Part-time Undergraduate Course Information


Career-building, life-building part-time undergraduate degree courses that work with your lifestyle. Whatever your ambitions, whatever your commitments, a part-time degree may be the perfect solution for you. Access the same industry leading degree programmes and benefits as our full-time students but study on a schedule that best suits you.

We work hard to ensure employability is at the heart of the learning experience we deliver and that our courses are professionally relevant, in line with industry needs. Each of our four Faculties work in close collaboration with employers and awarding bodies to develop our curriculum and have achieved extensive accreditation from a range of processional bodies, across our suite of programmes.

If we haven't provided you with all the information you need below, do not hesitate to contact us at  study@ulster.ac.uk.


Here to Help

Don’t worry.  We are here to help.  We can put you in contact with the course teams, key departments, walk you through the application  process or just discuss your personal circumstances and what might be best for you.  If you would like some help, feel free to contact us at study@ulster.ac.uk.


Start Dates

Our academic year is split into 3 semesters with the majority of our courses starting on the first day of Semester 1 in September. Traditionally this is the 3rd Monday of the month.

When to start

We recommend that you start a course no later than 2 weeks after the start date so that you can receive the optimal learning experience.


Course Content

You can find here our entire range of part-time undergraduate courses where you can search for course by campus or delivery. There are a number of courses that are only available on a part-time basis.

Here you will find a top-line summary of the course. Click the view course button for more details of the course. This will include what you will learn, fee information, entry requirements for the course and testimonials.

Each course is led by a Course Director. If you want to get more detailed information about the course or discuss your personal circumstances, you can contact the Course Director or course team via the contact information on each course page.


Entry Requirements

Don’t worry. Our team are here to help you find the best learning solution for you.

The entry requirements for each course are dependent upon its subject matter and if you need prior qualifications to study at Undergraduate Level. You will also need to meet the University General Entrance Requirements.

In the absence of formal qualifications, we can still consider your application via Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning or APEL.

You can find entry requirements on the individual course pages of the online prospectus or can discuss further with our Admissions team who can review your experience and how that fits with the entry requirements.  Contact them at admissions@ulster.ac.uk.


Changing Direction

Sometimes an undergraduate degree is the best option if you are taking a new direction. Changing direction can be very exciting and daunting. Don’t worry we are here to help.

There are many courses that require prior undergraduate study in that field due to the nature of the content.  This will be outlined in the entry requirements for each course. These tend to be courses in more specialized or technical fields. If you are interested in a course in this field, it may be best that you look at undergraduate study in the first instance.

Similarly, there are several postgraduate courses that are open to graduates without undergraduate qualifications in the specific field. Again, you can see if an undergraduate degree in the field is required on the individual course pages.

If you are unsure about whether you meet the entry requirements or want to understand the best route for your change in direction do not hesitate to contact the Admissions Team at admissions@ulster.ac.uk


Studies that Suit Your Lifestyle

Don’t worry. Ulster University is the number 1 university for student satisfaction in NI and has adapted its teaching and delivery to meet the needs of its students especially those with other professional or family commitments.

Whilst studying part-time means it may take you a little longer to achieve your final award, you will be able to study on a timeline that best suits you.

We do not have a set duration for a part-time degree. The typical number of years to complete a degree is 5 to 7 years. You can increase or decrease the number of  modules you take in any given year depending on your individual circumstances.  Your Course Team is available to help you with your module selection.


Swapping to Full-time

For most of our part-time undergraduate courses we may permit transfer from part-time to full-time study after the completion of 120 credits.  This typically is after 2 years of study.  You may be asked to achieve a certain percentage in your completed part-time modules to progress to the full-time version of the course.

If your circumstances may change, please let your Course Director know as soon as possible. This is to ensure that your transition to the full-time programme is as seamless as possible.  Your Course Director will discuss if specific modules need to be completed before you switch to the full-time delivery.


Returning to Education

Don’t worry.  We have many students who are returning to education after many years away. We recommend that you have a chat with our Admissions team.  They can discuss your personal situation and provide advice on your next steps.

Just contact admissions@ulster.ac.uk.


Exams and Assessment

Assessment methods vary and are defined explicitly in each module. Assessment can be a combination of examination and coursework but may also be only one of these methods. Assessment is designed to assess your achievement of the module’s stated learning outcomes.

The precise assessment will depend on the module and may be subject to change from year to year for quality or enhancement reasons. You will be consulted about any significant changes.

Coursework can take many forms, for example: essay, report, seminar paper, test, presentation, dissertation, design, artefacts, portfolio, journal, group work. The precise form and combination of assessment will depend on the course you apply for and the module.

If you want more information about assessment for a specific course, please visit the course pages. If you want more information about exams and assessment,  you can find the contact details of the Course Director or the course team in the Contact section of the course pages.