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Key Information Need (KIN) - Ulster university

Type of Institution

Higher Education Institution (HEI)

Main campus

Belfast, Northern Ireland

Admission intakes

September, January & May

International students


No. of students per staff


UKVI status

Student sponsor

UKVI compliance

Track record

Graduate route


About Ulster university

Ulster University is a multi-campus university, the university has now spread beyond its Northern Ireland roots to include branch campuses at London & Birmingham in England, run in partnership with QA Higher Education.


The Ulster University and QA Higher Education partnership

Ulster University London & Birmingham branch campuses offer globally recognised, fully accredited degrees at Bachelors and Masters levels. All Ulster University courses available at the London and Birmingham Branch Campuses are delivered as part of a partnership between Ulster University and QA Higher Education – a private UK higher education provider working in partnership with universities, colleges and education specialists in the UK. Thecourses are designed, assessed, validated and quality assured by Ulster University while these are taught by QA Higher Education staff.

QA Higher Education is a division of QA, a leading tech talent and training organisation in the UK.

Contact details

Address: London: St James' House, 10 Rosebery Avenue, London, EC1R 4TF, UK & Birmingham: 5th Floor, Centre City, 5-7 Hill Street, Birmingham, B5 4UA, UK

Telephone: +44 1216167455

Email: qahe.admissions@qa.com

Why choose to study at Ulster university

Reasons international students choose to study at Ulster University and prefer London/Birmingham branch campuses of Ulster University as study locations are based on many factors including -

Rankings & ratings

No. 44

out of 130 UK universities

  • No. 44 out of 130 UK universities (Complete University Guide League Table, 2022)
  • Top 101-200 universities in the World (Times Higher Education Impact Ranking 2022)
  • No.184 University in the World (Times Higher Education YoungUniversity Ranking 2022)
  • Top 601-800 in the World (Times Higher Education World University Ranking 2022)
  • Top 5 universities in the UK for its research in law, biomedical sciences, nursing, and art and design (Research Excellence Framework, REF 2014)
  • 2 in the UK & 401 in the World for Arts and Humanities courses (Times Higher EducationWorld University Rankings by Subject, 2021)
  • 2 in the UK & 451 in the World for Business & Management Studies courses (QS World University Rankingsby Subject, 2021)
  • 2 in the UK & 601 in the World for Business and Economics courses (Times Higher Education World University Rankings by Subject, 2021)
  • 2 in the UK & 601 in the World for Computer Science courses (Times Higher Education World University Rankings by Subject, 2021)
  • 2 in the UK & 301 in the World for Education courses (Times Higher Education World University Rankings by Subject, 2021)
  • 2 in the UK & 401 in the World for Engineering courses (Times Higher Education World University Rankings by Subject, 2021)
  • 2 in the UK & 201 in the World for Law courses (Academic Ranking of World Universities – ShanghaiRanking by Subject, 2021)
  • 2 in the UK & 101 in the World for Nursing courses (Academic Ranking of World Universities – ShanghaiRanking by Subject, 2021)
  • 2 in the UK & 401 in the World for Public Health courses (Academic Ranking of World Universities – Shanghai Ranking by Subject, 2021)
  • 1 in the UK & 301 in the World for Psychology courses (Academic Ranking of World Universities – Shanghai Ranking by Subject, 2021)
  • 2 in the UK &601 in the World for Social Sciences courses (Times Higher Education World University Rankings by Subject, 2021)
  • 1 in the UK & 20 in the World for Marketing courses (The Complete University Guide by subject, 2021)

Graduate prospects

92% of

Ulster graduates being in employment

  • 92% of Ulster graduates being in employment or pursuing further studies within 6 months (DLHE Survey 2018)

Facilities & resources

  • London campus split across 2 buildings, one for teaching and the other one for Student Hub
  • Tailored class-rooms with small size
  • Computer labs and laptop renting service
  • The Student Hub: student PCs, printing services and lockers, social/breakout space, IT and learning space
  • Dedicated careers and employability area,
  • ACE (Academic Community Excellence) team area to assist you in your studies and assignments
  • Multi-faith room
  • Careers and Employability Service
  • Student Activities Association – who organise events on campus and help students create and run societies

Student support


satisfaction from students

  • 100% satisfaction from students in the National Student Survey for six years (2014-2019)
  • Winner of 'Most Improved Student Experience' (Times Higher Education Awards 2016)
  • The ACE (Academic Community Excellence) Team provides academic guidance and skills development supports including academic writing, referencing, presentations, research skills, critical writing and reading, group work, time management, maths and computing, one-to-one tutorials, online workshops & Virtual Learning Environment (VLE)
  • My Campus hub for Blackboard, email, Office 365 and electronic library resources
  • For other support and details, check the Student Support section

Unique features

  • UK’s only university to have campuses in 2 countries of UK, Northern Ireland & England
  • A very few selected courses are taught in both London & Birmingham campuses meaning all the campus and teaching resources are dedicated for these
  • Provides work-based learning, stimulating curriculum and purpose-built teaching facilities
  • Awards over 2,000 work placements every year, preparing students for a successful career start after graduation
  • Partnership with QA, who have 20+ years developing business and IT skills and are the UK’s largest corporate training provider


  • The branch campuses in London & Birmingham do not have university halls. However, the university provides guide and help to students finding suitable accommodation. Check here to access this service

Clubs & societies

  • Students Activities Association (SAA) engages with students and assist the running of student-centred events across campus
  • The Student Relations and Events Officer leads the SAA and is your point of call for student events and societies
  • The Officer runs social events and trips, such as discounted theatre and sightseeing trips, hosts competitions, cultural events and activities as well as runs societies: Business Club, Student Magazine, and Football Club
  • The Officer also recruits SAA Ambassadors to help run events, work with various departments and represent the University
  • As a student at the Branch Campuses, you will be automatically a member of the Students Activities Association (SAA)

Location highlights


World’s Best Student City

Birmingham is

Britain’s second largest city

  • London: World’s Best Student City for consecutive 3 years by QS Best Student Cities ranking. Almost 30% of London’s student population is international – about 110,000 overseas students study in London from more than 200 countries, 75% of Fortune 500 companies have office in London, Business incubators including Accelerator and Google Campus are based in London which run events and provide office space for students and young entrepreneurs
  • Birmingham: No 7 Best Student City (QS TOP 10 Best Student Cities in the UK , 2021), Birmingham is known as Britain’s second largest city, 78,000 students study in the city at 5 different universities in Birmingham, home to the largest library in Europe. It is top-performing UK city in the Small Business Index 2019

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q What academic supports do the University of Ulster London & Birmingham campuses provide to students and how?

A The Academic Community of Excellence (ACE) Team of University of Ulster London & Birmingham campusesprovide academic guidance to students and help them achieve excellence in their course by developing skills such as

  • Academic writing
  • Academic style and criticality
  • Referencing, paraphrasing, research skills
  • Structuring an argument
  • Presentations, group work
  • Critical reading and writing
  • Time management
  • Maths and computing
  • Accessing online resources
  • Navigating virtual learning environments

There are three ways you can get support from the ACE team

I. Virtual or face to face 30-minute one-to-one tutorials to discuss your academic development

II. Online workshops and drop in sessions to ask questions and discuss answers

III. A wide range of materials based on common questions and academic needs, such as Quick Guides, Video Guides and PowerPoint presentations

Q What Careers and Employability services does Ulster University provide to students?

A The Careers and Employability Service offers friendly and impartial advice to help you plan your career, as well as helping you to develop your employability skills. The Careers and Employability Service offers face-to-face, email and telephone advice, and will also be on hand to support you from your first day of enrolment right through to graduation and beyond.

Careers and Employability Services include

  • One-to-one and group guidance sessions for students on topics such as strategies for organising work experience and getting internships, information on career options based on your course of study, guidance and information on what employers look for in applications, effective networking
  • Campus-based Careers and Employability events with prospective employers
  • Webinars and seminars on specific employability topics
  • CV and job application advice and checking
  • Interview skills including phone interviews and opportunities to practice interviews
  • Advice on further study options and applications
Q How to travel to Ulster University London & Birmingham campuses?


London campus

By air: Heathrow (LHR), Gatwick (LGW), Luton (LTN), London City (LCY)

By rail: Chancery Lane (Central Line) and Farringdon(Circle, Hammersmith & City, Metropolitan lines)

By bus: The number 19, 38 and 341 stop directlyoutside the campus. The number 17, 45,46, 55 and 243 stop less than a 3 minutewalk away


Birmingham campus

By air: Birmingham International (BHX)

By rail: New Street Station (Grand Central) is situatednext to the campus and Birmingham Moor StreetStation is just a short walk away

By bus: A variety of West Midlands Travel buses stopwithin walking distance of the campus includingthe number 16, 45, 47, 63 and 126

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