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Study at the Ulster University


Ulster University (UU) is a multi-campus university in Northern Ireland that was founded in 1984. Comprising six faculties, the university is home to approximately 26,000 students, 2,000 of whom are international from over 80 different countries. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), UU was ranked within the top five universities in the UK for its research in law, biomedical sciences, nursing, and art and design. The university also boasts strong links with business and industry and courses are structured to allow students to combines their studies with vocational work placements.

Its main Belfast campus constitutes one of Northern Ireland’s largest urban developments. Situated in Cathedral Quarter, the artistic and cultural area of the city, the campus is currently undergoing a £250 million redevelopment programme to upgrade its teaching and learning facilities. Although traditionally associated with Art, the Belfast campus has expanded to include subjects such as architecture, event management, Irish language, photography and digital animation. It also plays host to frequent fashion shows, art exhibitions and other cultural events across its 75,000sqm estate. The course provision at UU’s Coleraine campus is broad, encompassing biomedical sciences, business, the humanities, computing, film and journalism, among others.

Quick Summary

  • Established: 1984
  • Students: 17,194 (2018/19)
  • Intl. Student Ratio: 8%
  • Location: York Street, Belfast 
  • Campus: Five (Belfast campus, Coleraine campus, Jordanstown campus, Magee campus, London and Birmingham)
  • TEF Ranking: Silver
  • THE Ranking: 68th in the UK (601- 650 in the World)

University Details

Subjects Offered

The Ulster University covers a broad range of subjects at foundation, Undergraduate and Postgraduate level. Find out more about what they offer and why it’s great to study at the Ulster University.

  • Accounting
  • Animation
  • Architectural Engineering
  • Architecture
  • Biology
  • Biomedical Science
  • Building Surveying
  • Business and Digital Marketing
  • Business Economics
  • Business Studies with Drama
  • Business with Computing
  • Cinematic Arts
  • Civil Engineering
  • Chemistry 
  • Computer Science
  • Communication and Counselling Studies
  • Diagnostic Radiography & Imaging –
  • Drama with Education
  • Economics
  • Engineering Management
  • Electronic and Electrical Engineering
  • English Language and Literature
  • Environmental Health
  • Finance and Investment Management
  • Food and Nutrition
  • Games Design
  • Geography
  • Graphic Design
  • Health and Social Care Policy
  • History with Education
  • Human Resource Management
  • Information Technologies
  • Interaction Design
  • International Hospitality Management
  • Journalism
  • Journalism with History
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Law (LLB)
  • Marketing Management
  • Mathematics and Computer Science
  • Pharmacology
  • Psychology
  • Software Engineering
  • Sociology

University Ranking (Worldwide)

According to Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2021, The Ulster University is ranking at (601-800) in the world.

  • Overall: n/a
  • Teaching: 20.2
  • Research: 18.0
  • Citations: 41.8
  • Industry Income: 33.6
  • International Outlook: 76.5 

University Campuses

The campus sits on the banks of the River Bann, less than a mile from the centre of Coleraine – the largest and busiest town on the Causeway Coast – offering easy access to the nearby beaches of Portrush and Portstewart, as well as the Giant’s Causeway World Heritage Site. On-campus, the Riverside Theatre – the third-largest professional theatre in Northern Ireland – is the main attraction.

UU is a leading university for sport in Ireland and the UK, with its Jordanstown campus, located seven miles north of Belfast city centre, providing a home to the Sports Institute of Northern Ireland where leading athletes train. The Magee campus is another main sports centre comprising a fitness suite and floodlit pitches. The nearby River Foyle and town of Donegal offer a range of outdoor activities including sailing, rowing, canoeing, hill walking and climbing.

  • Belfast campus
  • Coleraine campus
  • Jordanstown campus
  • Magee campus
  • London and Birmingham