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The discipline of Advertising offers interesting, distinct and exciting career opportunities for those who choose to study it.


Study Advertising at Ulster University in the United Kingdom.

The advertising industry is a highly competitive and dynamic environment which is constantly reinventing itself. Consequently, graduates need to be equipped with the skills and knowledge that employers are seeking. Advertising programmes, offered by the Ulster Business School, have been designed to address and provide opportunities for students to develop key employability skills for example, strategic and creative thinking, business fundamentals, brands and brand analysis, campaign development, leadership, innovation. Graduates of the BSc Hons Advertising have a unique and sought after profile in the graduate employment marketplace.

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About this course

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The BSc Hons Advertising meets the needs of those wishing to pursue a career in advertising and/or marketing, and provides the basis for graduates wishing to take a postgraduate programme up to doctoral level.

The programme seeks to provide the key advertising, business and marketing knowledge and skills essential for a graduate, seeking a managerial career in advertising or marketing.

The development of relevant employability skills is at core of the BSc Hons Advertising and a variety of opportunities exist within the programme and its modules, to develop such skills. These skills include, for example, Creative Thinking, Strategic Planning, Problem Solving and Interpersonal skills.

Associate awards

Diploma in Professional Practice DPP

Diploma in International Academic Studies DIAS

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Three years without placement/Four years including placement year.

Attendance: This is a full time course where you will normally complete three modules per semester, with class contact time approximately three hours per week per module. You will be expected to undertake independent study to supplement that contact of around 10 hours per week per module. You will have 9-10 class contact hours per week on the Magee campus.

Start dates

  • September 2016
How to apply

Entry conditions

We recognise a range of qualifications for admission to our courses. In addition to the specific entry conditions for this course you must also meet the University’s General Entrance Requirements.

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A level

The A Level requirement for this course is BBC - BBB.

Applicants nay be able to satisfy the requirement for one A-Level B or C grade by substituting a combination of alternative qualification to the same standard as defined by UCAS.


Overall BTEC award profile DMM - DDM to include unit profile of 8 - 9 distinctions.

Irish Leaving Certificate

Overall Irish Leaving Certificate profile BBBCC - BBBBB.

Scottish Highers

The Scottish Highers requirement for this course is AAAA - AABCC.

Scottish Advanced Highers

The Scottish Advanced Highers requirement for this course is BBC - BBB.

International Baccalaureate

Overall International Baccalaureate profile minimum 25 points (12 at higher level).

Access to Higher Education (HE)

Overall Access profile 65% - 70%.


For full-time study, you must satisfy the General Entrance Requirements for admission to a first degree course and hold a GCSE pass in English Language and Mathematics at grade C or above (or equivalent).

Essential Skills Level 2 Mathematics will be accepted as equivalent to GCSE Maths.

Essential Skills Level 2 Communication will be accepted as equivalent to GCSE English.

English Language Requirements

English language requirements for international applicants
The minimum requirement for this course is Academic IELTS 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5. Trinity ISE: Pass at level III also meets this requirement for Tier 4 visa purposes.

Ulster recognises a number of other English language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores.

Exemptions and transferability

Most students enter Year 1. However, if you can provide evidence of previous relevant study or experience you may be considered for entry to later years. There is facility for transfer to other Ulster Business School undergraduate degree programmes (full time to part time) on the Magee campus depending upon the nature of the subject matter of the other degrees and academic achievement. In appropriate cases opportunities exist at the end of Year 1 for transfer between this programme and other first-degree programmes in the Department.

Careers & opportunities

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Career options

Academic Staff maintain close links with the advertising and marketing industry leading to excellent opportunities for guest lectures, real client projects and serious jobs prospects.

On completion of the programme graduates will be new advertising and marketing professionals knowledgeable in the basics of the industry and ready for the next exciting part of your career, those first few years on the job. Employers will be eager to take you through to the next level, through on the job training. If you are keen to continue your education, you may wish to pursue a postgraduate qualification, perhaps in a specialist area such as International Business.

The BSc Hons Advertising will help you make your choices. The programme is structured around a number of well recognised career entry routes into advertising and marketing. And through the modules, the coursework and staff expertise, students are helped to recognise their talents and match them to the advertising or marketing career that they will find most rewarding, for example:

  • If you like to think creatively,but enjoy the business world
    Then you might consider the role of Account Executive
  • If you like to spend moneyand negotiate deals
    Then you might consider the role of Media Buyer or Media Planner
  • If you enjoy searching for information, solving problemsand talking to people
    Then you might enjoy the role of Researcher
  • If you are a creative type, an ideasperson, who enjoys writing meaningful messages
    Then you might enjoy the role of Copywriter

BSc Hons Advertising Graduates are well placed to gain employment in a variety of advertising and marketing roles, either within advertising or marketing agencys or within organisations that have a marketing function.

BSc Hons Advertising Graduates have a distinct profile in the graduate market place, and will have highly sought after skills and knowledge including social media for business, digital strategy, consumer behaviour, creative thinking, innovation and strong commercial awareness.


How to apply

Start dates

  • September 2016

Fees and funding

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Fees (per year)

Important notice - fees information Please note fees displayed are for 2017/18 Academic Entry. Fees are correct at the time of publishing. Additional mandatory costs are highlighted where they are known in advance. There are other costs associated with university study.

Northern Ireland & EU:
England, Scotland & Wales:

Additional mandatory costs

Tuition fees and costs associated with accommodation, travel and normal living are a part of university life. 

Where a course has additional mandatory expenses we make every effort to highlight them in the online prospectus. These may include residential visits, field trips, materials (e.g. art, design, engineering) inoculations, security checks, computer equipment, uniforms, professional memberships etc.

We aim to provide students with the learning materials needed to support their studies. Our libraries are a valuable resource with an extensive collection of books and journals as well as first-class facilities and IT equipment. Computer suites and free wifi is also available on each of the campuses.

There will be some additional costs to being a student which cannot be itemised and these will be different for each student. You may choose to purchase your own textbooks and course materials or prefer your own computer and software. Printing and binding may also be required. There are additional fees for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines. Additional costs vary from course to course. 

Students choosing a period of paid work placement or study abroad as part of their course should be aware that there may be additional travel and living costs as well as tuition fees. 

Please contact the course team for more information.


Irene Karmiotis

T: +44 (0) 28 7012 4798