To be eligible to apply for a postgraduate degree course, you must provide evidence of competence in written and spoken English (GCSE grades A-C or equivalent); AND hold an Honours degree (2:2 or above) from a UK or Republic of Ireland or from the Council for National Academic Awards, the National Council for Educational Awards, the Higher Education and Training Awards Council, or from another institution which has been recognised by the Senate for this purpose.
Please note that a Pass Degree or Ordinary degree is not accepted for entry to postgraduate programmes at Ulster.
Additional Accepted Qualifications
We also accept applicants who hold an equivalent standard in a Graduate Diploma, Graduate Certificate or Postgraduate Certificate or an approved alternative qualification at Level 6 or above.
Programme Specific Requirements
Please check the programme pages on the online prospectus as some of our postgraduate programmes have additional requirements such as specific subjects required at undergraduate level or relevant work experience.
In some cases, additional selection in the form of an interview or porttfilo submission.
If you have no formal qualifications
Ulster will consider applicants with no formal qualifications as long as you can provide evidence of your ability to study at postgraduate level through the accreditation of your work experience or prior learning (APL/APEL).
PGCE Specific Requirements
Ulster offer PGCE courses at Coleraine Campus in both Primary teaching and Post-Primary teaching. There are opportunities for Post-Primary in the following subject areas:
- Art and Design
- English, Drama and Media Studies
- Home Economics
- Physical Education
- Technology and Design
To meet the eligibility criteria, you will need to have completed GCSE English and Mathematics at Grade C or above (Essential/Functional Skills do not satisfy the requirements from the General Teaching Council so cannot be used as an equivalence). For Primary, you also require a minimum of one Science subject at GCSE Grade C or above.
In addition to the GCSE requirements, an honours degree at 2:2 or above is also required.
For Post-Primary courses, your degree must have a minimum of 50% in the cognitive area you wish to teach. In the event of courses receiving more applicants that can realistically be interviewed, supplemental requirements will be used to shortlist.
For Primary, your degree also needs to cover a minimum of 50% of a subject in the primary curriculum. More details on the subject areas we accept (and those we don't can be found here).
PGCE Primary Subject Areas
Please check here if the degree subject you are currently taking satisfies subject requirements for PGCE Primary.