Why study with us at Ulster?

A spectacular setting, innovative courses and international research - we're ready for you.


We are known for having an open, friendly and informal atmosphere, this combined with our reputation for research and innovative courses make us one of the top places to study geography and environmental science.

  • We have scored 100% satisfaction from students in the National Student Survey for six years (2014-2019)
  • 92% of our graduates are employed or in further study within 6 months of graduating (DLHE, 2018)
  • We are ranked 12th out of 66 UK universities for Geography and Environmental Studies (The Guardian 2019)
  • We have extensive state-of-the-art resources; from dedicated laboratory spaces to a 24 hour access Library and a transport fleet of four wheel drives, quads and a variety of boats.

Getting you Industry Ready

All our courses are carefully designed to enhance your employability and future career prospects. With excellent links to industry you will have the opportunity to get hands on experience making your course relevant for the future.

From sampling and monitoring water pollution in local lakes to using satellite imagery to monitor land cover change and spending a week in Catalonia studying the social context of the independence movement we give students immersive experiences and research-led teaching so you can get real world skills.

A Once in a lifetime experience

We put a strong emphasis on skills-based practice and field-work, our undergraduate degrees include an optional placement year where you can get the chance to work in industry or study abroad.

Industrial placements

Our students have completed placements with local Councils, Northern Ireland government, the National Trust and a wide range of environmental and engineering consultants, mainly across the UK and Ireland.

Studying abroad

You could get the chance to study internationally with students heading to Montana in the USA and New South Wales in Australia as well as the Netherlands, Spain, Austria and the Czech Republic across Europe.

Making a difference through research

Our PhD students research a range of topics from antibiotic resistance in aquatic systems to quantifying glacier change in the Arctic and modelling wind on the surface of Mars!

Location, location, location

We are located on the spectacular Causeway Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, minutes away from natural laboratories that you can explore including the open sea, estuaries, rivers, lakes, woodlands and uplands – all ideal locations to develop your field survey and sampling skills.