Postgraduate Course Information


Professionally Relevant Global Training and Education

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  postgradstudy@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.

A limited number of Masters courses will start on the first day of Semester 2 in January. Our short courses start throughout the year.

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 our entire range of postgraduate courses on via our online prospectus where you can search for course by campus or delivery.

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 postgraduate level.  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 the Admissions team at admissions@ulster.ac.uk.


Changing Direction

Changing direction can be very exciting and daunting. Don’t worry we are here to help.

The answer depends on the subject area or course you are interested in.  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


Fit your studies around your lifestyle

Don’t worry. Ulster University is the leading provider of postgraduate study in NI and has adapted its teaching  to meet the needs of its students, especially those with other professional or family commitments.

Many of our courses are available on a part-time basis. Whilst this 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.

More importantly, you don’t need to jump in at the deep-end and go straight to a Masters course.  Many of courses offer Postgraduate Certificates (PG Cert) or Postgraduate Diplomas (PG Dip). This means you can study a number of Masters level modules and gain a differentiating qualification without committing to a full Masters’ programme.  Even better news, you can use these qualifications to build towards a final Masters award on your timeline.

If you would like more information about which programme is best for your individual circumstances, do not hesitate to contact the Course Director. You can find the contact details of the Course Director or the course team in the Contact section of the course pages.


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 the Course Director if you are concerned about the currency of your previous studies. They can discuss with you your previous experience and the entry requirements.

Just contact admissions@ulster.ac.uk we can arrange for the course team to contact you.


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.


A Career in Research?

Interested in following a career in research? Ulster University is renowned and respected for its world-leading research and its Doctoral College.  You will be taught by world-class researchers and academics whose advances and discoveries are transforming societies and economies at home and abroad.

Our Masters programmes are designed so that you can specialize whilst building your research skills. If you would like more information about your chosen field and how it can help you build towards a career in research do not hesitate to contact your Course Director. You can find the contact details of the Course Director or the course team in the Contact section of the course pages.

If a Doctorate is your ultimate goal learn more about our Doctoral College