Ulster is a university with a national and international reputation for excellence, innovation and regional engagement. We make a major contribution to the economic, social and cultural development of Northern Ireland and play a key role in attracting inward investment. Our core business activities are teaching and learning, widening access to education, research and innovation and technology and knowledge transfer.
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About

Ulster is a university with a national and international reputation for excellence, innovation and regional engagement. We make a major contribution to the economic, social and cultural development of Northern Ireland and play a key role in attracting inward investment. Our core business activities are teaching and learning, widening access to education, research and innovation and technology and knowledge transfer.

Take a look at our courses and you’ll see how we’re preparing students for tomorrow’s world today.

  • We have a positive impact on the economy and community in Northern Ireland and employ over 3000 staff with an annual turnover of more than £200 million.
  • Technology and knowledge transfer and commercial exploitation of ideas are promoted by our Office of Innovation through a range of initiatives and ongoing research and consultancy with business and industry.
  • We are a major contributor to the Research and Development capacity within Northern Ireland and we support local business and industry. The 2008 Research Assessment Exercise confirmed the strength and quality of our research and the advances that we are continually making.
  • We make a leading contribution to lifelong learning (via eLearning), widening access to education for all - enhancing the region's knowledge base.
  • Partnerships have been forged with other educational providers locally, nationally and internationally and we have a network of strategic partnerships throughout the world.

Master's Programmes

Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (5)
Computer Science & IT (2)
Natural Sciences & Mathematics (1)
Social Sciences (1)

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Student Life

Belfast campus

Our city centre campus on York Street is part of Belfasts vibrant Cathedral Quarter the up-and-coming cultural hotspot.

Traditionally associated with Art and Design, our Belfast campus now spans an increasing and exciting range of subjects including architecture, hospitality, Irish language, event management, photography and digital animation.

Whats new?

The annual Ulster Festival of Art and Design, hosted on the Belfast campus, showcases the very best in international art and design. This year it moves to a week-long festival in March. Keep an eye out online for details of a variety of events, talks, workshops and exhibitions which will run from 19-24 March 2012.

On campus

The campus currently comprises two connected buildings on either side of York Street. We have excellent purpose-built design space, studios for recording and editing live and off-air television, sound recording, mixing and animation, teaching and exhibition areas as well as a new Library.

Students, staff and visitors have plenty of options for eating on campus or nearby in the vibrant Cathedral quarter. On campus there are the Tao Noodle Bar and The Streat as well as the Academy Training Restaurant which is staffed by students from the Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management.

Local attractions

There is plenty for visitors to do and see in Belfast. Its popularity as a destination for short breaks from other parts of the UK and Ireland has grown enormously in recent years thanks to excellent leisure and tourist facilities and cheap and regular travel links. Belfast City Airport is four miles from the campus and Belfast International Airport is 22 miles away. Both have excellent connecting transport links to the city. As Belfast is a sea port both it and nearby Larne have traditional ferry and high speed boat services to Scotland and England.

Impressive sport and recreation facilities are offered at our Jordanstown campus, seven miles away. The Odyssey complex, in the Titanic Quarter, is home to the Belfast Giants ice hockey team which partners with the University, as well as a science and technology centre, numerous bars and restaurants and a 12-screen cinema. In 2012 the new Titanic visitor centre will open.

Coleraine campus

Our North Coast campus is situated on the banks of the river Bann, less than a mile from the town centre.

With views of the Causeway Coast and the Donegal hills, the campus comprises custom-built facilities for teaching, learning and research. Course provision is broad biomedical sciences, environmental science and geography, psychology, business, the humanities and languages, film and journalism, travel and tourism, teacher training and computing are among the campus strengths.

Whats new?

A new School of Modern Languages will launch at Coleraine in September 2012, alongside increased History provision, which now includes Irish History.

On campus

The campus is set within 312 acres of landscaped and mature parkland. Modern facilities underpin the learning experience and we have ongoing investment in our lecture theatres, teaching laboratories and studios. Student learning facilities are also provided for via a modern library. Situated at the heart of the campus the library offers study and learning facilities via 230 networked computers and a further 450 personal study spaces. The campus is fully Wi-Fi enabled for laptop users. Computer access, printing and photocopying facilities are available at the open access IT suite 24 hours a day.

We have a Students Union run shop, bar and cafeteria based in the South Building right next to the sports centre, along with a hairdressers and cash machine. The central part of the campus contains further facilities including a bank with ATM, two coffee shops, a supermarket and Post Office.

There are lots of options for those wishing to eat on campus including The Streat, and our canteen. The Students Union provides hot and cold food via its outlets both within the bar and the cafeteria in the South building.

We have on-site residential, catering and sports facilities. Cultural facilities on campus are provided for at the Riverside Theatre, the third-largest professional theatre in Northern Ireland. The theatre offers a programme of drama, concerts and shows year round as well as a summer series of Talks and Tours.

Local attractions

Coleraine is the largest and busiest town on the Causeway Coast in Northern Ireland. The town forms part of the area known locally as 'the Triangle linking the nearby coastal resorts of Portrush and Portstewart. Both are popular residential locations for students and staff. If you like outdoor activities the Causeway Coast is perfect. Water sports including surfing, sailing, rowing and angling are popular. For walking enthusiasts dedicated routes within the Triangle take in long sandy beaches and dunes, follow dramatic cliff lines and meander inland into sheltered woodlands.

The area buzzes with year-round activity and events including the Portrush Raft Race Festival, the Portstewart Red Sails Festival, the North West 200 Motorcycle Race, the Northern Ireland International Airshow and the Milk Cup, which is one of the most prestigious youth football tournaments in Europe. With so many visitors, the area is well served with numerous pubs, clubs and restaurants, many offering live music.

With its pristine Blue Flag beaches, championship golf courses and views of Donegal to the north west and Scotland to the north east, the dramatic coastline is considered one of the most scenic in Europe. Situated just outside Bushmills, the Giants Causeway, a UNESCO World Heritage site is the most visited tourist attraction in Northern Ireland. It also gives the Causeway Coast its name. The causeway, with its 40,000 vertical basalt columns, forms distinct stepping stones, from the cliff foot down to the sea. According to legend this was the path built by the giant Finn MacCool to allow him to fight the Scottish giant on the other side. In reality the causeway was formed approximately 60 million years ago following a vast volcanic eruption that produced the extensive nearby Antrim plateau.

Jordanstown campus

The Jordanstown campus is situated seven miles north of Belfast. The grounds lie at the foot of the South Antrim hills, and the land fronting the main entrance slopes down to the shore of Belfast Lough.

The campus has a strong profile in engineering, social sciences, business, communication and academic disciplines relating to the science and coaching of sport.

Whats new?

New programmes in finance and computational finance will be offered from 2012 and mathematics provision is being enhanced.

On campus

The campus has a village feel, and is laid out around a central Mall the main spine for 17 blocks of academic, study and recreational facilities. The Mall area is home to banks, restaurants, coffee shops, sandwich bars, a supermarket, the chaplains office and the Students Union. Specialist engineering facilities are provided in the Harry Ferguson Engineering Village which is adjacent to the main building.

The Students' Union is a popular meeting place complete with cafeteria, satellite television, video games, pool, and snooker, a travel office and shop. Both the Lounge Bar and Arthur's Club Bar provide regular student entertainment. There are 700 residential student places on-site.

The Jordanstown library - the Sir Derek Birley Library - offers study and learning facilities via 400 networked computers and a further 250 personal study spaces arranged in clusters and groupings of different sizes to reflect the varying preferences of users. The library is also fully Wi-Fi enabled for laptop users.

Sport is big at Jordanstown. We have a major indoor facility comprising:

  • A 3G astroturf pitch, which is the latest in synthetic grass technology
  • Indoor and outdoor athletics areas
  • A health suite comprising a sauna, steam room, jacuzzi and plunge pool
  • A physiotherapy suite and climate controlled training chamber.

The additional features complement existing indoor and outdoor facilities and these include fitness and conditioning suites, sports halls and squash courts as well as numerous outdoor multi-use pitches.

Local attractions

At Jordanstown you are midway between Belfast and historic Carrickfergus, with its 12th century castle, harbour and modern marina. The proximity of Jordanstown to Belfast (seven miles) is a major attraction for those who choose to live in the city and travel to the campus by car or via the excellent rail, bus and taxi network. There is plenty for visitors to do and see in Belfast. The Odyssey complex, in the Titanic Quarter, is home to the Belfast Giants ice hockey team as well as a science and technology centre, numerous bars and restaurants and a 12-screen cinema.

Belfasts popularity as a destination for short breaks from other parts of the UK and Ireland has grown enormously in recent years thanks to excellent leisure and tourist facilities and cheap and regular travel links. Belfast City Airport is just across the lough and Belfast International Airport is 15 miles away. Both have excellent connecting transport links to the city. As Belfast is a sea port both it and nearby Larne have traditional ferry and high speed boat services to Scotland and England.

Magee campus

Located in Derry~Londonderry, the Magee campus is named after the College founded by Martha Magee in 1845. It is located only a short walk along the River Foyle away from the city walls and comprises a mixture of historical and new buildings and modern and traditional facilities. Teaching strengths include business, computing, creative technologies, nursing, Irish language and literature, social sciences, law, psychology, peace and conflict studies and the performing arts.

Whats new?

Student numbers on this campus are expanding over the next three years were offering an extra 380 undergraduate places in computer science, engineering and creative technologies.

From September 2012, there will be additional nursing and computer science places, plus the establishment of a new School of Irish Language and Literature.

On campus

Ongoing investment has provided state-of-the-art teaching, research and support facilities for students and staff. This funding has delivered a student residential village offering en-suite accommodation; a new library; the Intelligent Systems Research Centre and the Foyle Arts Building, housing the School of the Creative Arts.

In addition to our teaching and learning facilities, the campus has on-site residential, catering, crèche and sports facilities. Our sports facilities include a multi-purpose sports hall, fitness suite and studio as well as a grass and floodlit synthetic 3G pitch with pavilion and changing facilities next to the student halls of residence at the Duncreggan Student Village. Students can also use a range of facilities in the city and outdoor activities include sailing at nearby Fahan Beach, rowing and canoeing on the River Foyle and hill walking and climbing in nearby Donegal.

The Thyme Out restaurant offers cooked breakfast, morning coffee, hot lunches, salads and snacks through out the day. Zest serves fresh food combined with spectacular views over the River Foyle. The Students Union provides fresh food, snacks and refreshments at the Bunker Café which is transformed in the evening into a major social and entertainment venue. There is an OBriens gourmet coffee and sandwich shop and a cash machine.

Local attractions

The cathedral city of Derry~Londonderry UK City of Culture for 2013 is located on the banks of Lough Foyle in the northwest of Northern Ireland. As one of the oldest inhabited places in Ireland the city has strong traditions and a wealth of culture, which combines with an active social scene to make the city an exciting place to live and study. The most visibly striking features of the city are its historic walls. Derry~Londonderry is the only remaining completely walled city in Ireland and one of the finest examples of a walled city in Europe.

The city is perfectly located, acting as a springboard into some of Ireland's most dramatic and evocative landscapes. Picturesque country villages, the breathtaking Donegal hills, spectacular views along the Causeway Coast and the mountainous terrain of the Sperrins, are all within a 50 mile radius. Consequently Derry~Londonderry is a popular destination with visitors and the Magee campus is only eight miles from City of Derry airport. The city has excellent public transport services to other parts of Northern Ireland as well as the Republic of Ireland and the Waterside Railway Station and Foyle Street Bus Centre are only a five minute drive away from the campus by taxi.

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