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4       Welcome to Ulster University.          36   Applying to Ulster University
6       We are Ulster University.              38   Equivalence of qualifications
8       Leading edge research                  40   General entrance requirements
10      Your future career starts here.        42   Fees and funding
12      A world of opportunities
14      A global welcome
                                               45   Faculty of Arts, Humanities and
                                                    Social Sciences
                                               47   Faculty of Computing, Engineering
                                                    and the Built Environment
16      Immerse yourself in Northern Ireland
                                               49   Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
18      Building the university of tomorrow.
                                               51   Ulster University Business School
20      Life on campus
24      Your home from home
26      Learning that works with your life     52   Courses at Ulster
28      Your learning experience               146 Course index
30      Sport for all                          149 Discover more
32      Your Students’ Union                   150 Experience Ulster University
35      Here to support you                    151 Disclaimer

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Welcome                              to Ulster University.
                                                         Your undergraduate adventure starts here.
                                                         Welcome to Ulster – a university that places       Whatever your aspirations today, our learning
                                                         ambition at the heart of everything to create      experience stretches minds, embraces challenge
                                                         the most rewarding student experience possible.    and strives for the inconceivable, to shape the
                                                                                                            artists, engineers, scientists and entrepreneurs
                                                         It is our people and their successes that truly    of tomorrow.
                                                         set us apart.
                                                                                                            Be a part of our extraordinary story.
                                                         We are renowned for our teaching excellence,
                                                         underpinned by world-leading research. Your        I look forward to welcoming you.
                                                         learning is directly influenced by distinguished
                                                         experts making pioneering breakthroughs, the

It is our                                                benefits of which are felt far and wide.

people and their                                         Our strong collaboration with industry is
                                                         reflected in our dynamic course portfolio,

                                                         meeting new and emerging sector demands            With best wishes,
                                                         to ensure industry-relevant programmes             Professor Paddy Nixon
                                                         producing work-ready graduates.                    Vice-Chancellor and President

                              that truly set us apart.
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We are
                                                                                                           IN THE UK FOR                      OF ALL UK                   NI UNIVERSITY
                                                                                                          PHARMACY AND                     UNIVERSITIES FOR               FOR STUDENT
                                                                                                         PHARMACOLOGY                      OVERALL RESEARCH               SATISFACTION

                                                                                                          (The Guardian, 2015/16/17)               (REF, 2014)          (National Student Survey, 2018)

Going to university is an exciting step and choosing                                                     OF THE WORLD’S                      IN THE UK FOR            INVESTED IN RESEARCH
where to study is an important decision that will shape                                                                                   OUTSTANDING IMPACT            AND INNOVATION
your future. With four distinct campuses across Northern
                                                                                                        UNIVERSITIES UNDER
Ireland, it is the student experience that we offer which                                                 50 YEARS OLD                     IN LAW RESEARCH                 EACH YEAR
                                                                                                         (Times Higher Education, 2018)            (REF, 2014)
sets Ulster University apart.

From renowned teaching inspired by world-class research,
to first class resources and facilities, all within an inclusive,
supportive learning environment, we place ambition at the
heart of everything we do to ensure you excel and unleash
your full potential.

25,000                                                              OPTOMETRY RANKED
                                                                                                             WE RECRUIT
                                                                                                                                            OF GRADUATES
                                                                                                                                              IN WORK                    195,000
                                                                                                        STUDENTS FROM OVER                   OR FURTHER                      ALUMNI
                                                                                                                                                STUDY                       WORLDWIDE
                                                                                                        100 COUNTRIES                         within six months of
                               STUDENTS                             (Complete University Guide, 2019)    ACROSS THE GLOBE                          graduating
                                                                                                                                             (DLHE Survey, 2016/17)

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edge research
                                                                                      Ulster is
                                                                                      renowned and
                                                                                         for its world-leading
                                       Excellence in teaching, underpinned by
                                       world-leading research, is the foundation
                                       upon which every quality university is
                                       built. Ulster University has an outstanding
                                       reputation for teaching and a strong
                                       track record in research and innovation,
                                       addressing real-world issues of both local
                                       and global relevance.

                                       Ulster is renowned and respected for its
                                       world-leading research, as demonstrated
                                       in the 2014 Research Excellence
                                       Framework (REF).

                                       As an Ulster student, you benefit first
                                       hand from our discoveries and advances,
                                       working with leading academics to
                                       develop the knowledge and skills to
                                       transform our economy and society.

                                       Each year we spend over £46 million on
                                       research. We continue to develop and
                                       invest in our capabilities to ensure we stay
                                       at the forefront of innovation.

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                                                                 Our learning experience          Work experience                   It is awarded in addition
                                                                 is career-focused and            At Ulster, most full-time         to your degree and gives
                                                                 relevant, offering a range       undergraduate and integrated      you the opportunity to
                                                                 of opportunities to enhance      Masters degrees include           engage in a wide range of
                                                                 your CV and stand out to         a period of work-based            activities that will boost your
                                                                 potential employers. This        learning. You also have           career prospects and show
                                                                 ensures that you graduate        the opportunity to build          commitment to your personal
                                                                 with the knowledge, skills       your international profile        development.
                                                                 and confidence to make           through work experience
                                                                 your mark in a competitive       abroad. If you successfully       Higher Education
                                                                 job market.                      complete a placement year         Achievement Report
                                                                                                  in employment, you could          The University provides
                                                                 Career planning                  be awarded a Diploma in           a Higher Education
                                                                 Our Employability and            Professional Practice (DPP)       Achievement Report (HEAR)
                                                                 Careers team offers friendly     or a Diploma in Professional      to all full-time students
                                                                 and impartial advice to          Practice - International          upon graduation. It is a
                                                                 help you plan your career        (DPPI) if your employment         detailed record of your
                                                                 and provides a range of          is overseas. Alternatively,       academic and extra-curricular

                                                                 opportunities designed to        you could be awarded the          achievements to supplement
                                                                 enhance your employability.      Diploma in International          your degree. The HEAR
                                                                 You will have access to          Academic Studies (DIAS) if        allows you to showcase your
                                                                 job vacancies, placement         you complete a placement          achievements to employers
                                                                 opportunities and vacation       year studying abroad.             and postgraduate tutors.

                                                                 or part-time work. We also
                                                                 organise regular fairs and       Giving you the EDGE                 hear.ac.uk
                                                                 forums where you can meet        Employers are placing more
                                                                 employers and professional       emphasis on recruiting

                                                                                                                                     FIND OUT MORE
                                                                 bodies.                          graduates who not only
                                                                                                  have a degree, but who
                                                                 Professional accreditation       are also equipped with key
                                     Ulster University helps     Most of our degree               transferable skills. The Ulster     Careers at Ulster
                                     to prepare students         programmes are developed         EDGE Award provides official        @CareersAtUlster

                                     for employment              in collaboration with industry   recognition for activities
                                     through a well-             and professional bodies.         undertaken outside of your
                                     established network of      Many also offer an additional    studies.
                                     placement providers,        professional qualification or
                                     ensuring that               accreditation, something you

                                     individual students         will find invaluable once you
                                     receive the optimum         graduate.
                                     placement experience.

                                     Mark Stewart
                                     Pharmaceutical Bioscience

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A world of
opportunities                        One of the best things
                                     about studying at Ulster
                                     is the opportunity to ‘go
                                     global’. Experience of
                                     different cultures can be
                                                                      There are also a wide variety
                                                                      of academic summer schools
                                                                      offered internationally in
                                                                      many universities and other
                                                                      organisations, as well as
                                                                                                         Additional international
                                                                                                         work experiences
                                                                                                         There is a wide range
                                                                                                         of short-term work and
                                                                                                         study options available,
                                     a very positive asset in         volunteering opportunities in      including paid internships
                                     today’s labour market.           a range of countries.              abroad for computing,
                                                                                                         science and construction
                                     As an Ulster student, you         FIND OUT MORE                     students through IAESTE (the

                                     can opt to study, work or                                           International Association for
                                     volunteer overseas as part of      ulster.ac.uk/global              the Exchange of Students
                                     your course. Going global          studyabroad@ulster.ac.uk         for Technical Experience),

                      different      allows you to enhance the                                           and the Washington-Ireland

                                                                        Ulster University Study Abroad
                                     knowledge and skills that                                           Programme, allowing students
                                     you acquire during your                                             to undertake an eight-week
                                                                      International placement and
                                     course and adds a desirable                                         internship in Washington, DC.
                                                                      internship programmes
                                     international dimension to
                                                                      We can connect you with
                                     your career prospects.                                              You can broaden your
                                                                      our international partners
                                                                                                         horizons whilst studying
                                                                      offering opportunities to
                                     We are committed to offering                                        by working in a children’s
                                                                      work in Australia, America
                                     as many students as possible                                        summer camp or through
                                                                      and Europe for up to one
                                     the opportunity to spend part                                       the Project Children
                                                                      year, either as part of your
                                     of their degree programme                                           Intern Programme, in the
                                                                      placement during your
                                     abroad and provide access                                           USA. Other opportunities
                                                                      degree, during your holidays
                                     to over 300 institutions                                            include the British Council’s
                                                                      or as a graduate.
                                     worldwide for student                                               Generation UK-India Work
                                     exchange opportunities.                                             Placement or Thailand English
                                                                      These include Mountbatten
                                                                                                         Teaching programme.
                                                                      Institute New York
                                     You may choose to study at
                                                                      Programme, the US-NI
                                     one of Ulster’s many partner                                        FIND OUT MORE
                                                                      Mentorship Programme,
                                     institutions in Europe through
                                                                      the IBEC EOP Multinational,
                                     the Erasmus+ programme,                                               ulster.ac.uk/goglobal
                                                                      Tourism and Global
                                     or further afield in North                                            Careers at Ulster
                                                                      Graduates Programmes.
                                     America, Latin America, Asia                                          @CareersAtUlster
                                                                      Funding for international
                                     or Australia.
                                                                      placements is available
                                                                      through Erasmus+ and British
                                                                      Council programmes.

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I enjoy being at Ulster
University, and the
transition was really easy.

The people in Northern
Ireland are really

Moad Zaidani Filali Razzouki

                                     Students from across the         Our international team will      We have dedicated
                                     world have chosen to study       provide you with advice on our   teaching staff who provide
                                     at Ulster University and gain    courses, assistance with your    English language support
                                     a highly valued degree.          application and information      programmes throughout
                                                                      about life at Ulster.            the year. Our International
                                     The Ulster experience not                                         Student Experience and
                                     only offers you academic         They will also continue to       Support team are available to
                                     excellence, but you will         support you during your time     provide visa and immigration
                                     also be part of a friendly       with us. To ensure you feel      guidance.
                                     and welcoming university,        right at home, you will have

                                     committed to providing           the opportunity to participate   Our Student Support staff and
                                     you with a quality student       in a wide variety of events      the Students’ Union are also
                                     experience.                      organised for international      on hand to help you settle in
                                                                      students across all campuses.    to Ulster life.
                                     Modern facilities for sport,
                                     leisure and accommodation        You will also be encouraged       FIND OUT MORE
                                     combine with our international   to get to know other Ulster
                                     reputation for excellence        students through engagement        ulster.ac.uk/global
                                     in teaching and research         with the Students’ Union.          international@ulster.ac.uk
                                     to make us a leading UK
                                     education provider.

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                                                                       Throughout the year,                 theatre venues including the     Home to HBO’s award-winning
                                                                       Northern Ireland showcases           Grand Opera House, Lyric         TV series Game of Thrones,
                                                                       its vibrant, diverse culture         Theatre, the MAC Belfast         take a locations tour and
                                                                       with a packed calendar of            and our very own Riverside       relive some iconic scenes

                                                                       festivals and events. Don’t          Theatre in Coleraine.            or visit Titanic Belfast, the
                                                                       miss the annual St Patrick’s                                          world’s largest Titanic visitor
                                                                       Day celebrations, enjoy              If the great outdoors is more    experience, situated in the city
                                                                       internationally renowned and         your thing, get acquainted       where it all began.
                                                                       local performers at the Belfast      with our breath-taking
                                                                       International Arts Festival, or      landscapes and quaint            With all this and more, are
                                                                       soak-up the atmosphere in            towns and villages. Enjoy        you ready for your Ulster

yourself in
                                                                       the city’s historic Cathedral        a woodland walk at one of        adventure?
                                                                       Quarter at Culture Night.            our many parks, forests and
                                                                       World-class artists turn Belfast     gardens, or visit the Antrim      FIND OUT MORE
                                                                       into an outdoor stage during         coast to enjoy areas of
                                                                       Belsonic and CHSQ music              outstanding natural beauty.         discovernorthernireland.com
                                                                       festivals, as the city is filled     Paddle along canoe trails,
                                                                       with music.                          surf or bodyboard on waves

                                                                                                            coming from the roaring
                                                                       For motorsport fans, the             North Atlantic, or head to the
                                                                       famous North West 200                Mourne Mountains where you
                                                                       motorcycle race on the               can walk, climb or horse-ride.     I love visiting the art
                                                                       Causeway Coast is a must             Northern Ireland is steeped        galleries near the
                                                                       while the legendary Banks of         in history so don’t miss           campus.

                                                                       the Foyle Halloween Carnival         the chance to explore its
                                                                       in Derry~Londonderry is one          unique heritage. Walk in the       There is an amazing
                                                                       for your bucket list. Theatre        shadow of giants and take          art scene in Belfast!
                                     University is a life changing
                                     experience so where you           lovers can indulge in plays,         in the wonder of the Giant’s
                                     study can often be as             workshops, musicals and              Causeway with its iconic           Ella Afellat
                                                                                                                                               Fine Art
                                     important as the course you       touring productions at first-class   rocks.
                                     choose. Voted as Lonely
                                     Planet’s Top Region to visit
                                     in 2018, wherever you’re
                                     from, studying in Northern
                                     Ireland is guaranteed to be
                                     an unforgettable experience.

                                     Across all our campuses you’ll
                                     discover a vibrant, eclectic
                                     social scene right on your
                                     doorstep. From cosy pubs
                                     hosting traditional Irish music
                                     sessions to cool rooftop bars
                                     and beer gardens, you’ll be
                                     spoilt for choice.

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the university
of tomorrow.
                                     Ulster University is transforming the higher
                                     education landscape with the £264 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 not only transform the
                                     student experience as a centre of academic
                                     excellence, it will also be publicly accessible and a
                                     valuable asset for Belfast as a city in which to live,
                                     work, study and do business.

                                     As we move forward, the 75,000sqm campus will
                                     house up to 15,000 students and staff. By locating
                                     our bright, ambitious and creative students in the
                                     heart of Northern Ireland’s capital, we will form a
                                     lively student community and promote a dynamic
                                     environment, which will stimulate and inspire.

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     We are one University with
     four distinct campuses across
     Northern Ireland - Belfast,
     Coleraine, Jordanstown
     and Magee. Courses are
     also delivered at our branch
     campuses in London and             Belfast                            Coleraine
                                        The Belfast campus is              The feeling of community at
     While each campus differs in       situated in the artistic and       our Coleraine campus makes
     size and has its own distinctive   cultural centre of the city, the   for a warm and welcoming
     atmosphere, wherever you           Cathedral Quarter. Although        student experience. The
     choose to study, you can be        traditionally associated           relaxed, outdoor atmosphere
     sure of a first-class student      with art, the campus spans         of the north coast is reflected
     experience.                        an increasing and exciting         in the feel of this thriving
                                        range of subjects including        campus. Together with the
                                        architecture, hospitality, event   nearby seaside towns of
                                        management, photography            Portrush and Portstewart and
                                        and digital animation. Our         the Giant’s Causeway World
                                        vibrant campus plays host          Heritage Site, this area is a
                                        to frequent fashion shows          major international tourist
                                        and art exhibitions, and is an     destination.
                                        exciting place to study and

Life on
                                        work. It is also home to The       A wide range of subjects
                                        Academy training restaurant.       is available at Coleraine,
                                                                           which results in an interesting
                                                                           mixture of students and
                                                                           staff. Subject areas include

                                                                           biomedical sciences,
                                                                           geography and environmental
                                                                           science, nutrition, optometry,
                                                                           psychology, pharmacy,
                                                                           English, history, media and
                                                                           journalism, travel and tourism,
                                                                           and teacher education.

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                            Jordanstown                        Magee                              Birmingham                        London
                                                                                                  Branch campus                     Branch campus

                            Jordanstown is the largest of      The friendly village               With its eclectic social scene,   London is a lively and
                            Ulster’s campuses, located         atmosphere of our Magee            Birmingham is a popular           cosmopolitan city with a
                            just seven miles north of          campus offers an intimate          study destination in the          diverse social scene, exciting
                            Belfast. The campus has a          learning environment               UK and home to a student          nightlife, vibrant culture,
                            strong profile in computing,       in the heart of Northern           population of more than           fantastic shopping and
                            built environment, business,       Ireland’s second city,             65,000. Studying at our           a wealth of sightseeing
                            engineering, social sciences,      Derry~Londonderry. Located         branch campus, you will be        opportunities. Our branch
                            communication and academic         in the North West of Northern      just minutes away from New        campus is located in historic
                            disciplines relating to the        Ireland and a short distance       Street rail station, the city’s   Holborn, in central London,
                            science and coaching of            from County Donegal,               famous shopping centres,          with plenty of transport links
                            sport. Sport plays a significant   Derry~Londonderry is ideally       restaurants and canal-side        offering convenient travel
                            part in the life of the campus     situated for exploring some        bars. With many businesses        options to the campus.
                            which is home to the Sports        of Ireland’s most dramatic         moving to Birmingham and          Situated between the city’s
                            Institute of Northern Ireland      landscapes.                        a growing entrepreneurial         financial centre and the
                            (SINI).                                                               community, it is a truly          cultural district, access to
                                                               On-going investment                exciting time to choose this      London’s resources could
                            Many students starting their       has provided state-of-             city as your place of study.      not be easier. Our location
                            degree at Jordanstown will         the-art teaching, research                                           means that you’ll be perfectly
                            complete their course in the       and support facilities for          FIND OUT MORE                    placed to take advantage of
                            new Belfast campus.                students and staff. Teaching                                         all that London has to offer,
                                                               strengths on campus include          qa.ulster.ac.uk/birmingham      from its thriving international
                                                               business, cinematic arts, Irish,                                     community to the continually
                                                               music, drama, computing,                                             growing professional
                                                               engineering, nursing, physical                                       community.
                                                               activity, personalised medicine
                                                               and law.                                                              FIND OUT MORE


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                                                                                    Ulster University, Belfast                 Ulster University, Magee
from home
Your home
                                      During term time I live in Ulster             Brand new, state-of-the-art                We offer accommodation for
                                      University’s brand new private                accommodation is now available             over 630 students in our student
                                      accommodation in Belfast city centre          adjacent to the Belfast campus.            village and our halls of residence,
                                      where I plan to stay for the remainder        All of the rooms are en-suite              Coppin House, both less than five
                                      of my studies. I’ve met lots of new uni       with high-speed Wi-Fi provided             minutes’ walk from the campus.
                                      friends here! In my free time I can           throughout. There is a range of            All accommodation has access to
                                      easily walk to the shops, clubs, art          accommodation available from four,         high-speed broadband with Wi-Fi
                                      galleries and markets which is great.         five and six-bed cluster apartments        throughout. There are self-contained
                                                                                    with shared kitchen/dining and             units available for students who
                                      Emma Williams                                 living facilities, to individual studio    require additional space, privacy and
                                      Photography with Video
                                                                                    apartments. To enhance your student        independence. Adapted accessible
                                                                                    experience there is a range of             accommodation is available for
                                                                                    additional facilities available at no      students with a disability.
                                                                                    extra cost including a cinema room,
                                                                                    study hub and gym facilities.                accommodationm@ulster.ac.uk
                                                                                                                                 Residential Services Magee

                                                                                    Ulster University, Jordanstown
                                                                                    Most of the accommodation in our           Ulster University, Coleraine
                                                                                    on-campus student village comprises        Our student village offers fantastic
                                                                                    five-bedroom, en-suite apartments          on-campus accommodation. Most
                                                                                    with high-speed broadband and Wi-Fi        rooms have en-suite facilities and
                                                                                    connections with shared kitchen/           all have a broadband connection
                                                                                    dining facilities. If you require a        and access to the internet with Wi-Fi
                                                                                    bigger space you can rent self-            throughout. There are some suites
                                                                                    contained apartments on-campus.            available for students with special
                                                                                    We provide adapted accessible              or mobility needs. Students seeking
                                                                                    accommodation for students with            more independence may choose to
                                                                                    disabilities. There are a few houses       live in leased accommodation in the
                                                                                    and apartments available on-campus         nearby seaside town of Portstewart.
                                                                                    which have a shared bathroom               The University allocates and manages
                                                                                    facility and kitchen/living dining areas   this accommodation.
                                      To help you settle into university life, we   between five or six residents.
                                      can guarantee you a place in one of our                                                    accommodationc@ulster.ac.uk
                                      halls of residence in your first year of        accommodationj@ulster.ac.uk                Residential Services Coleraine
                                      study, providing you make Ulster your           Residential Services Jordanstown
                                      first choice. University accommodation
                                      is well priced, comfortable and modern,
                                      and we have something to cater for
                                      every budget and taste.

                                      We also arrange a ‘Reslife’ calendar of
                                      social events on arrival and throughout         Campus accommodation starts from:
                                      the year so you can get to know other
                                      students and fully immerse yourself in               Belfast            Coleraine        Jordanstown             Magee

                                                                                       £120                   £75               £90                  £75
                                      community life on campus. Activities
                                      include bake-offs, quiz nights and fun
                                      sports events.                                      per week*            per week*         per week*            per week*

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that works
with your life
Whatever your ambition,          Part-time study                  eLearning                     Lifelong learning                 Foundation degrees
we will offer a way of           Part-time study gives you the    eLearning courses offer       We provide high-quality short     Ulster validates a range of
studying that works with         flexibility to balance your      flexibility enabling you to   courses for everyone. Whether     foundation degrees at local
your life, with flexibility      personal commitments with        study at your own pace,       you want to improve your job      partner colleges. These
and convenience in mind.         your learning. Depending on      any place and any time.       prospects, learn new skills,      qualifications are a great way
Our community of learners        the course, you may be taught    Our graduates come from       get a qualification or develop    of studying for a vocational
study at undergraduate           on campus, entirely online or    around the world, all walks   workplace training, we can        qualification to improve
and postgraduate levels,         a combination of both – often    of life and have studied      help. We have a wide range        your employability or as a
including doctorates, on full-   called ‘blended’ learning.       a variety of subjects.        of learning opportunities         means of progressing to
time and part-time courses,      You will receive the same                                      available at affordable prices.   university. Graduates from
some of which are delivered      teaching, excellent support                                                                      our foundation degrees
fully online.                    and use the same facilities                                    Access to higher                  typically start on year two of
                                 as full-time students. In most                                 education                         our undergraduate degree
                                 cases you will be taught                                       If you are returning              programmes.
                                 alongside full-time students.                                  to education and do
                                                                                                not currently have the             FIND OUT MORE
                                                                                                qualifications to apply for
                                                                                                our undergraduate degrees,          ulster.ac.uk
                                                                                                you can enrol on one of our
                                                                                                validated Access courses at
                                                                                                a local college. To find out
                                                                                                more, contact your local
                                                                                                further education college.

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Studying at university is not      Most modules are assessed
the same as studying at school.    through coursework and/or
The main difference is that        exams. The first semester exams
you are expected to study          are in early January and the
independently – to organise        second semester exams are
your time to study effectively     in May.
by deciding which materials
to study and how. You will         Lectures, seminars
be required to read about          and tutorials
your subject (reading lists are    Teaching is delivered through
generally provided, particularly   lectures, seminars and tutorials,
in the first year), prepare        and sometimes practicals and
for seminars and complete          fieldwork. Lectures are formal
assignments. You will have a       teaching sessions, often with
studies adviser to support you,    a larger group of students.
but remember to keep staff         Seminars, which usually provide
informed if you are having         a form of follow-up to lectures,
any difficulties.                  take place in smaller groups and
                                   are often used to promote group
Academic year                      discussion about a specific topic.
The academic year is divided       In tutorials, a small number of
into two semesters for most        students meet with a tutor to
students (some students, e.g.      discuss work and to raise points
nursing, have a longer academic    of particular interest or difficulty.
year). The first semester runs
from September until mid-          Work placement or
January and the second from        study abroad                            Ulster has a real
late January to May. Each          You may have the opportunity            community and
semester comprises 12 weeks of     to go on work experience or             inclusive atmosphere
teaching followed by an exam       study abroad during your third          with approachable
period. Full-time students will    year. For some medical-related          staff and lecturers,
typically study three modules in   courses, you will be required           whilst still being a
each semester (18 modules of       to undertake block work                 competitive university
study make up a standard three-    placements throughout                   with top-class courses.
year degree programme).            the course.
                                                                           Dearbhail McLaughlin

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                                                               Sport and physical
                                                               activity is an important
                                                               part of life at Ulster

                                                               and many of our
                                                               students play for ‘Team
                                                               Ulster’ in social,
                                                               friendly and competitive
                                                               sport every day.

                                        for all

                                                                                                                                                                            Thanks to National Trust, Giant’s Causeway

Whether you are an athlete or a complete          Our sports centres have it all, including state-      Talented Athlete Entry Scheme                    The Talented Athlete Entry Scheme is designed
beginner, everyone can benefit from our           of-the-art fitness studios, a wide range of daily     At Ulster University we understand the           to support and nurture aspiring athletes by
excellent sporting and recreational facilities,   classes, multi-sport indoor and outdoor facilities,   dedication and commitment it takes to            reducing the entry grades required for full-time
which are available at affordable student rates   and fully trained fitness staff.                      compete at the highest level. Long hours of      undergraduate courses.
(£10 per month), including membership and                                                               training, intense regimes and competitions can
pay-as-you-go options.                             FIND OUT MORE                                        sometimes mean a sacrifice in examination         FIND OUT MORE
                                                    ulster.ac.uk/sport                                                                                     ulster.ac.uk/sport/performance-sport/

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                                     Once you register to study
                                     at Ulster University, you
                                     automatically become
                                     a member of the Ulster
                                     University Students’
                                     Union (UUSU). The
                                     Union looks after the
                                     interests of students and                              The Union is the focus of         Clubs and societies
                                     is represented across all                              entertainment on each             Open to all Ulster students,
                                     Ulster campuses.                                       campus and organises social       clubs and societies are an
                                                                                            events, trips and activities      integral part of the Students’
                                                                                            to ensure you have an             Union. There is a wide range
                                                                                            unforgettable experience          of activities on offer where you
                                                                                            at Ulster.                        can meet new people, have
                                                                                                                              fun and try something new, all
                                                                                            Student voice                     at the same time. Clubs and
                                                                                            The Union represents the          societies are also a great way
                                                                                            student population on every       to get valuable experience
                                                                                            University committee, ensuring    and skills to enhance your CV.
                                                                                            the student voice is always       Whatever your interests there
                                                                                            heard – an important way          is something for everyone.
                                                                                            for us to get feedback on our
                                                                                            teaching and facilities. The      UUSU Enterprise
                                                                                            Students’ Union also runs         UUSU Enterprise offers
                                                                                            the course rep system at the      advice and guidance to
                                                                                            University. Being a course rep    help you get your business
                                                                                            is a great addition to your CV.   idea up and running, from
                                                                                                                              developing a business plan to
                                                                                            Supporting you                    sourcing funding. There are
                                                                                            The Students’ Union is an         a range of opportunities and
                                                                                            important part of our student     competitions on offer for you
                                                                                            support network. You can          to get involved.
                                                                  The Students’ Union is    receive free, confidential
                                                                  a big, friendly family,   advice and information on any      FIND OUT MORE
                                                                  where I met so many       issue or aspect of student life

                                                                  nice people and had       at Ulster. Site vice-presidents     uusu.org
                                                                  a great time on the       can advise you on issues such       Ulster SU
                                                                  events regularly          as study, accommodation,            @UUSU
                                                                  organised.                how to deal with stress or
                                                                                            anything else that affects your
                                                                  Viktorija Ozerova         ability to make the most of
                                                                  Biomedical Science        your student experience.

Students’ Union
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                                     Here to
                                     support you
                                     Life as a student is exciting but it can also   Disabilities and medical conditions
                                     be demanding. You may face personal             If you have a disability or long-term medical
                                     challenges and that’s where we can help.        condition including mental health difficulties
                                     Our Student Wellbeing team can help you         or specific learning difficulties (e.g. ADHD,
                                     with a range of issues to ensure you make the   dyslexia), please let us know when you apply
                                     most of your time at Ulster. Our professional   to Ulster. Our AccessAbility team will be able
                                     services are free, confidential and inclusive   to advise you on the range of support
                                     for all Ulster students.                        available and will also help you to access
                                                                                     funded support for assistive technology
                                     Health and wellbeing                            software and equipment or non-medical
                                     Our team provides advice and guidance for       support providers as appropriate.
                                     many student concerns, such as academic
                                     matters, coping with stress and dealing with    Counselling
                                     personal issues. We want to help you take       All Ulster University students can access face-
                                     good care of yourself, both physically and      to-face counselling support from a trained
                                     emotionally during your time at university.     counsellor, on or off campus and a confidential
                                                                                     24/7 counselling helpline is also available.
                                     Money matters
                                     Our team can help you to adapt to student        FIND OUT MORE
                                     life by providing budgeting and money
                                     management advice to empower you to live          ulster.ac.uk/studentsupport
                                     within your means. We can also offer advice
                                     on financial matters including tuition fees,
                                     bursaries and access to financial support.

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Applications to full-time undergraduate
courses are submitted online through
the Universities and Colleges Admissions
Service (UCAS). UCAS has a range of
deadlines for different categories of
applicants and course choices. Visit the
UCAS website for more details.



Applications to most full-time courses should       application, as they may be considered should
normally be submitted by the main UCAS              you not meet the conditions set out in your offer.
deadline of 15 January in the year of entry. This
deadline now includes applications to Art and       Course requirements
Design courses. Applications can still be made      Some courses will ask for specific achievement
after the deadline but will only be considered if   in certain subjects, particularly where that
there are vacancies available.                      subject forms a major part of your degree.
                                                    Check the course entry online for details of

                                                                                                          Applying to
Applications to part-time undergraduate             subject specific qualifications such as GCSE,
courses must be made online through the             A level, BTEC or Irish Leaving Certificate grades.
Ulster University website.
                                                    Additional requirements
 FIND OUT MORE                                      As part of your entry requirements you may also
                                                    be asked to attend an interview or audition,

                                                    present a portfolio of work or sit a test.

UCAS tariff                                         You will be required to sit the Health Professions
We will make a graded offer rather than use         Admission Test (HPAT-Ulster) if you are
the UCAS tariff to express entry requirements.      applying to study any of the following degree
This is to ensure that the offer being made to      courses: Diagnostic Radiography and Imaging;

you is clear and relevant to the qualifications     Dietetics; Occupational Therapy; Physiotherapy;
you are studying.                                   Radiotherapy and Oncology; and Speech and
                                                    Language Therapy.
We recognise a wide range of qualifications
including GCE A level, BTEC, Irish Leaving          Satisfactory attainment in this test (together with
Certificate, Access or a combination of these       other academic requirements) is required for
qualifications. Please refer to the ‘Equivalence    entry onto the listed courses.
of qualifications’ table for further information.
                                                     FIND OUT MORE
You are encouraged to provide details of
all qualifications you are studying in your           hpat-ulster.acer.org

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Equivalence of qualifications
The table below outlines indicative equivalences to operate for entry in 2020. Please refer to                                                                               Pearson BTEC
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         A level Equivalence            QCF BTEC Award Grade                         RQF BTEC Award Grade
the online prospectus at ulster.ac.uk for entry requirements for any particular course.                                                                                      Level 3 Qualification

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                A*A*A*                             D*D*D*                                     D*D*D*
 GCE or Applied A levels                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            D*D*D
                                AAA                AAB              ABB               BBB               BBC               BCC               CCC               CCD                                                               A*A*A                                                                          D*D*D
 (Grades)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               (to include 14 unit Distinctions)

 Two A levels & BTEC          AA & D*            AA & D           AB & D            BB & D                                                                                                                                                                          D*D*D
                                                                                                      BB & M            BC & M            CC & M            CC & M                                                               A*AA                                                                          D*DD
                             (to include       (to include       (to include       (to include                                                                                                                                                          (to include 13 unit Distinctions)
 Subsidiary Diploma             4 unit            3 unit            3 unit            3 unit
                                                                                                    (to include 5     (to include 5     (to include 5     (to include 4
 (QCF)                                                                                               unit Merits)      unit Merits)      unit Merits)      unit Merits)
                             Distinctions)     Distinctions)     Distinctions)     Distinctions)                                                                                                                                                                    D*D*D
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  AAA                                                                           DDD
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        (to include 12 unit Distinctions)
 Two A levels & BTEC
 National Extended                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   D*DD
                              AA & D             AA & D           AB & D            BB & D            BB & M            BC & M            CC & M            CC & M                                                                AAB                                                                           DDD
 Certificate                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            (to include 11 unit Distinctions)
                                                                                                                                                                             National Extended Diploma                                                               D*DD
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  ABB                                                                           DDM
                                                A & D*D           A & DD                              B & DM                                                                                                                                            (to include 10 unit Distinctions)
                                                                                                                        B & DM                                               (180 credits)
                                               (to include       (to include                         (to include                                           C & MM
                                                                                                                      (to include 10
                                                  7 unit            6 unit                              5 unit                                            (to include 9                                                                                              DDD
                             A & D*D*                                               B & DD                              unit Merits)                                                                                              BBB                                                                           DDM
                                               Distinctions)     Distinctions)                       Distinctions)                                         unit Merits)                                                                                  (to include 9 unit Distinctions)
                             (to include                                                                                                  C & DM
 A level & BTEC Diploma         8 unit                                            (to include                              OR
                                                    OR               OR                                  OR                             (to include 10         OR                                                                                                    DDD
                             Distinctions)                                           6 unit                                               unit Merits)                                                                            BBC                                                                           DMM
                                                B & D*D*                                                                C & DM                                                                                                                           (to include 8 unit Distinctions)
                                                                 B & D*D          Distinctions)       C & DD                                                D & DM
                                               (to include                                                             (to include
                                                                 (to include                         (to include                                          (to include 10
                                                  8 unit                                                                  5 unit                                                                                                                                     DDM
                                                                    7 unit                              6 unit                                              unit Merits)                                                         BCC                                                                            DMM
                                               Distinctions)                                                           Distinctions)                                                                                                                     (to include 7 unit Distinctions)
                                                                 Distinctions)                       Distinctions)

 A level & BTEC                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      DMM
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 CCC                                                                           MMM
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           (to include 15 unit Merits)
 National Diploma             A & DD             B & DD           B & DD            B & DM            C & DM            C & DM           C & MM            D & MM
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 CCD                                                                           MMM
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           (to include 13 unit Merits)
 BTEC Extended Diploma
                              D*D*D               D*DD             D*DD               DDD               DDD              DDM               DMM               DMM
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 A*A*                                                                           D*D*
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        (to include 10 unit Distinctions)
 BTEC National
 Extended Diploma               DDD                DDD             DDM               DDM               DMM               DMM               MMM               MMM                                                                                                     D*D*
 (RQF)                                                                                                                                                                                                                            A*A                                                                           D*D
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         (to include 9 unit Distinctions)

 Scottish Highers              ABBBB              BBBBB           BBBBC             BBBCC             BBCCC             BCCCC             CCCCC             CCCCD                                                                                                    D*D*
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  AA                                                                             DD
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         (to include 8 unit Distinctions)
 Advanced Scottish
                                ABB                BBB              BBC               CCC               CCD               CDD               DDD               DDE
 Highers                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              D*D
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  AB                                                                             DD
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         (to include 7 unit Distinctions)
 International                Min 29             Min 28           Min 27            Min 26            Min 25            Min 24            Min 24            Min 24           National Diploma
 Baccalaureate                points             points           points            points            points            points            points            points           (120 credits)                                                                            DD
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   BB                                                                            DM
 (Points)                     (14 at HL)         (14 at HL)       (13 at HL)        (13 at HL)        (12 at HL)        (12 at HL)        (12 at HL)        (12 at HL)                                                                                   (to include 6 unit Distinctions)

                                Min              Min               Min               Min               Min               Min               Min               Min                                                                                                      DM
 Irish Leaving Certificate                                                                                                                                                                                                        BC                                                                             DM
                             H2,H2,H2,        H2,H2,H2,         H2,H3,H3,         H3,H3,H3,         H3,H3,H3,         H3,H3,H3,         H3,H4,H4,         H4,H4,H4,                                                                                      (to include 5 unit Distinctions)
 (Higher Level Grades)
                              H2,H3            H3,H3             H3,H3             H3,H3             H3,H4             H4,H4             H4,H4             H4,H4
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  CC                                                                            MM
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           (to include 10 unit Merits)
 Ulster Foundation
 Degree (Overall % in           70%                65%              60%               55%               50%               45%               40%               40%
 Level 5 modules)                                                                                                                                                                                                                 CD                                                                            MM
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           (to include 9 unit Merits)
 Access Diploma (NI)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   D*
 (Overall % in Level 3          75%                73%              70%               65%               63%               60%               55%               53%                                                                  A*                                                                            D*
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         (to include 5 unit Distinctions)
 Access to HE Diploma                                                                                                  12D 30M                                                                                                     A                                                                              D
                                45D             39D 6M           30D 15M           24D 21M           15D 30M                                45M             39M 6P                                                                                       (to include 4 unit Distinctions)
 (GB)                                                                                                                     3P
                                                                                                                                                                             Subsidiary Diploma/
                                                                 Overall                                                                                                     National Extended Certificate                         B                                                                              D
                                                                                   Overall           Overall            Overall           Overall                                                                                                        (to include 3 unit Distinctions)
                                                                Distinction                                                                                                  (60 credits)
                                Overall Distinction                               Distinction       Distinction          Merit             Merit            Overall
 HNC                              (with Distinctions in             (with                                                                                                                                                                                              M
                                                                                       (with             (with             (with             (with
                                                                                                                                                             Pass                                                                  C                                                                              M
                                     all L4 credits)                              Distinctions in   Distinctions in   Distinctions in   Distinctions in                                                                                                    (to include 5 unit Merits)
                                                                 in 105 L4
                                                                                  90 L4 credits)    75 L4 credits)    60 L4 credits)    45 L4 credits)
                                                                   credits)                                                                                                                                                                                            M
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   D                                                                              M
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           (to include 4 unit Merits)
                                                Overall          Overall            Overall           Overall           Overall           Overall
                             Distinction                                                                                                                    Overall
                                               Distinction      Distinction          Merit             Merit             Merit             Merit                            NOTES:
 HND                            (with                                                                                                                        Pass
                                                   (with             (with             (with             (with             (with             (with                          GCSE: Grade C equivalences - ILC Ordinary = O4, GB = 4.                 Foundation degree applicants will normally be considered for entry to an
                             Distinctions                                                                                                                 (with Merits in
                                              Distinctions in   Distinctions in   Distinctions in   Distinctions in   Distinctions in   Distinctions in
                             in 105 L5                                                                                                                    45 L5 credits)    Grade B/C* equivalences - ILC Ordinary = O3, GB = 5 or 6                associated honours degree (normally year two entry, or part-time equivalent).
                                              90 L5 credits)    75 L5 credits     60 L5 credits)    45 L5 credits)    30 L5 credits)    15 L5 credits)
                               credits)                                                                                                                                     (Determined on a course basis. See online prospectus.)                  Other qualifications:
                                                                                                                                                                            Applied General Level 3 qualifications:                                 We welcome applications from international applicants and those who may
                                                                                                                                                                            Offers will be expressed in terms of Overall Award Grade(s) to          be studying a UK Benchmark Qualification not shown. We will consider
                                                                                                                                                                            include a Unit Profile. Please see table for specific details. The 90   such applications on an individual basis. Whilst we will consider your
Applicants should include all qualifications they are taking in the Qualification section of their UCAS application.                                                        Credit Diploma/National Foundation Diploma will be considered           entire academic profile we normally make offers in terms of benchmark
*Please note: Additional unit profile requirements are stipulated for those taking Pearson BTEC Level 3 awards on the QCF                                                   as equivalent to one and a half A levels.                               qualifications. In all qualifications specific requirements in individual subjects/
Framework (offered from 2010).                                                                                                                                                                                                                      units/credits may be required.
                                                                                                                                                                            HNC: Candidates will be considered for year one entry only.
                                                                                                                                                                            HND: Candidates may be considered for year two entry
                                                                                                                                                                            (or part-time equivalent) where the curriculum sufficiently matches
                                                                                                                                                                            that of the Ulster University full-time year one course.
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General                                                                           The general entrance
                                                                                  requirements identify
                                                                                  the minimum

                                                                                  qualifications needed
                                                                                  for application to a
                                                                                  course at Ulster.

They set out the range of the most commonly        This is particularly the case for full-time study
offered acceptable qualifications but do not       where the offer grades are affected by the
identify where particular subjects are needed      availability of places on the course and the
for specific courses, nor do they represent        level of demand.
the actual offer standard or ‘asking grades’,
which are normally higher than the minimum         The summary refers to honours degrees. In
threshold standard of a pass grade.                practice, with regard to A levels, no full-time
                                                   honours degree will accept fewer than three
To be eligible to apply you must:                  A level subjects unless presented in combination
                                                   with other Level 3 qualifications deemed
                                                   acceptable by the University.
 1. Provide evidence of competence in
    written and spoken English (GCSE English       The ‘Equivalence of qualifications’ table lists
    Language grades A-C/4-9 or equivalent);        the most commonly accepted qualifications and                                   Accreditation of
    and                                            equivalent asking grades. You should refer to                                   Prior Experiential Learning
 2. Provide evidence of passes in five             the online prospectus at ulster.ac.uk for specific                              Learning you have gained from
    subjects, two of which must be at A level      entry requirements to individual courses.                                       work or other experience may be
    (grades A-E) and three at GCSE level*                                                                                          used to demonstrate your ability
    (grades A-C/4-9);                              Entry requirements for part-time courses vary.                                  to study your chosen course.
 3. Provide evidence of passes in four             Some have identical entry requirements to the                                   You must provide evidence of
    subjects, three of which must be at A level    full-time version of the same course, whilst                                    some reasonably substantial and
    (grades A-E) and one at GCSE level*            others will vary from those of the full-time                                    significant element of learning for
    (grades A-C/4-9); or                           version. It is important to refer to the online                                 a process of formal assessment
 4. Provide evidence of an approved
                                                   prospectus and/or to contact the course team                                    and accreditation by the University.
    qualification at an equivalent level such      before making an application for study.
    as Access to Higher Education qualification                                                                                    You may be required to attend
    or equivalent**; or
                                                     FIND OUT MORE                                                                 an interview and/or submit a
 5. Provide evidence, for a process of formal          ulster.ac.uk/apply/entrance-requirements                                    portfolio of evidence. (Contact
    accreditation by the University, of learning                                                                                   the Admissions Service about
                                                   *GCSE English Language (grades A-C/4-9) may be used as part of the
    you have gained through work or other          GCSE requirement. **Please refer to the ‘Equivalence of qualifications’ table
                                                                                                                                   your chosen course for more
    experience.                                    for the most common alternative Level 3 qualifications. Note: Advanced          information.)
                                                   Subsidiary (AS) level subjects, are regarded as 40% of one GCE A level,
                                                   provided that your profile also contains two GCE A levels or equivalent.

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                                                                                                                                                                         If you pay the full cost of your
                                                                                                                                                                         annual fees at enrolment you
      Finances are an
                                                                                                                                                                         will receive a five percent
      important consideration                                                                                                                                            discount. This offer cannot
      for students. As an Ulster                                                                                                                                         be used in conjunction with
      University student you                                                                                                                                             any other discount, offer or
      can take advantage of                                                                                                                                              scholarship.
      our competitive fees,
                                                                                                                                                                         *Correct at the time of publishing.
      affordable locations and                                                                                                                                           Fees illustrated are based on 19/20
      flexible payment options.                                                                                                                                          entry and are subject to an annual
                                                                                                                                                                         increase. Please visit ulster.ac.uk/
                                                                                                                                                                         apply/fees-and-finance for full details
                                                                                                                                                                         of fees. Annual part-time fees are
                                                                                                                                                                         based on the number of modules you

Fees and
                                                                                                                                                                         study each year (you only pay for the
                                                                                                                                                                         modules you study).

                                                                                                                                                                         **Five-month payment plan is paid by
                                                                                                                                                                         direct debit. Ten-month payment plan
                                                                                                                                                                         is paid by a Recurring Card Payment

                                                                                                                                                                         plan (credit/debit card).

                                                                                                                                                                          FIND OUT MORE


                                                                                                                                                                         Department of Health
                                                                                                                                                                         funded courses
                                                                                                                                                                         Following the issue of
Full-time undergraduate             Some courses may have          Tuition fees for students         FIND OUT MORE                     Part-time tuition fee loans are   guidance by the Department
fees for home and EU                additional costs which are     from England, Scotland and                                          available.                        of Health, the tuition fee for
students (excluding England,        not included in your tuition   Wales are £9,250* per year       Student Finance England                                              the following courses is fully
Scotland, Wales and the             fee. Check the individual      (19/20 entry) for full-time         direct.gov.uk                   Visit studentfinanceni.co.uk      funded by the Department
Islands) are determined by the      programme specification        undergraduate courses,                                              for full details.                 of Health for students
Department for the Economy          for details.                   integrated Masters and           Student Awards Agency for                                            who have been habitually
and are normally increased                                         equivalent. Discounts are        Scotland (SAAS)                    Flexible payment                  resident in Northern Ireland
annually.                            FIND OUT MORE                 available.                          saas.gov.uk/                    To help spread the cost of        for three years prior to
                                                                                                       student_support                 your studies, part-time tuition   the commencement of the
Visit ulster.ac.uk for up-to-date     ulster.ac.uk/apply/          Fees do not have to be paid                                         fees can be paid back in          course, and students from EU
information on tuition fees.          fees-and-finance             up front – a tuition fees loan   Student Finance Wales              monthly instalments while you     countries (excluding England,
                                                                   can be taken out and you            studentfinancewales.co.uk       learn. If you study for a part-   Scotland, Wales and the
Fees do not have to be paid           studentfinanceni.co.uk       can defer payment until you                                         time degree, you can pay          Islands):
up-front – a tuition fees loan                                     have graduated and are in        Part-time study                    your fees up-front or in either
can be taken out and you            As a Republic of Ireland       employment.                      Our typical fee for a part-time    five** or ten** equal monthly     Diagnostic Radiography
can defer payment until you         student, you can transfer                                       degree is £5,625* in total         payments during each year         and Imaging; Dietetics;
have graduated and are              your maintenance awards to     Funding arrangements for         (19/20 entry). Studying part-      of study.                         Occupational Therapy;
in employment. Northern             Northern Ireland.              students from England,           time gives you the flexibility                                       Physiotherapy; Radiotherapy
Ireland students can also                                          Scotland, Wales and the          to learn and pay at your           Up-front payment discount         and Oncology; Speech
apply for maintenance loans,         FIND OUT MORE                 Islands may vary.                own pace. Part-time students       Part-time students can take       and Language Therapy;
government grants (part-time                                                                        typically complete their studies   advantage of a payment            and Nursing (Adult/Mental
students only) and University         studentfinance.ie                                             over five to seven years.          discount.                         Health).

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                                     Faculty of Arts,
                                     Humanities and
                                     Social Sciences
                                     The Faculty of Arts,             We place a strong emphasis       We are a research-intensive
                                     Humanities and Social            on professional accreditation,   faculty and our teaching is
                                     Sciences offers courses on       work-based learning and          inspired by the range and
                                     all four of Ulster’s campuses,   employability, to equip you      depth of our scholarship.
                                     across six schools:              with the necessary skills        Our innovative curriculum,
                                                                      and qualifications to gain       developed and delivered by
                                     • Belfast School of Art          a competitive edge in your       staff who share your passion
                                     • School of Applied Social       future career.                   for learning, will challenge
                                       and Policy Sciences                                             and change you.
                                     • School of Arts and             We are home to the award-
                                       Humanities                     winning Ulster University Law     FIND OUT MORE
                                     • School of Communication        Clinic and the Transitional
                                       and Media                      Justice Institute, the world’s     ulster.ac.uk/faculties/
                                     • School of Education            first academic research centre     arts-humanities-and-
                                     • School of Law                  on transitional justice.           social-sciences

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                                     Faculty of Computing,
                                     Engineering and the
                                     Built Environment
                                     The Faculty of Computing,      students on placement gain     Schools, mentoring and
                                     Engineering and the Built      invaluable experience and      class representation, STEM
                                     Environment consists of        on successful completion       Ambassadorships, Athena
                                     four schools, offering         will be awarded an             Swan champions, peer
                                     industry-informed,             additional diploma. The        mentoring and widening
                                     professionally recognised      number of professional         access partnerships.
                                     courses. These include:        occupations relating to
                                                                    STEM (Science, Technology,     The Faculty is renowned
                                     • Belfast School of            Engineering and Maths)         for world-leading research
                                       Architecture and the Built   also means employment          in globally important
                                       Environment                  opportunities in this sector   disciplines, ranging from
                                     • School of Computing          are excellent.                 cognitive data analytics
                                                                                                   to innovative healthcare
                                     • School of Computing,
                                                                    Sponsored scholarships         technologies, and
                                                                    and prizes further             sustainable energy storage
                                       and Intelligent Systems
                                                                    demonstrate the relevance      to fire safety engineering.
                                     • School of Engineering        of our courses and the
                                                                    quality of our students.        FIND OUT MORE
                                     With the Faculty having        Numerous opportunities
                                     developed strong industry      for personal development         ulster.ac.uk/cebe
                                     partnerships in both           exist such as Ulster’s
                                     teaching and research,         EDGE Award, Tutoring in

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                                     Faculty of Life
                                     and Health Sciences

                                     Ulster University enjoys a        Whether improving the quality     Through the integration of
                                     long-standing and excellent       of life or the quality of our     placement opportunities
                                     reputation as a leading           environment, life and health      locally, nationally and
                                     provider of health and            science students really do        internationally across a wide
                                     wellbeing related education.      make a difference.                range of environmental,
                                     We offer a diverse portfolio                                        health and wellbeing and
                                     of professionally accredited      Well-established links with       clinical settings, you will
                                     degree programmes. The            government agencies, public       gain a competitive edge at
                                     Faculty consists of seven         bodies, and the private sector,   Ulster. Whether you choose a
                                     schools:                          play an important role in the     one-year placement, or are
                                                                       design of our high-quality        rotating in clinical settings,
                                     • School of Biomedical Sciences   provision.                        you will have the opportunity
                                     • School of Geography and                                           to enhance your professional
                                       Environmental Sciences          Whichever programme you           and employability skills –
                                     • School of Health Sciences       choose, you will benefit from     ensuring you unleash your
                                     • School of Nursing               multidisciplinary teaching,       full potential.
                                     • School of Pharmacy and          informed by world-leading
                                       Pharmaceutical Sciences         research, in state-of-the-art      FIND OUT MORE
                                     • School of Psychology            facilities.
                                     • School of Sport                                                     ulster.ac.uk/lhs

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                                     Ulster University
                                     Business School

                                     Ulster University             We also work with some of         FIND OUT MORE
                                     Business School (UUBS)        Ireland’s biggest companies
                                     is entrepreneurial and        and have nurtured strong          ulster.ac.uk/uubs
                                     dynamic. With approximately   relationships with a variety of
                                     120 academic staff and        businesses and organisations
                                     more than 6,000 students,     to provide a broad range of
                                     we are one of the largest     invaluable opportunities and
                                     providers of university-      work experience to students.
                                     accredited business and
                                     management education in       We work hard to ensure
                                     Britain and Ireland. Our      employability is at the centre
                                     degree programmes are         of the student learning
                                     shaped by our world-leading   experience and have built
                                     research, the impact of       strong links with a number
                                     which was ranked 7th out      of internationally recognised
                                     of 101 business schools       professional bodies who
                                     in the Research Excellence    accredit and quality-assure
                                     Framework (REF 2014).         our courses.

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                                                                                               Accounting (Pathways)                                              Accounting and Law
                                                                                                BSc Hons                                                           BSc Hons

                                                                                               UCAS code: N400                                                    UCAS code: NM41
                                                                                                    Jordanstown                                 Full-time              Jordanstown                                 Full-time
                                                                                                IMPORTANT NOTICE - This course will move to the Belfast campus.    IMPORTANT NOTICE - This course will move to the Belfast campus.
                                                                                                Students will change campus part way through this course.          Students will change campus part way through this course.

                                                                                                 ABOUT THIS COURSE                                                  ABOUT THIS COURSE
                                                                                                 The BSc Hons Accounting (Pathways) is an                           This is a four-year course with an equal weighting
                                                                                                 innovative suite of pathways that offers you the                   of accounting and law modules covered each
                                                                                                 opportunity to progress your studies within the                    year. It also has the option of a placement year.
                                                                                                 fast growing areas of professional services.
                                                                                                 You will be able to graduate with one of the                       The degree produces graduates who have both a
                                                                                                 following awards: BSc Hons Accounting; BSc                         qualifying law degree and significant professional
                                                                                                 Hons Accounting (Forensic Services); BSc Hons                      exemptions from the major accounting bodies.
                                                                                                 Accounting (Financial Economics); or BSc Hons
                                                                                                                                                                    It is accredited by Chartered Accountants Ireland
                                                                                                 Accounting (Management Consulting). This suite
                                                                                                                                                                    (CAI) and the Association of Chartered Certified
                                                                                                 of pathways offers you high quality teaching,
                                                                                                                                                                    Accountants (ACCA). It is also recognised by
                                                                                                 expertise in accounting, forensic, economics and
                                                                                                                                                                    the Joint Academic Stage Board for England
                                                                                                 financial services and well-established links with
                                                                                                                                                                    and Wales (JASB) and the Law Society and Bar
                                                                                                 the accounting professional bodies, key graduate
                                                                                                                                                                    Council of Northern Ireland.
                                                                                                 employers, public sector and local industry.
                                                                                                                                                                    This degree is of interest to those wishing to
                                                                                                 This programme has been designed to
                                                                                                                                                                    pursue careers in accounting (auditing, taxation,
                                                                                                 broaden your opportunities in accounting and
                                                                                                                                                                    insolvency and forensics) and law (knowledge
                                                                                                 utilise our high-level employer links to ensure
                                                                                                                                                                    of business and taxation issues influence legal
                                                                                                 you get excellent employment opportunities.
                                                                                                                                                                    advice given about probate, divorce settlements).
                                                                                                 The programme has been accredited by UK
                                                                                                 and Ireland professional accounting bodies,                        Students may progress to a PGDip or MSc
                                                                                                 Chartered Accountants Ireland (CAI), the Institute                 Advanced Accounting which is unique to Ulster
                                                                                                 of Chartered Accountants in England and                            University in Ireland. For those wishing to pursue
                                                                                                 Wales (ICAEW), the Association of Chartered                        their law studies, there is the LLM Human Rights
                                                                                                 Accountants (ACCA) and the Chartered Institute                     Law and Transitional Justice and the LLM Human
                                                                                                 of Management Accountants (CIMA). You have                         Rights Law and Peace Building.
                                                                                                 the opportunity to gain maximum exemptions
                                                                                                 from professional examinations depending on                        The aim of this degree is to produce
                                                                                                 the pathway selected for study and the final                       professionally focused graduates who have
                                                                                                 module mark achieved.                                              an in-depth knowledge of the theory and
                                                                                                                                                                    practice of accounting and law. The degree
                                                                                                 As a graduate, you may take up a position as                       prepares students for a career in accountancy
                                                                                                 an accounting practitioner providing audit,                        (specialising in those areas which require a more
                                                                                                 accountancy, forensic services and taxation                        in-depth knowledge of law, such as forensic
                                                                                                 services to a variety of businesses and individuals.               accounting, taxation and business recovery); a
                                                                                                 You could also avail of many accounting and                        career in law (in particular, corporate law); and/
                                                                                                 finance roles in any type of business such as                      or postgraduate studies in accounting, law or
                                                                                                 financial or management accountant in a large                      cognate disciplines.
                                                                                                 commercial enterprise or within central or local
                                                                                                 government, a taxation specialist, a management                    ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
                                                                                                 consultant or an educationalist.
                                                                                                                                                                    Refer to the University’s General Entrance
                                                                                                 ENTRY REQUIREMENTS                                                 Requirements.
                                                                                                 Refer to the University’s General Entrance                         A level: ABB or BBB
                                                                                                 Requirements.                                                      (If applying with A level Maths, the grades are
                                                                                                                                                                    a minimum of BBB)
                                                                                                 A level: ABB or BBB
                                                                                                 (If applying with A level Maths, the grades are                    GCSE: Maths (Minimum grade B, C* or 5)
                                                                                                 a minimum of BBB)
                                                                                                                                                                    Visit the online prospectus at ulster.ac.uk for
                                                                                                 GCSE: Maths (Minimum grade B, C* or 5)                             further details.
                                                                                                 Visit the online prospectus at ulster.ac.uk for
                                      Entry requirements outlined are for full-time courses.     further details.
                                            Entry criteria for part-time study may vary.
                                     Visit ulster.ac.uk for the most up-to-date information
                                                  on course entry requirements.

                                      Applications to part-time courses are made directly
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Accounting and                                                      Accounting and                                                Accounting with                                         Animation
Management                                                          Marketing                                                     Specialisms                                              BDes Hons
 BSc Hons                                                            BSc Hons                                                      BSc Hons

Apply online at ulster.ac.uk                                        UCAS code: NN45                                               UCAS code: NN43                                         UCAS code: WW26
     Jordanstown                                        Part-time      Magee                                          Full-time      Magee                       Full-time/Part-time         Belfast                                   Full-time
 IMPORTANT NOTICE - This course will move to the Belfast campus.
 Students will change campus part way through this course.

  ABOUT THIS COURSE                                                  ABOUT THIS COURSE                                             ABOUT THIS COURSE                                       ABOUT THIS COURSE
  The BSc Hons Accounting and Management creates                     This course allows students to combine two principle          This course will enable you to distinguish yourself     Animation has become an integral part of the
  the opportunity to progress your studies within growing            subject areas from the business arena and to develop          from other accounting and finance graduates by          film, television, games and design industries,
  areas of professional services. Graduating with a BSc              the skills necessary for an aspiring professional career      enabling you to also acquire a specialism in either     from Jurassic Park to Avatar, Angry Birds to Call of
  Hons Accounting and Management keeps all your                      in accounting or marketing. In addition it provides the       taxation, management or information systems.            Duty, Xbox to mobile. The field of animation has
  options to the various employment opportunities open,              basis for graduates wishing to take a postgraduate                                                                    experienced unprecedented growth in recent years.
  whilst still maintaining a high level of financial and             programme up to doctoral level.                               As the Ulster University Business School has strong     With new distribution methods and technologies,
  management acumen.                                                                                                               links with the accountancy and taxation bodies,         your work will have many paths to reach a
                                                                     The development of relevant employability skills is at the    you will be guided on the best choice of modules        worldwide audience. During the course you will
  There is a considerable demand for accountants and                 core of the degree and a variety of opportunities exist       to suit your career aspirations. The course offers      study drawing, the principles of animation and
  managers in business, industry and the public services.            within the programme to develop skills such as creative       the option of undertaking a paid placement year         design, storytelling and narrative, design and the
  This degree will provide you with an excellent basis for           thinking, project management, strategic planning,             locally or internationally or you can opt to study      history, practice and theory of screen production.
  pursuing a professional qualification with one of the              business start-up, problem solving and interpersonal          abroad for a year.                                      You will gain an understanding of creative and
  accountancy and management bodies. A qualified                     skills, as well as specific accounting and marketing                                                                  technical processes using industry-standard software
  accountant may take up a position as a practitioner                skills. The Department has strong ties with the major         This degree will help you develop a wide range          in order to create interactive designs and computer
  providing audit, accountancy and taxation services                 professional bodies in accountancy, taxation and              of skills such as analytical problem solving,           animations.
  to a variety of businesses and individuals; a financial            marketing including Chartered Accountants Ireland             teamwork, research, commercial awareness and
  or management accountant in a large commercial                     (CAI), the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants     organising and communicating information.               As animation is a highly collaborative environment,
                                                                                                                                   Accounting specialists with knowledge of the            you will learn the principles and practices through
  enterprise or within central or local government; a                (ACCA), the Chartered Institute of Management
                                                                                                                                   finance and the business environment are in             teamwork, while developing your individual
  taxation specialist; a management consultant or an                 Accountants (CIMA), the Institute of Certified Public
                                                                                                                                   great demand. The majority of graduates pursue          professional practice. The course enables students to
  educationalist. A qualified manager may take up a                  Accountants in Ireland (CPA), the Irish Taxation Institute
                                                                                                                                   careers in accounting, finance, taxation, auditing,     enter the industry of a range of exciting and rapidly
  position within a large commercial enterprise, within              (ITI) and the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM). The
                                                                                                                                   business, actuarial science, insurance, banking,        evolving platforms, as well as facilitating numerous
  central or local government, as a management                       programme has been accredited by ACCA.
                                                                                                                                   finance or management, in both the commercial           opportunities for employment in a rapidly growing
  consultant or an educationalist. The degree may,                                                                                                                                         area at an international level.
  depending on classification obtained, permit further               This course is accredited by the major accounting bodies      and public sectors.
  study at postgraduate level.                                       which are recognised worldwide including Chartered                                                                    This course aims to provide students with specialist
                                                                     Accountants Ireland (CAI), the Association of Chartered       This course is accredited by the major accounting
                                                                                                                                   and taxation bodies which are recognised                knowledge and skills necessary to develop and
  ENTRY REQUIREMENTS                                                 Certified Accountants (ACCA), and the Chartered                                                                       adapt their chosen career in the diverse creative
                                                                     Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA).                   worldwide including Chartered Accountants
                                                                                                                                   Ireland (CAI), the Association of Chartered             practices associated with animation. The course
  Refer to the University’s General Entrance                                                                                                                                               aims to contribute, through the education of its
  Requirements.                                                      Graduates are well placed for a management career             Certified Accountants (ACCA), and the Chartered
                                                                                                                                                                                           students as adaptive and resilient designers, writers
                                                                     in business, accounting, finance or to take advantage         Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA).
                                                                                                                                                                                           and thinkers, to the local, national and international
  Visit the online prospectus at ulster.ac.uk for further            of the increased opportunities in the public, private and
                                                                                                                                   The combination of subjects you will study on this      practice of design in its current and future forms.
  details.                                                           voluntary sectors.
                                                                                                                                   course will provide a sound basis for a career
                                                                                                                                                                                           Graduates with skills in computer animation have
                                                                     ENTRY REQUIREMENTS                                            in many different areas of business such as
                                                                                                                                                                                           many well-paid career opportunities available to
                                                                                                                                   accounting, finance, taxation or management in          them. Students have worked on projects such as
                                                                     Refer to the University’s General Entrance                    public, private or not-for-profit organisations. Due    VFX on Game of Thrones for HBO and concept art
                                                                     Requirements.                                                 to the professional body accounting exemptions          for Sixteen South, here in Belfast, as well as many
                                                                                                                                   available, you will also be a step ahead in your        other companies in both animation production and
                                                                     A level: BBB – BCC                                            professional accountancy training. On successful
                                                                     (Applicants may be able to satisfy the requirement for                                                                video games.
                                                                                                                                   completion of this course, it should be possible for
                                                                     the third/lower grade by substituting a combination           you to progress to the MSc Advanced Accounting
                                                                     of alternative qualifications to the same standard as                                                                 ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
                                                                                                                                   at Ulster University.
                                                                     defined by UCAS)                                                                                                      Refer to the University’s General Entrance
                                                                     GCSE: Maths (Minimum grade C or 4)
                                                                                                                                   ENTRY REQUIREMENTS                                      Requirements.
                                                                                                                                   Refer to the University’s General Entrance              A level: BCC
                                                                     Visit the online prospectus at ulster.ac.uk for further
                                                                                                                                   Requirements.                                           (Applicants can satisfy the requirement for
                                                                                                                                                                                           one of the A level grades (or equivalent) by
                                                                                                                                   A level: BBB or BBC
                                                                                                                                                                                           substituting a combination of alternative
                                                                                                                                   (If applying with A level Maths, the grades are
                                                                                                                                                                                           qualifications recognised by the University)
                                                                                                                                   a minimum of BBC)
                                                                                                                                                                                           Submission of portfolio and possible interview.
                                                                                                                                   GCSE: Maths (Minimum grade B, C* or 5)
                                                                                                                                                                                           Visit the online prospectus at ulster.ac.uk for
                                                                                                                                   Visit the online prospectus at ulster.ac.uk for
                                                                                                                                                                                           further details.
                                                                                                                                   further details.

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