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Estimated completion time

It should take you about 30 minutes to complete the application if you have all required information to hand.  You can visit the Application Checklist to see what information is required or review the key content below.

Don’t worry. You do not need to complete the application all in one go. Incomplete applications are stored and you can return to the application.

As you complete each section, the Application Checklist will be updated to update your progress.  When you have completed the application information required, make sure you click Application is Complete to submit your application.

If you need help whilst completing your application, you can contact Flexible Education at


Deadlines will be communicated on the course pages.

For most of our courses, we recommend that you submit your application no later than 2 weeks prior to the start date. However, course places may be limited, or you may need some time to complete the application process, so we recommend that you start the process as early as possible.

If you need help with your application, we are here to provide guidance.  Contact

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 the short course.

You can find entry requirements on the individual course pages of the online prospectus or can discuss further with our Flex Ed team who can review your experience and how that fits with the entry requirements.  Contact them at

How to Apply

You can apply to Ulster directly via the course pages. Click the Green Apply Now Button.

You will then be taken to our secure Online Application System and be asked to create a log in and PIN.

Don’t worry if you cannot complete your application in one sitting.  The system saves your information as you go and until you are ready to submit your application.

Applying for more than one course

You will need to fully complete an individual application for each course.

The first step of each application form is that you will be asked to be asked to select the academic year and the specific course.

If you are applying to multiple courses because you are unsure which is best for you or you want to develop your skills further with multiple short courses, please contact the our Flex Ed team who can discuss what is the best approach for you

Undergraduate Level Courses

Our undergraduate level courses (from 5 to 20 credits) can be taken for personal enjoyment or professional development and do not require any previous qualifications or experience.

Once you have accumulated 60 credits, you will be awarded an undergraduate Certificate in Continuing Personal and Professional Development (CPPD).

Undergraduate Short Courses

Postgraduate Level Courses

Our postgraduate level courses are offered in a range of subject areas for professional development and career enhancement.

A number of these courses are recognised by professional bodies and meet continuing professional development (CPD) requirements.

Courses (from 5 to 30 credits) can be taken individually or combined towards a Postgraduate Certificate of Professional Development (60 credits).

Postgraduate Short Courses

Application type or year?

No worries, we’re here to help.

You will be asked to choose your Application Type.

  • If you live in Northern Ireland, GB or ROI  country, you should select either Professional Develop Undergrad (if you are applying for an undergraduate short course) OR Professional Develop Progs PG (if you are applying for a postgraduate short course)
  • If you are an International Student who lives outside the EU or any EU nation except ROI, please select Undergrad International / Non EU OR Postgrad International / Non EU

You will be asked to choose your Admission Term.

  • Select the Academic Year you would like to commence your study.
  • For example, if you are planning to join us in September 2022, you would choose Academic Year 2022-2023.
  • If you would like to start January 2023, make sure you select Academic Year 2022-23.

Required Information

The Application is more than an application to the programme. If you are offered a place, it will provide critical information needed to make arrangements for your admission.

Within the application system, we have a helpful checklist.  All sections must be completed prior to submission. We will clearly signal which individual items per section are mandatory.

  • Name 

    Please add the name which should be used for your communications with the university.

  • Programme Section 
    • You will select which course you would like to join. This list is alphabetical and is broken down by award type.
    • You will then outline the title of the short course you will like to undertake.
    • You will be asked if you will be applying for a funded place on one of the DFE skills programme, please click 'Yes' if you wish to do so.
  • Personal Information
    • Mandatory information includes your contact details and if you have a disability.
    • You will be asked if you have any criminal convictions or prosecutions pending. This information is required for a number of regulated programmes that are listed below.
      • Health Sciences, Education, Biomedical Sciences, Pharmacy, Optometry, Sports Sciences, Social Work, Nursing, and Community Youth Work, Behavioural Analysis, Dietetics, Physician Associated Studies.
    • Admissions will contact you if your circumstances will impact your application or access to a place.
  • Address and Telephone Numbers
    • Please add the address and telephone numbers which should be used for your communications with the university.
  • Country Information
    • You will be asked your country of permanent residence, residence over the last 3 years and your country of birth and nationality as this information will influence your fees.
  • Education and Qualifications 
    • You will be asked your most recent Educational Institution and the date you left this institution.
    • You will also be asked your list of qualifications and awards dates. This will be important for those programmes who require prior undergraduate or education experience in the field.
    • You will also be asked if English is your native language.  If not, we will ask you to provide evidence of attainment or ask that you take part in a Pre-Sessional English Programme.
  • Employment Details 
    • You will be asked to provide information about your employment history. You can complete this on the website or provide a CV to our Admissions team.
  • Funding Details 
    • You will be asked on how you intend to fund your study for the Postgraduate Certificate of Professional Development short course application.
    • We will ask how you intend to fund your course.  Remember to visit the Funding section to understand what options are available to you.
    • Alternatively, if you are receiving financial support such as a grant, bursary, loan or financial support from an employer, please provide details and email a copy of your funding letter to so we can set up the payment process.
  • Application Confirmation 
    • This includes confirmation of the application and your consent to our Data Protection Statement.
    • You must complete this step for your application to be sent to the Admissions team for consideration.

Once you apply

Upon receipt of your application, we will send you a confirmation email usually within the next 2 working days.

It is important that you read the details of this email as we require additional information from you to speed up your application.

Correct course?

This will include details of the course that you have applied to. If this is incorrect or you want to change your course, please reply to the email and our Admissions team will make the relevant changes.

Proof of Qualifications

You will be asked to upload a PDF of your relevant qualifications and evidence that you meet the English language requirements if you are not a native English speaker. This is via a basic form.

Once we have this information, we can review your application and determine if you are to receive an offer.

We will send you an email about your application status or you can see its stats by visiting the Online Application system.  You can click on the relevant Process Application and see the Application Summary including the Decision.

Reference Check

If a reference check is required, our team will contact your referees prior to making an offer.


Unconditional Offers

Congratulations.  Your application has been successful, and you meet the entry requirements for a confirmed place at Ulster. Your next step is to confirm your acceptance of this place and you will begin the registration and enrolment process. Watch your emails for information on how to accept your place.

Conditional Offers

Congratulations, you have been offered a place subject to meeting certain conditions of your offer. This will normally be exam results or degree award. Make sure you carefully review the conditions of your offer. Once these are met, you can share these details with


There are several reasons why universities may decline an applicant, for example if the course is full.  If you want to discuss your decision or explore alternative options please contact


You can withdraw your application at any time. Alternatively, you may want to defer your place to a future academic year.

Our team are here to help you through the process so do not hesitate to contact us at