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MFA Photography (eLearning)

The award-winning MFA Photography is available as distance learning offering you even more flexibility.

This programme is led by internationally respected photographers, industry figures and teachers, and brings together students from international locations through innovative online teaching.

Graduates of the distance learning and campus-based versions undertake the same programme of study and are awarded the identical MFA award upon completion.

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Who studies this programme?

The course regularly draws practicing photographers from Europe, North America and Asia, who typically have a strong photographic profile and are ready to expand and refine their portfolios and develop a major project for publication. MFA Photography graduates regularly win awards for their work and many have published books of their MFA thesis work.

The Handball Alley, MFA Graduate Kenneth O’Halloran, 2014The Handball Alley, MFA Graduate Kenneth O’Halloran, 2014

How will you be taught?

The course is delivered through bespoke online lectures and seminars that use the best digital classroom software for virtual presentation that allows fluent and dynamic discussion with teachers and your virtual peer group from wherever you are in the world.

Whilst classes are scheduled to bring students together for live critique and discussion, our online Portal allows for more flexible engagement with digital course lectures and materials.

Taught by leading industry professionals

The teaching team consists of practising photographers, artists and theorists who exhibit and publish internationally. These include members of the prestigious Magnum photo agency, Martin Parr and Donovan Wylie, Paul Seawright, KayLynn Deveney, Ken Grant, Clare Gallagher and Ailbhe Greaney.

Optional international master classes

As well as online teaching, students may complement the core curriculum by joining international Master classes and enjoy opportunities to participate in field visits and live seminars, scheduled to coincide with key events in the international photography calendar.

Irvine Welsh for Arena magazine, photographed for Arena Magazine by MFA Graduate Richard Gilligan, 2016Irvine Welsh for Arena magazine, photographed for Arena Magazine by MFA Graduate Richard Gilligan, 2016

Enhance your professional network

The course is complemented by regular international guest lectures and seminars by leading photographers, historians, curators and writers. Close links with industry partners and photography festivals help students to extend networks and professional development as they move into the next phase of their career.

How much does it cost?

The international tuition fee for September 2017 entry is £17,650 and covers two years of study.

The Time of Dreaming the World Awake, MFA Graduate Yvette Monahan, 2013The Time of Dreaming the World Awake, MFA Graduate Yvette Monahan, 2013

£2,000 scholarship for international students

A £2,000 scholarship will be awarded as a fee reduction to international (non-EU) students for September 2017 admission.  Scholarships will be awarded following an interview and subject to an unconditional offer being made.  To be eligible, students must apply directly and not via an agent.

What are the English language requirements?

The minimum requirement for this course is academic IELTS 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5.  We recognises a number of other English language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores.


"While investigating options available to do my MFA in photography, I became aware of the online correspondence option offered by Ulster University.  After completing my first semester I can honestly attest to the informative and professional manner in which staff running the online MFA at
Ulster University conduct and manage the MFA in Photography."
Gerard, South Africa
"The Ulster University MFA Photography DL program has provided me with a multitude of invaluable learning tools and formats from a faculty that has the passion, experience and depth of knowledge I’ve found key in deciphering and fostering my development as a photographer."
Steven, USA
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