At Ulster University, the students are at the heart of everything they do. Ulster University wants to give you the most rewarding student experience possible. They will provide an educational experience that helps you to develop your skills and prepare you to be a future leader in your chosen field.


Teaching at Ulster University is underpinned by world-leading research that has global significance and meaningful impact. This means student learning will be influenced by experts who are shaping the understanding of their subject and what Ulster students study. Ulster University work with business and industry to make sure that their courses meet students' needs, meaning a diverse range of courses are created with the future careers of students in mind. Ulster is proud to welcome international students from over 70 countries.

Around 93% of Ulster University graduates are in work or further study within six months, demonstrating Ulster’s commitment to making sure their students are ready and able to achieve their goals.
Ulster University is a one University with three distinct campuses across Northern Ireland in Belfast, Coleraine, and Derry~Londonderry as well as Ulster University Sports Village. While each campus differs in size and has its own distinctive atmosphere, students can be sure that which ever campus they decide to study, they will have a fantastic student experience.

With more than 30,000 students across three campuses, Ulster University is uniquely placed to engage local communities, support expansion of the knowledge-based economy and contribute to the economic, social, and cultural development of Northern Ireland.


Ulster University was established by the Royal Charter in 1984.

The Belfast College of Art, established in 1849, was joined by Magee College in 1865. In 1966, the college expanded to Coleraine, creating the New University of Ulster. Later, in 1984, the University of Ulster was established by the Royal Charter, incorporating campuses in Belfast, Coleraine, Derry, and Jordanstown. 

In 2019, a new and enhanced Belfast campus was opened, situated in the artistic and cultural centre of the city, the Cathedral Quarter. The University also operates branch campuses in London and Birmingham, as well as offering extensive distance learning opportunities.

Today, Ulster University has established itself as a leading institution in the UK and Ireland, offering exceptional education and research. Its commitment to excellence has positioned it among the top universities, making it a remarkable choice for students seeking a world-class academic experience.



Ulster University’s international reputation for research excellence has received worldwide recognition. International experts have judged Ulster University as being in the top 25% of UK universities for world-leading research based on research power.

Ulster University is organised into four faculties, each housing several subject areas.

The Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences is a research-intensive Faculty, led by world leading researchers delivering courses and research across the full range of disciplines in the arts and humanities. Offering a range of courses to suit your requirements including short courses, certificates, diplomas, undergraduate degrees, master’s programmes, and doctoral qualifications. There is a strong emphasis on professional accreditation, work-based learning, and employability, to equip you with the necessary skills and qualifications to gain a competitive edge in your future career.
Home to the Belfast School of Art, founded in 1849, the award-winning Ulster University Law Clinic, and world leading research centres in the fields of peace and conflict, human rights, and transitional justice.  The Creative Industries Institute draws together world class teaching and research across the faculty to support the development of the art, film, games, music, and animation sectors in Northern Ireland.

  • Belfast School of Art
  • School of Applied Social and Policy Sciences
  • School of Arts and Humanities
  • School of Communication and Media
  • School of Education
  • School of Law

The Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment consists of four Schools, offering industry-informed, professionally recognised courses at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. The faculty has developed strong industry partnerships in both teaching and research, which has helped to foster excellent employment opportunities for their graduates. 

  • School of Engineering
  • School of Computing
  • School of Computing, Engineering, and Intelligent Systems
  • Belfast School of Architecture and the Built Environment

The Faculty of Life and Health Sciences includes eight schools committed to improving quality of life by addressing some of the most important issues including climate change, sustainability, peace building, poverty, and helping others by creating healthy and active societies. With almost 6,500 students and approximately 250 academic staff, they offer an extensive portfolio of accredited degree and research programmes covering seven exciting yet diverse disciplines. 

  • School of Biomedical Sciences
  • School of Geography and Environmental Sciences
  • School of Health Sciences
  • School of Medicine
  • School of Nursing and Paramedic Science
  • School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • School of Psychology
  • School of Sport

Ulster University Business School, one of the largest business schools in the UK features four schools. With over 5,000 students and 150 staff they deliver undergraduate, postgraduate, and doctoral programmes of study across Northern Ireland through the Belfast, Coleraine, and Londonderry campuses. The degree programmes at Ulster University Business School are shaped by their world-leading research. They are ranked in the top 25% of UK business schools for world leading and internationally excellent research, with 100% of their research recognised as having outstanding or very considerable impact (REF, 2021).

  • Accounting, Finance and Economics
  • Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management
  • Global Business and Enterprise
  • Management, Leadership and Marketing


Together, Derry-Londonderry, Coleraine and Belfast unite to deliver the Ulster University student experience. Each campus informs and inspires the learning and social experiences of its sister campuses. The most innovative features of the Derry-Londonderry and Coleraine campuses have inspired the Belfast teaching experience, which will in turn inspire future advances at both Derry-Londonderry and Coleraine. 

The Coleraine campus combines the natural environment with world-leading teaching and research facilities both in and out of doors. This campus is the epitome of active learning with clinics open to the public, a fully operational BBC newsroom, and the ultimate outdoor classroom, the Research Vessel Laconia. Courses at the Coleraine campus focus on health, the environment, hospitality, and communication.

This campus has been helping individuals to reach their full potential since 1865. From its foundation, Derry~Londonderry has championed the arts, culture, and society. Building on its spirit of creativity and helping others, the campus is also a high-tech hub for health and innovation. The diverse range of courses here include business, law, nursing, sport, music, drama, education, computing, and engineering. 

Ulster University’s largest campus is situated in the artistic and cultural centre of the city, the Cathedral Quarter. Incorporating the best of Derry~Londonderry and Coleraine, Belfast is a creative, innovative, and vibrant environment which has been designed as a ‘campus community within a building.’ The campus accommodates 15,000 students and staff who benefit from purpose-built active learning and research spaces, alongside social destinations.

Ulster University Sports Village
Ulster University Sports Village is a hub for sport in Northern Ireland, and home to the University’s world class indoor and outdoor facilities. From elite athlete performance support, club training, research-backed sports education, and a host of local, national, and international sports competitions, you’ll find a hive of activity located just seven miles from the Belfast campus. Ulster University Sports Village also offers students quality accommodation with a focus on student wellbeing, offering a quiet, green, low-rise location close to the Belfast Lough Shore and village shops.


Ulster University provides a comprehensive range of dedicated support services to enhance your experience at Ulster. These services include assistance with wellbeing, disability, finance, and employability. You can access a variety of support options to ensure a fulfilling journey at Ulster, these include:

  • International Student Advisory  
  • Student Wellbeing team
  • Disability support
  • Financial support
  • Counselling
  • Student Union 
  • Employability and Careers  
  • International Scholarships 
  • Centre for English Language Teaching 


At Ulster University, you will have the opportunity to learn in technologically advanced facilities equipped with industry-standard equipment. The facilities include an architecture super-studio, award-winning student-run restaurant, TV studios, financial trading room, laboratories, art workshops, on-campus optometry clinic, and model pharmacy. These facilities reflect real-world working environments.

Ulster University's Coleraine campus features the impressive Riverside Theatre, a modern sports complex, and the exclusive BBC production studio located directly on campus.

The Derry~Londonderry campus offers innovative facilities for teaching, research, and support. In addition to upgraded sports facilities, they have recently opened an outstanding Learning and Teaching space, demonstrating a substantial investment in top-tier education, and greatly improving the student experience.

Ulster University’s Belfast campus offers a dynamic teaching and learning environment. Belfast is a creative, innovative, and vibrant environment which has been designed as a ‘campus community within a building.’ It is home to the prestigious Ulster Screen Academy and the world-class Academy restaurant, providing opportunities to apply business management principles.


All students at Ulster University are automatically part of the Students' Union. Becoming a member of a society at Ulster University Students' Union ensures an unforgettable experience during your time at Ulster. With over 100 student-led societies, there is something for everyone on each campus.

At Ulster University, you have the opportunity to participate in over 70 sport clubs, catering to both social and competitive sports. Whether you are interested in sub-aqua, canoeing, mountaineering, taekwondo, football, rugby, boccia, adapted sailing, or wheelchair basketball, there is a wide range of sports for you to learn, play, and compete in.

Ulster University offer a Talented Athlete Entry Scheme is designed to support and nurture aspiring athletes by reducing the entry grades required for full-time undergraduate courses.

Regardless of your level of experience, both athletes and beginners can take advantage of Ulster University's top-tier sports and gym amenities. Ulster’s sports centres have it all, including state-of-the-art fitness studios, a wide range of classes, and multi-sport indoor and outdoor facilities, all supervised by fully trained fitness staff, at affordable student rates.


The university offers various university accommodation options in different areas to cater to your specific living preferences and budget. These include individual studios, shared apartments, and larger student houses.

Coleraine accommodation
Cranagh Village, Errigle, Knocklayde and Maple Lodge are a mix of ensuite apartments and five and six bedroom houses with shared bathrooms, communal kitchen and living areas. Studio apartments available. Everyone has access to car parking and bike storage.

Derry~Londonderry accommodation
Coppin House and Duncreggan Village are a mix of ensuite and shared bathroom apartments with kitchen and living areas. Studio apartments also available. Everyone has access to car parking and bike storage.

Belfast accommodation
State-of-the-art accommodation in 123 York St and LIV building adjacent to the campus. Ensuite apartments, studio, and twin apartments. Everyone has access to the indoor and outdoor communal spaces available.

Ulster University Sports Village accommodation
Located within the Ulster University Sports Village, the accommodation at Dalriada Village consists of five-bed self-catering apartments with ensuite bathrooms and shared kitchen and living facilities, situated on campus surrounded by idyllic green space. Studio apartments also available. Everyone has access to car parking and bike storage.


Ulster University is proud to welcome international students from over 70 countries to the University. The vibrant cities, unspoilt countryside, efficient public transport, and minimal congestion ensure a fantastic quality of life in Northern Ireland. Ulster University recognise that relocating and, in many instances, living away from family and friends for the first time can be a daunting experience – it is also an exciting one. The Global Engagement team is dedicated to ensuring your transition from home to studying with Ulster is as smooth as possible.


The Global Opportunities team at Ulster University can support you in securing an enriching study, work, or volunteer placement across the globe. There are opportunities to go abroad for a year, semester, or during the summer; every year, hundreds of Ulster students take the opportunity to travel! No matter what your degree choice, you can take advantage of time abroad while you're studying at Ulster University. With connections to over 200 institutions worldwide for student exchange, Ulster University students have visited over 30 countries in Europe and across the world. Whether you choose to work, volunteer or study abroad, you will be making unforgettable memories!


The Ulster University team of Employability Advisors are there to offer you the informed, expert, professional advice that will help you progress your employability, be more competitive in your job search and make better decisions for your future career.

At Ulster you can expect a degree with real-world experiences, preparing you to explore, identify and secure exciting career opportunities. You can benefit from one-to-one specialist advice from the experienced, award-winning employability and careers team, available on each campus. The Employability Advisor and Consultant teams offer impartial, informed advice and support for all students and graduates, accessible on-campus and online.

You can access an extensive range of campus jobs, employer placements, internships, and graduate jobs. The one-to-one support will help you search for and secure the right opportunities. From connecting you with local placement employers to introducing you to Ulster’s global network, you will have a range of opportunities to connect with key employers relevant to your degree area and career interests.
The support doesn’t stop once you graduate. You will have access to employability and careers support beyond graduation and especially as you continue in professional life and learning.


Northern Ireland is famed for being a friendly and affordable place to study, so whether you are coming to Northern Ireland for the first time, or have lived here all your life, you can be sure you’ll enjoy one of the best student lifestyles in the world. 

Northern Ireland has the lowest cost of living in the UK (The National Student Money Survey 2023). Students studying in Northern Ireland enjoy low rents and affordable living expenses including inexpensive nights out.

You’re never far away from an amazing experience in the great outdoors. From sea to mountain, there are lots of opportunities for surfing, canoeing, cycling, and hiking in some of the most beautiful countryside you will ever see.

Northern Ireland is easy to get to, and easy to get around. The two main cities of Belfast and Derry~Londonderry are connected by road and rail, and there are plenty of ways to visit other areas of the country, Great Britain, and Europe.

Northern Ireland offers numerous attractions to explore. Discover the filming sites of renowned TV series such as Game of Thrones, Line of Duty, and Derry Girls. Additionally, you can visit the captivating Giant’s Causeway World Heritage Site or even visit the historical spot where the Titanic was constructed.

Derry~Londonderry campus
The Derry~Londonderry campus is located in the heart of Northern Ireland’s second city, the capital of the North West. Situated where the Wild Atlantic Way meets the Causeway Coastal route, and only a short distance from idyllic County Donegal. 

Derry~Londonderry offers a city campus with a friendly vibe. Impressive, historic buildings such as the iconic Martha Magee building blend perfectly with the modern state-of-the-art teaching blocks and library facilities, including the new School of Medicine. 

The new Sports Yard that sits alongside the newly refurbished School of Health Sciences provides active spaces to enhance student wellbeing and experience in Derry~Londonderry. 

The City of Derry is famous for its festivals, including the Foyle Film Festival, Halloween celebrations, Maritime Festival, and Derry Jazz and Big Band Festival. The vibrant nightlife is complemented by a wide range of cultural venues and activities, and the city’s fame has spread thanks to the popular TV show Derry Girls. Alongside being one of the most affordable places to live in the UK, the friendliness of the people of Derry~Londonderry will make your student experience truly “Legenderry.”

Coleraine campus
Situated on the banks of the River Bann and just three miles from the bustling seaside towns of Portrush and Portstewart, the Coleraine campus is an outdoor lover’s dream. 

Coleraine is a self-contained campus complex just outside the town centre, with great transport links across the North Coast to Belfast and Derry~Londonderry. The beautiful campus includes the Riverside Theatre, a state-of-the-art sports complex, a woodland heritage trail, and health support including a model pharmacy and working optometry clinic which offers free student eye tests. 

The on-campus student accommodation options overlook the River Bann and are close to the UUSU Bar and social spaces. 

Many of the Ulster University students take advantage of the campus’s proximity to the coast and live in the seaside towns of Portrush and Portstewart. 

The Atlantic coast offers opportunities for surfing, body boarding, and lots of other water sports. The Giant’s Causeway World Heritage Site, Game of Thrones’ filming locations such as the Dark Hedges and Ballintoy Harbour, and Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge are must-see attractions within easy striking distance of campus. The area is famed for its sporting credentials, hosting both the Open Golf Championship and the North West 200 motorcycle festival.

At Ulster University, the students are at the heart of everything they do. Ulster University wants to give you the most rewarding student experience possible. They will provide an educational experience that helps you to develop your skills and prepare you to be a future leader in your chosen field.



Established: 1984

Location: Located in Northern Ireland, with three distinct campuses in Belfast, Coleraine, Derry-Londonderry, as well as Ulster University Sports Village. 

Closest airport: Belfast International Airport and George Best Belfast City Airport

City population: 190,000

Student population: Over 30,000

Nationalities on campus: From over 70 countries

Employability rate: 94% of UK graduates in work or further study



  • The Coleraine campus is situated on the banks of the River Bann and just three miles from the bustling seaside towns of Portrush and Portstewart, the Coleraine campus is an outdoor lover’s dream.
  • The Derry~Londonderry campus is located in the heart of Northern Ireland’s second city, the capital of the North West. Situated where the Wild Atlantic Way meets the Causeway Coastal route, and only a short distance from idyllic County Donegal. 
  • The Belfast campus is located within Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter, the bustling cultural centre of the city.


  • Each Ulster University campus has its own distinctive atmosphere.
  • Ulster University International Student Advisory service provides support from orientation week to activities during the semester.
  • Ulster offers a degree with real-world experiences, preparing students for exciting career opportunities.
  • Ulster University is one of the most affordable universities in the UK and Ireland with low rents and affordable living expenses.


  • Ulster University ranked in the Top 30 by Guardian University Guide (2024)
  • Ulster University shortlisted University of the Year by the Daily Mail University Guide (2024)
  • Ulster University ranked Number 1 University in Northern Ireland by Guardian University Guide (2024)
  • Ulster University ranked top 10% of large UK Universities for positivity rating by the Times Higher Analysis, National Student Survey (2023)
  • Ulster University ranked Number 1 University for Student Experience in Northern Ireland by Times Good University Guide (2023)
  • Ulster University ranked Number 1 University for Teaching Quality in Northern Ireland by Times Good University Guide (2023)
  • Northern Ireland one of the lowest student cost of living in UK (National Student Money Survey, 2022)
  • Northern Ireland lowest student rent in UK (National Student Accommodation Survey, 2023)


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