cultural district, access to London’s resources
                                                                                                           made it really easy. The way
With more businesses moving to Birmingham
than ever before, it is a truly exciting time to
                                                     could not be easier.                                  that Ulster delivers distance
study here as you’ll be in a city with one of
the fastest growing entrepreneurial communities
                                                     Our location means that you’ll be perfectly placed
                                                     to take advantage of all that London has to offer,    learning really made me feel
in the country.
                                                     from its thriving international community to the
                                                     continually growing professional community.           part of the classroom. The
                                                                                                           lecturers were really helpful
                                                                                                           and I have gained so much
                                                                                                           from my experience that is
                                                                                                           going to be really helpful
                                                                                                           in my professional career.
                                                                                                                                                 Arslan Khan, Kuwait
                                                                                                                                 MSc International Business (eLearning)

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                         To help you settle into university life, international
                         students are guaranteed university accommodation if your
                         application is submitted before the end of July. In fact,
                         some of our students like our accommodation so much
                         they live with us for their entire programme of study.

                         University-managed accommodation is                      Ulster University, Magee
                         reasonably priced, clean, comfortable and
                                                                                  We offer accommodation for over 630 students
                         modern. We offer 2,400 places across, and in
                                                                                  in our student village and our halls of residence,
                         the vicinity of, our four campuses. There is also
                                                                                  Coppin House, both less than five minutes’ walk
                         an exciting range of social events organised
                                                                                  from the campus. All accommodation has access
                         throughout the year to encourage students to get
                                                                                  to high-speed broadband with WiFi throughout.
                         to know one another and develop a strong sense
                                                                                  There are self-contained units available for
                         of community.
                                                                                  students who require additional space, privacy
                         You can browse through the range of
                         accommodation, take a virtual tour and see price
                                                                                  and independence. Adapted accessible
                                                                                  accommodation is available for students
                                                                                                                                          With really good
                         lists on our accommodation website:                      with a disability.
                                                                                                                                          infrastructure, the
                                                                                  Ulster University, Coleraine                            accommodation in the
                         Ulster University, Belfast
                                                                                  Our student village offers fantastic on-campus
                                                                                  accommodation. Most rooms have en-suite                 University is a place that
                         If you are studying at the Belfast campus you
                         can apply to live in university accommodation
                                                                                  facilities and all have a broadband connection
                                                                                  and access to the internet with WiFi throughout.        you can call home.
                                                                                  There are some suites available for students
                         at the Jordanstown campus. There are excellent
                                                                                                                                          Living with your friends or
                                                                                  with special or mobility needs. Students seeking
                         rail, bus and taxi links between these campuses.
                                                                                  more independence may choose to live in
                         Alternatively, you may consider private
                                                                                                                                          new people from different
                                                                                  leased accommodation in the nearby seaside
                                                                                  town of Portstewart. The University allocates and

                                                                                                                                          parts of the world and at
                                                                                  manages this accommodation.
                         Ulster University, Jordanstown

                         Most of the accommodation in our on-campus
                         student village comprises five-bedroom, en-suite
                                                                                                                                          the same time really close
                         apartments with high-speed broadband and WiFi
                         connections with shared kitchen/dining facilities.
                                                                                                                                          to the main buildings where
                         If you require a bigger space you can rent self-
                         contained apartments on-campus.
                                                                                                                                          you study. It is a pleasant
                         We provide adapted accessible accommodation                                                                      and unique experience.
                         for students with disabilities. There are a few houses
                         and apartments available on-campus which have a
                         shared bathroom facility and kitchen/living/dining
                         areas between five or six residents.                                                                                                   Andressa Roeder, Brazil
                                                                                                                                                                  BSc Food & Nutrition

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Making the Most of it


CampusConnect app

We recognise that relocating to another country,        CampusConnect is a native mobile app service that you
away from family and friends can be a daunting          can download as soon as you have received an offer from
experience but it is also an exciting one and that’s    Ulster University.
where CampusConnect can help.

With CampusConnect you can start planning
your university adventure before you arrive. It’s       It will help you prepare and plan for university through
all about giving you a head start, helping you          personalised content and information during your under-
                                                                                                                   The best way to
navigate those first steps on campus.
                                                        offer pre-registration phase.
With CampusConnect you can become part of
the university network, and get access to all the
best resources on orientation, getting around,
                                                                                                                   connect with other
important dates for your calendar, interactive
maps, and more. You can make new friends, and
                                                        You will have access to a network of fellow prospects,
                                                        current students and nominated university staff.
                                                                                                                   students and discover
get brilliant advice on university living from Ulster
University students before you leave home.
                                                                                                                   everything you need
                                                                                                                   to know about
                                                        A team of student ambassadors are in place to respond
                                                        to your questions and provide you with insight and         Ulster University.
                                                        information in-app.

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We Support You.
                                                                                                                                       The international team at
                                                                                                                                       Ulster is one of the best I
                                                                                                                                       have ever seen. The office
                                                                                                                                       offers and provides me with
                                                                                                                                       support whenever I need it.
We support you                                      Immigration advice
The international team at Ulster is available to    Our Compliance Team offers free and confidential advice and assistance on          They supported me from
                                                                                                                                       arrival, settling, registering
support you during each stage of your journey       visa and immigration requirements before and during your studies with us.
with us. From application through to graduation,    Services include supporting you in your application for a Tier 4 student visa

                                                                                                                                       with medical practice,
our specialist staff are here to help.              and extending your visa. For further details on support available please visit
Our services include providing support with your
application, guidance on visa and immigration
requirements, pre-arrival information, delivering   Study abroad                                                                       providing information
a welcome programme designed specifically for
international students and a range of social and
                                                    Our Study Abroad Team supports international students who wish to                  about accommodation,
                                                    spend part of their degree at Ulster University. We welcome students from
cultural events throughout your time with us.       a network of over 200 international institutions worldwide. International          supermarkets, places to see.
                                                    students can study with us for one or two semesters, or as part of your
                                                                                                                                       I will definitely recommend
Further information on our services can be
found opposite.                                     summer vacation. To find out more please visit
                                                                                                                                       this university to others!
                                                    Welcome Week

                                                    Welcome Week kicks off with a pick-up service for international students
                                                    from local airports. Our Welcome Week provides an opportunity for you
                                                    to get to know your campus, meet academic and support staff and other
                                                    students. It includes a range of information sessions and social events                                  Purna Prasad Sita, India
                                                    designed to help you settle into university life and living in Northern Ireland.                               MSc Management
                                                    Further information can be found at

                                                    Find out more:

                                                       +44 (0)28 9036 6755

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Students' Union
and Sports
                                                                                                           The Students’ Union
                                                                                                           is a big, friendly
                                                                                                           family, where I met
Get involved                                         Supporting you                                        so many nice people
Once you register to study at Ulster, you
automatically become a member of the Students’
                                                     The Students’ Union is also an important part of
                                                     our student support network. You can receive
                                                                                                           and had a great
Union (UUSU), one of the largest in Ireland. The
Union looks after the interests of Ulster students
                                                     free, confidential advice and information on
                                                     any issue or aspect of student life at Ulster. Site
                                                                                                           time on the events
and is represented on each of our four campuses.
The Union is the focus of entertainment on each
                                                     Vice-Presidents can advise you on issues such as
                                                     study, accommodation, how to deal with stress or
                                                                                                           regularly organised.
campus and organises social events, trips and        anything else that affects your ability to make the
activities to ensure you have an unforgettable       most of your international student experience.
experience at Ulster.
                                                     Clubs and societies                                             Viktorija Ozerova, Latvia
Student voice                                                                                                          BSc Biomedical Science
                                                     Open to all Ulster students, clubs and societies
The Union represents the student population on       are an integral part of the Students’ Union. There
every university committee, ensuring the student     is a wide range of activities to become involved
voice is always heard – an important way for us      with where you can meet new people, have fun
to get feedback on our teaching and facilities.      and try something new, all at the same time.
                                                     Clubs and societies are also a great way to get
                                                     valuable experience and skills to enhance your
                                                     CV. So whether you are interested in athletics,
                                                     comic books, debating, politics or surfing (and
                                                     everything in between), get involved.


                                                     The UUSU Volunteering Centre supports students
                                                     who want to lend a helping hand, whether you
                                                     are seeking to enhance your CV with valuable
                                                     experience or just want to make new friends and
                                                     have fun. You can also gain accreditation for your
                                                     volunteering through the Ulster EDGE Award and
                                                     Millennium Volunteers.

                                                     Find out more:

                                                        Ulster University Students’ Union

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Top 10
01 Uncover the myths and legends surrounding The Titanic:                    06 Enjoy a gin in one of the mightiest Victorian gin palaces
   Titanic Belfast is the largest museum in the world dedicated to the          in Ireland:
   infamous liner. Situated on the Harland and Wolff shipyard where the         Dating back to the 1880s, The Crown is a gem of the Victorian era.
   doomed vessel was built, the museum consists of nine interactive spaces      Formerly known as The Liquor Saloon in Great Victoria Street, Belfast
   and includes original Titanic artefacts and a replica of the ship.           this ageless and priceless pub was one of the mightiest Victorian
                                                                                gin palaces in the city, and still boasts many of its original features,
                                                                                including gas lighting.
02 Take a “paranormal” tour of the Crumlin Road Gaol:
   Crumlin Road Gaol first opened its doors to Belfast’s mad, bad and
   dangerous in 1846 and served as a working prison until 1996. Daytime,     07 Savour a Guinness:
   evening, Victorian and even “paranormal” tours now take place at the         Ireland is famous for it’s Guinness and all over the world people often
   gaol, which has seen 17 men executed during its 150-year working             speak wistfully of the increased quality of the black stuff once you hit the
   history.                                                                     Emerald Isle – and it’s absolutely true. Ireland’s national drink is served
                                                                                pretty much everywhere and it’s a delight.

03 Wander through the Botanic Gardens:
   Established in 1828, the city’s Botanic Gardens are the perfect spot      08 The Troubles:
   to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life. With a number of        You can’t escape the fact that Belfast is a divided city. There are peace
   walking routes, a Palm House, tropical ravine and rose garden, this is       walls and security gates dividing staunch Catholic and Protestant areas
   the perfect spot to laze around in when the sun comes out.                   with political murals across the most loyally defended parts of the city.
                                                                                There is nothing quite like this anywhere else in Europe and taking a bus
                                                                                or walking tour to see and hear about the background to the artworks
04 Eat, drink and dance in the Cathedral Quarter:                               is an absolute must.
   Belfast is comprised of several “quarters” of which the Cathedral
   Quarter is probably the liveliest. It’s packed full of bars and some
   quality eating spots and on a weekend, the pubs are usually full by       09 Ulster Museum:
   lunchtime, so you’ll need a strong constitution if you want to keep up       Located in the Botanic Gardens, this museum hosts an eclectic mix of
   with the locals.                                                             exhibits and galleries, many of which you can interact with. As well
                                                                                as a decent collection of Irish art, you’ll come across everything from
                                                                                dinosaurs to treasures recovered from an old Spanish galleon.
05 Treat your taste buds and expand your culinary
   One of the greatest adventures of studying abroad is exploring new        10 Listen to some live music:
   food and flavours and there is nowhere better to treat your taste buds       The birth place of musicians like The Undertones, Ruby Murray and Van
   than St George's Market, one of the best markets in the UK and Ireland.      Morrison Belfast's vibrant pub culture thrives on live traditional music.
   With 250 traders there's something for everyone with arts and crafts,        There’s never a shortage of musicians playing a range of Irish and folk
   vintage artefacts, unique gifts and tasty food and beverages too. The        music, original work and covers of traditional songs. The city literally
   market is open every weekend and hosts a range of events throughout          hums with live music 7 nights a week. Some of our favourite spots
   the year.                                                                    include The Dirty Onion, Fibber Magee’s and The John Hewitt.

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Top 10
01 Wander the walls                                                              06 Instagram Free Derry Corner
   You should linger around Derry’s city walls – the only completely intact         Delve into Londonderry’s rich and complex history with great Instagram
   city walls in Ireland, they stand 26 feet high and 30 feet wide. Your walk       moments at the iconic Free Derry Corner gable wall and the city’s
   will take in all the main sights, including four sets of original gates and      famous walls. Take a guided tour and hear all about the famous
   24 original cannon. Don’t miss the famed ‘Roaring Meg’.                          105-day siege of 1688. Explore the histories of the time at the Siege
                                                                                    Museum and Museum of Free Derry.

02 Visit The Guildhall
   The Guildhall is a striking building located in the heart of the city.        07 Millennium Forum
   Fashioned in neo-gothic style, it was originally built in 1887 by The            One of Northern Ireland’s premier theatres and conference centres
   Honourable The Irish Society. The red sandstone building is of neo-              and is one of the largest purpose-built theatres in Ireland. They have a
   gothic architecture, with Tudor overtones. The Guildhall contains stunning       vibrant range of arts and entertainment events on offer throughout the
   examples of stained glass windows and visitors will be intrigued by its          year. With its stunning entrance and marble floored Italian-style Piazza,
   unique history and appeal. The staircase, main hall organ and corridors          it promises a wonderful night’s entertainment in sumptuous surroundings
   give a fascinating insight into this distinctive building.                       in the historic Walled City.

03 Step into Heaney’s HomePlace                                                  08 The Nerve Centre
   Immerse yourself in the world of the most widely published poet in               A focal point for youth culture in Derry, the Nerve Centre brings
   the English language. Go on a journey through the Nobel Laureate’s               popular music, film, video, animation and interactive multimedia
   life, his experiences, and the people that inspired his poetry. County           together under one roof.
   Londonderry was a major inspiration to the late Seamus Heaney, and
   now the Heaney HomePlace is a must-go for literary fans and the
   curious alike.                                                                09 Peadar O'Donnell's
                                                                                    Done up as a typical Irish pub/grocery (with shelves of household items,
                                                                                    shopkeeper's scales on the counter and a museum's-worth of old bric-
04 Join in the Carnival at the best Halloween destination in                        a-brac), Peadar's has rowdy traditional-music sessions every night and
   the world                                                                        often on weekend afternoons as well.
   Halloween's origins date back over 2,000 years to the ancient Celtic
   festival of Samhain (sow-in), when, according to tradition, the ghosts of
   the dead returned to walk the earth before a new year began for the           10 The Peace Bridge
   Celts on 1 November. At Derry’s Halloween carnival you can expect                Opened in 2011 the Peace Bridge, is a walkway & cycle bridge across
   fireworks and Jack-o’-lantern competitions and thousands and thousands           the River Foyle. It crosses the river from behind the Guildhall to the
   of people in fancy dress.                                                        former Parade Ground at Ebrington Barracks – linking the Walled
                                                                                    City to the new developments at Ebrington and St. Columb’s Park.
                                                                                    Illuminated at night the Peace Bridge is a major landmark in the city.
05 Take to the Tower
   The Tower Museum is spread over five floors and its uppermost level
   gives stunning panoramic views of the Walled City and River Foyle.
   Immerse yourself in the city’s past with the Story of Derry Exhibition and
   An Armada Shipwreck – La Trinidad Valencera, the story of the Spanish
   Galleon that sank of the Donegal Coast in 1588.

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Top 10
Causeway Coast.
01 Marvel at the Giant’s Causeway
   Catch the beautiful narrow-gauge heritage train on the Giant's
   Causeway & Bushmills Railway route and arrive in style at the iconic
   hexagonal stones. Take in the amazing visitor centre and experience the
   power of the mighty Mr Finn McCool. Clues of his existence including
   the Giant’s Boot and Wishing Chair – lie all around.

02 Get on the Game of Thrones trail
   Re-live scenes or stand in the spots where the blockbuster TV series
   was filmed. Be sure to see the mysterious Dark Hedges, the foreboding
   Cushendun Caves and picturesque Ballintoy Harbour. For gossip and
   behind-the-scenes tales, talk to the locals or book a tour.
                                                                                 07 Taste the finest Irish whiskey
                                                                                    Bushmills was one of the first distillery’s in the world to make both single
03 Surf Atlantic waves
                                                                                    malts and blended whiskeys. Tours run daily allowing you to enjoy the
   The quintessential County Antrim water-sport experience is to surf the
                                                                                    heat and the smells as you take a guided tour through the still actively
   waves on a ride towards the beautiful white chalk cliffs of Whiterocks
                                                                                    working Old Bushmills Distillery on the banks of the River Bush. They will
   Beach. Powerful waves are around much of the year at this exposed
                                                                                    leave you ready for a great tasting experience at the end.
   beach break, within walking distance of Portrush which is only one stop
   on the train from our Coleriane Campus.
                                                                                 08 Drive the iconic Causeway Coastal Route
                                                                                    You need a day or two or a long weekend to really delve deep into
04 Walk Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge
                                                                                    the iconic Causeway Coastal Route by car. It runs through unrivalled
   Once you dare to walk the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, remember
                                                                                    scenery and links ancient castles, amazing geological formations,
   there’s only one way back to collect your National Trust certificate. Yes,
                                                                                    golden beaches and picturesque seaside towns and villages. Cycling it
   you’ll have to do it again. But it’s so worth it. You will be hard pushed
                                                                                    brings amazing sights and challenges too, such as the dreaded steep
   to find better scenery and natural beauty on the island, an old salmon
                                                                                    ascent of Torr Head.
   fishery that you cross to.

                                                                                 09 Explore Carrickfergus Castle
05 Sail away to Rathlin Island
                                                                                    You can’t run out of adventure and stories at the impressive
   Escape to another world on Rathlin Island via the ferry from Ballycastle
                                                                                    Carrickfergus Castle – there’s 800 years of history to absorb in what is
   across the Sea of Moyle. Take a tour of the upside down lighthouse built
                                                                                    one of the most important and best documented medieval castles in the
   into a cliff face, and enjoy isolated walks, tranquil nature and one of the
                                                                                    whole of Ireland. It’s well worth seeing the keep, the banqueting hall,
   largest seabird colonies in the UK. You might even spot some seals.
                                                                                    medieval life exhibits and the collection of cannons that once formed
                                                                                    part of the defences.
06 See the sunset at Dunluce Castle
   When the sun’s rays are low over Dunluce Castle, your iconic snap of
                                                                                 10 Get lost in the Glens of Antrim
   the Antrim coastline is waiting to happen. This evocative castle lost its
                                                                                    Escaping to the Glens of Antrim brings nine opportunities to get lost
   kitchen when it fell into the sea one stormy night. Its stories, together
                                                                                    amid unspoilt, unexploited picture-perfect landscapes. Famed in legend
   with those of the nearby abandoned village of Dunluce, still being
                                                                                    and lauded song, the glens’ wild beauty, myth and magic offers
   uncovered by archaeologists, are well worth exploring.
                                                                                    something unique to those willing to explore them.

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Opportunities to
Study, Work or
Volunteer Abroad

                                                                                                            Is there a deadline for applications?

                                                                                                            Key dates are provided below. Applications are considered on a rolling basis
                                                                                                            until the application deadline.

                                                                                                            Semester 1 (Fall) or full academic year

                                                                                                            Nomination Deadline: 31 May

                                                                                                            Application Deadline: 30 June

                                                                                                            Semester 2 (Spring)

                                                                                                            Nomination Deadline: 31 October

Studying abroad at Ulster University is about variety, flexibility                                          Application Deadline: 30 November

and trying new things. With over 2,500 modules at undergraduate
                                                                                                            When will I hear from you?
level we’re confident that you can easily find modules that match
                                                                                                            You may normally expect to hear from us within two weeks of submitting a
your academic interests and fulfil the requirements of your home                                            completed application.
institution. We welcome students from a network of over 200
                                                                                                            Will I gain credit?
international institutions worldwide. You can study with us for
                                                                                                            Credit is given at the discretion of your home institution. If you wish to gain
one or two semesters, or as part of your summer vacation.                                                   credit please discuss this with your academic advisor or a member of the
                                                                                                            Study Abroad Team.

                                                                                                            How do I choose modules?

                                                                                                            We have more than 2,500 modules at undergraduate level for you to choose
                                                                                                            from. For more information and modules visit

                                                                                                            Do you offer summer schools?

How do I apply?                                       What are the entry requirements?                      At Ulster University we offer a range of summer programmes of various
                                                                                                            duration from one to six weeks covering a range of subject areas including,
If you are applying through a partner institution,    You must be enrolled at an overseas university        Irish Studies, Peace & Conflict, Pre-health and Transitional Justice. Our
your home institution must nominate you.              and have completed at least one year of study at      website has further information.
Nominations should be emailed to the Study            your home institution. You must also have a GPA
Abroad Team, If you         of 3.0 (on a scale of 4.0) or equivalent to apply.
are applying independently, as an occasional          If English is not your first language please ensure
student, please also contact the Study Abroad         that you meet our English language requirements.
Team for further details. If you are applying
through a study abroad provider you should use
their application form and follow their procedures.

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Global                                                   Being a student                                                        Preparing You for a
Outreach                                                 ambassador is really                                                   Successful Career
Ambassadors                                              rewarding. I get to
                                                         share my passion for
                                                         Ulster University with
                                                         prospective students.                                                  Your time at university will pass quickly. And we     Higher Education Achievement
                                                                                                                                mean quickly! So, it's vital that you make the most
                                                         I enjoyed my university
                                                                                                                                                                                      Report (HEAR)
                                                                                                                                of the opportunities coming your way. Throughout
                                                                                                                                your studies at Ulster University we will help you    We provide a Higher Education Achievement
                                                         experience so much, I                                                  to develop your career skills and enhance your        Report (HEAR) to all graduates – a detailed
                                                                                                                                                                                      record of your academic and extra-curricular
                                                                                                                                employment prospects.
                                                         wanted to share it with                                                Recruitment for most graduate schemes and
                                                                                                                                                                                      achievements to supplement the traditional
                                                                                                                                                                                      degree award.
                                                         others. When I was                                                     postgraduate courses starts in the autumn of your
                                                                                                                                final year, so making time during your studies        The HEAR allows you to showcase your

                                                         deciding which university                                              to get a career focus is essential and will enable    achievements to employers or postgraduate tutors
                                                                                                                                you to make targeted applications for jobs and        and helps your development during your time in

                                                         to go to, the team at                                                  courses before graduation.                            higher education. Read more at:

                                                                                                                                Our courses are designed with your career in
                                                         Ulster made me feel so                                                 mind, with most developed in partnership with
                                                                                                                                                                                      Ulster EDGE Award
                                                                                                                                employers to ensure the skills, knowledge and         The Ulster EDGE Award provides official
                                                         welcome and safe that                                                  experience you gain match the needs of your           recognition and evidence of your relevant interests
                                                                                                                                chosen profession.                                    outside of university. It is awarded in addition to
                                                         I want to be able to do                                                                                                      your degree and gives you the opportunity to
                                                                                                                                                                                      engage in a wide range of activities that will boost
                                                         the same for others.                                                   Professional accreditation

                                                                                                                                Many of our courses provide additional
                                                                                                                                                                                      your career prospects and show commitment to
                                                                                                                                                                                      your personal development.
                                                                                                                                professional recognition or exemptions.
                                                                                                       Berin Devadoss, India
                                                                                                         BSc Business Studies                                                         Careers support for Ulster graduates
                                                                                                                                Work, study or volunteer abroad
                                                                                                                                                                                      The Career Development Centre offers careers
                                                                                                                                A period of work placement, volunteering or study     support to graduates up to 3 years post-
                                                                                                                                abroad is available with most of our courses. This    graduation. Graduates can access 1-1 careers
                                                                                                                                provides the opportunity for you to gain valuable     consultations as well as access to our vacancy
                                                                                                                                real-world experience and to build contacts in        systems and events:
Ulster University has a team of international student                                                                           the industry.
ambassadors who have been chosen to represent the university
                                                                                                                                Career Development Centre
to support students from their home country and region.
                                                                                                                                An extensive range of support services is
                                                                                                                                available to help you get ready for work and to
This scheme gives current students the opportunity    Becoming an International Student Ambassador is                           find employment. Our award winning Career
to be the ‘international face’ of the university.     an excellent opportunity to play a part in helping                        Development Centre (CDC), located on each
Our International Student Ambassadors have            new international students to settle in to life at                        campus, offers friendly and impartial support
been studying at Ulster University for at least one   Ulster University. It’s also adds value to your CV.                       with career planning and provides advice on
year and they support our students during the                                                                                   developing your employability skills.
application process, via our CampusConnect App        Find out more:
and right up to their graduation day.
They assist with the marketing of the University
to prospective overseas students and help the
International Student Support Team in welcoming
new students once they arrive.

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Ulster’s Alumni

                         Your journey with Ulster begins   Becoming a graduate of Ulster, and a member of         You are automatically enrolled as a member of        Whatever your background you can be sure of
                                                           this significant alumni community, will offer many     the alumni association when you graduate and         a warm welcome when you choose Ulster. You
                         at application, continues         opportunities to help you progress your career.        have immediate access to a range of benefits         will become part of an extensive ‘family’ who are
                         through your time as a student    We are proud of our alumni; they have achieved
                                                                                                                  including:                                           here to develop and support you through your
                                                                                                                                                                       university journey and beyond.
                         but doesn’t end once you have     distinction in many fields across the world and        •   Further careers support
                                                           continue to engage and support the University                                                        
                         graduated. At that point you      community in a variety of ways.
                                                                                                                  •   Invitations to exclusive networking events

                         will join our dynamic and ever-   At Ulster, we develop lifelong, mutually beneficial
                                                                                                                  •   Access to University resources and
                                                                                                                      information (including the library and sports
                         increasing family of more than    relationships with our alumni. Ulster’s alumni
                                                           play an extremely valuable role in the University,
                         160,000 alumni worldwide.         providing support to current and former students       You may have been an Ulster undergraduate
                                                           by getting involved in activities such as mentoring,   student and are continuing your postgraduate
                                                           internships, sponsorship and donations. All of this    studies with us, or you may be joining us as a new
                                                           enhances the experience students have during           student who will be studying on-campus or by
                                                           their time here.                                       eLearning.

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